4/9/2010

AmWINS Group, Inc. and Colemont Insurance Brokers Complete Merger

Charlotte, N.C. – AmWINS Group, Inc. (“AmWINS”) and Colemont Insurance Brokers (“Colemont”) today announced that the two companies will be combined to form the leading specialty insurance distributor placing over $4.8 billion in annual premiums with over 1,800 employees in 16 countries worldwide. 
 
The combined organization will operate under the AmWINS Group, Inc. name and will be composed of four divisions:
  • AmWINS Brokerage which distributes property, casualty, and financial services products through retail brokerage clients
  • AmWINS Underwriting which is composed of several niche underwriting programs where we have contractual authority from various insurance carriers to underwrite, bind, issue and administer insurance policies on their behalf
  • AmWINS Group Benefits which designs, distributes and administers specialty group insurance products through retail insurance brokerage clients
  • Colemont Global Group, the company’s International Division, which operates as a full service, worldwide insurance and reinsurance brokerage network headquartered in London with over 25 offices located in 16 countries
“We are gratified and excited to bring the talent of AmWINS and Colemont together,” says M. Steven DeCarlo, CEO of AmWINS.  “Not only does this combination strengthen our geographic footprint, but more importantly, we have expanded the expertise and capabilities available to our clients. The combination results in broadened placement expertise, deepened collaboration and an overall ability to offer more solutions to our retail customers with an enhanced distribution system for our markets.”
 
The combined firm will be led by Steve DeCarlo, CEO; Skip Cooper, President; James Drinkwater, President, U.S. Brokerage Division; Sam Fleet, President, Group Benefits Division; Michael Lapeyrouse, Underwriting Division Leader and President, The American Equity Underwriters, Inc.; and Surinder Beerh, CEO, Colemont Global Group.
 
As a leader in the industry, the combined organization will have access to over 1,000 specialty lines markets and programs, as well as in-house underwriting facilities and group benefits products.
 
“From the beginning, the two firms have had similar cultures – strongly founded in being independent and doing what is best for the client,” says Gene Eisenmann, founder of Colemont.  “Bringing the two firms together provides an opportunity to combine the best talent in the industry with access to the most diverse product solutions and unparalleled relationships with insurance carriers and markets.”
 
The combination with Colemont marks AmWINS’ first foray into the international insurance marketplace.  “We have studied and evaluated many opportunities to grow our firm beyond the U.S. borders,” says Skip Cooper, President of AmWINS.  “The opportunity to build upon the international network and capabilities of Colemont Global Group is an exciting part of this combination.”
 
Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Macquarie Capital Advisors acted as financial advisor to Colemont Insurance Brokers. 
 
 

About AmWINS Group, Inc.
AmWINS Group, Inc. is the second largest wholesale distributor of specialty insurance products in the United States, dedicated to serving retail insurance agents by providing property and casualty products, group insurance programs and administrative services. Based in Charlotte, NC, the company operates through more than 45 offices across the United States and handles premium placements in excess of $3.5 billion dollars annually. To learn more, visit www.amwins.com.
 
About Colemont Insurance Brokers
Colemont Insurance Brokers is ranked among the largest specialty insurance brokers in the United States. Founded in 1992, the company is home to 700 insurance professionals across the globe, who together placed over $1.3 billion in gross premium last year. With access to hundreds of specialty lines, markets, and programs, as well as in-house underwriting facilities, Colemont's brokers and underwriters are highly experienced at placing property, casualty, transportation, or financial services risks. To learn more, visit www.colemont.com.