Lockton Revs Up Motorsport Offering With MIS Acquisition

Irwin Mitchell Leeds Advise On The Deal

03.06.2014

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Lockton has acquired the specialist motorsport insurance broker, MIS Motorsport, based in Guiseley, near Leeds. Lockton and MIS Motorsport completed the transaction on 1 June 2014 after receiving regulatory approval.
 
Lockton already has a presence in the UK motorsport market and in the US where it acts for a number of speedway tracks, rallies, and car clubs. MIS Motorsport is a market leader in the UK, Europe, and the Far East where it is a recognised brand across every market segment from Formula 1 to Karting, and the World Rally Championship through to Club Rallies. The acquisition will strengthen Lockton’s offering in this sector and give it a winning position in the motorsport business while supporting MIS Motorsport’s expansion into the large US market.
 
Lockton Companies LLP Partner Paul Jack commented, "Combining MIS Motorsport and our own business will make Lockton the leading insurance and risk advisor to the UK motorsport industry.  Culturally, the businesses are well aligned with a mutual desire for global growth, a compelling offering to the motorsport industry, and a shared passion for customer service.  Dermot Hanafin, Chief Executive of MIS Motorsport, has unrivalled knowledge of the needs of motorsport clients, and we are delighted to welcome Dermot and his team to Lockton.”
 
Dermot Hanafin said, "I am excited to be joining Lockton. Lockton’s customer-focused approach, passion for the motorsport industry, and global platform make for a great match with the expertise of MIS Motorsport.  We look forward to future growth and the development of the MIS, Lockton Motorsport brand on the worldwide stage.”
 
The combined Lockton MIS team will be based in the north of England working out of Lockton and MIS premises in Manchester and Leeds. Terms of the transaction were not released.

Paul Johnson and Sandip Khroud from the Leeds office of national law firm, Irwin Mitchell, advised MIS Motorsport on the deal.

Lockton is the world’s largest privately held insurance broker with operations around the world. MIS Motorsport is a privately held specialist broker with 10 staff in the U.K. Its founder, Dermot Hanafin, started the niche motorsport insurance brokerage business in 2007. A 25-year veteran of the insurance business, Dermot was an amateur rally driver and still participates today, he is currently preparing to participate in the 2015 Dakar Rally.