2017 mergers and acquisitions News

UK’s Aviva Buys Remaining 50% Share in Vietnam Joint Venture

Aviva plc has acquired VietinBank’s entire 50 percent shareholding in its life insurance joint venture VietinBank Aviva Life Insurance Ltd. Aviva also has signed a new distribution agreement with VietinBank to sell life and health insurance products through VietinBank’s network …

China’s Ant Financial Raises Bid for Fintech Firm, MoneyGram, by 36%

China’s Ant Financial has sweetened its bid for MoneyGram International Inc by 36 percent, beating a rival offer to gain approval from the U.S. electronic payment firm’s board, although it still faces regulatory hurdles. Ant, the finance affiliate of Alibaba …

Zurich Buys Australia’s Largest Travel Insurer, Cover-More, for US$551M

Zurich Insurance Group has successfully acquired Cover-More Group Ltd., a leading travel insurance and assistance solutions provider based in Sydney with a strong market position in Australia, India and the U.S. This transaction is an important milestone for Zurich as …

USI Acquires North Carolina’s Cameron M. Harris & Co.

USI Insurance Services has acquired Cameron M. Harris & Company, an insurance brokerage firm in North Carolina. Cameron M. Harris & Company and its employees will remain at the current Charlotte location. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Founded in 1979, Cameron M. Harris & Company provides …

China’s Probe of Regulatory Chief Won’t Slow Insurers’ Overseas M&A: Opinion

Xiang Junbo, the man on whose watch China’s insurance industry flourished, is now himself under investigation. As Bloomberg News reported over the weekend, China’s anti-graft agency is probing the nation’s top insurance official as the government steps up a bid to …

UPC Insurance, American Coastal Complete Merger

United Insurance Holdings Corp. (UPC Insurance), a property and casualty insurance holding company, announced April 3 it has received all necessary regulatory approvals, met all other closing conditions and successfully completed its merger with American Coastal Insurance Co. The acquisition …

S&P Raises Ratings for Belgian Aviation Insurer Aviabel After AXIS Acquisition

S&P Global Ratings has raised its long-term counterparty credit and financial strength ratings on Aviabel Cie. Belge d’Assurances Aviation to “A” from “A-“, following the completion of its acquisition on April 1 by AXIS Capital. Confirming a stable outlook for …

Markel Canada Buys Remaining 50% Stake in Allsport

Markel Canada, the Toronto-based subsidiary of Markel International, has acquired the remaining 50 percent stake in Allsport Insurance Marketing Ltd. Allsport is an incorporated managing general agent (MGA) specializing in providing insurance to Canadians for sports, leisure and recreation activities. …

UK’s Alan Boswell Group Buys Sutcliffe Insurance Brokers

Alan Boswell Group, the Norwich, England-based insurance broker and financial adviser, announced it has acquired Sutcliffe Solloway & Co. Ltd. (trading as Sutcliffe Insurance Brokers), thereby expanding its business into Lincolnshire, England. The financial terms of the acquisition were not …

Expect Another Active M&A Year with Tech Gaining Interest, Says Conning

Signs point to 2017 being another year of “robust” mergers and acquisitions, thanks in part to a number of ongoing industry trends and a current government climate that show no sign of letting up, Conning said in a new report. …