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Insurance firm Global Risk Partners taking over Willis Tower Watson risk and broking business

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Maurice Boyd

Maurice Boyd

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Maurice Boyd

Insurance business Global Risk Partners (GRP) has bought over the commercial risk and broking business of Willis Tower Watson in Northern Ireland.

That will see the £57m portfolio integrated into ABL Group, GRP’s Northern Ireland brokerage, with ABL’s chief Maurice Boyd heading up the combined organisation.

“This is a fantastic deal for ABL and GRP. Not only is the portfolio made up of high-quality commercial business and an excellent team, it underlines the importance the group attaches to Northern Ireland and our confidence in the future prospects for Northern Ireland business and the economy,” Mr Boyd said.

“The acquisition follows a number of recent deals completed by ABL, which combined with organic growth has taken total GWP to well over £50m. We have now smashed through the £100m GWP barrier and we have every intention of building on that with the strength and muscle from the new combined business.”

Brian Curtis, head of Ireland, Willis Towers Watson, said: “I’m impressed by ABL’s vision for the business, their commitment to our colleagues, and their focus on giving clients the very best product and service proposition. I am confident our clients and colleagues will benefit greatly from the strengths of ABL and the wider GRP group.

And GRP’s Group chief executive, Mike Bruce, said: “As well as being a coup for GRP, this is a great deal for Maurice and ABL and will give them the leading position in Northern Ireland broking.”

“There is no waning in our M&A appetite and we remain very focused on our acquisition strategy across the UK and Ireland.

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“The pandemic and subsequent disruption has challenged our ambitions, but through a combination of single-minded determination, client focus and astute deal-making we continue to generate powerful momentum and excellent results for our investors and insurer partners.”


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