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Chinese Insurers Seek Strategic Tie-Ups, M&As to Tap Western Expertise

Chinese insurers are pursuing strategic tie-ups and outright mergers and acquisitions to tap Western expertise. They are keen for knowledge on products, pricing and technology as a nascent Chinese market for health and property insurance takes off, industry executives say. …

AIR Analyzes Taiwan, China Damages, Losses from Typhoon Dujuan

Catastrophe modeling firm AIR Worldwide reports that Typhoon Dujuan made landfall on northeast coast of Taiwan with high winds and heavy rain near Nan’ao Township in Yilan County, late afternoon on Monday, September 28, at approximately 09:00 UTC. AIR described …

Tianjin Port Blast Chemical Contamination Likely to Boost Re/Insurers’ Losses

Contamination from chemicals is likely to increase the cost to insurers of last month’s blasts in the Chinese port of Tianjin, costs which are already expected to exceed $3 billion, insurance specialists say. While Chinese insurers are likely to bear …

Markel International Appoints Hu to Head China Business

Markel International, the specialist insurer, has appointed Hu Qianhai to head its business in the People’s Republic of China, based in Shanghai. Markel has had a presence in China since 2011, when it opened a representative office in Beijing and …

Fitch’s Rendez-Vous Roundup: 4 Hot Topics Affecting Reinsurance Industry

Fitch published a list of key takeaways from last week’s reinsurance Rendez-Vous in Monte Carlo, where some of the major trends affecting the industry were discussed: mergers & acquisitions, alternative capital, pricing and the Tianjin Port explosion in China. Meetings with …

China Re Wins Hong Kong Stock Exchange Approval for $2 Billion IPO

China Reinsurance Group Corp., the nation’s biggest reinsurer, received Hong Kong stock exchange approval for an initial public offering, people with knowledge of the matter said. The Beijing-based company plans to seek about $2 billion in the share sale, said the …

Alibaba’s Finance Arm Plans $188 Million Investment in Cathay Insurance

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.’s finance arm is strengthening its foothold in the insurance business with plans to invest about 1.2 billion yuan ($188 million) in a Chinese unit of Cathay Financial Holding Co. Zhejiang Ant Small & Micro Financial Services Group …

China’s Fosun to Raise $1.5 Billion to Fund Insurance & Banking Acquisitions

Fosun International Ltd., Chinese billionaire Guo Guangchang’s conglomerate that has bought insurers and real estate around the world, proposed raising HK$11.7 billion ($1.5 billion) in a rights offer to fund its push into the banking and insurance industries. The company plans to …

China Detains Senior Officials, Port Executives After Deadly Explosions in Tianjin

China’s top prosecutor is holding 10 officials and port executives as well as a senior Transport Ministry official under criminal detention for alleged neglect of duty and abuse of power in the Tianjin warehouse explosions that killed at least 139 people, the …

Ping An to Boost Overseas Investments as China’s Economy Slows

Ping An Insurance (Group) Co., China’s second-largest insurer, is boosting overseas assets as the nation’s slowing economy and falling interest rates make it difficult to find investments with attractive returns at home. The company has about 16 billion yuan ($2.5 billion) of …