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RBI Approves Zurich Insurance’s Acquisition of 70% Stake in Kotak General

In a significant development, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has given the green light to Zurich Insurance Company’s acquisition of a 70% stake in Kotak Mahindra General Insurance Company for ₹5,560 crore. This approval, received on June 4, 2024, marks a crucial step in the transaction process. Kotak Mahindra Bank, in an exchange filing on June 5, confirmed the RBI’s nod, stating that all required approvals have been obtained. The acquisition is set to materialize upon the fulfillment of other conditions precedent.

Transaction Details and Timeline

In November 2023, Zurich Insurance Company had announced its intention to acquire a 51% stake in Kotak Mahindra General through share purchase and capital infusion. The subsequent plan involves Zurich acquiring an additional 19% stake over the next three years, culminating in the ₹5,560 crore investment. Earlier this month, the Competition Commission of India had also given its approval for the transaction.

Zurich Insurance: Global Reach, Local Investment

Zurich Insurance Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Zurich Insurance Group Ltd., operates across more than 200 countries worldwide. This move underscores their strategic interest in the Indian insurance market. Notably, as per current regulatory guidelines, foreign companies can own up to 74% in an insurance business in India.

Market Response and Share Performance

Following the news of RBI approval, Kotak Mahindra Bank shares surged over 4% on Wednesday, reaching ₹1714.85 on the BSE. This spike in share value contributed to a rise in the bank’s market capitalization to ₹3.40 lakh crore, reflecting investor confidence in the potential of the Kotak General-Zurich partnership.

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