Mergers and Acquisitions News

Verisk Buys Healix Risk Rating, UK-Based Medical Risk Assessment Firm

Verisk Analytics has snatched up Healix Risk Rating, a company focused on automated medical risk assessment for the travel insurance ratings.Financial terms were not disclosed, although the deal is designed to expand Verisk’s risk assessment offerings for the global insurance …

Insurance CEOs More Concerned Than Others About Disrupters: PwC

Insurance CEOs are more concerned than leaders in other industries about combined disruptive threats to their revenue growth prospects, according to findings from the 20th annual “PwC Global CEO Survey.” PwC polled 95 insurance CEOs from 39 countries, who expect to …

Intesa Consults Investors Ahead of Possible Generali Deal: Sources

Intesa Sanpaolo SpA is sounding out investors about a possible combination with Assicurazioni Generali SpA and weighing which of the insurer’s assets it might sell, according to people with knowledge of the matter. Intesa Chief Executive Officer Carlo Messina is …

Intesa’s Interest in Generali Is ‘Strategically Questionable’: Opinion

Intesa Sanpaolo SpA is one of the few Italian banks that could accurately claim to be strong, profitable and shareholder-friendly. Generali’s Market Value: €23 billion It’s curious, therefore, that CEO Carlo Messina seems intent on jeopardizing that record with a …

Prem Watsa’s Fairfax to Pay $144M for New Zealand-Based Insurer

Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. will pay $144 million for New Zealand insurer Tower Ltd., giving it an instant, significant presence in a growing, emerging market. Tower’s board of directors has already unanimously approved the sale at about NZ$1.17 per share, …

Argo Group Completes Ariel Re Purchase; Mather Heads Reinsurance Unit

Argo Group International Holdings Ltd., the Bermuda-based underwriter of specialty insurance and reinsurance, announced that former Ariel Re chief executive officer, Ryan Mather, will serve as Argo’s global head of reinsurance, leading all reinsurance operations. The company’s reinsurance business will …

Ohio Benefits Firm Merges with USI Insurance Services

Accelerated Benefits in Ohio has joined forces with USI Insurance Services (USI), the companies announced. Founded in 1986 by Thomas P. Wagoner and headquartered in Dublin, Ohio, Accelerated Benefits and its employees will remain at the current Dublin location. Wagoner …

Beazley Buys Canadian Specialty MGA, Creechurch Underwriters

Beazley is expanding its presence in Canada with the acquisition of the specialist managing general agent, Creechurch Underwriters. The financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Since its founding in 1996, Creechurch has built a strong reputation for providing …

Intesa Says Possible Generali Bid Is Just One of Many Options Being Eyed

Intesa Sanpaolo SpA said it’s weighing a potential takeover of Assicurazioni Generali SpA and described a possible bid as a “case study” that is only one of many options the Italian bank is considering. The Turin-based bank responded in a …

Allianz Agrees to Buy Remaining 33.5% Stake in Irish Subsidiary

Allianz has agreed to acquire the remaining 33.5 percent stake in Allianz Irish Life Holdings plc (AILH) not already owned by Allianz Group. Allianz aims to increase its stake in AILH from 66.5 percent currently to 100 percent. The total …