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Frenkel and Company Completes Transition to EPIC Brand

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- Edgewood Partners Insurance Center, which operates as EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants (EPIC), announced today that Frenkel & Company, acquired by EPIC in November 2017, has completed their adoption of the EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants name and brand.

The Frenkel & Company and Frenkel Benefits names will be retired for all Frenkel operations with the exception of Frenkel International which will operate as a specialty division of EPIC. Since joining with EPIC in 2017, Frenkel's associates and practice areas have become integrated into the EPIC business and significantly expanded EPIC's Northeast footprint in risk management, property and casualty insurance, international client services, employee benefits consulting, program solutions and private client services.

Said John Kelly, formerly CEO of Frenkel & Company and now EPIC New York's CEO, "Frenkel's decision to join EPIC has helped us deliver an expansive new set of capabilities to our clients, with the same commitment to service delivery that has been a hallmark of our firm."

Steve Denton, President of EPIC Holdings Inc. noted, "Throughout the past two years we have had the opportunity to integrate our teams, culture and businesses and are proud to now be able to present this unification across the risk management and employee benefits community together as one EPIC. The Frenkel team and capabilities rapidly became ingrained in the EPIC organization and we are excited to kick off 2020 with their full transition to EPIC."

About EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants

EPIC Holdings, Inc. is the corporate parent overseeing investments across the entire EPIC platform. The firm's core retail insurance brokerage business, EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants, now has more than 2,600 team members operating from more than 80 offices across the U.S., providing Property and Casualty, Employee Benefits, Specialty Programs, and Private Client solutions to EPIC clients.

EPIC has created a values-based, client-focused culture that attracts and retains top talent, fosters employee satisfaction and loyalty and sustains a high level of customer service excellence. EPIC team members have consistently recognized their company as a "Best Place to Work" in multiple regions and as a "Best Place to Work in the Insurance Industry" nationally.

EPIC ranks among the top 15 retail insurance brokers in the U.S. Backed and sponsored by Oak Hill Capital Partners, the company continues to expand organically and through strategic acquisitions across the country.

For additional information, please visit https://www.epicbrokers.com/.

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The Nation’s 34th Largest Retail Insurance Broker Prime Risk Partners Joins EPIC

ATLANTA, Ga. -- Prime Risk Partners Inc. and EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants, announced today that they have entered into an agreement to join forces. Prime Risk Partners, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, is a growing national firm of experienced insurance professionals dedicated to providing tailored solutions to help their clients manage a wide range of risks in a rapidly changing and unpredictable world.

Ranked among the top 35 retail insurance brokers in the United States, Prime Risk Partners employs a highly consultative approach to commercial insurance, personal insurance, risk management and employee benefits consulting services.

EPIC, founded in 2007, has grown to become one of the 15 largest U.S. retail insurance brokers and the nation's 9th largest privately-held insurance brokerage, with core beliefs in and a strong reputation for service excellence, innovation, community, collaboration and having fun - all in the interest of being a "people first" organization.

"Our partners have been delivering strategic guidance and service around the risk management, insurance and benefit consulting needs of our clients for decades," said Prime Risk Partners' Chairman & CEO Bret Quigley. "Joining EPIC will allow us to deliver an even broader and deeper set of capabilities and added value to our clients with the same commitment to excellence that has always been a hallmark of our partners."

"Our vision for Prime Risk Partners is to build a superior national insurance platform. Joining EPIC allows us to accelerate that vision rapidly with like-minded leadership we know well and respect," added Adam Meyerowitz, Prime Risk Partners' President and Co-Founder. "We are thrilled to join forces with such a unique and highly successful company as EPIC."

Prime Risk Partners will initially operate as Prime Risk Partners - an EPIC Company following closing. Prime Risk Partners' operating leadership and insurance professionals will continue to provide service from their existing locations. Adam Meyerowitz will join EPIC's executive leadership team.

Said EPIC President, Steve Denton, "Bret Quigley and Adam Meyerowitz have built Prime Risk Partners the right way by bringing together brokers and agents with great reputations and specialties in the markets they serve. Their team fits perfectly with our existing New York and New Jersey operations, adds a substantial presence to our Boston business and opens up a sizable new region for us in the Midwest. We are thrilled be able to partner with Prime Risk Partners and we look forward to the future together."

"We are delighted for Prime Risk to join the EPIC family, a unique platform in the insurance brokerage market focused on being the best home for producers and driving best-in-breed organic growth. Prime's integrated business fits well within EPIC and further bolsters our northeast hub, which has been a critical focus during our partnership with EPIC," said Steve Puccinelli, Partner at Oak Hill.

