Firstbrook Cassie & Anderson Limited Announces Membership in the Wells Fargo Global Broker Network

Ontario, Canada – July 14, 2008 – Wells Fargo Insurance Services, a subsidiary of Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC), recently announced that it has become the exclusive manager of the HLA Global Network, which has been reintroduced to the international community as the Well Fargo Global Broker Network.

Firstbrook Cassie & Anderson Limited, a member of the former HLA Global Network, is proud to announce that they will continue serving international customers as part of the new Wells Fargo Global Broker Network

“Wells Fargo’s widely known and highly trusted brand, as well as the organization’s considerable financial strength and depth of resources, will help Firstbrook Cassie & Anderson and other network members around the world to better serve our customers,” stated John van Bilsen, Senior Vice-President. “Our network has been built from top brokers around the world, who are recognized for their excellence and strong customer service cultures. Continuing our operations under the Wells Fargo brand with Wells Fargo leadership will help the entire network to better identify, focus and strengthen the international insurance and risk management solutions delivered to our customers around the world.”

Grahame Weatherley, Director and Chief Operating Officer of the Wells Fargo Global Broker Network, LLC agrees. “We believe that there are four key characteristics responsible for global program effectiveness: flexibility, collaboration, communication and responsiveness. These are the hallmarks of a successful international network. Our abilities in each of these key areas are enhanced by this commitment and leadership from Wells Fargo.”

The Well Fargo Global Broker Network consists of more than 10,000 insurance and risk management professionals serving customers from 330 offices across 70 countries – with the capability and resources to provide insurance brokerage services in 115 countries around the world. Collectively, the network produces revenues in excess of US $1.8 billion, making it one of the largest organizations of its type. For additional information, please visit

About Firstbrook Cassie & Anderson

Founded in 1919, Firstbrook Cassie & Anderson is one of Canada’s leading independent brokerages, dedicated to providing security and value through innovative custom insurance solutions. With a head office in Toronto and licenced across Canada, FC&A’s specialties include Construction & Surety, property management, institutional, municipal and manufacturing sectors, professional liability, advertising and media, and financial services, as well as private client personal insurance. A strong team environment fosters FC&A’s commitment to professional excellence, resourceful creativity, community leadership and the highest benchmarks for customer service. Visit

About Wells Fargo & Company

Wells Fargo & Company is a diversified financial services company with $595 billion in assets, providing banking, insurance, investments, mortgage and consumer finance through almost 6,000 stores and the internet ( across North America and internationally. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. is the only bank in the U.S., and one of only two banks worldwide, to have the highest credit rating from both Moody’s Investors Service, “Aaa,” and Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services, “AAA.”

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