Bermuda News

Faure to Retire as Endurance’s CEO, Global Re; Young Named as Successor

Endurance Specialty Holdings Ltd., a Bermuda-based specialty provider of property and casualty insurance and reinsurance, announced that Jerome Faure will step down from the position of chief executive officer, Global Reinsurance, on January 1, 2016 and will retire from Endurance …

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, …

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 …

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 …

AXIS Says Termination Fee Would Soften Blow if PartnerRe Deal Collapses

AXIS Capital Holdings Ltd. Chief Executive Officer Albert Benchimol, who’s working to complete a merger with PartnerRe Ltd., said his company can withstand a collapse of the deal and that a termination fee would soften the blow. “We intend to …

Update: PartnerRe Says $6.8B EXOR Offer Unacceptable; Open to Negotiations

PartnerRe Ltd. said it would engage in discussions with hostile bidder EXOR SpA to seek a better offer than the $6.8 billion proposal that the target company called “unacceptable.” “While we believe that PartnerRe is worth materially more than EXOR …

Insurance Linked Securities Specialist Nephila Hired by Blackstone Vehicle

A Blackstone Group LP vehicle offering hedge fund strategies to mutual fund investors plans to allocate money to a firm backed by rival KKR & Co. The Blackstone Alternative Multi-Strategy Fund is hiring Nephila Capital Ltd. as a sub-adviser, according …

IRS Scrutiny of Offshore Tax Avoidance Repels Bids for Bermuda Reinsurers

The IRS’s scrutiny of tax avoidance in offshore locations has discouraged bidders from taking over reinsurers, potentially reducing the companies’ value. Montpelier Re Holdings Ltd. and Platinum Underwriters Holdings Ltd., both based in Bermuda, have each said in recent regulatory …

Arch Reinsurance Completes Acquisition of Dubai’s Gulf Re

Bermuda-based Arch Reinsurance Ltd., a member of Arch Capital Group Ltd., has completed the acquisition of Gulf Reinsurance Ltd. Gulf Re, a specialty reinsurer based in the Dubai International Financial Centre, was founded jointly by Arch and the Gulf Investment Corporation …