Insurance M&A revival continues, but does it have legs

Overview

Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in the global insurance industry rose in the first half of 2019 with 222 completed deals worldwide, up from 196 in the second half of 2018, according to Clyde & Co’s Insurance Growth Report mid-year update. This marks the biggest increase in the volume of transactions since H1 2015 and the fourth consecutive six-month period of growth.

Highlights include:

  • Global insurance M&A rises to highest level for four years
  • Completed insurance M&A worldwide rises 13% – to highest level since 2015
  • Americas was the most active region
  • Europe sees 40% increase in deal volume
  • India is pick of emerging markets, with an uptick in inbound and domestic deals
  • Search for scale, access to new markets and investment in tech remain key deal drivers
  • Outlook tempered by political and economic uncertainty, and a hardening market

We thank Clyde & Co. for sharing this midyear report with our audience.

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