Aon plc (NYSE: AON) (the “Company”) notes the recent media speculation regarding Willis Towers Watson.
The Company confirms that it is in the early stages of considering an all-share business combination with Willis Towers Watson. The Company emphasizes that, at this point, its evaluation of a potential transaction is at a preliminary stage and there can be no certainty that any transaction will take place nor as to the form or terms on which any transaction might be pursued.
A further announcement will be made in due course, as appropriate.
In accordance with Rule 2.4 of the Irish Takeover Rules, Aon reserves the right to vary the form and/or mix of consideration described in this announcement.
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