Groupe Burrus made its debut in 1923 in Strasbourg, with the creation of ESCA by the Burrus family. It was in 1991 that Christian Burrus took over the management of ESCA. In 2004, AFI EUROPE (Lille) joined the group, which enabled it to add the borrower to its Life and Capitalisation activities. It was in 2010 that the two companies became AFI-ESCA. Today, AFI-ESCA operates in France, Italy, Belgium and Luxembourg.
In addition, in 2008, Christian Burrus decided to diversify into brokerage by acquiring the firm DIOT, itself already present throughout France thanks to multiple subsidiaries, and internationally thanks to the EOS RISQ network. In 2010, the group strengthened its position by becoming the majority shareholder of LSN, a brokerage firm dedicated to regulated professions including notaries. Since then, Groupe Burrus has continued to grow, acquiring multiple regional and European specialist brokerage firms.
The EIG Groupe Burrus Technologies supports the growth of Groupe Burrus with cutting-edge tools, developed mainly for the insurance business. The service companies Custy, for insurance, and Adhoc, for brokerage, provide business software.
Groupe Burrus, all branches combined, is now present in Belgium,France, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, the Principality of Monaco and Switzerland, and has nearly 1,500 employees.
Values built over time
Birth of ESCA
Led by Maurice Burrus, its founder and first president, the company offered Alsatians the opportunity to build capital in a privileged financial framework.
True to its ambition, ESCA is expanding and establishing itself in the various French departments, a real commercial boom that has led the company to cover 80% of the territory.
From 1975 to 1989, a well-established organization and a range of attractive financial products enabled ESCA to increase its turnover tenfold.
Taken over by Christian Burrus
It was in 1991 that Christian Burrus, (3rd generation) took over from his father Paul as Managing Director.
Now is the time to diversify products and redesign their marketing; the creation of life insurance contracts and the establishment of an external brokerage network.
2004 – 2010
Acquisition of AFI Europe and merger in 2010
ESCA acquires insurance company AFI Europe (Lille). With this acquisition, the group diversifies its activities and adds the Borrower to its Life and Capitalization activities.
In 2010, AFI Europe and ESCA Prévoyance, by merging, became AFI ESCA.
First turn to brokerage
In addition, in 2008, Christian Burrus decided to diversify into brokerage by becoming the main shareholder of the firm DIOT, itself already present since 1881 throughout France thanks to multiple subsidiaries, and internationally thanks to the EOS RISQ network.
In 2010, Christian Burrus strengthened his position by becoming the majority shareholder of the brokerage firm LSN Assurances, founded in 1960.
Specialist in Professional Civil Liability, LSN Assurances has been the broker for regulated professions, including notaries, for more than 50 years.
Since then, brokerage companies have continued to grow, acquiring multiple specialist regional or European brokerage firms.
Modern times and internationalization
These years will also mark the expansion of the insurance branch internationally, in Belgium, Italy and Luxembourg.
Strengthening brokerage activities
- 2012 -Acquisition of FAPE OBSEQUES, an insurance broker specializing in funeral guarantees, which will be followed by the purchase of LE VOEU FUNERAIRE.
- 2015 – Acquisition of a majority stake in QUALIBROKER ROMANDIE SA, brokerage in French-speaking Switzerland.
- 2016 – Acquisition of 49% of QUALIBROKER, a Swiss German broker headquartered in Zurich.
- 2019 – Strengthening of the CENTER LOIRE activities through the acquisition of the CABINET JALOUNEIX. Creation of DIOT CENTRE LOIRE (ORLEANS) through the acquisition of the firm GRISON & BOIRY.
Development of the technology center
Since January 1, 2017, the Burrus Technologies Group GIE has been in charge of the Group’s IT activities. He works for nearly fifteen companies for:
- Office Infrastructure Group
- Insurance Division Studies and Developments
- Brokerage Studies and Developments
- Security, Data Protection, Processes and Purchasing
Development of ADHOC GTI, a publisher of IT solutions for insurance professionals.
Integration in 2018 of Custy, an IT company specializing in business process automation software for banks and insurance companies.
Group of companies in Paris
Development of the Burrus Group employer brand through the creation of a Burrus Group website and the materialization of a base of common values. For brokerage, acquisition of APRIL’s P&C business insurance portfolio through its regional subsidiary DIOT Rhône-Alpes, which thus becomes one of the leading brokers in the business sector in LYON and in the Rhône-Alpes region.