Howden's Aston Lark swoops for Dublin-based firm

Move bolsters its mortgage broking offering

Howden's Aston Lark swoops for Dublin-based firm

Insurance News

By Gia Snape

Aston Lark Ireland, a Howden company, has agreed terms to acquire Dublin-based Kegra Limited (Finance Solutions). The acquisition is subject to regulatory approval.

Founded in 2011 by Ken Murray, Finance Solutions is a financial services intermediary specialising in mortgage broking. It also offers tailored financial solutions such as life cover, income protection, investments, and pensions.

The deal significantly strengthens Aston Lark’s offering to the mortgage broking market.

With 40 members of staff, Finance Solutions serves around 7,000 clients and has won multiple awards, having scooped the Brokers Ireland Mortgage Broker Expert award for the last three years in a row.

While Finance Solutions will sit within the Howden Ireland structure, the team will work closely with SPF Private Clients to develop their offering. Howden, the international insurance broker, acquired SPF Private Clients (SPF), one of the UK’s leading mortgage brokers, in 2023.

“I’m delighted to welcome Ken and all the team at Finance Solutions on board. Finance Solutions is a stand-out business in its sector, highly regarded as one of the best mortgage brokers in Ireland, and passionate about delivering the very best outcomes for clients,” said Robert Kennedy, Aston Lark Ireland CEO. “Their reputation and shared value of care, for their clients and their people, make them a fantastic addition to the Aston Lark and Howden business.”

Ken Murray, founder and managing director of Finance Solutions, said the acquisition is a significant milestone and will cement its position as one of Ireland’s leading mortgage brokers.

“Our growth over the past 12 years has exceeded expectations, and this acquisition allows us to further accelerate that growth,” he said.

“It demonstrates the confidence that exists in our offering, our people and in the opportunities for growth within the market here. Aston Lark and Howden’s experience, network and support will enable us to create more choices and an even better experience for our valued customers while still retaining the trusted advice and personal touch for which Finance Solutions is known.” 

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