Hub acquires Mississippi-based insurance firm

Insurance Business America | April 05, 2019

Hub International Limited has announced that it has acquired the assets of M.B.I. Group. The Mississippi-based company will join Hub International Gulf Coast. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. M.B.I. Group is an independent insurance firm offering personal lines, including real estate, auto, umbrella and life insurance products. Michael Bishop, president and owner of M.B.I. Group, will remain with the company and will report to Shaun Norris, president of Hub International Gulf South.

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HUB INTERNATIONAL EXPANDS EMPLOYEE BENEFITS SOLUTIONS WITH ACQUISITION OF EVO INSURANCE SERVICES, INC. IN CALIFORNIA

Hub International Limited | April 13, 2022

Hub International Limited (Hub), a leading global insurance brokerage and financial services firm, announced today that it has acquired the assets of EVO Insurance Services, Inc. (EVO Insurance Services). Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Headquartered in Chico, California, EVO Insurance Services is a privately held insurance agency specializing in employee benefits programs. EVO works with companies of all sizes to establish customized benefits programs that allow clients to attract and retain the top employees. Shawn Blofsky, President & Founder of EVO Insurance Services, and the EVO Insurance Services team will join Hub Central & Northern California (HUB CNC) and report into the Sacramento region. We are excited to have Shawn and his team join us, We have a clear line of sight on how we can grow our client base together." Darren Caesar, President of HUB CNC. EVO Insurance Services supports clients through various resources, knowledge and expertise. They are known for their creativity in building benefits programs to maximize value for clients. The move to Hub builds on this strategy and provides EVO Insurance Services clients access to Hub's vast resources and in- house expertise. In addition, EVO Insurance Services will be able to broaden their offering to clients with property and casualty insurance, retirement and private wealth services, and a variety of individual, personal lines, and high net worth coverage options. As the 7th largest employee benefits broker in North America, Hub's employee benefits team supports clients with tailored solutions in cost management, employee engagement, HR technology, compliance consulting, health & performance, and client advocacy. About Hub's M&A Activities Hub International Limited is committed to growing organically and through acquisitions to expand its geographic footprint and strengthen industry and product expertise. About Hub International Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, Hub International Limited is a leading full-service global insurance broker and financial services firm providing risk management, insurance, employee benefits, retirement and wealth management products and services. With more than 14,000 employees in offices located throughout North America, Hub's vast network of specialists brings clarity to a changing world with tailored solutions and unrelenting advocacy, so clients are ready for tomorrow.

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Assurely Enters Relationship with Relm Insurance Ltd.

Assurely | February 14, 2022

Assurely of Bermuda, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Assurely, announced an expansion of the group’s TigerMark™ Directors and Officers (D&O) insurance program (TigerMark), in collaboration with the Bermuda-based ‘A (Exceptional) rated’ Relm Insurance Ltd. This new Managing General Agent (MGA) relationship continues TigerMark's momentum over recent years and underscores Assurely’s commitment to offer protection to private companies raising capital via online platforms and portals through Reg A, Reg CF, and Reg506(c) offerings. The relationship with Relm further illustrates a commitment to the marketplace, doubling the capacity available through the TigerMark D&O insurance program, and offering higher limits to those companies raising capital. The addition to TigerMark through Relm also provides more comprehensive and traditional D&O insurance coverage options to protect against exposures beyond the capital raise. Expansion of TigerMark comes at a crucial time when global crowdfunding has grown from $8.61 billion to $113.52 billion between 2020 and 2021, resulting in the need for higher limits and the broadened appetite of companies and projects. Assurely’s relationship with Relm, combined with its earlier announced relationship with Great American Insurance Group, evidences the strong marketplace support provided to TigerMark. The added capacity and expanded coverage from Relm Insurance Ltd. allows Assurely to strengthen its support of stakeholders and continuously support the crowdfunding industry’s contribution to the nation’s future economic growth. "The crowdfunding industry is experiencing rapid growth that is generating an acute requirement for protection against the increased risks for startups and projects. By expanding through our agreement with Relm, TigerMark’s strengthened capability fully supports the arising risks these companies face, making the industry and its stakeholders safer, Here at Assurely, we are excited to provide the only D&O insurance that properly meets the needs of stakeholders within an industry that is shaping how individuals invest and how companies begin." -Ty Sagalow, chief insurance officer and co-founder of Assurely. “We are excited to support the protection TigerMark provides and to be a part of the positive impact it has across the crowdfunding industry, This program will allow businesses to raise tech-enabled capital for the first time so they can grow and scale, opening up huge opportunities and new business platforms. This aligns with Relm’s mission to energize emerging risk businesses to execute on their strategy and grow.” -Joe Ziolkowski, CEO of Relm Insurance Ltd. About Assurely World Trade Labs, Inc. d/b/a Assurely creates and distributes insurance products for changing industries and innovative companies. Created by prominent insurance leaders, Assurely’s accomplished team and technology are adept at building, providing, and executing precise, cost-effective insurance coverage for businesses and marketplaces, small and large. About Assurely of Bermuda World Trade Labs of Bermuda dba Assurely of Bermuda is an insurance agency licensed and regulated by the Bermuda Monetary Authority. World Trade Labs of Bermuda is a wholly-owned subsidiary of World Trade Labs, Inc. About Relm Insurance Ltd. Domiciled in Bermuda, Relm Insurance Ltd. (Relm) is a global insurer that provides unique insurance solutions for new and emerging business sectors with a focus on the crypto /blockchain and cannabis industries. Relm is the world’s leading insurance provider to the crypto sector and is currently the only insurer globally to hold Bermuda’s IIGB License which enables the business to accept premiums and pay claims in cryptocurrency. Relm has been awarded an ‘A Exceptional’ Financial Stability Rating (FSR) by Demotech. Relm is owned by Deltec International Group and was founded by CEO Joe Ziolkowski.

