UK authority ends investigation of AJG’s acquisition of Willis Re

UK authority ends investigation of AJG’s acquisition of Willis Re

The UK federal governments Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) stated this early morning that it has ended its investigation of the pending acquisition of the Willis Re treaty reinsurance organization of Willis Towers Watson (WTW) by Arthur J. Gallagher (Gallagher). The Authority said that it will not take its examinations of the merger to the next stage, known as Phase 2.
Arthur J. Gallagher & & Co. accepted pay $3.25 billion to acquire the treaty reinsurance brokerage operations of Willis Towers Watsons Willis Re system back in August.
Gallagher had been lined up to get a variety of assets from Willis Towers Watson as part of the divestments required to seal the Aon and WTW merger, consisting of Willis Re.
After the Aon and WTW merger was deserted, the possibly transformational acquisitions of reinsurance broking system Willis Re and a variety of major business broking units from WTW appeared to have been removed from Gallagher.
AJG rapidly revived discussions directly with WTW and came to a contract that would see Gallagher get the reinsurance broking growth it had actually been looking for, with the acquisition of all of Willis Res treaty broking operations.
In October, the UK governments Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) stated it was investigating the prepared merger.
The CMA stated at the time that it was checking out whether “it is or may hold true that this deal, if brought into effect, will result in the creation of an appropriate merger circumstance under the merger arrangements of the Enterprise Act 2002 and, if so, whether the development of that circumstance might be anticipated to lead to a considerable minimizing of competitors within any market or markets in the United Kingdom for goods or services.”
It was a Phase 1 investigation, so initial, with a due date set of November 29th to decide on whether to take Gallaghers acquisition of Willis Re to Phase 2.
Now, that choice has actually come a little earlier, it appears, as the CMA stated that based on the details readily available to it, it will not take the examination to the Phase 2 level, recommending no competition associated problems were uncovered.
Which is good news for the merger parties, providing a green-light to proceed for the UK a minimum of.
The acquisition of Willis Re could close as early as by the end of this quarter, or at most current in Q1 2022.
As a suggestion, AJGs acquisition consists of insurance-linked securities (ILS) and capital market professional unit Willis Re Securities, so providing Gallagher with a dedicated capital market reinsurance focused team and for the very first time.
Gallaghers reinsurance broking system, Gallagher Re is experienced in putting reinsurance and retrocession business with ILS fund markets and trading in collateralized structures too.
AJG also owns prolific ILS market facilitator Horseshoe obviously.
With the Willis Re Securities group offering particular expertise in structuring and bookrunning catastrophe bonds, as well as in reinsurance sidecar arrangements and other capital market instruments and transactions, Gallaghers ILS market service offering will cover the full lifecycle of issuance and management, as soon as the merger finishes.

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