A.M. Best Briefing: Drivers Behind London Market M&A Activity Set to Continue

LONDON--()--The changing dynamics in the specialist property/casualty (P/C) sector continue to encourage merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in the London market. A new briefing from A.M. Best notes that the need for insurers to leverage analytical capabilities and increase line size is becoming increasingly important in this market.

In a Best’s Briefing, titled “Drivers Behind London Market M&A Activity Set to Continue,” A.M. Best has observed that with brokers establishing smaller panels of reinsurers, and with reinsurance rates as well as terms and conditions under competitive pressure from alternative capital, the size of a company’s balance sheet is increasingly being seen as a way to strengthen negotiating positions with the large brokers.

Realising economies of scale is also cited as a benefit of M&A. “A combined entity can lead to reduced regulatory cost burdens and other efficiencies,” said Catherine Thomas, director, analytics. “However, value from synergies and expense reduction depends on successful post-completion integration. There is also a need to offset upfront transaction costs. Additional factors important to the success of any transaction include a strategic fit between the companies, solid business rationales and cultural compatibility.”

Yvette Essen, director, industry research - Europe & Emerging Markets, added: “For companies looking to enter or expand into high-growth markets, Lloyd’s international licences in countries such as China and Brazil are a key consideration. Acquisition of a Lloyd’s vehicle may also offer diversification benefits, which can support cycle management. Insurers are able to reduce portfolios where pricing is under pressure without it having too great an impact on their overall book of business. Lloyd’s players tend to be better diversified than their specialist peers in Bermuda, which usually have a property catastrophe focus.”

To access a complimentary copy of this briefing, please visit http://www3.ambest.com/bestweek/purchase.asp?record_code=233402.

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Contacts

A.M. Best
Catherine Thomas, +(44) 20 7397 0281
Director, Analytics
catherine.thomas@ambest.com
or
Yvette Essen, +(44) 20 7397 0322
Director, Industry Research Europe & Emerging Markets
yvette.essen@ambest.com
or
Edem Kuenyehia, +(44) 20 7397 0280
Associate Director, Market Development & Communications
edem.kuenyehia@ambest.com
or
Jim Peavy, +(1) 908-439-2200, ext. 5644
Assistant Vice President, Public Relations
james.peavy@ambest.com

Contacts

A.M. Best
Catherine Thomas, +(44) 20 7397 0281
Director, Analytics
catherine.thomas@ambest.com
or
Yvette Essen, +(44) 20 7397 0322
Director, Industry Research Europe & Emerging Markets
yvette.essen@ambest.com
or
Edem Kuenyehia, +(44) 20 7397 0280
Associate Director, Market Development & Communications
edem.kuenyehia@ambest.com
or
Jim Peavy, +(1) 908-439-2200, ext. 5644
Assistant Vice President, Public Relations
james.peavy@ambest.com