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In partnersth Hiscox, which provides capacity, Allison & Partners opens a new underwriting division to provide professional insurance for UK and European small to mid-sized business, including professional indemnity, Internet insurance, D&O, and office packages containing buildings, contents and business interruption coverage. Hiscox is a 49% owner of Allison & Parnters. www.allisonandpartners.co.uk

Sheryl Smith joinNS as senior v.p., specializing in construction, social service agency and habitational risks. www.amwins.com

Patrick Ryan, founder acutive chairman, is retiring from active service with Aon in August. >> Jonathan Palmer-Brown, deputy chairman of Aon Ltd., is elected chairman of the London Market Insurance Brokers’ Committee. He served before as chairman of LMBC’s aviation executive committee. >> Chad Karasaki joins Aon Construction Services Group as managing director. He will also be chairman and CEO of Aon’s Honolulu office. www.aon.com

Acquires Providium Consulting, an employee benefits consultancy and brokerage in Fairport, N.Y. >> AJG also buys Healthcare Risk Solutions, a property-casualty broker for the medical community in the mid-Atlantic and northeastern U.S. >> AJG purchases Life Insurance Strategies, a life insurance broker, which will keep operating from Fort Lauderdale. www.ajg.com

Appoints Toni Johnson as senior v.pthe National Construction and Real Estate Practice in San Francisco. She will spearhead the expansion of construction, real estate and national affordable housing business. www.beechercarlson.com

Buys Powers & Effler Insurance Brokerocklin, Calif. Powers & Effler has offices, now owned by Brown & Brown, in California, Nevada and Arizona. www.bbinsurance.com

Forms international brokerage unit based in New York City, specializing in international commercial property and casualty and employee benefits. Trey Wilder leads the practice. www.castlerockinternational.com

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