Towers Watson News

Newly Merged Willis Towers Watson Begins Operating

Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Co. began operating today following the successful completion of the merger of Willis Group Holdings and Towers Watson. The company, which will do business as Willis Towers Watson, is a global advisory, broking, and solutions …

Willis to Join S&P’s 500 Index on Jan. 4

Willis Group Holdings Plc, the insurance broker that’s planning a merger with consulting firm Towers Watson & Co., will join the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index and replace Fossil Group Inc. Willis climbed 4.8 percent to $49.30 at 9:45 a.m., the most …

Towers Watson Shareholders ‘Should Reject’ New Willis Deal, Says Proxy Adviser

Towers Watson & Co. shareholders should vote against an $8.9 billion merger with Willis Group Holdings Plc even after the insurance broker increased the offer amid a backlash from investors, proxy adviser Glass Lewis & Co. said in a report. The transaction remains …

Tower Watson Sweetens Willis Merger Offer by Doubling Special Dividend to $10

Willis Group Holdings Plc, the third-largest insurance broker, agreed to better terms for Towers Watson & Co. shareholders in a proposed merger after the consulting firm’s investors said that a June agreement was inadequate. The one-time cash dividend will be $10 …

Willis Weighs Increasing Offer for Towers Watson, Amid Opposition to Deal

Willis Group Holdings is considering increasing its offer for Towers Watson & Co after failing to muster enough shareholder support for its $18 billion merger with the human resources consultancy, a person with knowledge of the matter said. Earlier today, …

ISS Advice on Willis-Towers Deal ‘Encourages’ Short-Term Shareholder Activism

Institutional Shareholder Services’ recommendation that Towers Watson & Co. investors vote against the proposed merger with Willis Group Holdings Plc is legitimizing short-term shareholder activism, ValueAct Capital Management said. The report encourages “bumpitrage,” which is where shareholder activists purchase the stock of …

Proxy Advisers Recommend Towers Watson Shareholders Vote for Willis Merger

Towers Watson & Co. has announced that proxy advisers Proxy Mosaic LLC and Egan-Jones Ratings Co. both recommended that Towers Watson stockholders vote for “the proposed merger of equals” with Willis Group Holdings. “We are pleased that Proxy Mosaic and Egan-Jones recognize …

Willis ‘Disappointed’ that Tower Watson Shareholders Advised to Reject Merger

Willis Group Holdings plc said it was “disappointed” that Institutional Shareholder Services last week recommended Tower Watson shareholders reject the proposed merger with Willis. “[W]e are disappointed with their conclusion that Towers Watson shareholders should not support the merger. We believe that …

Towers Watson Investors ‘Should Reject’ Merger with Willis: Advisers

Towers Watson & Co. investors should reject a planned merger with insurance broker Willis Group Holdings Plc, proxy advisers Institutional Shareholder Services and Glass Lewis & Co. said. The consulting firm’s holders should seek improved merger terms, or “the better option …

Willis Reports Q3 Net Income of $117M, Compared to $7M Net Loss in Q3 2014

Willis Group reported net income of $117 million, or $0.64 per diluted share, during the third quarter ending Sept. 30, compared to a net loss of $7 million, or $(0.04) per diluted share, in the prior year quarter. For the …