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AMERICAN E&S BROKERS
Appoints Frank Cardoso senior v.p. in the Fresno branch.
www.aesbrokers.com

AMWINS
Forms energy practice in Houston led by Pascal Ray and Maryanne Maniaci.
www.amwins.com

APEX GLOBAL PARTNERS
Acquires Global Benefit Solutions, an employee benefits brokerage and human resources consultancy in Austin, Texas. Its founder and CEO, Tom Newby, will continue as president of the Global Benefit Solutions division of Apex.
www.agpins.com

ARMSTRONG ROBITAILLE RIEGLE
Purchases Balance Insurance Agency of Irvine, Calif., a specialty agency with connections in the surety niche. Staff moves to Orange office of Armstrong/Robitaille/Riegle.
www.ar-ins.com

ARTHUR J. GALLAGHER
Acquires Oxygen Insurance Managers from parent Oxygen Holdings. Its name will change to OIM Underwriting. Oxygen Holdings retains its brokerage, Oxygen Insurance Brokerage. >> Buys Summit Insurance Group, an employee benefit brokerage in San Antonio. Summit staff will stay in current location under direction of Gallagher’s regional employee benefit operations. >> Also acquires California Insurance Center, a retail brokerage for commercial lines in the western U.S. Staff will continue from current location under Gallagher’s retail p-c operation.
www.ajg.com

BB&T INSURANCE SERVICES
BB&T Insurance Services of California names Jim Bayne as area president of BB&T/John Burnham brokerage.
www.bbt.com

BEECHER CARLSON
Appoints Craig Nelson senior v.p. for development of management and accounts in the retail industry. He’s based in Denver.
www.beechercarlson.com

COLLINS
Gregory Habay joins as senior v.p.
www.collins.com

CNINSURE
Buys 55% equity in Beijing Fanhua Daton Investment Management Co., a nationwide life insurance intermediary based in Beijing.
www.cninsure.net

CRUMP INSURANCE SERVICES
Introduces general liability program for residential and commercial subcontractors in select states.
www.crumpins.com

FLETCHER STEIN
John Fletcher and Rick Stein of Jacksonville, Fla., join to form new, full-service insurance brokerage with Mike Sullivan as president.

HSBC
HSBC Insurance Brokers Ltd. receives license to operate in Qatar.
www.hsbc.com

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