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ACORD

Michael Smith transferred by Lloyd’s to ACORD in support of ACORD’s increasing standards activities within the London market.

ALL RISKS

Opens 17th branch office in Seattle, Wash. Jason Ferguson will move from corporate office to manage the new branch. www.allrisks.com

AON

Aon Sweden buys ForsakringsUtveckling, a brokerage specializing in affinity solutions, systems and service programs for large organizations. The portfolio includes group-based health care, personal and liability insurance and allows development based in the benefits area for the Nordic region. >> Aon launches Aon Global Risk Consulting, a risk consulting, captive management and risk engineering unit. Stephen Cross is CEO and Philip Stamp is chairman of the unit, which merges Aon’s former captives services, risk consulting and risk engineering. >> Aon RE Global launches Aon Re Global Fac, a facultative reinsurance unit with Elliot Richardson as CEO. www.aon.com

ARTHUR J. GALLAGHER

Buys ISG International, a managing general agent and wholesale broker specializing in the information technology industry. ISG’s staff will continue to operate from their Maryland location under the direction of Joel Cavaness, president of AJG subsidiary Risk Placement Services. >> AJG also purchases The Producer’s Choice, a Florida-based MGA and wholesale life broker specializing in large case management, advanced sales and substandard or hard-to-place cases. Staff will continue to operate out of the Florida location under the direction of James Durkin, president, Gallagher Benefit Services. www.ajg.com

BEAZLEY GROUP

Acquires Sapphire Blue, a brokerage specializing in professional liability for U.S. health care institutions with a focus on long-term care facilities. www.beazley.com

BEECHER CARLSON

Sharon Brainard appointed senior v.p. in National Casualty Practice. www.beechercarlson.com

BISYS

BISYS Specialty Programs initiates nationwide towing program that underwrites risks for professional towers, providing commercial auto liability, physical damage, general liability, inland marine and property. www.bisys.com

BROWN & BROWN

Agrees to buy the outstanding capital stock of Grinspec, an insurance intermediary specializing in group health and group benefits for employees of public entities in New Jersey. >> Also buys United Employers Insurance Agency of Houston. www.bbinsiurance.com

GUY CARPENTER

Launches SelectCat, an index-based product similar to a Collateralized Debt Obligation that provides reinsurers with capacity, flexibility and rational pricing for managing property catastrophe risks. >> Guy Carpenter publishes enterprise risk management guide for property and liability insurers. Go to http://ermbook.guycarp.com for more information. www.guycarp.com

HILB ROGAL & HOBBS

David Hofele is named president of San Francisco Bay Area operations. www.hrh.com

HUB INTL.

Hub is buying substantially all the assets of Milne & BNC Insurance Services, which has employees in Arizona, North Dakota and Colorado. Milne & BNC will be a regional platform for Hub and will operate as Hub International Milne. Richard Milne will be president of Hub Milne’s Phoenix-based operations. The other branches of Milne will be folded into the Hub centers near them. >> Hub International Personal Insurance offers HUBPro, a homeowners product for high catastrophe risk properties with a market value in excess of $500,000. www.hubinternational.com

J. SMITH LANIER & CO.

Anderson, Williams & Co. of Birmingham, Ala., joins J. Smith Lanier. >> Philip Saussy promoted to senior v.p. and benefits practice leader. www.jsmithlanier.com

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