After a five-year regression, the insurance industry picked up the pace in its mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activities. Explaining sharp increases within the insurance service provider and distribution areas as an indicator of market shift, Conning Research & Consulting reports that the increased activity was the result of buyers responding to soft market insurance conditions and improved conditions for M&A. 

The research study, “Global Insurance Mergers & Acquisitions in 2010: Moving from Defense to Offense,” describes a theme underlying the increase in insurance company transactions: The selectively targeted, bolt-on acquisitions of specialized units.

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