Global mergers and acquisitions transactions hit $3.5 trillion in 2018 making it the third-largest year on record for M&A by value. Within the private equity and real estate investment worlds, the insatiable appetite for warranty & indemnity insurance (“W&I”) to support transactions that has emerged in the last decade has persisted. This is not without good reason – sellers and buyers are now well aware of the deal-enabling benefits that laying off thorny transactional risk to a neutral, well-capitalised, third party can bring. Moreover, the W&I market continues to welcome a healthy torrent of new capital seeking underwriting return and market participants looking to build businesses; both of which have kept W&I premiums low and terms of cover on offer broad.
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