Articles by Manuel Baigorri, Aaron Kirchfeld and William Mathis

Finnish Software Firm Basware Confirms Takeover Bid, Backed by Investors Including Ping An

Finnish software maker Basware confirmed the unsolicited takeover approach it received was from payment-technology startup Tradeshift Holdings Inc. The indicative proposal came from San Francisco-based Tradeshift, Basware said in a statement Tuesday in response to a Bloomberg News report. The …

China’s Anbang Insurance Eyes Sale of Fidea, as 1st European Divestment: Sources

Anbang Insurance Group Co. is exploring a sale of Belgian insurer Fidea, people with knowledge of the matter said, in what would be the troubled Chinese insurer’s first European divestment since it was seized by the government. Beijing-based Anbang has …

How AXA Wooed and Won XL Group in $15.3B Takeover Deal

AXA SA’s pursuit of its biggest ever takeover really got serious at a romantic hotel on the shores of Lake Zurich. That’s where top executives of the French behemoth and XL Group Ltd., fresh from the annual gathering of the …

Swiss Re and UK’s Legal & General Weigh Bids for Deutsche Bank’s Abbey Life

Swiss Re AG and Britain’s Legal & General Group Plc are among firms considering bids for Deutsche Bank AG’s insurance business Abbey Life Assurance Co., according to people with knowledge of their plans. Deutsche Bank is seeking bids by the …

Europe’s Rich Families – Such as EXOR’s Agnellis – Turn Dealmakers

John Elkann, the leader of Italy’s billionaire Agnelli family, has a way of preparing his relatives for a big takeover battle that you won’t see at your everyday company. In June, he gathered two branches of the prominent Italian family …

China’s Fosun in Advanced Talks to Buy RSA’s Middle East Unit: Sources

Fosun International Ltd., the conglomerate founded by Chinese billionaire Guo Guangchang, is in advanced discussions to acquire RSA Insurance Group Plc’s Middle East business, people familiar with the matter said. The sale could fetch less than $200 million, the people …

Zurich Insurance Prepares Financing Ahead of Possible Offer for RSA: Sources

Zurich Insurance Group AG is raising financing ahead of a possible takeover offer for RSA Insurance Group, according to people familiar with the matter. The Swiss insurer is talking to banks about raising more than $4 billion, said two of …

U.K.’s RSA Considers Sale of Middle East Business

RSA Insurance Group plc is considering the sale of its Middle Eastern business as the U.K. insurer seeks to raise capital, people with knowledge of the matter said. RSA, whose operations span Europe, Asia, Latin America and Canada, is working …

JPMorgan Appoints Davison Head of U.K. Financial Institutions

JPMorgan Chase & Co., the world’s biggest securities firm by revenue, named Piers Davison head of U.K. investment banking for the financial institutions group amid a shake-up of its advisory team for banks and insurers. Davison, who was head of …

Former Zurich Chair Ackermann Quits Siemens, Refutes Influence in CFO Suicide

Josef Ackermann will step down from Siemens AG’s supervisory board, two weeks after he resigned as chairman of Zurich Insurance Group AG following his naming in the suicide note of finance chief Pierre Wauthier. The decision of the former Deutsche …