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Acclaimed Central Coast Insurance Agency, Morris & Garritano, Expands its Reach to Serve Orange County and San Diego Clients

Morris & Garritano Insurance Agency | December 22, 2021

Morris & Garritano Insurance has a longstanding legacy of more than 135 years insuring and protecting many of the region's most valuable businesses. A four-time winner of Insurance Journal's Best Agency to Work For as well as being named the 2021 "Large Business of the Year" by the Santa Maria Chamber of Commerce, the agency is routinely recognized for its incredible service, culture, and advocacy, particularly during these last few difficult years. The company's longtime headquarters is based in San Luis Obispo, but the agency is rapidly expanding its service and presence into neighboring regions. Providing coverage for businesses of all sizes, Morris & Garritano goes above and beyond offering personalized education and advocacy for their clients regarding commercial coverages, employee benefits, workers' compensation, human resources, and compliance services. "We are really proud of the work we do here at Morris & Garritano,To us, providing insurance coverage is protecting what matters most. We do that for our clients through building meaningful relationships, being a trusted advisor and a fierce advocate in their time of need." When asked about the agency's goals moving forward, he says, "We are passionate about supporting the communities we serve and through that we are thrilled about the opportunities this expansion into Southern California holds. We look forward to further developing connections with the region's best and brightest." -CEO Brendan Morris. Longtime commercial advisor, Mark Anelli, is heading up Morris & Garritano's expansion into Orange County and the surrounding territory. Relocating to head up the company's efforts, Anelli will lead the agency's presence and client services in the region, building relationships with clients and local businesses. "I'm looking forward to connecting with clients and extending Morris & Garritano's exceptional service to the valuable businesses of Orange County. Our goal isn't just to generate clients but to build genuine relationships," Anelli says. "The opportunity to serve San Diego County as an Employee Benefits Advisor representing Morris & Garritano Insurance is very exciting for me, Becoming a trusted advisor for clients is something I am very passionate about. Developing meaningful relationships is certainly the highest priority for me, but it is clear that it is a high priority for the people of San Diego as well. I am excited to see Morris & Garritano grow with San Diego, and to see the community of San Diego grow with us." -Benefits Advisor Daniel Miller With this growth and development, businesses in Southern California will have increased access to the service and resources offered by Morris & Garritano allowing for premium employee benefits brokerage as well as stronger, comprehensive, and more competitive commercial insurance to better protect their assets and advocate for their employees. About Morris & Garritano: Founded in 1885, Morris & Garritano is an independent, full-service insurance agency focusing on business insurance, workers' compensation, employee benefits, personal lines, surety, and life insurance. This includes services in the areas of loss control, compliance, claims management, and human resources.

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Intact Insurance Group USA LLC to Acquire Specialty Managing General Agent Highland Insurance Solutions

Intact Insurance | June 18, 2022

Intact Insurance Group USA LLC (Intact), doing business under the brand name Intact Insurance Specialty Solutions, announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Highland Insurance Solutions ("Highland"), the U.S. construction division of Tokio Marine Highland (TMH), from Tokio Marine Kiln (TMK). Highland is a managing general agent specializing in the builders risk segment of the construction market, and will expand Intact's portfolio of owned distribution assets. The transaction is expected to close in the second half of 2022, subject to regulatory approval and the satisfaction of other closing conditions. The acquisition of Highland is well aligned with our global specialty lines strategy and supports our growth, distribution and outperformance objectives, Highland has established itself in providing specialized insurance and adds a complementary offering to the more than 20 specialty lines available to our brokers and customers. We look forward to welcoming the exemplary Highland team, led by Rick Girden and Kaileigh Bowe, to Intact." T. Michael Miller, Chief Executive Officer, Global Specialty Lines, Intact. Highland will operate as a standalone managing general agent, available to serve the risk management needs of its clients and broker partners through its current select markets, and now additionally though Intact. About Intact Insurance Specialty Solutions: Throughout the United States, Intact Insurance Specialty Solutions' underwriting companies offer a broad range of specialty insurance products through independent agencies, regional and national brokers, wholesalers and managing general agencies. Each business is managed by an experienced team of specialty insurance professionals focused on a specific customer group or industry segment and providing distinct products and tailored coverages and services. Targeted solutions include group accident and health; commercial and contract surety; entertainment; environmental; excess property; financial institutions; financial services; inland marine; management liability; ocean marine; technology; and tuition refund. For further information about U.S. products and services visit: intactspecialty.com. Intact Insurance Specialty Solutions is the marketing brand for the insurance company subsidiaries of Intact Insurance Group USA LLC, a subsidiary of Intact Financial Corporation (TSX: IFC), the largest provider of property and casualty insurance in Canada, a leading provider of global specialty insurance, and, with RSA, a leader in the U.K. and Ireland. The insurance company subsidiaries of Intact Insurance Group USA LLC include Atlantic Specialty Insurance Company, a New York insurer, Homeland Insurance Company of New York, a New York insurer, Homeland Insurance Company of Delaware, a Delaware insurer, OBI America Insurance Company, a Pennsylvania insurer, OBI National Insurance Company, a Pennsylvania insurer, and The Guarantee Company of North America USA, a Michigan insurer. Each of these insurers maintains its principal place of business at 605 Highway 169 N, Plymouth, MN 55441, except The Guarantee Company of North America USA, which is located at One Towne Square, Southfield, MI 48076.

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