Articles by Arno Schuetze and Alexander Hübner

Wirecard Hires Forensic Investigator, Say Sources. Findings Could Aid in D&O Litigation.

German payments company Wirecard has hired Alix Partners for a forensic investigation of the accounting scandal that led to its collapse, people close to the matter said. The blue-chip company filed for insolvency last month, owing creditors almost $4 billion …

Allianz Expects to Be Back on Track with Profit Targets as COVID Crisis Subsides: CEO

Allianz, which is facing headwinds from the coronavirus crisis, expects to be back on track in 2021 barring a second major outbreak or financial market correction, the German insurer’s chief executive said in an interview. Allianz is among global insurers …

EU Countries Give Guarantees to Credit Insurers to Prevent Coverage Cuts

European Union states are giving guarantees to credit insurers in a bid to keep coronavirus-hit companies afloat, as some firms cut cover for trade involving bloc members such as Italy and Spain, sources said. Without insurance, companies can be reluctant …

Allianz Emerges as Frontrunner to Invest in Bancassurance Unit of Spanish Lender BBVA

German insurer Allianz has emerged as the frontrunner to invest in the bancassurance business of Spanish lender BBVA, two sources close to the deal told Reuters, after Italian rival Generali pulled out of the race. The deal is worth more …

German Firm Quits Safety Inspection Business Following Brazilian Dam Collapse

Germany’s TÜV SÜD has pulled out of conducting safety assessments of dams after the collapse of a Brazilian dam it had vetted killed almost 250 people in January, the industrial inspection firm’s chief executive told Reuters. The collapse of the …

Allianz Has Reinsurance Exposure to Vale Dam Disaster: Sources

German insurer Allianz may have to cover some of the costs of the dam collapse at Vale’s Corrego do Feijao mine in Brazil, two people familiar with the matter told Reuters. Allianz’s Global Corporate & Specialty division (AGCS) leads a …

Financial Markets’ Volatility Will Hit Allianz’ Fund Business, Warns Board Member

Recent volatility in financial markets will curb inflows this year into Allianz’ asset management business, which includes U.S. bond giant PIMCO, a board member told Reuters. In 2017, Allianz reeled in 150 billion euros ($175.25 billion) in net inflows, a …

Generali Likely to Start Exclusive Talks to Sell German Life Book to Viridium: Source

Italy’s Generali is expected to start exclusive talks shortly over the potential sale of its 40 billion euro ($48 billion) German life insurance portfolio to private equity-backed Viridium, a person close to the matter said. Generali and Viridium declined to …

Munich Re Not Looking But Would Welcome Investor: CEO Wenning

Munich Re would welcome a long-term investor taking a significant stake in the company as the world’s largest reinsurer eyes a return to profit growth this year, its CEO told Reuters. Joachim Wenning’s comments come as Japan’s SoftBank is in …

Munich Re’s Ergo Decides Not to Sell Run-Off Life Policies as Offers Too Low

Munich Re’s ERGO unit has dropped plans to sell run-off life insurance policies, saying non-binding offers received by the company were too low. “In ERGO’s view, the current value of the portfolios and its potential appreciation is not adequately reflected …