It certainly has been a year for getting bigger.

TicketMaster Entertainment merged with Live Nation Inc. last January to become the largest live-entertainment company in the world. United Airlines chose Continental for its partner in a merger that will create the world's largest airline.

Not to be outdone, the wholesale broker community has had two major deals this year–Swett & Crawford with British broker-reinsurer Cooper Gay and AmWINS with Colemont. And that's just the largest pairings.

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