ALLIANZ becomes the second largest general insurer in UK after the compeltiton of most recent deals

8 January 2020 —
ALLIANZ Holdings plc has completed the planned acquisition of the remaining 51% of the LV General Insurance Group (LV GIG) from LIVERPOOL Victoria Friendly Society (LVFS). The total consideration by ALLIANZ for 100% of LV GIG will be up to GBP 1.078 billion.

At the same time, the German holding has completed the acquisition of 100% of the General Insurance division of Legal & General (L&G GI) for GBP 242 million. This business is being combined with LV GIG, although the Legal & General brand will continue to be used in the UK general insurance market for up to three years.

Thus, the completion of these deals positions ALLIANZ Holdings plc as the number 2 general insurer in the UK, based on full year 2018 figures. The combined business had a gross written premium income of over GBP 4 billion and a market share of 9%.

Steve TRELOAR, Chief Executive Officer of LV GIG, will become a member of the ALLIANZ Holdings plc Board, which oversees and manages all of ALLIANZ UK's legal entities. He will report to Jon DYE, Chief Executive Officer of ALLIANZ Holdings plc. Steve TRELOAR, along with fellow LV GIG colleagues Kevin WENZEL (Chief Finance Officer) and Kieran O'KEEFFE (Chief Risk Officer) will join the ALLIANZ UK management board.

Mike CRANE, current Managing Director of LV GIG Broker business, has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer of L&G GI (subject to regulatory approval). He will continue to report into Steve TRELOAR and sit on the LV GIG Executive Committee as both Chief Executive Officer of L&G GI and Managing Director of LV GIG Broker.

Jon DYE said:

"This is a pivotal moment in the history of ALLIANZ in the UK. These two deals create a formidable player in the UK general insurance market with a balanced business across personal and commercial lines, tremendously strong brands and a great team of people, focused on delivering for our customers.