The Insurance Age Deal Tracker

Deal merger cooperation

Who is making the most deals? Which regions are acquisition targets? Keep up-to-date with the latest in broker M&A with our dedicated tracker.

The insurance broker space has always been an active area for M&A. In this permanent feature, Insurance Age tracks the latest acquisitions as they happen starting 1 January 2021.


The traditional consolidators



Aston Lark

  1. January 2022 - Aston Lark buys Mainstay

  2. January 2022 - Aston Lark buys Phoenix Healthcare

  3. February 2022 - Aston Lark adds to PMI business

  4. March 2022 - Aston Lark buys Braddons

  5. May 2022- Aston Lark buys UKGlobal

  6. August 2022- Aston Lark buy AJ Insurance Service

  7. December 2022- Aston Lark acquires N&G direct marine trade book 

  8. February 2023- Aston Lark strikes deal to buy Allegiance Insure


  1. February 2022 - Gallagher buys Devitt

  2. June 2022- Gallagher buys Erimus Group   

  3. August 2022- Gallagher buys specialist crisis and risk management consultancy AnotherDay

Global Risk Partners

  1. January 2022 - GRP’s Marshall Wooldridge buys Goldthorpe

  2. February 2022 - GRP to buy majority stake in Hamilton Fraser

  3. February 2022 - GRP-owned Premier Healthcare makes third buy

  4. March 2022- GRP-owned County Group buys PG Insurance

  5. April 2022- GRP's County Group buys Archenfield Insurance Management

  6. May 2022- GRP acquires Castle Insurance Services

  7. May 2022- GRP-owned DCJ buys SM Commercial

  8. May 2022- GRP's Marshall Wooldridge buys Bush Associates

  9. June 2022- GRP's County Group buys Taylor Francis

  10. June 2022- GRP acquires Prescott Jones

  11. July 2022- Brown & Brown completes GRP takeover

  12. July 2022- GRP's Newstead buys Crendon Insurance Brokers

  13. July 2022- GRP acquires Markwell Insurance Brokers

  14. August 2022- GRP-owned Premier Choice buys Mosaic Health and PNMCO

  15. January 2023- GRP buys Christopher Trigg Insurance Brokers

  16. January 2023- GRP delivers on MGA appetite with Nucleus buy

  17. January 2023- GRP buys BPW in South Wales

  18. February 2023- Two deals in a week as GRP buys Henshalls


  1. April 2022 - PIB buys Bailey Garner

  2. April 2022 - PIB snaps up Guest Krieger

  3. June 2022- PIB buys Balens

  4. September 2022- PIB acquires Zorab Insurance Services

  5. November 2022- PIB swoops for personal lines specialist Jigsaw Insurance

  6. November 2023- PIB buys health and safety specialist Emprocom






Regional buyers and newly acquisitive


Abbey Autoline

  1. April 2022 Portadown: Abbey Autoline buys BMG Insurance

Alan & Thomas

  1. January 2022 - Bournemouth: Alan & Thomas buys in Bournemouth

Brown & Brown

  1. March 2022 - London: US-giant Brown & Brown to buy GRP

Clear Group

  1. January 2022 - Ashford: Clear Group buys Kent Insurance
  2. May 2022- London: Clear Group buys Centor
  3. June 2022: Doncaster: Clear Group buys ProAktive
  4. August 2022: Kent: Clear Group buys GSI Commercial Services
  5. September 2022- Gatwick: Clear Group snaps up LawSure Direct

County Group

  1. March 2022 - Cardiff: County Group buys PG Insurance
  2. April 2022 - Monmouth: County Group buys in Wales
  3. May 2022- Leicester: Count Group buys Marsh & Co
  4. June 2022- Buckinghamshire: County Group buys Taylor Francis
  5. October 2022- North Wales: County Group buys Business Insurance Specialist