"We could not have asked for a better management team than the Prime Risk Partners team, led by Bret Quigley and Adam Meyerowitz, to help us take Prime Risk Partners from the idea stage to become the successful and growing top brokerage firm it is today," said Ganesh Rao, Managing Director at Thomas H. Lee Partners, Prime Risk Partners' original equity sponsor. "They have been fantastic partners and we are gratified to know that Prime Risk Partners will be well positioned to continue growing by joining forces with EPIC."

Barclays and Waller Helms Advisors acted as financial advisors and Weil, Gotshal & Manges acted as legal advisor to EPIC. Reagan Consulting acted as financial advisor and King & Spalding acted as legal advisor to Prime Risk Partners.

About Prime Risk Partners - an EPIC Company

Prime Risk Partners, headquartered in Atlanta, is a growing national firm of experienced insurance professionals dedicated to providing tailored solutions to help our clients manage a wide range of risks in an unpredictable world. Recently ranked among the top 35 brokers in the United States, Prime Risk Partners employs an ongoing consultative approach to meet commercial, personal, and employee benefits insurance needs. For additional information, please visit https://primeriskpartners.com.

About EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants

EPIC Holdings, Inc. is the corporate parent overseeing investments across the entire EPIC platform. The firm's core retail insurance brokerage business, EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants, now has more than 2,000 team members operating from more than 70 offices across the U.S., providing Property and Casualty, Employee Benefits, Specialty Programs, and Private Client solutions to EPIC clients.

EPIC has created a values-based, client-focused culture that attracts and retains top talent, fosters employee satisfaction and loyalty and sustains a high level of customer service excellence. EPIC team members have consistently recognized their company as a "Best Place to Work" in multiple regions and as a "Best Place to Work in the Insurance Industry" nationally.

EPIC ranks among the top 15 retail insurance brokers in the U.S. Backed and sponsored by Oak Hill Capital Partners, the company continues to expand organically and through strategic acquisitions across the country. For additional information, please visit https//epicbrokers.com.

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EPIC Adds Dave Tate in Dallas, Texas

DALLAS, Texas -- EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants announced today that Dave Tate has joined the firm's Property and Casualty operations, as a Principal, reporting to EPIC Managing Principal and Director of the Southwest Region, KJ Wagner.

Tate, based in Dallas, will be responsible for new business development and the design, placement and management of property/casualty insurance programs, providing risk management strategies and solutions for mid-market and large clients.

Tate joins EPIC from Marsh, where he specialized in the placement of insurance for businesses with difficult exposures, or difficult historical loss experience, particularly product liability issues and risk challenges in the Manufacturing, Construction and Energy industry.

"We are thrilled to continue the growth of our Property & Casualty team in the Southwest region with Dave's addition," said KJ Wagner. "He brings a strong risk management background that adds tremendous value to our clients. He is a talented professional who will be a terrific addition to EPIC."

Dave Tate can be reached at david.tate@epicbrokers.com or 214.502.9799.

About EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants

EPIC is a unique and innovative retail property and casualty and employee benefits insurance brokerage and consulting firm. EPIC has created a values-based, client-focused culture that attracts and retains top talent, fosters employee satisfaction and loyalty and sustains a high level of customer service excellence.

EPIC team members have consistently recognized their company as a "Best Place to Work" in multiple regions and as a "Best Place to Work in the Insurance Industry" nationally.

EPIC now has more than 2,000 team members operating from more than 70 offices across the U.S., providing Property and Casualty, Employee Benefits, Specialty Programs and Private Client solutions to EPIC clients.

With run rate revenues greater than $600 million, EPIC ranks among the top 15 retail insurance brokers in the U.S. Backed and sponsored by Oak Hill Capital Partners, the company continues to expand organically and through strategic acquisitions across the country.

For additional information, please visit https://www.epicbrokers.com/.

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EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants Appoints Lou D’Agostino National Hedge Fund Practice Leader

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants, a retail property and casualty insurance brokerage and employee benefits consultant, announced today that Principal and industry veteran, Lou D'Agostino, has been appointed to the newly-created position of National Hedge Fund Practice Leader as part of its Financial Services division.

In his new role, D'Agostino will be responsible for the continued growth and development of EPIC's hedge fund practice and its contribution to the expansion of its Financial Services business. He will also serve as an internal resource and advisor, assisting producers in better understanding the industry landscape as well as the unique risk management and insurance needs of Hedge Funds and other Alternative Asset Management clients.

