HONG KONG, 27 December 2019 – AIA Company Limited (“AIA Co.”) has published an announcement in Mainland China of its intention to convert its Shanghai Branch into a wholly-owned subsidiary of AIA Co. (the “Subsidiary”). This follows the recent announcement by the relevant department of Chinese government to remove the foreign shareholding restrictions on life insurers, effective from 1 January 2020.
As part of the proposed conversion, the other existing branches of AIA Co. in Mainland China will be converted into branches of the Subsidiary. AIA Co. will continue to own 100 per cent of its business in Mainland China.
All the protections and benefits provided to policyholders under the relevant insurance contracts by the existing branches of AIA Co. in Mainland China involved in the proposed conversion will continue to be valid, and the Subsidiary will bear the obligations of such entities under the relevant insurance contracts. AIA Co. undertakes that all rights and interests under these insurance contracts will not be affected.
AIA Co. will submit its formal application for the proposed conversion to the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission in accordance with the relevant laws and regulations. The conversion will be undertaken upon obtaining approval.