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B.P. Marsh & Partners PLC
19 June 2017

Date:                            19th June 2017

On behalf of:                 B.P. Marsh & Partners Plc ("B.P. Marsh", the "Company" or the "Group")                              

For immediate release


B.P. Marsh & Partners Plc

Investment in North America


As announced by the Company on 13th June 2017, B.P. Marsh & Partners Plc (AIM:BPM) has invested $6,000,000 into a New York based specialty lines insurance distribution company. Following recent press speculation, the Company is pleased to announce further details concerning this new venture.


B.P. Marsh has subscribed for a 35% shareholding in the New York based XPT Group LLC ("XPT"), through its wholly owned subsidiary company, B.P. Marsh (North America) Ltd. XPT is a newly established operation which is in active discussions with a number of parties over potential minority or majority investments into established entities in the US wholesale insurance arena. XPT plans to make one or two US-based acquisitions over the remaining months of this year.


The management team at XPT is a line-up of industry veterans, including Tom Ruggieri, formerly of Marsh, Advisen and Swett & Crawford and Mark Smith, former president and CEO of Stewart Smith, the US wholesaler which was sold by Willis to AmWins in 2005. Smith is also a former president and management director of R-T Specialty's New York operation.  


In addition to the above, the team also includes Jeff Heath, the founder of Heath Group, and Mason Power, former COO and chief marketing officer at Swett & Crawford, where he worked closely with Tom Ruggieri. Mason Power also worked at Advisen, which was founded by Tom Ruggieri.


This investment represents a return to the US market for the Company, following on from the Company's recent investment in Canada, Stewart Specialty Risk Underwriting Ltd.


B.P. Marsh strongly believes that XPT is well positioned to take advantage of the significant consolidation opportunities in the small-to-medium-sized wholesale space in the US.


Commenting on the investment, Chairman of the Company Brian Marsh said "We are pleased to be back in the US with an investment in XPT. Our business is in backing people and the founders of XPT have impeccable credentials, deep industry knowledge and great ambition. We are excited by the opportunities presented in partnering with them and in the US market in general and look forward to growing XPT alongside them."


Dan Topping, B.P. Marsh's Chief Investment Officer, who has been appointed to represent the Company at XPT, stated "I am delighted to be working alongside the Management Team in delivering on their strategy and developing their presence in the US specialty insurance market."  


For further information:


B.P. Marsh & Partners Plc                                                     

Brian Marsh OBE / Camilla Kenyon                                                     +44 (0)20 7233 3112


Nominated Adviser & Broker

Panmure Gordon

Atholl Tweedie / Adam James / Charles Leigh-Pemberton                       +44 (0)20 7886 2500


Notes to Editors:

About B.P. Marsh & Partners Plc

B.P. Marsh's current portfolio contains fourteen companies. More detailed descriptions of the portfolio can be found at

Since formation over 25 years ago, the Company has assembled a management team with considerable experience both in the financial services sector and in managing private equity investments. Many of the directors have worked with each other in previous roles, and all have worked with each other for at least five years.

Prior to Brian Marsh's involvement in the Company, he spent many years in insurance broking and underwriting in Lloyd's as well as the London and overseas market. He has over 30 years' experience in building, buying and selling financial services businesses, particularly in the insurance sector.

Alice Foulk joined B.P. Marsh in September 2011 having started her career at a leading Life Assurance company. In 2014 she took over as Executive Assistant to the Chairman, running the Chairman's Office and established herself as a central part of the management team.

In February 2015 she was appointed as a Director of B.P. Marsh and a member of the Investment Committee. In January 2016 Alice was appointed Managing Director of B.P. Marsh.

In her position as Managing Director, Alice is responsible for the overall performance of the Company and monitoring the Company's overall progress towards achieving the objectives and goals of the Company, as set by the Board.

Dan Topping is the Chief Investment Officer of B. P. Marsh, having been appointed as a Director in 2011. He joined the Company in February 2007, following two years at an independent London accountancy practice. Dan is the Senior Executive with overall responsibility for the portfolio and investment strategy of B.P. Marsh.

Dan graduated from the University of Durham in 2005 and is a member of the Securities and Investment Institute and the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.

Dan is a standing member of the B.P. Marsh Investment and Valuation Committees and currently serves as a Board Director across the portfolio.

Camilla Kenyon was appointed as Head of Investor Relations at B.P. Marsh in February 2009, having four years' prior experience with the Company. She was appointed to the main board in 2011.  Camilla is Chair of the New Business Committee evaluating new investment opportunities. She has a number of nominee directorships over two investee companies and is a standing member of the Investment Committee. She is a Member of the Investor Relations Society.

Jonathan Newman is a Chartered Management Accountant and is the Group Director of Finance and has over 17 years' experience in the financial services industry. Jon graduated from the University of Sheffield with an honours degree in Business Studies and joined the Group in November 1999, following two years at Euler Trade Indemnity and two years at a Chartered Accountants. Jon is a Member of the Chartered Global Management Accountants, the Chartered Management Accountants and the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment.

Jon was appointed a Director of B.P. Marsh & Company Limited in September 2001, and Group Finance Director in December 2003 and was instrumental in the admission of the Group to AIM in February 2006. Jon is a member of the B.P. Marsh Investment and Valuation Committees and currently serves as a Board Director for Walsingham Motor Insurance Limited, and provides senior financial support and advice to all companies within the Group's portfolio as well as evaluating new investment opportunities.







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