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AMERICAN E&S INSURANCE BROKERS Now offering property and general liability for vacant commercial and residential buildings valued up to $2 million. Limits: $1 million residential; $2 million commercial. Short-term policies available.

AON After initial hiccup with UK regulator Financial Services Authority over internal corruption controls, Aon is praised for its reformative actions and hailed as “a model of best practices that other firms may wish to adopt.”

APEX GLOBAL Names Jay Beck managing director of business development for Benefits and Consulting division and senior v.p. of the corporation.

ARMSTRONG ROBITAILLE RIEGLE Merges with Colt Park Insurance Agency of Brighton, Mich. The combined agency will write commercial and personal lines, as well as offer employee benefits, financial services and a full range of bond and surety products. Gloria Winchel heads the VIP personal lines division and is based in Brighton along with the Colt Park team.

ARTHUR J. GALLAGHER Buys Stanton Group (an employee benefits brokerage) and Stanton Group Risk Management Services (a retail insurance brokerage for commercial lines), both based in Minneapolis. >> Acquires all policy renewal rights for Liberty Mutual’s middle market commercial p-c business located in Midwest and Southeast regions and hires about 75 Liberty Mutual producers in these regions. >> Also acquiring policy renewal rights and hiring national producer group from Wausau Signature Agency, Liberty Mutual’s commercial p-c and employee benefits agency in Wausau, Wisc. Both sets of Liberty Mutual employees will fall under the direction of Arthur J. Gallagher’s president, James Gault.

BB&T Subsidiary AFCO Credit Corp. acquires U.S. assets and operations of insurance premium financing firm Cananwill, an Aon subsidiary.

BEECHER CARLSON Hires Cliff Simpson as senior managing director of National Property Practice in Atlanta. He was most recently with Willis HRH. Joining with him are three other members of that team: Joel Troisi and Michael White as managing directors and Sarah Waite as assistant v.p.

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