Willis Towers Watson Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Insurance Company

Willis Towers Watson has acquired 6 companies, including 6 in the last 5 years. A total of 1 acquisition came from private equity firms. It has also divested 1 asset.

Willis Towers Watson’s largest acquisition to date was in 2019, when it acquired MG for $1.3B. It’s largest disclosed sale occurred in 2021, when it sold Willis Towers Watson - Reinsurance Specialty & Retail Brokerage Operations to Arthur J. Gallagher for $3.6B. Willis Towers Watson has acquired in 2 different US states, and 4 countries. The Company’s most targeted sectors include business services (34%) and insurance (34%).

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M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity7
    • M&A Buy Activity6
    • M&A Sell Activity1
  • Total Sectors Invested 4
  • Total Countries Invested 4
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 3
  • M&A Advisors 2

Willis Towers Watson PLC

51 Lime Street,
London, EC3M 7DQ
United Kingdom,
+44 20 3124 6000
www.willistowerswatson.com

Willis Towers Watson PLC is a global advisory, broking and solutions company that helps clients around the world turn risk into a path for growth. With roots dating to 1828, Willis Towers Watson has 39,000 employees in more than 120 countries. We design and deliver solutions that manage risk, optimize benefits, cultivate talent, and expand the power of capital to protect and strengthen institutions and individuals. Company unique perspective allows to see the critical intersections between talent, assets and ideas the dynamic formula that drives business performance. Willis Towers Watson was founded in 1828 and is based in London, the United Kingdom.


M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '16 '17 '18 '19 '20 '21 T
Buy (0.8/yr) # 2 2 - 2 - - 6
vol $1.3B $1.3B
Sell (0.2/yr) # - - - - - 1 1
vol $3.6B $3.6B
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Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
Willis Towers Watson PLC - Reinsurance, Specialty & Retail Brokerage Operations 2021-05-12 3.6B USD Divestiture
London, United Kingdom
Risk Capital Advisors Pty Ltd. 2019-08-01 - Add-on Acquisition
Sydney, Australia · www.riskcapitaladvisors.com
MG LLC 2019-03-31 1.3B USD Add-on Acquisition
Fort Lee, New Jersey · www.tranzact.net
Office d’Assurances Aériennes G. de Cugnac (OAAGC) 2017-03-01 - Add-on Acquisition
Paris, France · www.oaagc.fr
Russell Investments - Actuarial Consulting Business 2017-02-16 - Divestiture
Sydney, Australia
Towers Watson & Co. 2016-01-05 - Merger
Arlington, Virginia · www.towerswatson.com
Willis Group Holdings plc 2016-01-05 - Merger
London, United Kingdom · www.willis.com
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M&A by Sector

Sector Buy # Value Sell # Value
Insurance 2 (33%) - 1 (100%) 3.6B (100%)
Business Services 2 (33%) - - -
Financial Services 1 (17%) - - -
Marketing 1 (17%) 1.3B (100%) - -
Total 6 $1.3B 1 $3.6B

By Geo

State/Country Buy Value Sell Value
Australia 2 - - -
United Kingdom 1 - 1 3.6B
United States 2 1.3B - -
  Virginia 1 - - -
  New Jersey 1 1.3B - -
France 1 - - -
Domestic 1 (17%) - 1 (100%) 3.6B (100%)
Cross-border 5 (83%) 1.3B (100%) - -
Total 6 $1.3B 1 $3.6B

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BofA Securities)
1
Legal Deals
Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP
1

Deal Values

buy # Total
> $1B 1 $1.3B
TOTAL $1.3B
Largest MG LLC
$1.3B (2019-03-31)
sell # Total
> $1B 1 $3.6B
TOTAL $3.6B
Largest Willis Towers Watson PLC - Reinsurance, Specialty & Retail Brokerage Operations
$3.6B (2021-05-12)

M&A Connections

Deals
Acquired from
Investor(s)
17%
1 (17%)
Strategic(s)
17%
1 (17%)
Divested to
Strategic(s)
100%
1 (100%)

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