Business Moves & Mergers News

Everest Re Completes Crop Insurer Sale to CGB Diversified Services

Everest Re Group Ltd. has finalized the sale of its U.S. crop managing general agent, Heartland Crop Insurance Inc., to CGB Diversified Services, Inc. for $49 million. In conjunction with the sale, Everest has entered into a strategic long term …

Anbang’s Hong Kong IPO Should Lift Veil on Chinese Group’s Low Profile Backers

For investors and bankers wanting to know more about who’s behind Anbang Insurance Group, China’s second-largest life insurer, plans for a Hong Kong IPO next year should provide some answers. Anbang’s relentless pursuit of overseas deals, rapid financing and opaque shareholding …

Marsh & McLennan Launches Asia Pacific Risk Center in Singapore

Marsh & McLennan Cos. and the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) announced the launch of the Asia Pacific Risk Center (APRC) in Singapore, which aims to analyze key risks facing industries and governments in Asia, ultimately helping the region’s decision …

China’s Anbang Insurance Readies for 2017 IPO: Sources

Anbang Insurance Group Co., the Chinese owner of New York’s Waldorf Astoria hotel, has asked banks to pitch for role on a planned Hong Kong initial public offering next year, according to people with knowledge of the matter. The Beijing-based …

Towergate Forms £30M, 5-Year Partnership with Yacht Specialist N&G (Zurich Unit)

Towergate and Navigators & General (N&G), a part of the Zurich Group, have signed a strategic partnership under which N&G will provide capacity and expertise for Towergate Marine products. Towergate Marine provides insurance for around 25,000 pleasure crafts including super …

Aspen U.S. Insurance Opens Office in Dallas

Aspen U.S. Insurance, part of the insurance segment of Aspen Insurance Holdings Limited has opened an office in Dallas, Texas. The new Dallas office will serve as a hub to offer products and services to regional customers and brokers. Initially …

Guidewire to Acquire Massachusetts Software Firm FirstBest

Guidewire Software Inc., a property and casualty insurance software provider headquartered in Calif., has entered into an agreement to acquire FirstBest Systems Inc., a Bedford, Mass. based provider of underwriting management systems for property and casualty insurers. FirstBest’s product lines …

Allianz, AXA Bid for Rights to Sell Products via StanChart Outlets in Asia: Sources

Allianz SE, Europe’s biggest insurer, and France’s AXA SA were among first-round bidders for the rights to distribute general insurance products through Standard Chartered Plc outlets in Asia, according to people with knowledge of the matter. A unit of MS&AD …

Florida Insurers UPC Insurance, American Coastal Insurance Enter Merger Agreement

United Insurance Holdings Corp. (UPC Insurance), a property and casualty insurance holding company, has entered into a merger agreement with RDX Holding, LLC, the parent of American Coastal Insurance Co. (ACIC or American Coastal), to combine the companies in an …

Watford Specialty Looking to Build Program Business with U.S. Acquisition

Newly formed Watford Specialty Insurance Co. (WSIC), a subsidiary of Bermuda-based Watford Re, took a big leap forward recently with its acquisition of a carrier with admitted licenses in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The previously dormant …