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Lonmar Acquires Significant International Bloodstock Portfolio

March 5, 2024 | Brown & Brown Insurance | Acquisition

Lonmar Global Risks (Lonmar), part of Bridge Specialty International, Brown & Brown, Inc.’s International Wholesale and Specialty division, has acquired the renewal rights for a bloodstock portfolio from Norwich-based St Benedicts Limited.

The portfolio owns the wholesale relationships on primarily US wholesale bloodstock and reinsurance risks, and an agricultural specialty disruption book serving poultry farms. It is currently managed by International Risk Solutions Ltd (IRS).

Philip Nelson, Lonmar’s Managing Director of Bloodstock, explained that Les Cooper, Head of Bloodstock at IRS and majority owner of St Benedicts, and his team will join the Lonmar team as part of the deal.

Mr Nelson said: “This is a fantastic deal for Lonmar, which includes an excellent team and a high quality, well-managed book of business. Bloodstock acquisitions of this scale and quality are rare in our sector, so we are really pleased with this opportunity. This portfolio will expand our presence in the market, both here and abroad, and give us a powerful new platform to further build our market position.”

Speaking about the acquisition, Les Cooper said: “I am looking forward to working alongside Philip and the bloodstock team at Lonmar to create a powerful international force in bloodstock insurance and reinsurance. We believe that with the backing of Brown & Brown’s strong brand and reputation, we can offer a range of superior products and services to our existing customers, as well as an additional focus on new business.”


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About Lonmar Global Risks

Lonmar Global Risks Limited has been trading in Lloyds and the London market since 1977. Acquired by Global Risk Partners Limited (now Brown & Brown (Europe) Limited) in 2015, Lonmar now employs 130 teammates placing in excess of £300m premium. Serving a global customer base in over 70 countriesLonmar provides access to specialist underwriters and insurance capacity in London and other leading markets, worldwide.

Lonmar Global Risks is a member of Bridge Specialty Group, the wholesale broking segment of Brown & Brown, Inc., one of the world’s top insurance brokerages, providing market strength and support with a wide range of resources and capabilities.

About Bridge Specialty Group

Bridge Specialty Group is Brown & Brown, Inc.’s specialist wholesale insurance broker. With more than 50 locations and more than 1600 teammates throughout the United States and Europe, Bridge has access to more than 200 standard and excess & surplus lines carriers which support nearly $5 billion book. Bridge Specialty businesses in the UK include Lonmar & Ropner, Decus and BdB

About Brown & Brown, Inc.

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