OLDWICK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--In this A.M.BestTV episode, A.M. Best Senior Vice President Matt Mosher says capital providers are seeking insurance underwriting expertise, which is changing today's competitive and acquisition environments. Click on http://www.ambest.com/v.asp?v=ma715 to view the video program.
High profile mergers and acquisitions (M&A) are dominating the headlines in the reinsurance, property/casualty and health sectors today. Mosher explains some of the fundamental developments in the way of insurance M&A. “Previously, A.M. Best saw ‘white knight’ type deals where larger, stronger companies would come in and purchase a company that might be struggling, now A.M. Best has observed much more of a movement to very strong companies partnering together to leverage the strengths that they have with industry constituents that they deal with, including capital markets and brokers, as well as further expanding their footprint with the strengths that they have together.”
In addition, Mosher sees a future with more insurance M&A activity. “I would expect that there will be more. The partnerships that are there, the ability to leverage with capital markets and brokers and have strength, these are what, in most cases, the capital markets are looking for, strong underwriters. The capital will partner with strong underwriting organizations.”
For further information concerning the state of insurance M&A, please see the Best’s Briefing, titled, “Many Triggers Fan the Flames for Larger M&A Deals” at http://www3.ambest.com/bestweek/purchase.asp?record_code=239308.
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