News analysis: Could and should Compass and Broker Network merge?


HPS and co-investor MDP surprised the market last month buying Compass Network for an undisclosed sum.

To the independent observer the deal came out of the blue for two reasons. Firstly, Compass directors only undertook a management buy-out from Arthur J. Gallagher in 2016; and secondly, HPS and MDP already had a network on their books – namely Broker Network. 

Jeremy Pace, CEO of Stoke-on-Trent broker Pace Ward, was notified of the HPS agreement at the recent Compass conference for members.

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