Equity Risk Partners, a full-service insurance brokerage and consulting firm focused on the private equity industry, has re-launched its New York office by opening a new Manhattan office in conjunction with a major national expansion of its employee benefits practice.

Equity Risk Partners (ERP) said that its employee benefits practice provides thoughtful due diligence and creates custom, cost-effective employee benefit programs for each of the firm’s partners, aligned with strategic and financial objectives.

To operate the New York Office, ERP has hired Ken Ambos, John Hill and Maureen McGurk-Denley. The three senior executives each have extensive employee benefits experience.

Mr Ambos will spearhead the national expansion of the company’s employee benefits practice as ERP’s new senior managing director and national employee benefits practice leader. Prior to joining ERP, Mr Ambos served as the executive vice president and regional benefits practice leader for Hilb Rogal & Hobbs (HRH) in New York.

Mr Hill joins ERP as director of employee benefits consulting, and is responsible for managing the New York and Chicago offices’ benefits practices. He joins ERP from HRH, where he was the senior vice president in its New York employee benefits operation.

Ms McGurk-Denley brings extensive benefits consulting experience to her new role as senior principal in ERP’s New York office. Prior to joining ERP, Ms McGurk-Denley was senior employee benefits consultant at HRH in New York.

Michael Marcon, founder and CEO of ERP, said: New York has historically had one of the most robust private equity communities, and our new strategic foothold in Manhattan affords local firms our immediate contact and support. At the same time, our employee benefits practice national expansion vastly enhances ERP’s ability to provide our partners coast-to-coast with cost-effective plans that align seamlessly with their strategic business objectives.