News analysis: Focus on smaller brokers heats up the M&A market

small broker acquisitions

When in doubt, buy them out seems to be the current approach in the broker market with hardly a day going by without reports of another acquisition.

We’ve all seen it before but what’s happening today is a little different. Brokers at the smaller end of the market, often with no more than a couple of employees and a couple of million in GWP, are hot property.

Around 50 small brokers have been bought this year with large private equity (PE) backed consolidators such as Global Risk Partners (GRP

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