Articles by Saritha Rai and Anto Antony

India in Lockdown Rushes to Maintain Back Office Functions for Global Businesses

Companies in India are scrambling to ensure that the millions who staff the back offices of Wall Street banks and take on work outsourced by firms from airlines to insurers can keep going as the nation mandates increased work from …

Bitcoins Worth $3M Stolen from India’s Cryptocurrency Trading Platform Coinsecure

One of India’s biggest cryptocurrency trading platforms has lost about 438 Bitcoins worth some 190 million rupees ($3 million), allegedly due to a rogue employee. An official at Delhi-based Coinsecure was extracting Bitcoin to distribute to customers and he claims …

Apax, Carlyle Reported Among Bidders for Indian Insurer Royal Sundaram

Apax Partners and Carlyle Group LP are among suitors weighing bids for a stake in Indian insurer Royal Sundaram General Insurance Co., people with knowledge of the matter said. The unit of Mumbai-listed Sundaram Finance Ltd. has started a process …

Indian IPOs Headed for Record Year as Insurers Seek to Raise Funds

Indian initial public offerings are headed for a record year, as a rush of insurers seek to ride a rally in the local market and tap increasing investor demand for financial assets. At least four Indian insurers are aiming to …

Warburg Seeks to Buy Minority Stake in India’s ICICI Lombard from Fairfax

Warburg Pincus is the frontrunner to acquire a minority stake in Indian insurer ICICI Lombard General Insurance Co. from Prem Watsa’s Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd., according to people familiar with the matter. Toronto-based Fairfax, which owns 35 percent of ICICI …

India’s Bank of Baroda Eyes Sale of Insurer, Asset Management Stakes

Bank of Baroda, India’s third-largest state-run bank by assets, is considering a sale of some of the minority stakes it holds in its insurance and asset-management ventures, according to people familiar with the matter. The Mumbai-based bank is seeking to …

Insurers Braced for Claims Surge as 10-Year High Floods Hit India

Insurers from Lombard General Insurance Co. to American International Group Inc. are bracing for a surge in Indian claims to a 10-year high after unprecedented floods last week ravaged Chennai, the city home to factories of Ford Motor Co. and …

AIG, Other Insurers Avoid Offering Cover for Tax Risks in Indian M&As

Prime Minister Narendra Modi needs to offer much more than just his best intentions to clean up India’s whimsical tax regime to help convince insurers. Companies from Allianz SE to American International Group Inc. are avoiding offering tax-liability coverage in …

India’s Product Recalls Bring New Business for Insurers Such as AIG, Allianz

As Nestle SA slugs it out with India’s food regulator over the amount of lead in its popular Maggi instant noodles, the dispute is whipping up business for insurers. The local unit of American International Group Inc. is predicting a …

India Insurance Bill Could Attract More Than $3 Billion in Foreign Investments

Indian companies with insurance ventures, including Max India Ltd. and Reliance Capital Ltd., are poised to benefit from higher foreign-shareholding limits that may draw more than $3 billion from overseas investors. The passage of a bill raising the amount foreign …