Blackfin Acquires Majority Stake in SPB

Blackfin has finalised an agreement to acquire a majority share in affinity insurance broker SPB

The SPB Group, a European affinity insurance specialist, has joined forces with BlackFin Capital Partners, a leading investor in Europe's financial services sector.  

SPB has chosen Blackfin to support them in a new phase of development, which will be beneficial for both its teams and policyholders. The transaction was closed in Paris on 28 March 2024. 

SPB: Scaling with Blackfin

BlackFin intends to bolster SPB's European market presence by refocusing on its core insurance brokerage and claims management operations. 

Save, previously a subsidiary handling electronic device repair, refurbishment and recycling, has been divested from SPB but will be retained by the Guian Family, the founders of SPB Group.

Jean-Marie Guian CEO of SPB Group

Jean-Marie Guian, the CEO of SPB Group comments: “The investment of BlackFin is a great opportunity and will allow us to continue writing the company's story.

“The combination of BlackFin’s experience in insurance brokerage and SPB’s know-how in affinity insurance represents the key to our success. I am convinced that our employees, clients, and partners will quickly recognise the value of this transaction.”

Drawing on its expertise in the insurance brokerage sector, BlackFin will provide the tools to enhance SPB’s revenues, through organic and external growth, while improving operational performance. 

BlackFin will also begin to implement a digital transformation by investing in an enhanced user experience which will include improved reporting tools for insurers, as well as self-service contract and claims management for policyholders.

Eric May, Founding Partner of BlackFin Capital Partners

Eric May, Founding Partner of BlackFin Capital Partners, adds: ‘We are enthusiastic about this acquisition, as SPB combines a pan-European presence with world-class clients. 

“BlackFin’s extensive track record in growing insurance brokers and service platforms will provide both the blueprint and the tools to build an even stronger business. We are fully aligned in our ambition to maximise client satisfaction and attract more business across Europe.”


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