Hub International Acquires AssurConseil; Expands Trucking Expertise in Quebec


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 Add Title:  Hub International Acquires AssurConseil; Expands Trucking Expertise in Quebec
 Location:  Chicago
 Date:    2006-07-05  
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 Hub International Limited (NYSE:HBG)(TSX:HBG) announced today the acquisition of AssurConseil, S.E.N.C., a Montreal-based insurance broker with both general lines and trucking expertise. The 39-employee organization will add approximately CDN$5.5 million (US$4.9 million) to Hub International's revenue base and will become part of Hub International Quebec Limitee (HUB Quebec). Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

"AssurConseil and its management team are well known and highly respected in our service area, which makes this acquisition attractive on several levels," said Andre Soucisse, president and chief executive officer of HUB Quebec. "We look forward to working with our new partners to accelerate our expansion."

All members of the AssurConseil Executive team will play important management roles in Hub Quebec. AssurConseil principals who will be joining HUB Quebec include Mr. Pierre Charron, Christian Chartier, Pierre Simoneau, Louis-Claude Trudel, Pierre Paquette and Robert Lorange.

"We will add new market access and product depth for AssurConseil clients as we become part of HUB Quebec, creating growth opportunities for our combined organization," Charron said.

Headquartered in Chicago, IL, Hub International Limited is a leading North American insurance brokerage that provides a broad array of property and casualty, reinsurance, life and health, employee benefits, investment and risk management products and services through offices located in the United States and Canada.

This press release may contain forward-looking statements that reflect our current views with respect to future events and financial performance. These forward-looking statements relate, among other things, to our plans and objectives for future operations and are subject to uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from such statements. These uncertainties and other factors include, but are not limited to, risks associated with implementing our business strategies, identifying and consummating acquisitions, integrating acquired brokerages, attaining greater market share, developing and implementing effective information technology systems, recruiting and retaining qualified employees, fluctuations in the premiums charged by insurance companies with corresponding fluctuations in our premium-based revenue, any loss of services of key executives, industry consolidation, increased competition in the industry, fluctuations in the demand for insurance products, exchange rates, resolution of regulatory issues, including those related to compensation arrangements with insurance companies, the actual costs of resolution of contingent liabilities and the passage of new legislation subjecting our business to regulation in jurisdictions where we operate. We caution readers not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release. Additional information regarding these risks and other factors that could cause Hub International's actual results to differ materially from our expectations is contained in the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Canadian securities commissions. Except as otherwise required by federal securities laws, Hub International undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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