Thursday, October 19, 2017

Sale of SCB insurance unit to FWD halted

What could have been the largest insurance M&A transaction in South-East Asia is no longer pushing through, according to a Reuters report.

This, after Thailand’s Siam Commercial Bank (SCB) halted the sale of its insurance unit, which was expected to fetch US$3 billion.

The report said SCB, Thailand’s third-biggest lender, and potential bidder FWD Group failed on valuation agreements.

FWD, owned by Hong Kong tycoon Richard Li, the youngest son of Li Ka-shing, entered into exclusive talks in March, sources said.

It was not immediately clear if the Thai bank will relaunch the sale in the near future, although it said in April that it will reach out to other bidders should its negotiations with the FWD Group not push through.

Among those who expressed interest in SCB’s insurance unit are AIA, Manulife and Prudential.

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