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Risk in Context Podcast: Transactional Risk Insurance Market Grows as M&A Activity Increases

In this episode of our Risk in Context podcast, Andrew Hunt, CEO of Marsh’s UK Private Equity and M&A Practice, talks to colleagues Craig Warnke, Hans Swolin, and Alexandra Tanner about current trends in transactional risk insurance and what businesses need to know ahead of purchasing coverage or making a claim.

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Mergers and acquisitions hit an all-time high in 2021, assisted by extremely favorable deal parameters. The increase in deal activity has propelled the transactional risk insurance market to record levels, as seen in Marsh’s recent Transactional Risk Insurance 2021: Year in Review report.

In this episode of our Risk in Context podcast, Andrew Hunt, CEO of Marsh’s UK Private Equity and M&A Practice, talks to colleagues Craig Warnke, Hans Swolin, and Alexandra Tanner about current trends in transactional risk insurance and what businesses need to know ahead of purchasing coverage or making a claim.

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Key takeaways

Transactional risk insurance deals increasing.

With more mergers and acquisitions taking place, there has been an uptick in transactional risk insurance purchasing, with deal sizes also on the increase.

A more varied buyer base.

While private equity firms were traditionally the main buyers of transactional risk policies, strategic investors are now also purchasing coverage.

Insurers applying a more forensic approach to claims handling.

The claims process is often lengthy, requiring insureds to manage their expectations, be transparent with underwriters, and prepare a detailed claim notice.

About our speakers

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Andrew Hunt

CEO, PEMA, Marsh Specialty UK

Andrew Hunt is the CEO of Marsh’s UK Private Equity and M&A Practice. He has 25 years of experience in leading M&A advisory and transactional risk insurance placement deals across the UK, EMEA, and Asia Pacific regions. He led the structuring of many of the early landmark warranty and indemnity transactions insured in the London market from the 1990s onwards.

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Craig Warnke

Managing Director, Transactional Risk Practice

Craig Warnke is a managing director within Marsh’s Transactional Risk Practice. Specializing in transactional risk insurance, he is responsible for advising clients primarily on representations and warranties insurance.

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Hans Swolin

Co-head, Transactional Risk Practice, EMEA

Hans Swolin is a co-head of the Transactional Risk Practice for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. He also leads the Nordics Private Equity and M&A Practice. Alongside a cross-border team, he helps develop solutions to help corporates, private equity firms, alternative asset managers, lenders, and infrastructure investors manage M&A risks.

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Alexandra Tanner

Head, PEMA Claims, Marsh UK and Ireland

Alexandra Tanner heads the PEMA claims team for Marsh UK and Ireland. She specializes in warranty indemnity insurance policies and specific tax risks.