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Insurance Industry Merger & Acquisition Appetite in the Asian Region

Asia is well positioned as the future growth engine for the global insurance industry. Since 2009, there have been nearly 100 successfully completed Merger and/or Acquisition deals within the dynamic Asia Pacific region, with an estimated combined transaction value in excess of $100 billion (USD), according to Mergermarket.


Asian Investment in Europe to Diversify On The Rise

The trend of Asian companies making direct foreign investment in European markets is on the rise.  Industry reports reveal investment in European companies has risen more than 10 percent overall in the past year, with Asian investment accounting for nearly 25 percent.  Asian companies and sovereign wealth funds are looking to diversity portfolios and reduce exposure to the domestic market.  Asian transactions in European markets can differ significantly in terms of regulatory due diligence and tax issues.  Professional M&A underwriting expertise to guide successful completion of a favorable transaction demands knowledge of the European landscape, as well as knowledge of the Asian culture of “deal-doing”.


Infrastructure Opportunity? China’s Belt and Road Initiative

China’s Xi Jinping launched the One Belt, One Road Initiative as a foreign policy mandate in 2013.  The ambitious investment strategy intends to stimulate Chinese and global economic growth.  Deemed to be a “mega infrastructure project,” the initiative targets investment primarily in transportation and energy sectors, including roads, railways, ports, bridges and power grids.  Commercial insurance may experience subsequent growth in project-related premium income throughout one of the world’s largest, fastest growing insurance markets.


China Belt & Road Initiative Presents Global Insurance Opportunities

A contract of highway construction has been lately entered into between China Communications Construction Co., Ltd. and the government of Republic of Serbia with the investment of approximately $520 (USD) million.  The Hungary section of Hungary-Serbia railway is estimated to start by the end of 2020.  Another major project of China-Uzbekistan natural pipeline also has officially launched in the city of Bukhara.  All these ongoing projects are deemed to bring about a greater need for insurance in the construction, property, and cargo sectors.  


Latin America Region Offers Insurance Industry Opportunities

Latin America is a dynamic market offering the insurance industry opportunities to forge new paths for greater penetration within selected sectors.  Insurance industry in-roads with Latin American countries will need to focus on product development, geographic diversification and strategic partnerships.