Aon PLC's deal to buy rival Willis Towers' Watson PLC, which is scheduled to close in the first half of 2021, was a start.
The top executives at the brokers first discussed a possible merger in 2019 but quickly put the discussions on hold after news of a potential deal leaked.
They resumed talks in early 2020 and announced the $ 30 billion deal in early March.
Business Insurance story describing the history of the negotiations, which began with a dinner in Miami and included several back and forth talks about the award, was the fifth most read story on the website Business Insurance last year.
combination of the second and third largest brokers in the world will potentially allow Aon to skip Marsh & McLennan Cos. Inc. to No. 1
Shareholders approved the deal in August, but regulators still have their say.  Aon has consistently stated that it does not expect to divest any operations to ensure regulatory approval, despite speculation that the combination will significantly increase its market share in certain areas. indicated that it would initiate a full investigation of the proposed deal.
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