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PartnerRe Board Slammed by Activist Hedge Fund for Rejecting EXOR Bid

Sandell Asset Management Corp., the activist hedge-fund firm run by Tom Sandell, said PartnerRe Ltd. directors hurt shareholders by pushing a merger with AXIS Capital Holdings Ltd. rather than talks with a hostile bidder. “We will not hesitate to exercise the rights …

Bermuda Monetary Authority Appoints Lespere as Chief Operations Officer

The Bermuda Monetary Authority has appointed Shanna Lespere as its chief operations officer (COO). In her new position, effective immediately, Lespere will oversee the authority’s operational functions – communications, document management, enterprise risk management, facilities, finance and currency, human resources, …

AXA Plans to Sell Coal Assets, Citing Concerns About Climate Change

France’s largest insurer will scrap holdings in coal companies because of concerns about climate change, broadening support for the fossil-fuel divestment movement to a major mainstream investor. AXA SA Chief Executive Officer Henri de Castries said he’s working to sell …

UK’s Regulator Criticizes Insurers for Failures in Handling Claims for SMEs

The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority criticized the insurance industry for “poor practices” and “significant” failures in handling claims for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The regulator said a review of the experiences of business customers showed more dissatisfaction with insurers than a …

PartnerRe Shareholders to Decide on AXIS Bid; Board Rejects EXOR Offer

PartnerRe Ltd. said in a statement on Friday that its suitor EXOR has rejected any negotiations to raise its $6.8 billion hostile offer. As a result, the Bermuda-based PartnerRe said it will ask shareholders to vote on the planned merger with …

Montpelier Re to Hold Special Shareholders’ Meeting on Endurance Acquisition

Bermuda-based Montpelier Re Holdings Ltd announced that it has scheduled a special general meeting of its shareholders to “consider and vote upon a proposal to approve the previously announced Agreement and Plan of Merger,” dated March 31, 2015. Shareholders will …

AXA to Acquire Large Commercial Risks Subsidiary of SulAmérica

AXA announced it has entered into an agreement with SulAmérica SA to acquire 100 percent of its large industrial and commercial risks insurance subsidiary, SulAmérica Companhia de Seguros Gerais, for 135 million Brazilian real ($44.7 million ). The subsidiary handles …

EXOR Refuses to Sweeten $6.8 Billion Offer to Acquire PartnerRe

EXOR SpA, the investment vehicle of Italy’s Agnelli family, reiterated that it won’t sweeten a $6.8 billion offer to buy PartnerRe Ltd. as the reinsurer demands a higher price to abandon a merger deal with AXIS Capital Holdings Ltd. EXOR …

Ascot, Chaucer & Skuld Form Underwriting Consortium for Renewable Energy

Ascot Underwriting Ltd. has formed Renewco Consortium (ReCo), a dedicated and independent underwriting platform for the renewable energy industry. The Lloyd’s consortium is jointly led by Ascot and Chaucer and managed by Ascot; Skuld is the third consortium partner. With …

Zurich Aims to Cut Costs by $1B, Seeking to Reverse Earnings Decline

Zurich Insurance Group AG, Switzerland’s biggest insurer, will cut costs by more than planned as it seeks to reverse a drop in earnings. Chief Executive Officer Martin Senn said he will make additional annual savings of at least $1 billion by …

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