Benfield Group

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Benfield Group Ltd
Industry Reinsurance and risk
Founded 1973
Headquarters London, UK
Key people
Michael O'Halleran, Executive Chairman
Eric Andersen, CEO
Owner Aon Corporation

Benfield Group was a leading independent reinsurance and risk intermediary. Customers included most of the world's major insurance and reinsurance companies as well as government entities and global corporations. A former constituent of the FTSE 250 Index, the company has been a division of Aon Corporation since November 2008.

History[edit]

The company was established as a Lloyd's broker in 1973 as Benfield, Lovick, and Rees & Company (BLR). In 1988, a management buyout led to the formation of Benfield Group. [1]

In the 1990s and early 2000s, the company grew through a series of mergers with Ellington Health Western, Greig Fester, and E.W. Blanch. The company was first listed on the London Stock Exchange in 2003.[1]

On 22 August 2008, Chicago-based Aon Corporation announced that it had agreed to acquire Benfield Group.[2] The $1.43 billion deal was completed on 28 November 2008.[3] Aon's reinsurance broking business continues to operate under the name Aon Benfield.

Operations[edit]

Benfield Group was based in London and incorporated in Bermuda. It had an international network of more than 50 offices in the US, UK, Continental Europe, Bermuda and Asia.

Benfield was a reinsurance broker, acting as an intermediary between reinsurance companies and reinsurance purchasers. More than 90% of its revenues came from its reinsurance brokerage business.[1]

Through its subsidiary, Benfield Corporate Risk, Benfield also operated in the primary insurance brokerage space, catering to the complex risk management and transfer needs of corporate entities in selected industries.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Benfield : Group Profile and History
  2. ^ "Aon to Acquire Benfield Group Limited". Marketwatch.com. Retrieved 19 January 2011. 
  3. ^ "Aon completes Beynfield deal". Chicago Tribune. 29 November 2008. Retrieved 4 December 2008.