Further to its announcement in April, The Ardonagh Group (“Ardonagh”, “The Group”) confirms it has completed its acquisition of specialist commercial lines insurance broker, Klap Verzekeringsmakelaar (“Klap”). Founded in 1854 and based in Amsterdam, Klap advises SME companies on employee benefits, insurance, and pensions, distributing over €100m of GWP annually.
The business, which will continue to be led by Klap’s current CEO, Jorg Roodbeen, is a key player in the Dutch insurance market, and has achieved high levels of growth in recent years. The transaction marks an exit for Nedvest, the family office, which backed Klaps’ growth by supporting overall development of the business, including its successful acquisition strategy. Klap is acquired by Ardonagh Europe, through its subsidiary Ardonagh Netherlands BidCo B.V., (“Ardonagh Netherlands”), funded by existing capital.
Ardonagh Europe, led by CEO Conor Brennan, landed in the Dutch market in 2022, welcoming the Léons Group as part of its plan to expand into new European markets.
Conor Brennan commented: “Klap is a real specialist and leader in the SME insurance market with a wealth of experience within the team. We are excited to support Klap as they stand alongside our other highly respected and long-standing franchise Léons to extend their insurance excellence even more widely to the European market.”
Jorg Roodbeen added: “We are extremely grateful for the support of Nedvest over the years and are thrilled to be joining Ardonagh Europe, where we will work alongside a host of leading industry brands. I look forward to leveraging the unique collaboration of Klap and Léons as we pursue new and exciting business opportunities.
Tim Kreté, Partner at Nedvest said “We wish the management at Klap the very best for the future. Under this team the business has grown and strengthened its formidable position as the Netherlands’ leader in SME insurance. It has been a pleasure to have worked with them and we look forward to seeing the business develop further in the future.”