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Zurich acquires 51% stake in Kotak Mahindra Bank's general insurance arm

The insurer said it plans to buy 19% more in the future.

Zurich has announced its acquisition of 51% in Kotak Mahindra Bank’s general insurance arm, Kotak General Insurance. The deal is estimated at $488m, pending regulatory approvals and customary closing adjustments. 

Additionally, Zurich intends to acquire up to an additional 19% stake in the future.

This transaction is expected to be the largest foreign insurer investment in the Indian insurance sector since the change in ownership regulations in 2021.

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“India is one of the world’s most important markets with immense potential and we are pleased to be making a significant commitment with an excellent partner,” said Tulsi Naidu, Zurich’s Chief Executive Officer of Asia Pacific.

India's rapid economic growth and low insurance penetration, combined with increased awareness and favourable regulatory changes, make it a highly attractive and rapidly growing insurance market. 

By 2030, India is projected to become the world's third-largest global economy.

 

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