Peter Blanc

Are the City’s insurers struggling to stay sober?

Analysis: Frances Stebbing explores how the City of London’s drinking culture has been challenged and whether the sector finally recognises it needs to allow people the option to wake up as fresh as a daisy if it wants to attract and retain fresh talent.

Insurance M&A volume soars but deal value falls

Data analysis: The number of UK insurance merger and acquisition deals rose from 48 in the first half of 2022 to 54 at the start of 2023 but the total publicly disclosed deal value fell from £3.8bn to £16m year-on-year.

Peter Blanc, Aston Lark

As leader of Aston Lark and executive chairman of Howden, Peter Blanc isn’t afraid of sticking his head above the parapet and pointing out the problems the industry is facing and suggesting solutions.

Howden snaps up Reich

Howden has bought Reich Insurance Group, for an undisclosed sum, in a “significant step” to increase its footprint across north west England.

Intelligence: EU Trading - Doing business in Europe

With no post-Brexit equivalence or passporting regime available to UK brokers, they have had to explore other avenues to continue to trade across the European Union. David Worsfold explores the options open to intermediaries and the benefits they can…

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