Munich Re Refocusing UK Market Approach

AIG Life, a UK subsidiary of AIG Life & Retirement, has agreed to acquire Ellipse, a specialist provider of group life risk protection in the UK, from Munich Re .


“The acquisition of Ellipse reflects our disciplined approach to selectively expanding our existing Life & Retirement businesses while pursuing opportunistic growth. Ellipse brings a strong team with a scalable business platform to our well-positioned, technology-driven UK life business. We look forward to welcoming the Ellipse team to AIG.” – EVP and CEO at AIG Life & Retirement, Kevin Hogan.

“Ellipse’s group life business is highly complementary to AIG’s existing UK Individual Protection offering. It positions us to capitalize on the strong growth potential in the UK group market by allowing us to provide a holistic suite of innovative protection products that better serve our clients and partners. Additionally, I’m excited to start working side by side with our Ellipse colleagues, who share a similar culture and entrepreneurial spirit, a mono-line protection focus and recognized technology leadership.” – CEO at AIG Life, Adam Winslow.

Since its launch in 2009, Ellipse has grown to become the 6th largest UK group life provider based on 2017 new business volumes. Ellipse has reached an 8% share of new business premiums and a 4% share of in-force premiums in 2017. As of May 2018, the company holds approximately £64 million of in-force premiums and nearly 4,500 in-force policies covering over 370,000 lives.

The transaction, the terms of which were not disclosed, will be fully funded with cash. The acquisition is expected to close in the first quarter of 2019, subject to required regulatory approval.

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