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Company Profile

Aviva plc is backed by a rich and inspiring heritage of protecting people that dates back to 1696. Our acquisition of the Friends Life Group in 2015 has resulted in the creation of an even stronger, more diversified business and makes Aviva plc the leading life and pensions provider in the UK1.

We have operations in 16 countries and strong businesses in selected markets including Europe, Asia and Canada. Our shares are listed on the London Stock Exchange and we are a member of the FTSE100 index.

We protect over 34,000,000 people worldwide2 with the most comprehensive range of life insurance products and hold market leading positions across retirement, investment, insurance and health solutions.

Aviva plc has an excellent growth franchise in Asia with a strong network of leading local partners. We are one of the leading life insurers through a 50% joint venture with COFCO in China, operating in 12 provinces and over 50 branches.

The financial strength ratings of Aviva plc's core operating subsidiaries are:

  Standard & Poor’s Moody's A.M. Best
Rating: A+ A1 A

(Ratings as at 2 July 2015)

"Ratings accurate as of the mentioned date and are published for information and general circulation only and do not have regard to the specific investment objectives, financial situation and the particular needs of any specific person."

1 Based on IFRS Operating Profit, derived from Aviva plc and Friends Life Group company reports as at 31 December 2014.
2 Following the merger with Friends Life Group on 13 April 2015, before removal of duplication of Aviva plc and Friends Life Group customers.

Aviva's success started in a modest London fire insurance office in 1696 and continued to grow across the centuries. Historical milestones included:

  • 1696 - Hand in Hand Fire & Life Insurance Society founded
  • 1797 - Norwich Union formed
  • 1861 - Commercial Union founded
  • 1885 - General Accident formed
  • 1998 - Commercial Union and General Accident merger to form CGU
  • 2000 - CGU and Norwich Union merged
  • 2002 - AVIVA is launched

With the large mergers in 1998 and 2000, Aviva continued to gain prominence. Finally, the 2002 launch of the Aviva brand unified more than 50 brands in over 30 countries.

Rooted in Hong Kong for over 150 years, Aviva Life Insurance Company Limited ("Aviva") provides a comprehensive suite of life insurance, savings and protection solutions that meets customers’ wealth protection and accumulation needs.