Company Profile

Created in 1984 in response to a major Portuguese retailer’s need for efficient insurance solutions, MDS has diversified and expanded to become one of the world’s most attractive modern brokerage groups. Today MDS, headquartered in Porto, Portugal, is jointly owned by Sonae, the conglomerate for which the group was created, and by the Suzano Group, a Brazilian firm with activities spanning the industries of paper and renewable energy. Despite our complex history and involvement in several regional markets, MDS is at heart devoted to serving clients with insurance products and services that excel in efficacy, convenience, and value.
Our dominant presence in Portugal and Brazil speaks to our lengthy tradition of improving the field of insurance in the Latin world. MDS Portugal is the largest broker in the nation, while our Brazilian branch ranks in the top 3 brokers in the country and employs four hundred professionals across twelve offices. But MDS isn’t limited to these regions. In fact, we helped found the highly successful international brokerage network Brokerslink, which today is ranked among the largest independent insurance brokers networks in the world. The leadership MDS demonstrates as a part of Brokerslink helps to forge important new partnerships, while our access to some of the world’s most highly specialized insurance services means we’re better able to serve our clients.
MDS also benefits from close relationships with some of the world’s leading figures in global wholesale & reinsurance brokerage and related fields, including Cooper Gay Swett & Crawford. While we believe strongly in the importance of maintaining our independence and doing what’s best for our clients and our company, we actively forge new partnerships to broaden our abilities and perspective, and to make greater contributions to the realm of insurance.
Through the considerable challenges of competing with major global brokerage firms and developing products and services that make sense for today’s companies and individuals, MDS has remained vigilant in the belief that embracing diversity while also encouraging specialization and talent yields excellence. Our team is comprised of professionals with backgrounds in many areas of insurance and risk management, and benefits from the leadership of an exceptional executive board.