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Six predictions for the Future of Global Insurance M&A

Download the pdf The global insurance industry’s outlook is improving. The mature economies of Europe and North America are moving towards recovery, while the emerging markets of Asia and Latin America continue to grow. A pick-up in global premiums is forecast, but the industry should not expect a return to the old ways. Insurers face a range of obstacles including persistently low investment yields, tightening regulation and over capacity in many markets. As insurers adapt their business models to this new environment, the strategic importance of M&A will only...

Exclusive M&A client event on 13 June 2013 at the Vanhaerents Art Collectio...

Every two years the PwC Transactions Group brings together M&A leaders to discuss the latest market trends and think about the future. This year we celebrated the 10th anniversary of this exclusive bi-annual M&A event. The first edition was organised in 2003, in the SMAK, the “temple” of contemporary art and the concept hasn’t changed since. Crossing the line between analysis and a point of view You might wonder why do we always associate M&A events with contemporary art? Contemporary artists analyse society, reflect on it, and then express their point of view...

China Deals – A Wind of Change for China-Europe M&A

Six months can be a long time in M&A.  Our first edition of ‘China Deals’ last autumn focused on how the volume gap in deal flow between Europe and China and vice versa was closing fast and how we expected this trend to accelerate.  Six months later, that gap has not just closed – the tide has turned for Chinese deal flow… Though China’s M&A activity volumes in 2012 were down on those of 2011, China’s outbound deal value actually rose by an impressive 54%.  Moreover, European companies were among the biggest beneficiaries of...

Sharing deal insights: New PwC report March 2013

In this report, we look at the prospects for deal activity in 2013 and the pockets of opportunity that are attracting investor interest from around the world. Restructuring within Europe offers a range of further opportunities. The focus in this edition includes, the search for a broader customer base among French mutual insurers and the openings created by the changing financial services landscape within Belgium and the Netherlands. We also look at how loan portfolio transactions are becoming an increasingly important strategic tool, both for buyers and sellers. The...

New report: How high growth market buyers are moving M&A in a new direction

Ready to reset your compass? The geography of deal-making is changing fast. Over the last five years we have seen more deal value flow from the largest high growth markets (HGM) to mature market economies than in the other direction. Between 2008 and 2012 HGM companies invested US$161 billion into mature market companies, outstripping the opposite flow of US$151 billion. In 2012 alone, HGM companies closed deals for mature market targets worth US$32.6 billion, almost three times the amount they invested in 2005. We see this shift in dealflow direction as the start of...