Business Moves & Mergers News

AXA Plans $2.4B in Cost Cuts by 2020; Acquisitions Eyed for Growth

AXA SA, France’s largest insurer, plans to increase profitability through 2020 by seeking 2.1 billion euros ($2.4 billion) of cost cuts and growing digital investments to tap rising demand for policies protecting savings and health. The firm may also seek …

Specialist Lloyd’s Insurer Neon Opens Bermuda Office with Fisher as CEO

The specialist Lloyd’s insurer Neon, formerly known as Marketform, announced it has opened an office in Bermuda as it grows its international footprint with greater access to both the Bermudian and U.S. markets. Located at 29 Victoria Street, Hamilton, the …

BHSI Enters A&H Market in Asia, Brain Named to Lead A&H in Region

Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Co. (BHSI) announced it is entering the accident & health (A&H) market in Asia, and appointed Phillip Brain as head of A&H in the region. Brain comes to BHSI with nearly two decades of industry experience. …

Risk Strategies Acquires Dallas-Based McLaughlin Brunson Agency

National insurance brokerage and risk management firm, Risk Strategies Company, has acquired Dallas-based McLaughlin Brunson Insurance Agency. McLaughlin Brunson provides insurance products and services to architects, engineers and certified professional accountants in Texas and Oklahoma. The firm will be known …

Houston-Based The Stevenson Group Acquired by Digital Benefit Advisors

National employee benefits firm, Digital Benefit Advisors (DBA), has acquired its second Houston-based firm, The Stevenson Group. Principals Brian and Audrey Stevenson, along with their 16-member team will continue servicing clients of the firm which has been providing professional services …

Craze for Asian Bancassurance Deals Fits Definition of Insanity: Opinion

Among all financial products, bancassurance perhaps comes closest to fitting Einstein’s theory of insanity: Insurers have been conducting the same sorry experiment again and again, expecting different results. Right now, it’s Asia’s turn to be gripped by madness as firms …

AmTrust Acquires Total Program Management in New York

AmTrust Financial Services Inc. announced that it has acquired Total Program Management LLC in Ronkonkoma, New York, for cash. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Founded in 2005, Total Program Management is a managing general agency focused on programs …

Allianz Plans to Purchase Zurich’s Moroccan Division for $275M

Allianz Group plans to pay more than $275 million for Zurich Insurance’s Moroccan subsidiary. The deal for Zurich Assurances Maroc is expected to close at the end of 2016, pending regulatory approvals. Zurich’s sale of its Moroccan division follows a …

Ironshore’s Pembroke Agency Partners with Old Mutual for Africa Risks

Ironshore’s Pembroke Managing Agency Ltd. has entered into a management agreement with Old Mutual Group to underwrite select specialty lines for African risks. Pembroke’s Lloyd’s Syndicate 4000 partners with Old Mutual Specialty Insurance, to offer coverage for multiple property, casualty …

BHSI Opens German Office, Fills Key Roles in Northern Europe

Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Co. (BHSI) in coordination with its affiliate Berkshire Hathaway International Insurance Limited (BHIIL), announced it has opened an office in Düsseldorf, Germany, and filled key executive roles in Northern Europe. “We are laying the foundation to …