President, TigerRisk Partners
Tony Ursano joined TigerRisk Partners as President in April 2015 from Willis, where he was the founder and CEO of Willis Capital Markets & Advisory for six years and a member of the Willis Group Executive Committee. Prior to joining Willis, Tony was Vice Chairman of the Financial Institutions Group at Banc of America Securities. Between 1999 and 2008, he was Global Head of the Financial Institutions Group at Banc of America Securities, managing a team of more than 150 people. Prior to that, he was a senior director at Merrill Lynch for five years. Tony started his career at Donaldson, Lufkin, and Jenrette and subsequently worked for SG Warburg in New York and London.. He has over 31 years of experience as an investment banker focused on the insurance industry.
He has advised on more than 100 insurance industry M&A transactions and more than 125 debt, equity and ILS capital raising transactions in his career, including many of the industry’s most prominent deals. While at Willis, amongst other things, Tony worked on the sale of QBE’s MGA businesses to Alliant, the sale of Fortegra to Tiptree, the sale of York Insurance Services to Onex, the sale of Cathedral to Lancashire, the sale of Alea to Catalina Holdings, the sale of Imperial Management to National General, ACE’s acquisition of Fianzas Monterey, the acquisition by CVC of Brit, the sale of Permanent General to American Family, the sale of Family Heritage to Torchmark, the sale of AmWINS to New Mountain Capital, the sale of Arrowhead to Brown & Brown, the sale of Montpelier’s US business to Selective, the sale of Penn Millers to ACE, the sale of Chaucer to the Hanover Group, the acquisition by CVC of Cunningham Lindsey, the sale of Secura to QBE, the merger of Harbor Point and Max Re, and the sale of Premium Credit to GTCR.
Prior to joining Willis, select significant transactions in which Tony was involved include the sale of ZC Sterling to QBE, the acquisition of FSA by Assured Guaranty, the acquisition of HRH by Willis, the sale of Bank of America’s Corporate Insurance Agency to HRH, the acquisition of 21st Century by AIG, the spin-off of Fidelity National’s title operations, the sale of Sedgwick CMS to Fidelity National & T.H. Lee, the sale of CompWest to Accident Fund, the sale of Crump to J.C. Flowers, the acquisition of E.W. Blanch by Benfield, the acquisition of Travelers Life by MetLife, the sale of Acordia to Wells Fargo, the sale of Lyndon Insurance to Protective and the acquisition by ACE of CIGNA’s P&C insurance operations.
In addition, during his career, Tony has worked on capital raising transactions (IPOs, equity, debt, and ILS) for ACE, Hiscox, State Compensation Insurance Fund, American Coastal, Palomar, Heritage Insurance, ASI, Munich Re, American Modern, Catlin, Chubb, Liberty Mutual, Willis, Meadowbrook, Renaissance Re, PURE Insurance, Centauri Insurance, Assured Guaranty, AIG, Primerica, Beecher Carlson, Frontier Insurance, Annuity & Life Re, PMI, MGIC, AMBAC, Max Re, Fidelity National, Protective Life, Genworth, MetLife, Montpelier Re, Universal American, Republic, the Hartford and Philadelphia Insurance.
Tony received his Bachelor of Arts in both Economics and International Studies from UNC Chapel Hill with honors where he was a Morehead Scholar and a member of their National Championship NCAA Division I Lacrosse Team.