Zurich acquires majority stake in Kotak General Insurance; to build a leading general insurer for India

Zurich acquires 70% of Kotak General Insurance, becoming the first foreign insurer to enter India since the FDI rules were amended in 2021

Zurich and Kotak will jointly build a leading general insurer in India, bringing together Zurich’s global insurance leadership and scale with Kotak’s local expertise and reach


Acquisition helps Zurich enter one of the world’s most important growth markets and reflects continued progress in Asia Pacific

Mumbai, 19th June 2024 – Zurich Insurance Company Limited (“Zurich”) today announced the successful completion of acquiring majority stake in Kotak Mahindra General Insurance Company Limited (“Kotak General Insurance”) from Kotak Mahindra Bank Limited (“Kotak”), following the receipt of all necessary regulatory approvals.

Zurich has acquired a 70% stake in Kotak General Insurance for a total consideration of Rs 5,560 crores (i.e., USD 670 million), through a combination of fresh growth capital and share purchase. The transaction marks the largest foreign investment in India’s general insurance market and is the first by a foreign insurer since the foreign direct investment (FDI) limit was raised from 49% to 74% in 2021.

The combined entity will bring to the Indian market – Zurich and Kotak’s collective commitment to trust, innovation, integrity, and customer service. In due course, the business will adopt a new brand that represents both Zurich and Kotak as shareholders.

Zurich is fully committed to fostering the development and expansion of India’s insurance sector in keeping with the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India’s (IRDAI) goal of achieving “Insurance for All” by 2047.