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Wefox, the insurance unicorn, cautions investors about potential insolvency risk

The internationally renowned insurance technology company Wefox, has recently announced potential financial troubles that could result in insolvency within the coming months. In a memo addressed to shareholders, Wefox’s new executive chairman and chief executive, Mark Hartigan, disclosed that the company is facing a multitude of challenges, including regulatory issues and financial strains.

According to Hartigan, Wefox’s holding company could become insolvent as early as August, if immediate action is not taken. He further elaborated that the company’s Italian operations are currently operating under false assumptions and will require significant financial support to remain afloat. In addition, Hartigan highlighted the need to address losses in Wefox’s German unit, as well as the closure of operations in Germany, the sale of a portion of its business in Poland, and the unwinding of a joint venture in Switzerland.

Wefox, which was valued at $4.5bn (£3.6bn) in a funding round less than two years ago, has attracted investments from global tech giants such as Abu Dhabi’s Mubadala, Canada’s Omers Ventures, Target Global, and G Squared. Its British-based shareholders include Chrysalis Investments, which recently wrote down the value of its stake in Wefox by a third.

Founded in 2015, Wefox has gained a reputation for revolutionizing the insurance industry through the use of technology. With nearly 3 million customers across its business, the company has shown significant growth in recent years. However, the current financial challenges have prompted the company to take measures to restructure its operations in hopes of securing a sustainable future.

In light of the company’s financial state, Hartigan has taken on the role of CEO from co-founder Julian Teickle, who has shifted his focus to supporting other ventures. Hartigan has already begun implementing changes, including cutting 60 central function roles, with more expected to follow.

Wefox raised $400m in a Series D funding round in July 2022, valuing the company at $4.5bn, which was followed by a $650m round in May 2021, reflecting the high demand for investments in promising tech companies. The company also secured an additional $55m in both equity and debt financing from Barclays and JP Morgan in the past year.

Responding to inquiries regarding the company’s financial concerns, Wefox declined to comment on rumors and speculation, stating that they are currently focused on the next phase of their development. The company aims to consolidate and concentrate its international activities to ensure financial stability and continue its mission of utilizing technology to improve insurance distribution.

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