Liberty Mutual to Partner with Dabur to Form Indian Insurance Company

June 3, 2008

The Liberty Mutual Group announced that it and its partner Dabur GI Invest Corp plan to form a non-life insurance company in India to provide personal and commercial insurance products through a range of distribution channels such as agents, banks and car dealers. Plans call for az license application to be filed before the end of June.

“India’s rapidly expanding middle class illustrated by GDP per capita growth of more than 50 percent over the past 10 years means that ever more Indians will be buying insurance to protect their property and possessions,” explained Liberty’s Chairman, President and CEO Edmund F. Kelly. “Entering India’s insurance marketplace at this exciting time offers tremendous growth opportunity for our international operations while reinforcing our position among the leading global insurance companies.”

The initiative is structured as a joint venture between Liberty Mutual and Dabur. Under the agreement, Liberty Mutual, through a subsidiary, will initially hold a 26 percent stake in the new company and Dabur will hold 74 percent. The agreement allows Liberty Mutual to increase its stake as changes to Indian law permit.

“Upon approval by Indian regulators, the new entity will operate under the name Dabur Liberty General Insurance Company,” the bulletin continued. “The company will provide multi-line insurance underwriting capabilities to various distribution channels, with an emphasis on personal insurance products such as car, home and personal accident protection.”

Thomas C. Ramey, chairman and president of Liberty International, commented: “With India’s booming economy, our objective is to quickly become a top-tier insurer there as we have done in other countries around the globe. India offers us a deep pool of talented insurance professionals as well as strong and efficient distribution partners. Our new operations will be an important piece of our continuing growth globally.”

Source: Liberty Mutual Group –

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