"I feel privileged to have the opportunity to lead EPIC's National Hedge Fund Practice," said D'Agostino. "The needs of this market are dynamic and demanding and I remain committed to the innovation of products and programs to meet them."

D'Agostino has more than 19 years of insurance brokerage experience and is an expert in serving the financial services industry, with a specialized focus in the hedge fund sector.

D'Agostino joined EPIC in 2018 along with his team from Iron Cove Partners, where he created an industry-leading financial services practice. The company's strong reputation in the hedge fund sector earned it the 2017 and 2018 "Best US & Global Hedge Fund Industry Insurance Provider" awards from Hedgeweek.

"Lou has proven his ability to lead and we are thrilled to place him in such a key role. His depth of knowledge, ability to build relationships and competitive drive, make him an invaluable asset to our team and I anticipate him playing an essential role in the growth of EPIC's Financial Services Practice," said Philip V. Moyles, Jr., EVP of EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants and head of EPIC's Financial Services business.

"Over the last year, Lou has brought his expansive knowledge and expertise in the financial services industry to EPIC," said Tom O'Neil, EPIC's Northeast Region President. "Lou continues to be well known and well regarded by clients, colleagues and insurers throughout the hedge fund community and we are excited to elevate him to this new position."

About EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants:

EPIC is a unique and innovative retail property and casualty and employee benefits insurance brokerage and consulting firm. EPIC has created a values-based, client-focused culture that attracts and retains top talent, fosters employee satisfaction and loyalty and sustains a high level of customer service excellence.

EPIC team members have consistently recognized their company as a "Best Place to Work" in multiple regions and as a "Best Place to Work in the Insurance Industry" nationally.

EPIC now has more than 2,000 team members operating from 65 offices across the U.S., providing Property and Casualty, Employee Benefits, Specialty Programs and Private Client solutions to EPIC clients.

With run rate revenues greater than $605 million, EPIC ranks among the top 15 retail insurance brokers in the U.S. Backed and sponsored by Oak Hill Capital Partners, the company continues to expand organically and through strategic acquisitions across the country.

For additional information, please visit https://www.epicbrokers.com/.

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EPIC Insurance Brokers adds JoBeth Wells in Dallas Texas

DALLAS, Texas -- EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants announced today that JoBeth Wells has joined the firm's Property and Casualty operations, as a Principal, reporting to EPIC Managing Principal and Director of the Southwest Region, KJ Wagner.

Wells, based in Dallas, will be responsible for new business development and the design, placement and management of property/casualty insurance programs, providing risk management strategies and solutions for mid-market and large clients.

Wells joins EPIC from Willis Towers Watson, where she served as an Executive Vice President for over 30 years through predecessor companies. JoBeth specializes in the Construction, Real Estate and Public Entity industries.

"We are thrilled to continue the growth of our Property & Casualty team in the Southwest region with JoBeth's addition," said KJ Wagner. "She brings a strong risk management background that adds tremendous value to our clients. I am particularly excited to re-unite with JoBeth. She will be a terrific addition to EPIC."

JoBeth Wells can be reached at jobeth.wells@epicbrokers.com or 214-415-5345.

About EPIC:

EPIC is a unique and innovative retail property and casualty and employee benefits insurance brokerage and consulting firm. EPIC has created a values-based, client-focused culture that attracts and retains top talent, fosters employee satisfaction and loyalty and sustains a high level of customer service excellence.

EPIC team members have consistently recognized their company as a "Best Place to Work" in multiple regions and as a "Best Place to Work in the Insurance Industry" nationally.

EPIC now has more than 1,800 team members operating from 80 offices across the U.S., providing Property and Casualty, Employee Benefits, Specialty Programs and Private Client solutions to EPIC clients.

With run rate revenues greater than $575 million, EPIC ranks among the top 15 retail insurance brokers in the U.S. Backed and sponsored by Oak Hill Capital Partners, the company continues to expand organically and through strategic acquisitions across the country.

For additional information, please visit https://www.epicbrokers.com/.

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EPIC Holdings Inc. Closes Acquisition of Integro USA

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- EPIC Holdings, Inc. today announced the closing of EPIC's acquisition of Integro Holdings Inc. (substantially all of the U.S. operations of Integro Group Holdings). Please see our press release issued on December 17, 2018 that follows for more details and comments on the transaction.

EPIC HOLDINGS TO ACQUIRE INTEGRO USA

SAN FRANCISCO and NEW YORK, Dec. 17, 2018 -- EPIC Holdings, Inc. today announced an agreement to acquire Integro Holdings Inc., which houses substantially all of the U.S. operations of Integro Group Holdings, LP.

Founded in 2005, Integro has built a highly successful specialty insurance brokerage and consulting business in the U.S. with revenue in excess of $150 million. Financial terms of the proposed transaction have not been disclosed.

Integro USA brings to EPIC expertise that is well aligned with EPIC's diverse insurance distribution platform.

Areas of emphasis include:

Entertainment & Sports: focus in music & events; theatre & venues; film, TV & media; sports associations & amateur sports; and racing & motor sport.

Specialty: leading provider of insurance brokerage services to Professional Services Firms (accountants, lawyers, hedge funds, asset managers, architects & engineers) and Transportation & Logistics businesses.

Risk Management/Complex Accounts: deep technical services for the Fortune 500 and complex risk accounts.

Middle Market Accounts: property/casualty, employee benefits, and private client services for small to medium sized companies and individuals

Employee Benefits Consulting: expertise for mid to large employer groups as well as unique services for the private equity sector.

Integro USA is led by Marc Kunney, President of North America Operations. The acquisition will add over 400 team members working across 22 US locations.

Kunney commented on the transaction, "Joining forces with EPIC allows us to continue offering our clients the highest level of service and expertise, while providing depth and scale to further invest in our combined capabilities."

Pete Garvey, EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants CEO and a founder and former CEO of Integro Ltd., noted, "I know firsthand what a high quality group Integro is. We can't be more delighted to have their U.S. team join forces with EPIC."

Steve Denton, President of EPIC Holdings Inc. added, "EPIC and Integro USA fit together perfectly with common themes including a passion for client service and delivering specialty capabilities supported by actionable analytics."

The transaction is expected to close in January 2019.

The financial advisor for EPIC was Rob Giammarco at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and their legal advisor was Chris Machera at Weil, Gotshal & Manges, LLP. The financial advisor for Integro was Stuart Britton at Evercore and their legal advisor was Paul Kukish at Latham & Watkins, LLP.

About EPIC

EPIC Holdings, Inc. is the corporate parent overseeing investments across the entire EPIC platform. EPIC currently has nearly 1,400 team members operating from 50 offices across the U.S. and annual revenues over $440 million.

EPIC has created a values-based, client-focused culture that attracts and retains top talent, fosters employee satisfaction and loyalty and sustains a high level of customer service excellence. EPIC team members have consistently recognized their company as a "Best Place to Work" in multiple regions and as a "Best Place to Work in the Insurance Industry" nationally.

Backed by Oak Hill Capital Partners, the company continues to expand organically and through strategic acquisitions across the country.

For additional information, please visit: https://www.epicbrokers.com/.

About Integro USA

Launched in 2005, Integro is among the nation's largest and most respected insurance brokerage and risk management firm. Clients credit Integro's superior technical abilities and creative, collaborative work style for securing superior program results and pricing. The firm's acknowledged capabilities in brokerage, risk analytics and claims are rewriting industry standards for service and quality. The firm's U.S. headquarter office is located at 1 State Street Plaza, 8th Floor, New York, NY 10004. 1-877-688-8701.

For additional information, please visit: https://www.integrogroup.com/.

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Paragon Insurance Holdings Announces Equity Investment from Edgewood Partners Insurance Center and Oak Hill Capital Partners

AVON, Conn. -- Paragon Insurance Holdings, LLC ("Paragon"), a national multi-line specialty MGA, announced today that Edgewood Partners Insurance Center (EPIC) and Oak Hill Capital Partners have taken an equity stake in the company. The investment from EPIC and Oak Hill will further propel Paragon's organic and M&A growth strategies and create greater opportunity for Paragon's agency, carrier and reinsurance trading partners.

Paragon was formed in 2014 by Ron Ganiats and Ron Mairano and is one of the industry's fastest growing managing general agencies. With fifteen programs, controlled premiums exceeding $125M, and offices in Avon, CT, San Francisco, and Seattle, Paragon has established deep trading relationships with specialty carriers and reinsurers that provide unique solutions in a market that is quickly evolving.

Paragon's specialty carrier and reinsurance relationships, systems and operational capabilities, and data capture and analytics, have quickly made the company a stand out among their competitors.

"Winning in this environment is a function of talent, capability, vision and commitment," said Ron Ganiats, CEO of Paragon. "We are delighted to have strong new partners like EPIC and Oak Hill, who will help us to further build on this foundation of beliefs and values, for the benefit of all Paragon trading partners and our own team members."

About Paragon:
A broadly diversified MGA, Paragon provides unique opportunities and solutions to retail agents, insurance carriers, reinsurers and vendor partners.

Please visit http://www.paragoninsgroup.com/ for additional information.

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Oak Hill Capital Partners to Invest in EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants to Support EPIC’s Further Growth & Expansion

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants, a retail property, casualty insurance brokerage, and employee benefits consultant, announced today that private equity firm Oak Hill Capital Partners (Oak Hill) has agreed to acquire all of The Carlyle Group's stake, giving Oak Hill a controlling equity position in EPIC. Oak Hill's investment will enable EPIC to continue its aggressive organic growth strategy and will support strategic acquisitions of additional complementary insurance distribution platforms across the United States.

Founded in July 2007, EPIC has become a leading national insurance broker with annual revenues approaching $300 million. The company has developed a broad suite of capabilities related to risk management, commercial property & casualty insurance, and employee benefits consulting, as well as specialty programs for a wide range of industries nationally, including construction and design, real estate development and property management, transportation and logistics, energy, hospitality, financial and professional services, healthcare, and food and beverage.

Since Carlyle acquired a controlling stake in December 2013 with equity provided by Carlyle Global Financial Services Partners L.P. and Carlyle Global Financial Services Partners II L.P., EPIC has transformed itself from a California-centric insurance broker into one of the top 20 nationally recognized platforms while more than tripling its revenues.

John Hahn, co-founder and CEO of EPIC, said, "Over the past 10 years, we have built EPIC into a unique and successful firm that is focused on providing innovative solutions and significant value to our clients and EPIC team members by creating a culture of accountability and alignment through broad-based employee ownership. We are thankful for the robust support, guidance, and access to resources we have received from The Carlyle Group over the past three and a half years, and look forward to building further on the strengths of our organization across the country with the strategic and financial backing of Oak Hill Capital Partners."

Peter Garvey, President of EPIC, said, "We are proud of the unique 'people first' culture that we have built at EPIC. Our company will stay true to the guiding principles that were established when the business was launched 10 years ago. I am confident that with the support of Oak Hill, EPIC will continue to attract and retain the best talent in the industry and the clients who value them."

Scott Kauffman, Partner at Oak Hill said, "We are excited to partner with John Hahn, Pete Garvey, their executive team, and the entire EPIC organization, all proven industry leaders, to continue supporting EPIC's strong growth, innovation, and success in the insurance brokerage industry."

John Redett, Managing Director and Co-head of Carlyle's Global Financial Services team said, "We wish John Hahn and his team well as they continue to execute upon their strategic vision and buildout of EPIC. We believe in their business model and ability to capitalize upon the vast opportunity ahead of them, and are thankful to have played a part in their success over the past several years."

The investment is subject to customary regulatory approvals and is expected to close in the 3rd quarter of 2017. Total Enterprise Value of EPIC now approaches $1 billion, at $977 million.

Bank of America Merrill Lynch acted as lead financial advisor and SunTrust Robinson Humphrey acted as financial advisor to EPIC. Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz served as EPIC's legal advisor.

Barclays acted as financial advisor to Oak Hill and Weil, Gotshal & Manges served as Oak Hill's legal advisor.

About EPIC:
EPIC is a unique and innovative retail property & casualty and employee benefits insurance brokerage and consulting firm. EPIC has created a values-based, client-focused culture that attracts and retains top talent, fosters employee satisfaction and loyalty, and sustains a high level of customer service excellence. EPIC team members have consistently recognized their company as a "Best Place to Work" in multiple regions and as a "Best Place to Work in the Insurance Industry" nationally.

EPIC now has more than 1,000 team members operating from offices across the U.S., providing Property Casualty, Employee Benefits, Specialty Programs, and Private Client solutions to more than 20,000 clients.

With run rate revenues approaching $300 million, EPIC ranks among the top 20 retail insurance brokers in the United States and is the 10th largest privately held broker in the nation. Soon to be backed by Oak Hill Capital Partners, the company continues to expand organically and through strategic acquisitions across the country.

More information: http://www.epicbrokers.com/.

About Oak Hill Capital Partners:
Oak Hill is a private equity firm managing funds with more than $10 billion of initial capital commitments since inception from leading global endowments and foundations, public and corporate pension plans, sovereign wealth funds, insurance companies, financial institutions, consultants, and family offices. Over the past 30 years, the professionals at Oak Hill and its predecessors have invested in 84 significant private equity transactions across broad segments of the U.S. and global economies.

Oak Hill applies an industry-focused, theme-based approach to investing in the following sectors: Consumer, Retail & Distribution; Industrials; Media & Communications; and Services. Oak Hill works actively in partnership with management to implement strategic and operational initiatives to create franchise value.

More information: http://oakhillcapital.com/.

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