Tuesday 19, December 2017 by Jessica Combes

Takaful Emarat agrees to acquire Al Hilal Bank’s takaful unit

 

Takaful Emarat has agreed to acquire Al Hilal Takaful from Al Hilal Bank in an all cash transaction that will create the largest takaful group in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) based on 2016 gross written contributions.

The transaction, which has received initial approval from the UAE’s Insurance Authority, brings together two highly complementary takaful (Islamic insurance) businesses. Takaful Emarat provides life and health takaful insurance for customers, mostly in Dubai and the Northern Emirates. Al Hilal Takaful operates with a general licence, offering a wide range of cover for individual and corporate customers, primarily in the emirate of Abu Dhabi.

“This is a transformational deal for Takaful Emarat that will drive growth for the group through a wider range of takaful services and a larger customer base. In parallel, we are making strong progress in developing our digital platform, which will mean a highly efficient and cost effective service for our customers. Al Hilal Takaful, a well-established and complementary business, is a very good fit for us,” said Mohammad Al Hawari, Executive Board Member and Managing Director of Takaful Emarat.

The deal enables the combined group to offer comprehensive takaful products and services throughout the UAE giving consumers greater choice and expertise across an expanded distribution network. The two companies wrote over AED 900 million in combined gross written contributions in 2016.

“Al Hilal Bank will continue to focus on developing its core business as a progressive Islamic bank. Takaful Emarat is a specialist takaful provider and is therefore the most appropriate acquirer for our insurance business. We are working closely together to ensure a smooth transition for all our insurance customers,” said Alex Coelho, Chief Executive Officer of Al Hilal Bank.

Takaful Emarat’s planned acquisition of Al Hilal Takaful is subject to full regulatory approvals and is scheduled to be completed in the first quarter of 2018. The transfer of Al Hilal Takaful’s ownership to Takaful Emarat will have no impact on current takaful policies, contracts, claims settlements or the writing of new insurance business. Al Hilal Bank was advised by KPMG Deal Advisory and Allen & Overy. Takaful Emarat was advised by Milliman and Herbert Smith Freehills.

 

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