Consolidation

Back to binge buying?

Returning to the market, Barbara Bradshaw sees the same mistakes being made and bemoans unequal access to finance

Back to buying

As consolidation picks up pace again, Paul Meehan looks at if any lessons have been learned from the last round of buyouts

All change

Change will be this year’s defining theme, says Bill Cooper, and small to medium-sized brokers are in a perfect position to exploit it

Full recovery mode

The Chancellor’s prediction of strong growth in GDP could point to a resurgence for the commercial insurance market, says Paul Upton

Profile: The bright side of life

Markerstudy Group underwriting director Gary Humphreys tells Caitlin Morrison why the firm courted Brightside and what prospects he sees for the market

Where now for Groupama et al?

So we’ve got three insurers up for sale, namely RBSI, Brit and now Groupama. Consolidation in the insurer space has been predicted for some time now but I don’t think people expected it to happen like this – more deals done behind closed doors than…

Acquisitions on the rise

“We’ve seen more activity this year than last. Everybody I speak to wants to buy books of business, get in new teams or do small acquisitions. There is certainly the appetite out there for buying up businesses”

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