Dickson & Co

  1. January 2022 - Limavady NI: Dickson & Co buys Morrison Associates


  1. March 2022 - Southend-on-Sea & Leigh-on-Sea: HCF buys two brokers


  1. April 2022 - London: Howden buys SPF Private Finance


  1. March 2022 - Northampton: JMG buys Northampton broker

  2. April 2022 - Newcastle: JM Glendinning buys Sphere group

  3. April 2022 - Hamilton: JMG enters Scottish market

  4. June 2022- Scotland: JMG buys GS Group

  5. November 2022- County Durham: JMG buys Premier Insurance

  6. January 2023- Southampton: JMG Group snaps up Knightsbridge Insurance Brokers

  7. January 2023- Scotland: JMG Group buys T I Alexander Insurance Brokers


  1. January 2022 - Peterborough: Markerstudy buys BGL Group


  1. January 2022 - Reading, Essex, West Lothian: Movo completes three deals

  2. July 2022- Somerset: Movo buys into Durell

Needham Insurance

  1. April 2022 - Sheffield: Needham Insurance buys Sheffield broker


  1. February 2022 - Royal Wootton Bassett: Partners& adds employee benefits business
  2. April 2022 - Glasgow: Partners& moves into Scottish market


  1. March 2022 - Fleet: Tempcover to sell to Confused-owner RVU


  1. March 2022 - Borehamwood: SRG adds motor trade specialist to portfolio
  2. September 2022- Hertfordshire: SRG completes Hamilton Leigh buy

Think Insurance

  1. April 2022 - Dudley: Think Insurance makes first broker buy


The traditional consolidators



  1. January 2021 - Finch Group has bought Compass Networks member Headley Group in its 12th deal since becoming part of Ethos Broking (parent firm is Ardonagh) in 2016.

  2. February 2021 - Ardonagh Advisory purchased specialist professional indemnity broker Hera Indemnity.

  3. March 2021 - Specialist broker Hemsley Wynne Furlonge, with offices in London and Germany, has been bought by Ardonagh.

  4. May 2021 - Ardonagh Advisory has bought PMI specialist Usay subject to regulatory approval.

Aston Lark

  1. January 2021 - Aston Lark purchased superyacht specialist broker for an undisclosed sum.

  2. February 2021 - Aston Lark buys two brokers in the health insurance space, Right to Health and The Health Insurance Specialists.

  3. February 2021 - Aston Lark snaps up Kent-based Sennocke International Insurance Services and Build-Zone Survey Services.

  4. March 2021 - Aston Lark has extended its reach in Scotland with its buy of £30m - £40m GWP broker Bruce Stevenson which is headquartered in Edinburgh and has branches Glasgow, the Scottish Borders and Turriff.

  5. March 2021 - Aston Lark has added an MGA to its portfolio buying Magenta Insurance.

  6. March 2021 - In its third deal for the first week of March Aston Lark announced that broker Venture Insurance had been bought for an undisclosed sum.

  7. June 2021 - Aston Lark made its 15th deal in 2021 with its buy of Bolton-based Premier Insurance Consultants

  8. July 2021 - Aston Lark added wholsaler and reinsurance specialist ES Risks to its portfolio

  9. August 2021 Aston Lark added Plester Group to its portfolio for an undisclosed sum

  10. August 2021 Essex Insurance Broker, based in Hornchurch, joined the Aston Lark portfolio

  11. September 2021 Aston Lark buys private medical insurance specialist, The Health Insurance Company, as it plans further deals in the health insurance space


  1. January 2021 - Gallagher kicked off 2021 by finalising its deal to buy Bollington from private equity provider Inflexion.

Global Risk Partners

  1. January 2021 - GRP purchased Newstead Insurance Brokers in its first deal of 2021.

  2. January 2021 - GRP, via its health broker Premier Choice Healthcare (PCH) , has bought SJA International for an undisclosed sum. PCH now controls around £60m in GWP annually.

  3. February 2021 - GRP moved into the network space with confidence in February with its acquisition of Marsh Networks – comprising ProBroker, Purple Partnership and Bluefin Network – taking GRP’s GWP up to £1.6bn. The networks are based in various UK locations.

  4. February 2021 - GRP swoops for Ipswich-based Five Insurance Brokers.

  5. March 2021 - GRP broker Newstead has bought Alford Burton as its looks to grow its presence in the region.

  6. March 2021 - DCJ makes first deal as part of GRP stable with purchase of Lincoln-based J E Sills & Sons.

  7. March 2021 - Global Risk Partners bought Lawrence Fraser to add to its Marshall Wooldridge hub which is based in Leeds

  8. July 2021 - GRP broker, DJC Insurance purchased Real Insurance for an undisclosed sum

  9. July 2021 - GRP swooped for WTW’s Northern Irish business and will integrate it into ABL

  10. August 2021 - GRP has bought specialist HNW broker, Three Sixty which the Gauntlet business which it purchased in 2019


  1. January -2021 Altrincham-based construction specialist UK & Ireland Insurance Services has joined the PIB Group stable for an undisclosed sum.

