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AON
Buying Benfield Group. Regulatory approvals pending. >> Agrees to sell AIS Management Group to Mercury Insurance Group, an auto insurer based in Los Angeles. >> Aon Ltd. appoints Pauline Colvin to newly created post of chief risk officer. >> Aon Ltd. redomiciles its protected cell company, White Rock Insurance (Europe) from Gibraltar to Malta. Low taxes and comprehensive network of double taxation treaties cited. White Rock Insurance (Gibraltar) is not relocating. >> Aon Jauch & Heubener, based in Hamburg, promotes Sven Erichsen to newly created position of chief broking officer.
www.aon.com

APEX GLOBAL
Opens aviation insurance office in Charleston, S.C., with Paul Gingrich as v.p. to lead the new office.
www.agpins.com

APPALACHIAN UNDERWRITERS
Establishes commercial brokerage division and a new office in Sarasota, Fla., which will be headed by Mark Arnold, most recently of Swett & Crawford. >> Also purchases the business insurance center assets of NFIB, primarily workers comp policies, from MSC Insurance Agency of Tennessee.
www.appund.com

ARTHUR J. GALLAGHER
Acquires 40% equity in Specialized Broking Associates, a retail p-c brokerage specializing in energy, construction and mining industries and in the corporate sector. Headquartered in Perth, Western Australia, the brokerage will continue in current location under the SBA Gallagher moniker. >> Buys Fuller & O’Brien, a retail p-c, workers comp, surety bonding and risk management brokerage in Albany. Staff continues in current location under direction of Gallagher’s Northeastern Region retail p-c brokerage division. >> Also purchases Roberts & Roberts Insurance Service, a retail broker for commercial p-c in transportation, construction and manufacturing, located in Greensboro, N.C.
www.ajg.com

BEECHER CARLSON
Opens office in Dallas with Steve Levene as managing director.
www.beechercarlson.com

BENFIELD
Shareholders approve acquisition of Benfield by Aon. Deal awaits regulatory approvals.
www.benfieldgroup.com

BOLLINGER
Acquires MPPI Insurance Services of Hazlet, N.J. and New York City.
www.bollingerinsurance.com

BROOKE INSURANCE
Parent Brooke Corp. files for Chapter 11. The bankruptcy filing’s effect on a prospective buyout of the franchise by two Kansas businessmen is unknown as of press time. The proposed deal encompasses Brooke Insurance’s operations in Phillipsburg and Overland Park, Kan., and the nationwide network of Brooke agents.
www.brookeagent.com

BROWN & BROWN
Buys Al Phillips Insurance Agency of Nashville, a general p-c retail agency. Phillips and his staff join Brown & Brown’s existing Nashville office. >> Also buys Health Insurance Exchange, an employee benefits specialist, based in Seattle.
www.bbinsurance.com

COLEMONT INSURANCE BROKERS
Names Sean Burke senior v.p. and financial services broker. He moves from AmWINS and will work out of Colemont’s San Francisco office.
new.colemont.com/us

CRUMP GROUP
Crump Insurance Services now offers exclusive general liability program for residential and commercial subcontractors with premiums under $25,000 to provide coverage across a broad range of classes in 11 states. The program is offered in conjunction with IronBuilt, the specialty construction division of Ironshore. No tract or multifamily limitations, punitive damages exclusions, or—in most states—prior works exclusion.
www.crumpins.com

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