Ellex advises OP Financial Group on the sale of Seesam Insurance AS to Vienna Insurance Group
OP Financial Group will sell all shares of its non-life insurance company Seesam Insurance AS, including its Latvian and Lithuanian branches, to Vienna Insurance Group. The parties signed the share sale and purchase agreement on 18 December 2017. The transaction is subject to the approval by the local regulatory authorities.
Seesam was founded in 1991 in Estonia and has offices in all three Baltic countries. It has over 200,000 customers and sells its non-life products across all distribution channels. In 2016 the company reported gross written premiums of around EUR 60 million and currently has 335 employees.
Seesam’s parent undertaking, OP Financial Group, is Finland’s largest financial services group. OP offers diverse banking, asset management and insurance services to companies and private persons. The OP Group includes 180 member banks, over 4 million clients, nearly 12,000 employees and the total assets of the Group exceed 80 billion Euro.
Vienna Insurance Group has close to 200 years of experience in the insurance business. There are about 50 Group companies in 25 countries. Vienna Insurance Group has a staff of about 25,000 employees. The listed Vienna Insurance Group is the best-rated company of ATX, the leading index of the Vienna Stock Exchange. Its shares are also listed on the Prague Stock Exchange.
Ellex advised OP Financial Group on the sale of Seesam Insurance to VIG. In Estonia the client was advised by Partner Sven Papp and Senior Associates Gerda Liik and Martin Mäesalu, in Latvia the client was advised by Senior Associates Sarmis Spilbergs and Mārtiņš Gailis and Associate Kristiāna Matuzeviča, in Lithuana the client was advised by Partner Dovilė Burgienė and Senior Associates Lina Žolynė and Ilona Jančiauskaitė, Partner Marius Juonys, and Senior Associate Alina Makovska.