  2. March 2021 - PIB buys Staffordshire-based Element Hinton in second deal of 2021

  3. March 2021 - PIB buys MGA Acquinex Group, which specialises in M&A insurance products for small to mid-market deals across Europe

  4. May 2021 - PIB expands across the Channel Islands with deal for Jersey-based CBCJ

  5. August 2021 - PIB business, Barbon Insurance, beefed up its lettings proposition with the acquisition of Rent4sure

  6. September 2021 - PIB has added motor trade specialist Purfleet-based Simply Insurance Services to its motor division


Regional buyers and newly acquisitive


Assured Partners

  1. January 2021 - Borland Insurance was acquired by the US giant as it moves further into UK territory

Clear Group

  1. March 2021 - Clear Group announced a double deal in March and has added HIA International and Luker Rowe to its growing portfolio

Jensten Group

  1. February 2021 - Jensten Group (formerly Coversure) made its first deal of 2021 with the acquisition of £13m GWP Packetts for an undisclosed sum

  2. February 2021 - Jensten Group moved in for Wiltshire-based Advance Insurance Agencies and will develop the broker into its personal lines “centre of excellence”

  3. June 2021 - Jensten Group added Tasker Insurance Group to its stable, adding £50m in GWP to the group

  4. July 2021 - Jensten Group-owned Tasker snapped up Insure Risk in its fifth deal over the past two and a half years

JM Glendinning

  1. March 2021 - JM Glendinning, which is backed by Synova Capital has bought Butterworth Spengler and added £17m to its GWP, as revealed by sister title Post
  2. March -2021 JM Glendinning made its second deal in a week with its purchase of Nowell & Richards
  3. July 2021 - JM Glendinning parent group, JMG, has purchased Bickley Insurance which is its first deal in the South


  1. January 2021 - Partners&, which was created in 2020, acquired Focus Oxford Risk Management (Focus ORM), an Oxford-based specialist insurance adviser, for an undisclosed sum

  2. March 2021 - Partners& creates northern hub with Ives & Taylor buy.

  3. May 2021 - Partners& acquires Town and Country in order to bolster its presence in the South West and establish a regional hub

  4. July 2021 Partners& added loss adjuster Kudos to its portfolio

Right Choice Insurance Brokers

  1. April 2021 - After months in limbo Bennetts was bought by Right Choice Insurance Brokers which, in the same week, added a number of Fresh Insurance brands to its portfolio following a deal with Kingfisher
  2. August 2021 - Right Choice added to its portfolio with its deal to buy Lyndon Wood-led Moorhouse for an undisclosed sum

Seventeen Group

  1. May 2021 - Seventeen Group has snapped up Ruislip-based broker Pinner Risk Solutions 
  2. May 2021 - Seventeen Group has purchased Ryans in a move which adds £12m in GWP to the business

Specialist Risk Group

  1. January 2021 - Specialist Rick Group bought GB Underwriting – based in Witham. It also bought specialist equestrian broker, KBIS, which is based in Newbury, just after the New Year.

  2. February 2021 - SRG snaps up trade credit specialist The Channel Partnership.

  3. March 2021 - Specialist Risk Group has bought CLS Risk Solutions for an undisclosed sum subject to regulatory approval

  4. March 2021 - Specialist Risk Group struck its fifth deal of 2021 with its buy of taxi experts, Emrose

Xenia Broking Group

  1. April 2021 - Nexus-owned credit insurance and surety specialist Xenia Broking Group has agreed to buy the trade credit business of Credit Insurance Alliance Brokers (CIA).

European deals


  1. March 2021 - Aston Lark brings North County Brokers, based in Balbriggan in County Dublin, into the fold 

  2. April 2021 - PIB buys Creane & Creane based in Enniscorthy as it looks to accelerate its retail footprint in Ireland

  3. April 2021 - Aston Lark adds O’Loughlin Insurance Group in its second Irish deal of this year 

  4. May 2021 - Aston Lark continues Irish expansion with Brady Burns buy

  5.  June 2021 - GRP-owned Crotty buys Martin Insurance in Caven  

  6. July 2021 - Specialist motorcycle broker, Principal, joined the Aston Lark portfolio in July

  7. August 2021 - Brassington Insurance, in Dublin, is Aston Lark’s sixth deal in the Republic of Ireland this year

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