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Allianz Group and UniCredit have signed a long-term cooperation agreement in the Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) region. With this agreement, which will gradually start in the second half of 2018, UniCredit will exclusively partner with Allianz in providing its customers access to life, property and casualty insurance in Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Slovenia and Slovakia.
The partnership combines UniCredit’s strong banking franchise with Allianz’s deep insurance expertise. UniCredit customers will have easy access to Allianz’s insurance solutions through UniCredit’s extensive branch network and digital platforms. The local market partnerships will be gradually implemented in compliance with all local regulations.
“UniCredit customers will benefit from our extensive expertise as demand rises for life, health, property and casualty insurance in CEE. We can now protect those customers at key moments in their life,” said Petros Papanikolaou, Regional CEO CEE of Allianz SE. “UniCredit and Allianz share a commitment to continue growing in CEE. We are pleased that UniCredit has chosen Allianz as the best solution provider for their customers, and we view this partnership as confirmation of our successful strategy in CEE.”
“This partnership will enhance UniCredit’s offer by delivering a full range of life and non-life insurance products, as well as outstanding services to our individual and small business clients leveraging on our leading position in the region, as well as on Allianz’s recognized brand and capabilities,” said Carlo Vivaldi, Head of CEE Division at UniCredit.
Central and Eastern Europe represents a significant growth market for the insurance industry. Penetration rates are well below those in Western Europe. Bancassurance is expected to be an important distribution channel to close the penetration gap in the coming years.
The Allianz Group is one of the world's leading insurers and asset managers with more than 88 million retail and corporate customers. Allianz customers benefit from a broad range of personal and corporate insurance services, ranging from property, life and health insurance to assistance services to credit insurance and global business insurance. Allianz is one of the world’s largest investors, managing over 650 billion euros on behalf of its insurance customers while our asset managers Allianz Global Investors and PIMCO manage an additional 1.4 trillion euros of third-party assets. Thanks to our systematic integration of ecological and social criteria in our business processes and investment decisions, we hold the leading position for insurers in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index. In 2017, over 140,000 employees in more than 70 countries achieved total revenue of 126 billion euros and an operating profit of 11 billion euros for the group.
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Central and Eastern Europe is a strategically important and attractive market for Allianz with sustainable, profitable growth potential. Today, Allianz is active in ten markets in Central and Eastern Europe, covering Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, and Ukraine . Allianz serves the needs of more than 8 million customers in the region, offering comprehensive range of products in property and casualty insurance, life and health insurance, and pension and asset management solutions.
UniCredit is a simple successful Pan European Commercial Bank, with a fully plugged in Corporate Investment Bank (CIB), delivering a unique Western, Central and Eastern European network to our extensive client franchise: 25 million clients. UniCredit offers local expertise as well as an international one reaching and supporting its clients globally, providing them with unparalleled access to leading banks in its 14 core markets as well as in other 18 countries worldwide. UniCredit European banking network includes Italy, Germany, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Turkey.
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