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Does M&A Activity Warrant a Physical Examination of Your Medical Professional Liability Organization?

A Physician Insurers Association of America article


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With the recent rise in merger and acquisition (M&A) activity for Medical Professional Liability (MPL) insurance companies, it is time for MPL insurers to perform their own “M&A physical examination.” Analysts are highlighting the importance of M&A transactions in shaping the future of the MPL industry. Also, industry experts are expecting further M&A activity, say Kevin M. Bingham and Rob Grossman, principals with Deloitte Consulting LLP, in their article “Does M&A Activity Warrant a Physical Examination of Your MPL Organization?” published in Physician Insurer, Fourth Quarter 2009 – a publication of the Physician Insurers Association of America.

Much as the age and condition of a patient determines the frequency and level of screening in physical examinations, the strategic state and financial condition of an MPL insurer are the most effective indicators of whether M&A can be used to achieve a desired set of goals and objectives. In a market where so many assets appear to be “on sale,” the urge to merge will likely become increasingly appealing. Hence, MPL insurers should conduct a periodic exam of their underwriting capabilities, reserve position, marketing capabilities, and market presence, from the perspective of a potential acquirer and a possible acquisition target. When planned and executed properly, M&A can serve as an accelerant to deliver strong, profitable growth.

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