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GlobalData’s 'Insight Report: Foreign Investments in Emerging Markets' analyzes the importance of foreign investment in developing nations in terms of both economic and infrastructural growth.

Foreign direct investment (FDI) is a process of direct investment into production or business in a country by an individual or company of another country, either by buying a company in the target country or by expanding the operations of an existing business. The financial liberalization of emerging economies has assisted insurers in developed markets to establish and solidify their footprints in growing markets.

The increasing attractiveness of emerging markets can be attributed to factors such as growth in consumer spending, rising equity market returns, greater policy flexibility and the growing middle classes. Less volatile economic growth in comparison to developed nations has strengthened income levels, encouraging investment in financial solutions to safeguard earnings and asset investments.

The report also analyzes the developments in foreign investment in each of the emerging nations, highlighting the current trends in investments, the regulatory landscape for foreign insurance in the insurance industry and examples of notable deals that were initiated and committed.


This report analyzes

• The essence of foreign investment in the economic development of emerging nations

• Contributions of foreign direct investment to the insurance industry

• Country-specific trends on the current state of foreign investment

• The regulatory dynamics in emerging countries associated to foreign investment

• Deals announced or completed

Key Highlights

• The financial liberalization of emerging economies has assisted insurers in developed markets to establish and solidify their footprints in growing markets.

• With slow economic growth in developed countries, multinational companies from across the world have started to expand in emerging nations to benefit from high growth prospects.

• The current trend has highlighted an increased focus on only mergers and acquisitions (M&As) as a part of cross-border investments.

• Argentina ranks fourth among South American countries in terms of FDI stock after Brazil, Chile and Colombia, and sixth in terms of FDI inflow.

• The Chinese insurance industry’s fast expansion can be attributed to economic growth, and rises in disposable income and consumer awareness of the benefits of insurance.

• In March 2017, the Indian government proposed plans to increase FDI for insurance brokers from 49% to 100% to strengthen the distribution network, and improve and attract more funds to the sector.

Reasons to Buy

• Build an understanding about the importance of foreign investments in emerging countries.

• Develop an insight into foreign investment trends in emerging countries.

• Develop an understanding on the regulatory dynamics in each of these countries specific to foreign investment in the insurance industry.

• Gain a snapshot of the important deals initiated and completed in emerging countries.

Union Life Insurance Co.
International Finance Corporation (IFC)
Liberty Mutual Insurance Company
China Pacific Property Insurance Co. Ltd
RSA Insurance Group Plc
Allianz SE
Ageas NV
EastWest Banking Corporation
Cigna Corp.
Munich Re
Prudential International Insurance Holdings
Ltd (PIIH)
Mapfre America SA
CT Corp.

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10.2 Methodology


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11.2 About GlobalData

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11.4 Disclaimer


Table 1: Notable Deals Between Foreign and Local Insurers – China, 2016–2017

Table 2: Deals Between Foreign and Local Insurers – Argentina, 2015–2017

Table 3: Deals Between Foreign and Local Insurers – The Philippines, 2015–2017

Table 4: Deals Between Foreign and Local Insurers – Turkey, 2016–2017

Table 5: Deals Between Foreign and Local Insurers – Indonesia, 2015–2017

Table 6: Deals Between Foreign and Local Insurers – India, 2016-2017

Table 7: Insurance Industry Definitions


Figure 1: Emerging Countries – GDP Snapshot

Figure 2: Emerging Countries’ GDP Per Capita, 2011–2020

Figure 3: FDI Snapshot in China – Total Market

Figure 4: Notable Foreign Investments in Other Industries in China, 2016–2017

Figure 5: FDI Snapshot in Argentina – Total Market

Figure 6: Notable Foreign Investments in Other Industries in Argentina, 2016–2017

Figure 7: FDI Snapshot in the Philippines, Total Market

Figure 8: Notable Foreign Investments in Other Industries in the Philippines, 2016–2017

Figure 9: FDI Snapshot in Turkey, Total Market

Figure 10: Notable Foreign Investments in Other Industries in Turkey, 2016–2017

Figure 11: FDI Snapshot in Indonesia, Total Market

Figure 12: Notable Foreign Investments in Other Industries in Indonesia, 2016–2017

Figure 13: FDI Snapshot in Russia, Total Market

Figure 14: Notable Foreign Investments in Other Industries in Russia, 2016–2017

Figure 15: FDI Snapshot in India, Total Market

Figure 16: Notable Foreign Investments in Other Industries in India, 2016–2017

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