Reinsurance News

Faure to Retire as Endurance’s CEO, Global Re; Young Named as Successor

Endurance Specialty Holdings Ltd., a Bermuda-based specialty provider of property and casualty insurance and reinsurance, announced that Jerome Faure will step down from the position of chief executive officer, Global Reinsurance, on January 1, 2016 and will retire from Endurance …

PartnerRe Board Slammed by Activist Hedge Fund for Rejecting EXOR Bid

Sandell Asset Management Corp., the activist hedge-fund firm run by Tom Sandell, said PartnerRe Ltd. directors hurt shareholders by pushing a merger with AXIS Capital Holdings Ltd. rather than talks with a hostile bidder. “We will not hesitate to exercise the rights …

PartnerRe Shareholders to Decide on AXIS Bid; Board Rejects EXOR Offer

PartnerRe Ltd. said in a statement on Friday that its suitor EXOR has rejected any negotiations to raise its $6.8 billion hostile offer. As a result, the Bermuda-based PartnerRe said it will ask shareholders to vote on the planned merger with …

EXOR Refuses to Sweeten $6.8 Billion Offer to Acquire PartnerRe

EXOR SpA, the investment vehicle of Italy’s Agnelli family, reiterated that it won’t sweeten a $6.8 billion offer to buy PartnerRe Ltd. as the reinsurer demands a higher price to abandon a merger deal with AXIS Capital Holdings Ltd. EXOR …

Amlin Reports 1.4% Drop in Q1 Gross Written Premiums to $1.96 Billion

London-based Amlin plc reported gross written premium for the three months ended March 31, 2015 of £1.26 billion ($1.96 billion), compared with £1.27 billion ($1.97 billion) reported for the said period in 2014. At constant rates of exchange, gross written …

AXIS Says Termination Fee Would Soften Blow if PartnerRe Deal Collapses

AXIS Capital Holdings Ltd. Chief Executive Officer Albert Benchimol, who’s working to complete a merger with PartnerRe Ltd., said his company can withstand a collapse of the deal and that a termination fee would soften the blow. “We intend to …

Update: PartnerRe Says $6.8B EXOR Offer Unacceptable; Open to Negotiations

PartnerRe Ltd. said it would engage in discussions with hostile bidder EXOR SpA to seek a better offer than the $6.8 billion proposal that the target company called “unacceptable.” “While we believe that PartnerRe is worth materially more than EXOR …

IRS Scrutiny of Offshore Tax Avoidance Repels Bids for Bermuda Reinsurers

The IRS’s scrutiny of tax avoidance in offshore locations has discouraged bidders from taking over reinsurers, potentially reducing the companies’ value. Montpelier Re Holdings Ltd. and Platinum Underwriters Holdings Ltd., both based in Bermuda, have each said in recent regulatory …

Arch Reinsurance Completes Acquisition of Dubai’s Gulf Re

Bermuda-based Arch Reinsurance Ltd., a member of Arch Capital Group Ltd., has completed the acquisition of Gulf Reinsurance Ltd. Gulf Re, a specialty reinsurer based in the Dubai International Financial Centre, was founded jointly by Arch and the Gulf Investment Corporation …

Willis Re Launches $400M Reinsurance Facility to Cover Catastrophic Liabilities

Willis Re, the reinsurance division of Willis Group Holdings plc, has established a syndicated reinsurance facility providing the broadest protection available for insurers against catastrophic and systemic loss accumulations arising from liability portfolios. Named PRIMO, the facility responds to increasing …