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The deal will strengthen Willis’ operations while opening up new markets presently underserved by Aon, according to one analyst. <i>Credit: Brent Lewin/Bloomberg)</i> The deal will strengthen Willis’ operations while opening up new markets presently underserved by Aon, according to one analyst. Credit: Brent Lewin/Bloomberg)

The Aon-Willis Tower Watson proposed merger, valued at nearly $30 billion, is reportedly facing a full-scale review by the EU commission, according to Reuters. The investigation, which could take up to five months, would start following the regulatory body’s preliminary review that is slated to end December 21.

The increased scrutiny isn’t a surprise given the size of the all-stock transaction, which would be the largest deal in insurance history and create the world’s largest insurance broker. However, analysts are optimistic the deal will be finalized.

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Steve Hallo

Steve Hallo is an assistant editor with PC360 Group. Prior to his current position, Steve spent nearly a decade covering retail transformation, consumer trends, manufacturing issues and supply chain challenges impacting global CPG markets. He can be reached at [email protected], and on LinkedIn and Twitter.  

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