Experience to Identify Unrecognized Exposures

Companies in acquisition mode trust Lockton's Private Equity and Corporate Acquisitions Practice (PECAP) for deal-related insurance and employee benefits due diligence.

Our international PECAP team is made up of property casualty and employee benefits M&A specialists who have evaluated thousands of transactions. These experienced professionals become a part of your service team. They rapidly collect data that is most critical to your business deal.

Lockton’s PECAP Associates make our clients the most educated buyers by helping them:

  • Evaluate the risk and expense management of the target company.
  • Quantify and define preclosing liabilities.
  • Provide postclosing insurance budgets for pro forma financials and the subsequent placing of postclosing insurance programs.
  • Create efficiencies to meet client financial objectives and exit strategies.

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Scope of Services

Lockton conducts a comprehensive review of your company’s insurance, benefits, and risk management programs. Then we recommend options and strategies that lead to cost savings and other long-term financial benefits.

Our services include a review of three areas: financial analysis, transaction analysis, and insurance/benefits and risk management review.

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Financial Analysis

  • Investigate the cost of risk and its impact on earnings.
  • Develop payout patterns for open claims obligations to understand postclosing cash management requirements.
  • Conduct claim reserve analysis to assess collateral and balance sheet requirements.
  • Coordinate with accountants on financial statement issues related to insurance and benefits expenses.
  • Develop insurance solutions for deal-related obstacles to reps and warranties/tax opinion liability.
  • Conduct loss portfolio transfer.
  • Drive loss mitigation.
  • Develop environmental programs.

Transaction Analysis

  • Analyze the purchase agreement from an insurance and benefits perspective.
  • Evaluate, quantify, and define preclosing liabilities.
  • Ensure that the assumption of liabilities is clearly stated and reflects the decisions reached between buyer and seller.
  • Verify that, postclosing, asset is available to offset any assumed preclosing liabilities.
  • Review the insurance provisions and offer solutions.
  • Review historical purchase agreements to understand the assumption of liabilities from acquisitions or divestitures and their effects on postclosing insurance costs.
  • Understand insurance and indemnity provisions in company contracts to evaluate the extent of liabilities assumed under these agreements.
  • Determine the impact of changes in control on the current insurance and benefits contracts.
  • Meet lender insurance requirements by providing relevant insurance documentation necessary to close.

Insurance/Benefits and Risk Management Review

  • Conduct a thorough coverage review to identify coverage gaps and/or restrictions.
  • Research historical carrier solvency.
  • Determine existence of aggregate or limit breaches that could lead to unfunded obligations on a postclosing basis.
  • Analyze historical loss patterns to develop accurate loss projections.
  • Provide post-closing budget along with a suggested program design for property/casualty as well as employee benefits plans or other needs.
  • Review the adequacy of loss prevention and workplace safety programs.

Employee Benefits Solutions

While conducting our comprehensive review of employee benefits, we identify critical issues affecting the deal preclose, postclose, and at exit.

We review compliance issues and plan funding mechanisms, and we complete a needs assessment.

Compliance Issues

  • Review Form 5500 filings and assess compliance, potential violations, and their impact.
  • Conduct an overview of COBRA rates to determine proper parameters and address potential issues.
  • Review self-funded plans for possible noncompliance resulting in prohibited transactions.
  • Conduct a thorough review of documents related to discrimination testing, 401(k) compliance, and discriminatory administrative practices.

Plan Funding Mechanisms

  • Estimation of incurred but not reported (IBNR) claims run-out liability relative to current accruals on self-funded plans.
  • Thorough review of self-funded plans to determine potential prohibited transaction issues and their financial impact.
  • Examination of reinsurance contracts to discover potential issues involving terminal liability, discrepancies with plan documents, and claims run-out issues affected by change of control.

Needs Assessment

  • Development of pro forma budget.
  • Review and summary of all major benefits plans, with comparison to national normative data.
  • Review of benefits plans to determine market competitiveness and possible coverage gaps.
  • Availability of international diligence to identify potential issues on a global platform.
  • Thorough review of collective bargaining agreements and purchase and sale agreements, both historical and present, to identify potential issues prior to close.

Contact Information

Any of Lockton’s PECAP Associates can help you:

New York
Henry Jennings
+1 917 351 2561

Matt McFall
+1 303 414 6221

Kansas City
Bob Swisher
+1 816 960 9171

Los Angeles
Alan Weiss
+1 213 689 2347

Neo Combarro
+44 20 7933 2123

Harry Blakelock
+44 20 7933 2024

Sarogenei Kolanth
+65 6326 9216

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