Mergers and Acquisitions News

R&Q Acquires Captive Insurer from Fortune 500 Engine Manufacturer

Randall & Quilter Investment Holdings Ltd. (R&Q) announced the acquisition of ICDC Ltd., a captive insurer of an American Fortune 500 company, for an undisclosed sum. The name of the former parent of the captive was not released. The company, …

Travelers to Buy UK-Based Simply Business for $490M

The Travelers Cos. Inc. announced it has agreed to acquire Simply Business from Aquiline Capital Partners LLC for approximately $490 million, which includes the repayment of debt and other obligations at closing. Operating since 2005, Simply Business is a leading …

Fairfax Financial to Pay More Cash, Less Stock, for Allied World

Toronto-based insurance group Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. said it would increase the cash component of its offer to buy Allied World Assurance Co. Holdings AG by $18 per share. The increase in the cash component of the offer would reduce …

Scotland’s Standard Life to Buy Aberdeen Asset Management for $4.7B

Standard Life Plc, Scotland’s largest insurer, agreed to acquire Aberdeen Asset Management Plc for about 3.8 billion pounds ($4.7 billion), creating one of Europe’s biggest fund managers. Under the terms, which remain the same since talks were first revealed on …

Generali Plans to Sell Dutch Operations, Sources Say

Italy’s biggest insurer Generali has hired BNP Paribas to sell its Dutch business as part of a plan to cut costs in weaker markets and boost profits, sources told Reuters. Generali, which generates most of its revenues and earnings in …

Willis Towers Watson Completes Purchase of French Aviation Broker, OAAGC

Willis Towers Watson has concluded its negotiations with OAAGC, the French aviation brokerage, and has now completed the acquisition of its team and book of business. Willis Towers Watson said the deal makes it the leading aviation broker in France. …

BGC Partners Buys Lloyd’s Broker Besso Insurance

BGC Partners Inc., a London and New York-based broker serving the financial and real estate markets, announced it has completed the acquisition of Besso Insurance Group Ltd., an independent Lloyd’s of London insurance broker specializing in property, casualty, marine, aviation, professional and …

Gallagher Buys Australia’s Ace IRM Insurance Broking Group

Itasca, Ill.-based Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. announced the acquisition of Ace IRM Insurance Broking Group, located in Beenleigh, Queensland, Australia. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Founded in 1981, Ace IRM Insurance Broking Group (Ace IRM) is a …

Verisk Analytics Buys UK-Based Emergent Network Intelligence

Verisk Analytics Inc., the Jersey City, N.J.-based data analytics provider, announced it has acquired Emergent Network Intelligence (ENI), an innovator in insurance claims efficiency and fraud detection solutions based in Newcastle upon Tyne in the U.K. With the acquisition of …

Intesa Abandons Plans to Buy Generali, Citing Lack of Shareholder Value

Italy’s biggest retail bank Intesa Sanpaolo abandoned plans to join forces with the country’s largest insurer Assicurazioni Generali on Friday, saying a tie-up would not create value for its shareholders. A merger of the two would have created an Italian …