FWD Life Insurance Enters the Philippines

FWD Group becomes first foreign life insurer in nearly a decade to enter the Philippines market

HONG KONG / MANILA, 29th April 2014 – FWD Group today announced it has been granted a license to operate its life insurance business in the Philippines. The business, operating in the Philippines as FWD Life Insurance Corporation, is the first foreign life insurance company since 2004 to have been issued a license by the Insurance Commission of the Philippines.

“We are honored to be announcing FWD’s entry into the Philippines as we continue to forge ahead with our regional expansion plans,” said the Hon. Ronald Arculli, Chairman of FWD Group. “The insurance industry plays a vital role in economic development, fostering investment and innovation by creating an environment of greater certainty. The Philippines is an attractive market for insurance with a rising middle class and increasing disposable incomes.  In this steadily growing economy with improved governance, insurance has low penetration, and we see vast opportunities to contribute to the country’s growth, providing financial security to the people.”

Following the amendments to the Philippines Insurance Code last year, FWD is the first foreign life insurance company in nearly a decade to be granted a license.  FWD Group CEO Huynh Thanh Phong alongside a newly-established local senior management team, will drive the growth of the business and develop products and services relevant to the local community. The company is targeting to launch in the Philippines market later this year.

 “We are excited to be entering the Philippines at a time of such positive change and when there is increasing need and demand for insurance,” said Phong . “FWD is investing heavily in technology to support the delivery of our products and customer servicing, including continuing the roll out of the innovative paperless sales platform that FWD Life Indonesia pioneered earlier this year. As we aim to be a top 5 life insurer within 5 years, we will continue to proactively build our talented and experienced local team, distribution partnerships and agency force.”

Hon. Emmanuel F. Dooc, Insurance Commissioner of the Philippines further commented, “The amendments to the Philippines Insurance Code have been implemented to keep pace with the changes in the insurance market, and spur the growth of the domestic insurance market, allowing it to be more competitive regionally. This is an exciting period of change for the industry, and we would like to extend a warm welcome to FWD as we look to expand the local insurance market.”

FWD management receives license to operate its life insurance in the Philippines.
From left to right: Hon. Emmanuel F. Dooc, Insurance Commissioner, Insurance Commission of the Philippines; Hon. Ronald Arculli, Chairman, FWD Group; Huynh Thanh Phong, Group Chief Executive Officer, FWD Group; Peter Grimes, Group Chief Partnerships Distribution Officer, FWD Group

FWD team, Philippines’ Insurance Commissioner Hon. Emmanuel Dooc and his deputy commissioners celebrate FWD’s entry into the Philippines’ life insurance market with a toasting ceremony.

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About FWD Group
FWD Group is the insurance business arm of the private investment group, Pacific Century Group. FWD’s business spans Hong Kong, Macau and Thailand, offering life insurance services, as well as general insurance, employee benefits and financial planning in Hong Kong. In addition, FWD has a brand presence in Indonesia. FWD’s focus is to leverage technology to enhance customer experience, deliver innovative products, and invest in talent to create a leading pan-Asian life insurer.

For more information please visit www.fwd.com.

About Pacific Century Group
Pacific Century Group (PCG) was established in 1993, and has interests in property, financial services and other investments in the Asia Pacific region. Chaired by PCG founder and Hong Kong businessman Richard Li Tzar-Kai, PCG has a strong track record of holding and developing assets over the long term, and has a network of well-established connections in Asia.

Since its inception, PCG has consistently invested in the financial services sector. In February 2013, PCG successfully acquired ING Groep N.V.’s Hong Kong, Macau and Thailand insurance business. In 2010, PCG acquired the global asset management operations from AIG and renamed it PineBridge Investments. Since PCG’s acquisition, PineBridge Investments has received 13 industry awards. The company has more than US $65 billion in assets under management through its global network.

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