AmWINS Group, Inc. Completes Acquisition of Atlantic Risk Specialists Companies

Jun 3, 2019

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (June 3, 2019) – AmWINS Group, Inc. (“AmWINS”), a global distributor of specialty insurance products and services, is pleased to announce that it has completed the acquisition of ARS, a full-service wholesaler and managing general agent comprised of two entities: Atlantic Risk Specialists, Inc. and ARS-Latiff, LLC.

ARS, which has offices in New Jersey, New York, and Florida, will become part of AmWINS’ Brokerage division and strengthen the firm’s property and casualty capabilities. ARS brings extensive expertise in difficult and complicated construction risks, including New York City contractors, as well as workers compensation and professional lines.

“We’re excited to partner with Larry Maier, Margie Kessler, Diana Latiff, Brian Wagner, and their team of brokers and underwriters,” said Scott M. Purviance, Chief Executive Officer of AmWINS. “The addition of ARS not only broadens our placement capabilities, but also expands our ability to offer innovative solutions to our retail clients and enhances the distribution footprint for our market partners.”

This acquisition further reinforces AmWINS’ strategy and successful model of providing specialized products and diverse capabilities centered on insurance distribution and services, with a focus on delivering innovative solutions to its clients.

“In joining AmWINS, we are partnering not only with a leader in our industry, but also with a team that shares our fundamental commitment to providing the best possible service and support to retail brokers and their clients,” said Larry Maier, Chief Executive Officer of Atlantic Risk Specialists, Inc. “We look forward to adding our expertise in challenging risks to AmWINS’ already extensive product and program offering.”

“We’re pleased to join the AmWINS family and expand our product range with the resources now available to us through this partnership,” said Diana Latiff, Chief Executive Officer of ARS-Latiff.  “We’re confident that our employees and clients will benefit from the combination of our two organizations.”

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

About AmWINS Group, Inc.

AmWINS Group, Inc. is the largest independent wholesale distributor of specialty insurance products in the United States, dedicated to serving retail insurance brokers by providing property and casualty products, specialty group benefit products and administrative services. Based in Charlotte, N.C., the company operates through more than 115 offices globally and handles premium placements in excess of $16 billion dollars annually. To learn more, visit

About Atlantic Risk Specialists

Atlantic Risk Specialists (ARS) is a full-service wholesaler and managing general agent with offices in New Jersey, New York, and Florida. The insurance professionals at ARS have many years of experience in all aspects of program management, underwriting, and brokerage sales and use these skills to develop innovative solutions for clients’ insurance needs. ARS represents over 200 insurance markets, from large worldwide carriers to the small regional companies.