Aon’s $30B bid for Willis Towers Watson faces EU probe

(Reuters) — The European Union’s antitrust regulators are to open a total-scale investigation into Aon PLC’s $30 billion bid for Willis Towers Watson PLC to build the world’s most significant insurance policies broker, two people familiar with the issue claimed.

The all-stock offer, which would merge two of the world’s major brokers, has attracted regulatory scrutiny owing to problems it would give the mixed group elevated pricing energy.

A full probe by the EU’s govt, the European Commission, would observe a preliminary review owing to stop on Dec. 21. The Fee declined to remark, as did Aon and Willis. A whole-scale EU investigation commonly will take about five months.

Aon did not offer concessions on Monday, the deadline for executing so in the preliminary stage to address EU levels of competition fears, the EU level of competition enforcer’s internet site confirmed. The company’s main executive, Greg Case, explained in March when the deal was announced that Aon was assured the offer would go as a result of.

Aon’s swoop for Willis, which would see it overtake Marsh & McLennan Cos. Inc. as the world’s major broker, arrived just as financial markets have been sliding as a consequence of the COVID-19 disaster.

This is Aon’s 2nd attempt at attaining Willis Towers. It dropped an earlier bid last yr right after media experiences broke the information.

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