JS Group is the second-largest shareholder in the EFU Insurance Group, Pakistan’s largest insurance group.
EFU Insurance Group was established in 1932 as the Eastern Federal Union Insurance Company and grew to become the largest life assurance company in Asia (ex-Japan) from 1961. In 1972, the life assurance business was nationalised but EFU continued as a general insurance company. Today, it is Pakistan’s second-largest general insurer.
In 1992, the private sector was again permitted to carry out life assurance and EFU Life Assurance was launched by EFU General in conjunction with the JS Group. Today, this company is the largest private sector life assurance company in Pakistan with a sales force of over 1,500 people and over 50% share of the life insurance business.
EFU General Insurance
EFU General is engaged in the general insurance business comprising of fire, marine, motor and engineering insurance.
The shares of the company are quoted on the Karachi and Lahore Stock Exchanges. The principal place of business is located at EFU House-Karachi with over 72 branches throughout the country.
EFU Insurance Group is one of the few Pakistani insurance organisations run entirely by professional management and with a highly-motivated field force. EFU General has obtained Insurer Financial Strength Rating of ‘AA Stable Outlook’ by the rating agency JCR-VIS.
A unique feature of EFU Insurance Group is its voluntary review mechanism by professionals of international repute. The independent reviews by these professionals enable the company to keep abreast of international changes in the industry as well as ensure that management adopts the best international practices.
Another pillar of EFU Insurance Group’s strength is its very close and long-term (over 50 years) relationship with its main reinsurer, ‘Munich Re’, one of the largest reinsurance companies in the world.
In 1992, the Government of Pakistan reopened life insurance business to the private sector organizations and EFU Life Assurance Ltd was incorporated as the first private sector life insurance company. In early 1993, EFU Life commenced writing group life insurance business and, by March 1994, the company began writing individual life business.
The company has a growing network of 72 branches throughout the country with employee strength of over 1,600 in its sales force and around 150 at its main offices in Karachi and Lahore. The company employs 5 full-time actuaries and also engages one of the leading actuarial firms in the country.
EFU Life is the first life insurance company in Pakistan to be awarded the ISO 9001:2000 certification. Today, EFU Life continues to be the largest private sector life insurance company in Pakistan. EFU Life was the pioneer in introducing the following products and features in Pakistan:
Critical illness products
Education planning product
Inflation protection benefit
Tax qualified pension plans
Extended critical illness product (covering 379 medical conditions)
Allianz-EFU Health Insurance
In 2000, EFU Insurance Group formed a joint venture with Allianz AG to incorporate Allianz-EFU Health Insurance, Pakistan’s only specialised health insurer. Allianz EFU Health is a joint venture between the leading insurer in the world, Allianz Group, and the most experienced local insurer, EFU Insurance Group. It was the first company in Pakistan to offer health insurance to individuals and families, and companies with as few as five employees. To ensure quality, Allianz-EFU is implementing an Integrated HealthCare delivery system.
For more information on JS Financial’s Pakistan insurance businesses please visit the individual companies’ websites listed below or submit an enquiry through the Contact Us page: