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CFB leaves Aon Hewitt after acquisition

Brisbane-based advice firm Complete Financial Balance has left its former licensee, Aon Hewitt Financial Advice, after being bought out by US-based multinational company Arthur J Gallagher & Co.

CFB moved to the newly-established AFSL held by Gallagher Benefit Services Pty Ltd on 1 January, according to ASIC data, which also shows the licence is controlled by Arthur J Gallagher & Co.

CFB principal Tapel Cafer announced on LinkedIn that the acquisition is a great move for the firm, while also making clear that the practice was parting ways with Aon Hewitt's licensee business.

“This is a great opportunity for our team and clients, and [we] look forward to working with a great international team,” he said.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank past and present management and staff at Aon Hewitt for their support and professionalism.”

Earlier this week, ifa reported that Arthur J Gallagher & Co acquired CFB, following an announcement to the New York Stock Exchange, on which the multinational company is listed. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed, but Gallagher president and CEO J Patrick Gallagher Jr did make comments welcoming the new Australian subsidiary. 

"We are particularly excited to have completed the acquisition of CFB, our first employee benefits acquisition in Australia," Mr Gallagher said.

"Their team's solid culture, similar business model and commitment to delivering the highest professional standards will be a wonderful addition to our employee benefits consulting operations. We are pleased to welcome Graham [Campbell], Tapel and their colleagues to our growing Gallagher family of professionals."


CFB will continue to be run by Mr Cafer and principal Graham Campbell, who will be reporting to Leslie Lemenager, head of Gallagher’s international employee benefit consulting and brokerage business.

Adrian Flores

Adrian Flores

Adrian Flores is a deputy editor at Momentum Media, focusing mainly on banking, wealth management and financial services. He has also written for Public Accountant, Accountants Daily and The CEO Magazine.

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