Hartford, Conn. - In the latest of several insurance-specific vendor mergers and acquisitions, Innovation Group, a U.K. provider of P&C outsourcing and technology, is acquiring Boston-based claims-reporting outsourcer First Notice Systems, Inc. from Concentra Operating Corp., Addison, Texas. Innovation Group counts among its U.S. customers the California State Automobile Association, Nationwide Indemnity and The Auto Club of Southern California. First Notice provides services to Pemco and The Hanover Group, among others.   The announcement follows close on the heels of another outsourcing deal, Capgemini's acquisition of India-based Kanbay, a provider of outsourcing services to the financial services sector. Capgemini will acquire all of the outstanding common shares of Kanbay for $29 per share in cash. Kanbay claims to have more than 200 customers in the insurance sector, which, say analysts, has the potential to strengthen Capgemini's presence in North America by providing it with an improved banking and financial services focus. The Boards of Directors of Capgemini and Kanbay have already approved the transaction, which is set to increase Capgemini's presence in India (+89% based on Q3 figures). The combined company will have headcount reaching 12,000 employees by the end of 2006 in India, reports the popular press.   The Innovation Group, meanwhile, is set to pay (U.S.) $51.55 million in cash, comprising consideration of $50 million and related payments of $1.55 million for First Notice. The acquisition, which is subject, to shareholder approval and certain other customary finance and closing conditions, is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2006, providing a platform for the company to grow its insurance outsourcing business in the U.S.   First Notice's principal focus is on processing-on behalf of its clients-the first notice of loss (FNOL) made by an insurance company customer of a claim or a potential claim. First Notice currently processes approximately two million claims a year and makes 10 million outbound distributions on behalf of its client base, which comprises more than 100 insurance clients, including carriers, third party administrators and self insured businesses.   With U.S. headquarters in Hartford, Conn., Innovation Group's deal adds claims to its portfolio software-led business processes for the handling of the breadth of the administrative processes of insurers and risk carriers - including back office functions such as claims management and sales, as well as software technology for both policy and claims administration that can be utilized in connection with its outsourcing operations or implemented on a stand-alone basis.     Source: The Innovation Group, The Business Wire        

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