Abry Partners, a leading Boston-based private equity firm, announced today the acquisition of High Street Insurance Partners, a full-service insurance brokerage, from Huron Capital, a lower middle-market private equity platform. HSIP management and agency partners will maintain large stakes in the company and Huron will maintain a minority interest in HSIP.
Scott Wick, founder and CEO of HSIP, said, “We have rapidly grown the company and successfully integrated 24 community-focused agencies since forming HSIP two and a half years ago. We have built a strong relationship with Nate and Brent at Abry over the past 13 months and believe they are the ideal partner for us. Abry will bring additional resources and valuable industry expertise as we continue to pursue add-on acquisitions as part of our strategy to accelerate growth. We thank Huron for our collaboration over the past three years and look forward to our new partnership with the Abry team, whose financial support and experience building businesses in the insurance sector will be instrumental as we continue to grow our business.”
Nathan Ott, partner at Abry, said, “HSIP’s close-knit community market strategy, successful M&A track record and purpose built platform all led by a proven and experienced management team makes High Street a uniquely positioned player in the insurance distribution landscape. This investment is consistent with our demonstrated strategy within the insurance distribution space and we look forward to helping the team accelerate their vision of building a best-in-class and differentiated company in the sector.”
High Street has been led by partner Brian Rassel at Huron who commented, “We have been extremely proud to support the HSIP management team over the last several years, and have been wowed as the team achieved a 5-year plan in half that time,” commented Brian. “Looking forward, the whole team at Huron knew that HSIP could benefit from a larger partner with deep industry experience, and there is no one better than Brent, Nate and the broader Abry platform.”
With its investment in HSIP Abry continues to develop its focus on investing in insurance services businesses. Other current or previous insurance investments include specialist insurer ERS; Hilb, a leading property and casualty (P&C) insurance and employee benefits broker serving predominantly small to medium sized business; Acrisure, a leading P&C insurance and employee benefits brokerage; and NSM Group, one of the largest privately held P&C managing general Agencies in the U.S.
Sica Fletcher LLC served as financial advisor along with Kirkland & Ellis LLP as legal advisor to Abry. Honigman LLP served as legal advisor to Huron and High Street.