• Service: Advisory
  • Industry: Financial Services, Insurance
  • Type: Business and industry issue
  • Date: 9/9/2011

M&A trends in insurance 

Developing the right footprint in Asia Pacific

Since the beginning of 2009, there have been almost 150 deals in the insurance sector, of which two-thirds have successfully completed, with a combined deal value in excess of USD 100 billion. Successful transactions have been delivered across the Asia Pacific region in both the life and non-life sectors.

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There has been an increase in both the volume and value of transactions, with significant upward pressure on valuation multiples.

The M&A landscape for the insurance industry in Asia Pacific has historically been shaped by two trends:

  • During the 1990s and early 2000s, global and regional insurers made a steady push into new markets as barriers to entry were lifted. Securing joint ventures built exposure to rapidly growing and developing markets.
  • Many insurers have pursued M&A as a way to secure domestic market share and build specialisation.