Mergers and Acquisitions News

Aon to Buy Real Estate Investment Mgmt. Firm, Townsend Group, for $475M

Insurance broker Aon Plc said on Friday [Sept. 1] it would buy real estate investment management firm The Townsend Group from Colony NorthStar Inc for $475 million, helping expand its property investment management portfolio. Aon has been tweaking its portfolio …

Japan’s Sompo Holdings to Sell Sompo Canopius for $952M to Centerbridge

Japan’s Sompo Holdings Inc. announced it has agreed to sell Lloyd’s re/insurer Sompo Canopius AG to a private equity consortium led by Centerbridge Partners for $952 million. On completion of the purchase, Canopius will become a standalone business led by …

Allianz Acquires Nigeria’s Ensure Insurance to Expand in Key African Market

Allianz Group announced a binding agreement to acquire 98 percent of Nigerian insurer Ensure Insurance Plc. from its core shareholder Greenoaks Global Holdings Ltd. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed. Ensure Insurance Plc. offers life and non-life insurance …

AXIS Capital’s $611.5M Acquisition of Novae Approved in Shareholder Vote

AXIS Capital Holdings Ltd. announced that shareholders of Novae Group have approved the company’s acquisition by AXIS. Approximately 99.97 percent of shareholder votes were cast in favor of the deal. AXIS announced last week it had substantially sweetened its offer …

Compre Acquires Legacy Portfolio from Noway’s Gjensidige Forsikring

Compre, the London-based insurance and reinsurance legacy specialist, announced it has acquired a further legacy portfolio from Norwegian insurer Gjensidige Forsikring ASA for an undisclosed sum. The portfolio comprises U.S. asbestos, pollution and health hazard (APH) risks underwritten between 1983 …

AXIS Sweetens Offer for Lloyd’s Specialty Carrier Novae to $611.5M

AXIS Capital Holdings Ltd. has substantially sweetened its offer for Novae Group plc, a Lloyd’s of London specialty insurer and reinsurer. AXIS, a Bermuda-based specialty insurer and reinsurer, said it will now pay $611.5 million in cash for Novae, up …

Mitsui Sumitomo Buys Singapore’s First Capital Insurance from Fairfax for $1.6B

Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Company (MSI) is acquiring Singapore’s First Capital Insurance for $1.6 billion from Canada’s Fairfax Financial Holdings, in the biggest takeover by a Japanese insurer in populous Southeast Asia – a key target region for global players. Starved …

Group Led by Yunfeng Financial to Buy MassMutual’s Asia Unit for $1.7B

A group led by Yunfeng Financial Group Ltd., the company backed by billionaire Jack Ma, agreed to buy an Asian unit from Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co. to add insurance products to the array of financial services it offers to …

Global Insurance M&A in H1 Drops to Lowest Point in 2 Years: Clyde & Co.

The volume of completed mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in the global insurance industry continued dropping during the first six months of 2017 to 170 deals, compared to 186 deals reported for the second half of 2016, according to Clyde & …

Generali Agrees to Sell Panama Business to ASSA for US$172 Million

Generali has entered into an agreement to sell its Panama business to ASSA Compañía de Seguros S.A., for US$172 million, continuing its strategy to focus on core businesses. Under the transaction, which is subject to regulatory approval, Trieste-based Generali has …