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Florists' Mutual Insurance Company

Acted as the exclusive financial advisor to Florists’ Mutual Insurance Company in its affiliation with Sentry Insurance a Mutual Company.  Florists’ Mutual, founded in 1887, is a niche specific mutual insurance company that guides and provides solutions for retail florists, garden centers, nurseries, landscape contractors, greenhouse growers, wholesale floral distributors and interior plantscapers.  As a member of Sentry, Florists’ Mutual will maintain its name and brand and will continue doing business from its current headquarters in Edwardsville, IL. 

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RF Ougheltree & Associates

Acted as the exclusive financial advisor to RF Ougheltree & Associates (RFO) in its sale to Hull & Company.  RFO, based in Lyndhurst, NJ, was founded in 2000 by Bob Ougheltree.  RFO is a wholesale broker that focuses exclusively on executive and professional liability insurance for public and privately held companies.  Following the transaction, Bob Ougheltree and members of the RFO team will continue to serve their clients and carrier partners as part of Hull & Company’s operations in New Jersey.

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Corcoran & Havlin Insurance Group

Acted as the exclusive financial advisor to Corcoran & Havlin in its sale to Cross Insurance.  Corcoran & Havlin, headquartered in Wellesley, MA, is one of the largest independent insurance agencies in New England and a consistent recipient of the prestigious Five Star Insurance Agency Award of Distinction.  Since its founding in 1967, the company has grown dramatically and added offices in Medfield and Duxbury in Massachusetts.  Under terms of the acquisition, Corcoran & Havlin’s owners, Jack Keefe and George Doherty, will continue to lead the organization following the transaction.

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North State Insurance Agency

Acted as the exclusive financial advisor to North State in its sale to Kaplansky Insurance.  North State has been providing insurance services to local residents and businesses in Massachusetts and New Hampshire for over 50 years.  Michael Noone, vice president of operations for Kaplansky Insurance, and Pamela Ubele, branch manager of North State, will coordinate the merger.

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Liberty Insurance Brokers

Acted as the exclusive financial advisor to Liberty Insurance Brokers in its sale to Brown & Brown, Inc.  Liberty and its affiliate companies were founded by Scott Engel in 1996 and provide commercial and personal lines insurance for the multi-family residential industry primarily in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.  As part of the transaction, Scott Engel and his team will combine with Brown & Brown PA’s existing Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania profit center under the leadership of Rob Heller. 

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Tri-State and Primero

Acted as the exclusive financial advisor to Tri-State and Primero in its sale to Nodak Mutual.  Tri-State is a retail sales/service general insurance agency and Primero underwrites specialty automobile insurance in Arizona, Nevada, North Dakota, and South Dakota through independent agents.  Primero is rated “A” by Demotech Inc.  Current President Herb Hill will retire and Vice Presidents Ryan Hill and Broch Hill will continue handling the claims and marketing for Tri-State and Primero.

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Cowles & Connell

Acted as the exclusive financial advisor to Cowles & Connell in its sale to Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.  Established in 1892, Cowles & Connell is a managing general agent and wholesale insurance broker which provides excess and surplus, property/casualty, professional business liability and other specialty insurance products and services to their independent retail insurance broker clients throughout the United States.  Jo Ann Peri and her associates will continue to operate from their locations in Brewster, NY; Meriden, CT; Westampton, NJ and Wilbraham, MA under the direction of Joel Cavaness, President of Risk Placement Services, Inc., a subsidiary of Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

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L&R Benefits

Acted as the exclusive financial advisor to Windsor, CT- based L&R Benefits, LLC in its sale to Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.  L&R provides employee benefit consultation, management and brokerage services for their clients’ active and retired employees throughout the Northeast.  They focus on employee benefit compliance, design, financing, administration and communications.   The two principals, Robert Lindberg and William Lindberg, and their associates will continue to operate in their current location under the direction of David Ziegler, leader of Gallagher’s eastern employee benefit consulting and brokerage operations. 

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S.H. Smith & Company

Acted as the exclusive financial advisor to S.H. Smith & Company, Inc. (S.H. Smith) in the merger of its assets and operations into R-T Specialty, LLC (R-T), a unit of Ryan Specialty Group, LLC.  S.H. Smith, headquartered in Hartford, CT, was formed in 1982 by Scott Smith, and is licensed in 50 states.  S.H. Smith manages its business across four segments:  Professional & Management Liability; Commercial Property & Casualty; In-House Underwriting and Program Business. R-T will be able to expand its presence in the Northeast as well as expand its binding authority capabilities. 

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EGI Financial Holdings

Acted as the exclusive financial advisor and agent to EGI Financial Holdings Inc. of Toronto which operates in the property and casualty insurance industry in Canada, the United States and Europe in the sale of its United States non-standard automobile insurance operations.  EGI announced that it has entered into a definitive stock purchase agreement with White Pine Insurance Company, a Michigan-based specialty insurance company, to sell EGI Insurance Services, Inc. and all subsidiary companies, including American Colonial Insurance Company, a Florida domiciled insurance company and EGI Insurance Services (Florida), Inc., a Florida-based managing general agency.  American Colonial is currently writing new and renewal non-standard automobile insurance in Florida.