BRP Group, Inc. Enters into Agreement to Acquire Lanier Upshaw, Inc.
Expands Presence in Middle Market Healthcare, Higher Education, Construction and Property
TAMPA, FL — BRP Group, Inc. (“BRP Group” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: BRP), announced that Baldwin Krystyn Sherman Partners, LLC, a subsidiary of BRP Group, has entered into an agreement to acquire substantially all assets of Lanier Upshaw, Inc. (“Lanier Upshaw”), a Lakeland, Florida-based independent insurance firm focused on writing healthcare, higher education, construction, property and non-profit business throughout Florida and other states. The Partnership, BRP Group’s nomenclature for a strategic acquisition, is expected to close January 1, 2020, subject to certain closing conditions.
Lanier Upshaw will become part of the Company’s Middle Market Operating Group, doing business as BKS-Partners. In recent years, Lanier Upshaw has successfully grown its business to approximately 60 colleagues. The firm has been a consistent winner of Florida’s Best Companies to Work For as selected by Florida Trend Magazine, including in 2019, and has been a long-time member of Assurex Global. Lanier Upshaw has annual revenue of approximately $8 million.
“With BRP Group, we align with a firm that has the commitment to explore challenges and embrace the upside of risk, while also investing in the tools, talent and client experience capabilities necessary to remain at the vanguard for our clients,” said Scott Franklin, President and Chief Executive Officer of Lanier Upshaw. “Our risk advisors have worked to build exceptional client relationships and develop the innovative risk transfer strategies they need, while remaining true to the stakeholder-centric legacy Lanier Upshaw started when he founded our firm nearly 80 years ago. As we combine with BRP Group, our clients can expect a seamless transition and our colleagues will benefit through new growth and career development opportunities.”
“With Lanier Upshaw, we are partnering with another outstanding insurance firm in the fast-growing Florida market,” said John Valentine, Chief Partnership Officer of BRP Group. “This Partnership allows us to holistically enhance capabilities and expertise for our clients and stakeholders, while also combining two strong central Florida firms and their extensive knowledge bases into a cohesive and powerful team to more rapidly expand our growing Central Florida market share.”
“The Partnership and business combination with Lanier Upshaw highlights BRP Group’s position as the ‘Partner of Choice’ for the industry’s premier independent insurance brokers and strengthens our leading middle market franchise in the Florida marketplace,” said Trevor Baldwin, Chief Executive Officer of BRP Group. “Lanier Upshaw’s recognized expertise across a number of industry segments will further bolster the breadth of our client capabilities, while the alignment of our stakeholder-centric cultures further strengthens our position as a destination for the industry’s top talent.”
BKS-Partners works with clients across the country, providing them with best-in-class services and innovative risk solutions, and has been strategically expanding its geographic reach throughout the U.S.