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Logo of Zurich insurance is seen at an office building in Zurich, Switzerland August 9, 2018. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

 

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas and AZB & Partners have advised on Zurich Insurance Company’s $488 million acquisition of a majority stake in Kotak Mahindra General Insurance Company from Kotak Mahindra Bank.

The transaction represents the single largest investment by a global strategic insurer in the Indian non-life insurance sector.

Under this deal, Zurich Insurance will acquire 51 percent stake in Kotan Mahindra General Insurance through a combination of fresh growth capital and share purchase. Zurich Insurance will acquire an additional stake of up to 19 percent over time, the life insurer said in a statement.

“India is expected to become the third largest global economy by 2030 and presents significant untapped potential for the development of insurance solutions,” Zurich Insurance said in a statement.

The CAM team advising Zurich Insurance was led by partner Indranath Bishnu, who was supported by employment partner Ankita Ray and antitrust partner Kirthi Srinivas.

Bishnu has advised on a plethora of top deals in the insurance sector, including Life Insurance Corporation of India’s (LIC) record-breaking $2.7 billion IPO, the demerger of Bharti AXA’s general insurance business, and the State Bank of India Life Insurance $1.3 billion IPO.

The Freshfields team advising Zurich was led by partner and global co-head of M&A Robert Ashworth and partners Jon Bowden and Arun Balasubramanian, with support from IP partner Richard Bird.

AZB represented Kotak Mahinda Bank in this transaction.

 

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