Aon buys Willis for $30 billion in world's largest insurance deal

Aon | March 09, 2020

Aon buys Willis for $30 billion in world's largest insurance deal
Aon Plc (AON.N) said on Monday it would buy Willis Towers Watson Plc (WLTW.O) for nearly $30 billion, in an all-stock deal which will make it the world’s biggest insurance broker and give it more pricing power, but also attract regulatory scrutiny. The acquisition, the insurance sector’s largest ever, unifies the second and third largest brokers globally into a company worth almost $80 billion, overtaking market leader Marsh & McLennan Companies Inc (MMC.N). It comes at a time when insurers are facing rising claims and new threats from the global outbreak of coronavirus and climate change. Aon had scrapped plans last year to pursue a merger with Willis, a day after media reports forced it to reveal it was in the early stages of considering an all-stock offer for the Irish-domiciled company. The merger agreement came right after a 12-month restriction under Irish rules for revisiting the deal expired.

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Founded in 2012, Heritage Insurance had a distinct DNA… identifying opportunities, assessing fit, and then making quick decisions. As a start-up, Heritage Insurance realized that it required technology that could support its appetite for growth and efficiency. Heritage required a solution that would give them the full spectrum of insurance functionality, beginning to end, yet also be deployed on the Cloud.