Assurex Global Adds Canadian Firm, The Magnes Group Inc., to Worldwide Partner List

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COLUMBUS, OH (June 11, 2008)-Following an extensive due diligence process, The Magnes Group, Inc. of Ontario, Canada, has been accepted into the international partnership ranks of Assurex Global, the world�s largest privately held risk management, commercial insurance and employee benefits brokerage group.

Assurex Global CEO, Jim Hackbarth, explained, �Our goal has always been to identify the best independent insurance firm in every key market worldwide, and this latest addition is no exception. We have a rigorous evaluation checklist and The Magnes Group was clearly the best fit�its accomplishments have made it possible for the firm to become an Assurex Global Partner. That�s something only 113 other firms worldwide can claim.�

The Magnes Group services its clients from a main office in the greater Toronto area and three additional Canadian branch locations. Offering a wide range of insurance services, the firm lists its specialties as aviation, food and beverage, forest products, life sciences, manufacturing, realty and property management, tourism and recreation, and professional E&O.

�Magnes has built an impressive brokerage thus far, and we look forward to adding to its success by providing the full range of proprietary services that are only available to Assurex Global Partners and their clients,� said Hackbarth. �Other Assurex Global Partners are looking forward to building relationships with The Magnes Group as we generate seamless client service between Canada and other countries worldwide.�

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About Assurex Global: Founded in 1954 and headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Assurex Global combines the experience and expertise of 20,000 professionals in every major city on six continents. One hundred and fourteen independently owned broker Partners comprise the world�s largest privately held risk management, commercial insurance and employee benefits brokerage group, with annual premiums of $23 billion. Assurex Global Partners�only one per market�are selected by capability, integrity, growth potential, quality and breadth of services.