Aston Lark Ireland expands further with latest acquisition

Strikes deal for firm founded over 90 years ago

Aston Lark Ireland expands further with latest acquisition

Mergers & Acquisitions

By Mia Wallace

Aston Lark Ireland is showing no signs of slowing down its rapid rate of expansion and has today announced its acquisition of A.R. Brassington & Co. Limited (Brassington Insurance), a subsidiary of the ARB Group. Dublin-based Brassington Insurance was established in 1929 by Arthur Rochelle Brassington and is one of Ireland’s oldest insurance brokerages, having served the market for over 90 years.

Brassington Insurance offers services to both direct and wholesale clients and customers, and is led by the management team of Cathal O’Brien and Paul Carty. The broker, which is supported by a team of experienced professionals, has established itself as a key provider of travel insurance to individuals through its online travel trading platform, and of insurance services to businesses.

Its wholesale division centres on providing professional indemnity solutions to insurance brokers, with an emphasis on high service standards and market expertise.

Commenting on the deal, Robert Kennedy, Aston Lark Ireland CEO, said he is delighted to welcome the Brassington Insurance team to the Aston Lark family, and that he is looking forward to working with them.

“Brassington Insurance perfectly encapsulates what we look for in an acquisition,” he said. “It is a business that is deeply rooted in the market, with decades of rich tradition and history, and it shares the same values and passion for their people and customers. Over 90 years of successful trading, a strong client base and a loyal team is testament to this.”

Adding to this, Peter Blanc, Aston Lark group CEO, said he was very pleased that the Brassington team would be joining Aston Lark Ireland and he extended a personal welcome to Carty and his colleagues, noting that their 90-year history will be treasured by all in the group.

Carty, A.R. Brassington & Co. Limited MD, commented: “Brassington Insurance has a long history of providing first-class products to the Irish market. We are excited to be joining Aston Lark to further enhance and broaden our offering to our clients. We see this as a great opportunity for our clients, insurer partners and our loyal team and look forward to working with Aston Lark.”

Meanwhile, Cathal O’Brien, ARB Group MD, stated that after 33 years with Brassington Insurance, he is stepping away “with pride in what we have achieved”. He said he is grateful to all the team, both past and present, who have been instrumental in helping the business become what it is today.

He continued: “I am confident that Aston Lark and the Brassington team will continue to grow and develop the business.”

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