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Research and Briefings

Successful School and College Mergers and Acquisitions

 


The UK education sector is seeing an increasing number of mergers as schools and colleges seek to adapt to the rapidly changing political and economic environment. The reasons for merger and acquisition (M&A) can be numerous, but regardless of the driving force for the union the risks and challenges to the business can be considerable.

The UK education sector is seeing an increasing number of mergers as schools and colleges seek to adapt to the rapidly changing political and economic environment. The reasons for merger and acquisition (M&A) can be numerous, but regardless of the driving force for the union the risks and challenges to the business can be considerable.

How can Marsh help?

Marsh’s experience advising clients engaged in strategic M&A activity, coupled with our knowledge of the education industry sector, offers a multi-disciplined capability to complement both corporations’ merger deal teams and can help make the merger a success. Specifically, Marsh will aim to:

  • Identify optimal insurance coverage across the spectrum of operational risks to help minimise exposure and organisational surprises in the event of unexpected claims.
  • Identify optimal financial synergies to be achieved from the integration of the two entities.
  • Provide an independent perspective.
  • Assist informed decision-making on the extent and structure of risk transfer to be purchased, aligned with the enlarged group’s risk profile and risk appetite.
  • Assist with the management of directors and officers risk arising out of the merger itself and the need for new go-forward coverage.

If you are contemplating a merger of your school or college with another institution please do give us a call to discuss the risk management and insurance implications.