Mergers and Acquisitions News

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 …

Allianz Has $3.2B to Spend on M&A, but ‘Disciplined’ Approach Is Needed

Allianz SE Chief Executive Officer Oliver Baete has 3 billion euros ($3.2 billion) to spend on acquisitions and is scouting for targets from Australia to Italy. Rushing into a deal would be a mistake, according to some investors and analysts. …

H.W. Kaufman, Burns & Wilcox Canada Buy XN Canada Private Client Services

H.W. Kaufman Financial Group and Burns & Wilcox Canada announced they have acquired the high-value homeowner’s insurance practice from Quebec-based XN Financial Services Inc. (XN). A managing general agent and provider of insurance products, XN is a subsidiary of The …

Intesa’s Generali Gamble Carries Risks for Predator and Prey

An expected bid by Intesa Sanpaolo, Italy’s biggest retail bank, for the country’s largest insurance company is a bold gamble that has stunned the cozy world of Italian finance and carries risks for both predator and prey. The extent of what Intesa …

Allianz Weighs Acquisition of Australia’s QBE: Sources

Germany’s Allianz has made an informal takeover approach to QBE Insurance, Australia’s biggest insurer, but has not named a price, sources told Reuters on Monday. Shares in QBE closed flat after rising by up to 5 percent, while Allianz was …

Canada Pension Fund OMERS to Invest $1B in Fairfax’s Allied World Purchase

Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System agreed to invest $1 billion to back the $4.8 billion acquisition by Prem Watsa’s Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. of insurer Allied World Assurance Co. The investment will give OMERS a 21 percent stake in Allied …

Intesa’s Interest in Generali Merger Has ‘No Obvious Logic’: Opinion

Intesa Sanpaolo SpA’s interest in combining with insurer Assicurazioni Generali SpA has no obvious logic to it. If the lender has a cunning plan to make it work, it needs to reveal it. For now, Intesa says simply that it’s …

Canada Pension Fund to Commit $1B to Fairfax’s Deal with Allied: Sources

Prem Watsa’s Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. is close to announcing a deal that would see one of Canada’s largest pension funds contribute $1 billion in financing toward its acquisition of insurer Allied World Assurance Co., according to people familiar with …