Even as it helps banks gobble up insurance agencies, Marsh, Berry & Co., the Concord, Ohio-based merger and acquisition specialist, is helping some of the stronger independent agencies on its books stay unaffiliated.

Six months ago Marsh Berry formed Encore Capital LLC, an investment company that solicits investment dollars from insurance companies. The goal is to use the funds to shore up the stronger agencies on its client list. Encore expects to have an investment pool of up to $125 million by yearend.

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