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Hollard targets SME sector through Calibre acquisition

4 September 2017 article


Hollard has doubled its presence in the intermediated SME sector through the acquisition of Calibre Commercial Insurance.

As reported in a Breaking News bulletin last week, the insurer has bought SME specialist Calibre from Munich Re for an undisclosed sum.


Calibre’s portfolio, currently underwritten by Munich Re subsidiary Great Lakes Australia, will be underwritten by Hollard from April 1 next year.


It will remain a standalone business and brand.


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Rising to the challenge: Hollard nears $1 billion milestone

4 September 2017 article


So-called challenger brand Hollard is closing in on its ambition to write $1 billion in premium, thanks to another major acquisition.

The South African insurer was licensed in Australia in 2002, and the past 15 years have been a remarkable growth story for CEO Richard Enthoven.


From humble beginnings, it now writes about $700 million in annual premium and has more than 1 million policyholders and 500 staff.


Mr Enthoven has his sights set on the milestone of $1 billion in premium, and last week’s acquisition of SME specialist Calibre Commercial Insurance brings that a step closer.


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New Owner Announcement

31 August 2017


Today, The Hollard Insurance Company Pty Ltd (‘Hollard’) has acquired Calibre Commercial Insurance Pty Ltd from Munich Holdings of Australasia Pty Ltd.

Hollard will also become the underwriter of the portfolio from 1 April 2018. Up until this date all new and renewal business will continue to be underwritten by Great Lakes Australia.

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Fire Protection Industry

6 July 2017


The fire protection industry helps to ensure the safety and protection of people and business. Calibre Insurance welcomes the opportunity to protect the businesses which protect us, by providing tailored insurance cover specifically designed for the Fire Protection Industry

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Munich Re Announcement

22 June 2016

Following a strategic review of their business, Munich Re has announced that it will pursue a divestment of its primary insurance arm and agency investments in Australia and New Zealand, which includes Calibre Insurance.

Munich Re believes the capabilities of Great Lakes Australia (GLA) and its agency investments will be better realised with a change in ownership.

Munich Re will focus on Reinsurance in Australia and New Zealand, where it believes it can provide the best value to the market and its reinsurance clients. View the latest media articles and Munich Re corporate news.

New player launches in Australia

25 November 2015

Insurance & Risk


Following Munich Re’s acquisition of Calliden Commercial’s insurance operations in December 2014, a new Australian-based insurance company has been launched with a focus on servicing the commercial needs of Australian businesses.

Launched on 5 November, Calibre Insurance will operate as an Australian-based subsidiary of Munich Re and will be underwritten by Great Lakes Australia, with a focus on offering business package products, as well as industrial special risks, general and specialty liability.

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Major new entrant Calibre discusses future plans

11 November 2015

Insurance Business online website –News


Calibre Insurance, the recently launched insurer formally known as Calliden, has discussed its future plans and what opportunities it sees in the commercial space.

The business, which officially launched last week, will be similar to their former incarnation, CEO Mike Hooton told Insurance Business, but there will be some positive differences.

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New SME Brand Hits Market

11 November 2015

Broker Buzz


Calibre Insurance is Australia’s newest insurance operation, created by Munich Re after it purchased Calliden’s commercial insurance operations from Steadfast in August.

The brand will also take in what was previously Latitude Underwriting’s specialty liability portfolio, which Munich Re also recently purchased.

Mike Hooton, formerly of Calliden Agency Services, has been appointed CEO, while Latitude’s Ross Gilbert has also joined the new operation.

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Calibre debuts in commercial market

9 November 2015

Insurance News


Calibre Commercial Insurance was officially launched last week following Munich Re’s purchase of Calliden’s general insurance operations.

CEO Mike Hooton says the business remains “firmly focused” on providing business package, industrial special risk, general liability and specialty liability products to SMEs through brokers.
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Calliden's High Power Turbo Charge

Insurance News February/March 2015

Munich Re bought Calliden’s general insurance operations when broker group Steadfast launched a takeover for the insurer with the aim of acquiring its underwriting agencies.

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High-calibre entrant into the commercial insurance market

Media Release
5th November 2015

Calibre Commercial Insurance Pty Ltd (‘Calibre Insurance’), a subsidiary of Münchener Rückversicherungs-Gesellschaft AG (‘Munich Re’), part of Munich Re (Group). Munich Re (Group) is one of the largest insurance groups in the world.


Calibre Insurance has been created to manage commercial insurance portfolios on behalf of insurer Great Lakes Australia.

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Launch of Calibre Insurance

5 November 2015



Calibre Insurance has been launched as the brand for the Calliden Commercial Insurance portfolio acquired last year by Munich Re.


Calibre Commercial Insurance Pty Ltd is headed by Mike Hooton, a former executive of Calliden Agency Services. Con Ansata is the National Sales Manager and Darren Fisher underwriting Manager Commercial.


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Significant player officially launches

5 November 2015

Insurance Business online website – Breaking News


The Australian commercial insurance market has just gained a new player with the official launch of Calibre Commercial Insurance.

Calibre, which arose out of the acquisition of Calliden, will be headed by Mike Hooton as CEO and is a subsidiary of Munich Re.

The business is “firmly focused” on the intermediated market, the company said in a statement, and will offer business package, industrial special risks, general liability and special liability products aimed at the SME market.


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