Jurisdiction - Korea
A&O Advises ING On USD1.7bn Sale Of Korean Life Insurance Business To MBK Partners.

30 August, 2013


Allen & Overy has advised ING Group on the KRW1.84 trillion (approximately USD1.7bn) sale of its South Korean life insurance business, ING Life Korea, to private equity firm MBK Partners, South Korea’s largest private equity group.

This will be South Korea’s largest ever insurance transaction.

ING Life Korea, with 1.3m customers, is the largest foreign life insurer in the country. The terms of the deal allow ING Life Korea to continue to operate under the ING brand for the next five years. ING will also provide MBK with advice and other technical support for one year to help smooth the transition. While subject to regulatory approval, it is expected the deal will close later this year.

ING Life Korea is the latest in a long line of successful divestments by ING in Asia on which Allen & Overy has advised. The firm’s head of M&A for Asia Pacific, Gary McLean, commented: “We are very pleased to see this deal over the line – there were a number of hurdles but ultimately ING has secured an exit from its Korean insurance business in line with its announced strategy. These transactions for ING play well to our network strengths given the depth and experience of our team in all of our 11 offices in Asia Pacific and the ties we have with our teams in London and the Netherlands with whom we work closely.”

The Allen & Overy team was led by partner Gary McLean (Hong Kong) with assistance from partner Richard Evans (London) and Hong Kong-based associates Jinghua Zou, Benjamin Crawford and Catherine Liu.


Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton acted as international counsel to MBK and 
Kim & Chang advised in regard to Korean law matters.


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