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 …

Warburg Seeks to Buy Minority Stake in India’s ICICI Lombard from Fairfax

Warburg Pincus is the frontrunner to acquire a minority stake in Indian insurer ICICI Lombard General Insurance Co. from Prem Watsa’s Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd., according to people familiar with the matter. Toronto-based Fairfax, which owns 35 percent of ICICI …

FGL Pulls $1.6B Deal with China’s Anbang; Other Suitors Interested

Fidelity & Guaranty Life terminated its $1.6 billion agreement to be purchased by China’s Anbang Insurance Group Co. and said it will weigh other possible deals. FGL’s board “is continuing to evaluate strategic alternatives to maximize shareholder value and has …

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 …

China’s Anbang to Abandon Attempt to Buy FGL: Sources

China’s Anbang Insurance Group will let its agreement to acquire U.S. annuities and life insurer Fidelity & Guaranty Life (FGL) for $1.6 billion lapse, after failing to secure all the necessary regulatory approvals, people familiar with the matter said on Sunday. The …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Uber’s Biggest SE Asia Rival, Grab, Buys Indonesian E-Commerce Platform

Grab, Uber Technologies Inc.’s biggest rival in Southeast Asia, will acquire Indonesian e-commerce startup Kudo for an undisclosed amount, striking its first deal since pledging to invest $700 million in its largest market. The purchase is aimed at beefing up …