MarshBerry Represents Howden Broking on their Pending Acquisition of VLC & Partners

Howden expands footprint in the Netherlands with top independent insurance broker

December 21, 2023

WOODMERE, Ohio, December 20, 2023 – MarshBerry, a global M&A advisory firm for insurance brokers and wealth management firms, congratulates Howden Broking (Howden) on their pending acquisition of VLC & Partners Holding (VLC). MarshBerry served as the exclusive financial advisor to Howden on the transaction which closed on December 19, 2023.

Previously under the ownership of Dutch insurer, De Goudse NV and management, VLC is one of the largest independent insurance brokers operating in the Netherlands. The brokerage specializes in mid-corporates, small-medium enterprises, and high net worth individuals. It will integrate 500 employees and seven branches into Howden’s existing operations in the Netherlands. The acquisition further enables Howden to scale its existing operations in the Dutch market, one of Europe’s major insurance markets.

“This new combination creates an exciting next chapter in insurance distribution,” said Michel Schaft, MarshBerry Europe Managing Director. “VLC’s strong presence in the Dutch insurance market and Howden’s expertise in specialties and reinsurance blend perfectly together for the benefit of both clients and employees.”

Since 1999, MarshBerry has advised on more than 1,300 merger & acquisition transactions globally which is approximately 25% of the total tracked deal flow on deals with advisor credit in the insurance distribution industry during this period as reported by S&P Global Market Intelligence.

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