Spike in Warranty and Indemnity Insurance Demand Signals

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SINGAPORE, May 28, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia-AsiaNet/–

Private Equity Exits are on the Rise in Asia: Marsh

Increased demand for warranty and indemnity (W&I) insurance from private equity firms heralds a new wave of investment activity as private equity firms look to exit investments made during Asia’s buyout boom of 2007, according to a new report published today by Marsh.

According to Marsh’s report, Dealmakers Turn To Warranty and Indemnity Insurance To Mitigate Deal Risk( http://www.marsh-asia.com/pdf/2012/WII_REPORT.pdf ), an increase in demand for W&I insurance has accompanied a resurgence in M&A activity so far in 2012 and sets the scene for even more activity in the second half of the year. Warranty and indemnity insurance (W&I insurance), an insurance product relatively new to Asia, is gaining popularity as the preferred tool to protect the interests on both the sell side and buy side of transactions.

“In the first quarter of 2012 in Asia, Marsh received as many requests for W&I insurance as the whole of 2011,” said Josh Roach, Asia Leader for Marsh’s Private Equity and M&A Services Practice. “This growth in demand reflects a more risk-aware approach by investors than during the boom years of 2006 and 2007, as sellers look to minimise their liability upon exit.”

“We are seeing two distinct deal trends in Asia. The first is increased deal activity within Southeast Asia, such as Singapore-based investors buying and selling assets in Malaysia and Indonesia. The second is an increase in outbound M&A activity from China and Japan, with companies looking to buy opportunistic assets in Europe.”

During share and asset sales it is common for the seller to provide warranties to the buyer on a broad range of matters about the target, such as title to shares, property, employment, tax, intellectual property and other commercial matters. W&I insurance (also know as ‘Reps and Warranties’ insurance) is an insurance solution which provides recourse against breaches of the warranties and indemnities being given by the seller in the sale and purchase agreement.

About Marsh’s Private Equity and M&A Services

Marsh’s Private Equity and M&A Services is a dedicated team of specialists focused on the risk and insurance issues that influence negotiations and the long-term financial success of a transaction. Established for over 20 years, our global practice of over 130 professionals has advised on over 10,000 transactions around the world. These transactions include mergers & acquisitions, divestments, infrastructure investments, public to private partnerships (PPPs), private finance initiatives (PFIs), privatizations and structured finance transactions.

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SOURCE: Marsh (Singapore) Pte Ltd