“I am very pleased to have partnered with MML Ireland on this opportunity. Paddy, Ciarán and Donagh have built a business with an exceptionally strong reputation among customers and insurers. We will continue to build on this strong foundation and will take great care to maintain this reputation as we grow and explore other opportunities that add value.”

Ronan Foley, CEO, INNOVU Insurance

INNOVU Insurance

An alternative to a trade sale. Supported ownership and management transition, using the acquired business as a platform to implement a buy and build strategy.

The business

INNOVU Insurance is a national insurance broker with a balance of personal and commercial lines of business.

The deal

The insurance broking sector was one which MML Ireland had been investigating alongside Ronan Foley, a seasoned CEO with 30 years industry experience. The market was large and fragmented with clear consolidator drivers. MML Ireland were introduced to Sheridan Insurances, a second generation broker with a strong market presence, whose shareholders were seeking to realise value. MML Ireland were able to offer an alternative to a trade sale, bringing in Ronan as CEO and using the business as a platform for consolidation. MML Ireland invested for a majority stake allowing the Sheridan brothers to realise part of their investment whilst rolling a material amount alongside MML Ireland. The business has gone on to acquire a further four brokers, significantly increasing in scale and has rebranded as INNOVU Insurance.

MML Ireland Fund I
Republic of Ireland
Deal Status
Financial Services

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Associated deal team

Neil McGowan

Partner and Co-Head of Investments

Shane Cooke

Investment Director

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