Arthur J. Gallagher (AJG) has acquired Schiff, Kreidler-Shell Insurance and Risk Services headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio.

With operations dating back to 1876, Schiff, Kreidler-Shell is a retail-insurance broker providing P&C, employee-benefits and risk-management insurance and consulting services to clients throughout the central United States. It specializes in the construction, agriculture, manufacturing, health-care and financial-service industries as well as cultural and social-service nonprofit organizations.

AJG also has acquired Dallas-based Professional Claims Managers (PCM).

Formed in 1986, PCM is a full-service third-party administrator providing comprehensive claims- and litigation-management services to domestic and foreign clients involved in the business of underwriting and managing loss.

AJG also acquired VEBA Service Group LLC in Spokane, Wash. Formed in 1984, VEBA Service is a health-reimbursement consulting firm that assists in the design and implementation of tax-advantaged health-care-reimbursement plans.

Outside of the United States, AJG acquired more than 78 percent interest in Insurance Dialogue Ltd. of Bournemouth, England. The retail-insurance broker provides personal-lines insurance for clients primarily in the U.K. who are over 50 years of age.

AJG also increased its equity interest in CGM Gallagher Group Ltd. of Kingston, Jamaica, from 38.5 percent to 80 percent. The firm provides P&C, health, risk-management, reinsurance and risk-modeling services to clients throughout the Caribbean.

Daytona Beach, Fla.-based Brown & Brown acquired Richard W. Endlar Insurance Agency Inc. of Dedham, Mass.

Founded in 1975, Endlar Insurance specializes in providing P&C insurance products to condominium associations and other habitation-related clients in Massachusetts and throughout New England. 

Hub International announced it has acquired the insurance-brokerage firms Knauff Insurance Agency Inc. of Charlotte, N.C. and Association Benefits Insurance Agency Inc. (ABIA) of Lynnfield, Mass.

A full-service agency founded in 1969, Knauff offers a diverse array of P&C commercial and personal lines, surety bond, and life and health products and services to a diverse client base throughout North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.

Founded in 2000, ABIA specializes in arranging commercial-lines insurance programs for the members of a wide range of endorsed associations. 

New York-based insurance-broker Confie Seguros announced the acquisition of six insurance agencies: Survival Insurance, in Burbank, Calif.; Speedlane Insurance, in Upland, Calif.; The Chapman Agency, in Elizabeth, N.J.; Coppola Insurance, in West Seneca, N.Y.; Palmetto Insurance, in Miami; and Daley Insurance, in Margate, Fla.