Beautifully engraved certificate from the Corroon & Reynolds Corporation
in 1937. This historic document was printed by the Hamilton Banknote Company and has an
ornate border around it with a vignette of the company logo between allegorical women. This item has the printed signatures of the Company’s President and Treasurer and is
over 69 years old.
Willis has an illustrious history. Its origins lie in the early 19th century with the founding in London of three firms, Henry Willis & Co, Faber Brothers, and Dumas & Wylie, the first two of which merged in 1897 to form Willis, Faber & Co. When that firm was joined by Dumas & Wylie, in 1928, the famous name of Willis, Faber & Dumas Limited came into being.
R A Corroon & Co. Inc., was established in New York in 1905. In 1966 it merged with C R Black Jr Corporation. Of a great many subsequent amalgamations the most significant was with Synercon Corporation, of Nashville, in 1976.
In mid-1998 the Group's shareholders accepted an offer from the leveraged buy-out specialists Kohlberg Kravis Roberts. Consequently the Group, which had been publicly quoted since 1976, reverted to being a private company. In 1999, the Group's operations amalgamated under one name Willis Group Limited.
1828 Henry Willis & Co. established
1843 Dumas & Wylie established
1886 Faber Brothers established
1898 Willis, Faber & Co. formed by merger
1905 R.A. Corroon & Co. established
1928 Willis Faber & Dumas formed by merger
1968 Corroon & Reynolds Corporation name was changes to Corroon & Black Corp.
1976 Willis Faber listed on stock exchange
1990 Willis Corroon Group formed by merger
1998 Willis Corroon Group acquired by Trinity Acquisition
1999 The Group's operations are amalgamated under one name: Willis Group
2001 Willis Group Limited listed on the New York Stock Exchange