Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. announces $660M acquisition of Buck
Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. announces $660M acquisition of Buck
Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. announced on Tuesday that it has agreed to acquire the partnership interests of Buck, a provider of retirement, HR and employee benefits consulting and administration services. The transaction is expected to close during the first half of 2023, subject to customary regulatory approvals.

“Providing a comprehensive suite of products and services that allows employers to attract, engage and retain talent is at the heart of Gallagher Benefit Services’ mission and our global Gallagher Better Works value proposition,” says J. Patrick Gallagher Jr., chairman, president and CEO of Gallagher. “Through the complementary strengths of Buck’s defined- benefit offerings, investment consulting, digital employee engagement platform and international footprint, the acquisition will broaden, deepen and enhance our client offerings. I look forward to welcoming the 2,300 new colleagues joining us as part of this transaction to our growing Gallagher family of professionals.”

Under the agreement, Gallagher will acquire the partnership interests of BCHR Holdings, which does business as Buck, and its subsidiaries, for a gross consideration of $660 million, or approximately $585 million net of agreed seller-funded expenses and networking capital. Gallagher expects several benefits from the acquisition:

  • Expanding the company’s value proposition within retirement, benefits and HR consulting, administration and technology.
  • Enhancing and deepening Gallagher’s broad suite of professional services, including defined-benefits consulting; plan administration; defined contribution and executive benefit consulting; investment consulting; benefits strategy; compliance; employee engagement consulting; and total rewards optimization.
  • Adding “bSuite,” a proprietary software platform for benefits administration and employee engagement.
  • Potential cross-selling opportunities across current benefits and property and casualty clients.
  • Combining similar sales cultures, both focused on outstanding client service, employee engagement and innovation.
  • Deepening the employee benefits management team.

“I’m delighted to share an exciting and noteworthy milestone for Buck,” Buck CEO Jack Freker says. “Buck is thrilled to be bringing our industry-leading capabilities to Gallagher’s best-in-class organization. Together, we’ll continue to build upon our excellent market reputations, breadth of talent, commitment to DE&I and client-first mindset as we serve many of the world’s leading corporations and brands. We could not have achieved this result without the dedication of our exceptional global workforce.” 

Source: Benefits Pro

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