After announcing its acquisition plans in March 2020, Aon has submitted an application to the Commerce Commission to acquire Willis Towers Watson. Aon is looking to incorporate the five Willis Towers Watson offices across the country into wholly owned subsidiaries.
“New Zealand’s Commerce Commission has received Aon’s clearance application to acquire the entirety of Willis Towers Watson, as part of a global transaction.
The step was revealed by a statement from the commission, which is New Zealand’s competition, consumer and regulatory agency.
In New Zealand, Aon and Willis Towers Watson both offer a range of insurance brokerage services, including for commercial insurance, reinsurance, group health and welfare benefits, and personal and life insurance. Both firms also provide investment consulting services to institutional investors.
Aon has 58 offices across New Zealand, while Willis Towers Watson has five – Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Tauranga, and Dunedin.
Under the proposed transaction, Willis Towers Watson will become a wholly owned subsidiary to Aon. According to the Commerce Commission, it gives clearance to a merger application if it is able to successfully prove that that the deal is unlikely to have the effect of substantially lessening competition in a market.” Click here to read more
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