Preservation Capital Partners Announces First Investment with Acquisition of Ascent Underwriting
Preservation Capital Partners (“Preservation Capital”), a financial services focused private equity firm, will take a substantial stake in Ascent Underwriting (“Ascent”), a leading cyber and specialty lines MGA.
Preservation Capital will provide significant growth capital to support Ascent’s growth ambitions through the development of new business lines and complementary products via the acquisition of emerging risk/specialist MGAs and through selective team hires.
The investment will assist Ascent to meet the strong growth in demand for cyber insurance cover globally and further develop Ascent’s proprietary OPTIO technology platform, while expanding its global distribution and in-house talent base.
The existing management team of Ascent will retain a significant shareholding in Ascent and will continue to manage the business in its next stage of growth.
Jatender Aujla, a Partner of Preservation Capital, said: “We have been impressed by the growth Ascent has experienced since its launch in 2013. It is now one of the leading cyber markets within the Lloyd’s insurance market. The management team of Ascent has done a fantastic job in rapidly growing the business in an attractive end-market that is expected to experience significant growth over the next few years. The team has done this while maintaining exceptional underwriting performance. We see significant opportunity for further growth within cyber and in other emerging risk/specialty business lines and look forward to working with the management team to further build the business in its next stage of development.”
David Umbers, Chief executive of Ascent, said: “Since launching, Ascent has grown rapidly to become a successful and well-regarded MGA. Our independence is important, and we are pleased that our independence will be maintained through this deal with Preservation Capital who will provide us with investment to support our ambitious growth plans.”
The deal is subject to regulatory approval.
Unigestion, the Swiss asset manager with over $25 billion of AUM, is the sole institutional co-investor in the transaction.
Preservation Capital was advised by Aon Securities, Norton Rose Fulbright and Alvarez & Marsal. Ascent was advised by Oakwell Capital, Boodle Hatfield and Gibson Booth.
Ascent is a leading cyber and specialty focused MGA in the Lloyds market. The business was founded in 2013 by David Umbers and Gareth Tungatt and is now recognised as one of the leading MGAs in the Lloyds market.
Source: Preservation Capital Partners press release