RPS swoops for Louisiana firm

Deal will enhance its wholesale capabilities in the region

RPS swoops for Louisiana firm

Mergers & Acquisitions

By Ryan Smith

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. has announced that Risk Placement Services (RPS), its US wholesale brokerage, binding authority and programs division, has acquired Louisiana-based Forest Insurance Facilities. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Forest Insurance Facilities is a commercial lines wholesale broker and managing general agent. The firm serves clients across Louisiana, Gallagher said.

As part of the acquisition, Wayne Forest Jr., Matt Forest, and their team will remain at their current location in Metairie, La. They will report to Laura Allen, head of RPS’s Southeast region binding operations.

“Forest Insurance Facilities is a well-regarded business whose surplus lines expertise will enhance our wholesale capabilities in the region,” said J. Patrick Gallagher Jr., chairman and CEO of Arthur J. Gallagher. “I am very pleased to welcome Wayne, Matt and their associates to our growing team.”

Earlier this month, RPS announced the appointment of Kevin Doyle as its chief executive officer. In December, RPS announced the launch of three new products for transportation risk.

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