Axis Entities Gets Regulator’s Nod To Buy Stake In Max Life Insurance
People walk past a branch of Axis Bank Ltd. on Mahatma Gandhi Road in Gangtok, India (Photographer: Prashanth Vishwanathan/Bloomberg)  

Axis Entities Gets Regulator’s Nod To Buy Stake In Max Life Insurance

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Max Financial Services Ltd. on Wednesday said the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India has given its approval for the acquisition of up to 12% stake in Max Life Insurance by Axis Bank and its subsidiaries Axis Capital and Axis Securities, collectively referred to as Axis entities.

As per the proposed transaction, Axis entities have the right to acquire up to 19% stake in Max Life; of which, Axis Bank proposes to acquire up to 9%. Axis Capital and Axis Securities together propose to acquire up to 3% of the share capital of Max Life in the first leg of the transaction, according to a statement.

In addition, Axis entities have the right to acquire an additional stake of up to 7% in Max Life, in one or more tranches, which they intend to acquire over the course of the next few years, it said.

"We have been looking forward to bringing Axis Bank in this construct as a joint venture partner in Max Life. Our long and successful business association with them has demonstrated to us their value across customer insights, distribution expertise and other functional benefits which will be highly useful for the business," Max Group and Max Financial Services Chairman Analjit Singh said.

Managing Director Mohit Talwar said, "We hope we will be able to make quick progress in harnessing the synergies and benefits from this joint venture between Max Life and Axis Entities."

The approval from the insurance regulator was an integral step in this joint venture transaction which was first announced in April 2020, the statement said.

Max Financial Services, a part of Max Group, owns and actively manages a 93.1% stake in Max Life Insurance.

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