22 September 2020Analysis

Airmic, Aon publish M&A guide for risk managers

Airmic and Aon have jointly published a new guide for risk and insurance professionals highlighting the key elements to be considered when working on mergers and acquisitions (M&A).

The guide, titled Risk and Insurance in Mergers and Acquisitions, provides guidance on the types of deals organisations undertake and outlines the key risk, insurance and human capital factors risk professionals should consider.

It also provides suitable insurance solutions that are available to support a transaction.

The guide was released at Airmic Fest, Airmic’s first virtual conference, which this year has the theme of Working Together In A Time Of Accelerated Change. It runs from September 22-24.

Julia Graham, deputy chief executive officer and technical director of Airmic, said that while M&A can be profitable , the importance of properly assessing risk should never be underestimated.

“It is essential that these considerations occur at the earliest stage within a transaction and engage relevant stakeholders across an organisation – it is an enterprise risk management activity,” said Graham.

Alistair Lester, chief executive of Aon’s M&A and transaction solutions in EMEA, said: “Solutions are evolving from traditional diligence and warranty and indemnity solutions into tax, structured credit and intellectual property. The range of users is also growing from largely private equity buyers to increasing participation of national and multinational companies. Combined, these two trends provide the risk management community to add significant value to our organisations in an M&A context.”