Charles Taylor acquires Isle of Man life insurance book and Allied Dunbar International Fund Managers
22 November 2016
Charles Taylor has agreed to acquire a closed book of international life assurance business from Zurich International Life Limited and Allied Dunbar International Fund Managers Limited from Zurich Insurance Company Ltd. The transaction will grow Charles Taylor’s life insurance business in the Isle of Man and enable the Group to enter the international fund administration services market.
The life book acquisition is part of Charles Taylor’s strategy to make tactical acquisitions in the international life insurance sector and will increase the Group’s life insurance assets under management and delivery of policy administration services. This is the fifth life insurance acquisition the Group has made in the last five years and follows the purchase of Scottish Widows International in 2015.
The closed book will be reinsured from early 2017 by Charles Taylor’s wholly owned Isle of Man life insurance subsidiary LCL International Life Assurance Company Limited into which the majority of the Book will, subject to regulatory and court approval, be subsequently transferred.
Jeffrey More, Chief Executive Officer, Charles Taylor Insurance Services (IoM) said:
“We have significant experience with acquiring and managing life businesses. We will work closely with Zurich to ensure that policyholders experience a seamless change of ownership and continue to enjoy the same excellent levels of service.”
The acquisition of Allied Dunbar International Fund Managers, which manages a collective investment scheme, will also enable Charles Taylor to further extend its range of professional services by entering the international fund administration services market.
Jeffrey More said: “Fund administration services are closely related to the policy administration service we already offer in the Isle of Man. This opens up opportunities for us to deliver new services to fund managers in the Isle of Man and other international markets.”
David Marock, Group Chief Executive Officer, Charles Taylor said:
"This agreement to acquire the closed life assurance book from Zurich International is part of our well established strategy to acquire and consolidate life insurance businesses which are primarily in run-off. It demonstrates our commitment to further grow our life insurance business in the Isle of Man.”