Articles by Brenna Hughes Neghaiwi and Arno Schuetze

Swiss Re Postpones $4B ReAssure IPO, Citing Weak Investor Demand

Reinsurance group Swiss Re suspended plans for a $4.1 billion initial public offering of British life insurer ReAssure on the day it was set to start trading in London, citing weak demand from institutional investors. The cancellation comes as global …

Allianz Weighs Bid for Deutsche Bank’s Asset Management Business: Sources

Allianz and Amundi are considering rival deals to tie up their asset management units with Deutsche Bank’s DWS, sources close to the matter said on Wednesday. Their interest comes as Germany’s biggest bank considers a possible merger with Commerzbank, with …

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’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 …

Generali to Sell $50B German Life Business to Restructure in Europe: Sources

Generali has put its 44 billion euro ($50 billion) German life insurance portfolio up for sale as it restructures in Europe, sources close to the matter said. Morgan Stanley is evaluating options, including a sale, for Generali Leben which ceased …

Allianz Weighs Acquisition of Australia’s QBE: Sources

Germany’s Allianz has made an informal takeover approach to QBE Insurance, Australia’s biggest insurer, but has not named a price, sources told Reuters on Monday. Shares in QBE closed flat after rising by up to 5 percent, while Allianz was …

Deutsche Bank Sells Insurance Unit to Britain’s Phoenix Group

Deutsche Bank AG has sold its British insurance business Abbey Life to Phoenix Group Holdings as it sheds non-core assets and reduces its balance sheet in an effort to reassure anxious investors and meet regulators’ demands. Phoenix, Britain’s largest owner …

Deutsche Bank Balks at $14 Billion U.S. Demand to Settle Securities Claims

Deutsche Bank said it would fight a $14 billion demand from the U.S. Department of Justice to settle claims it missold mortgage-backed securities, a shock bill that raises questions about the future of Germany’s largest lender. The claim against Deutsche, …

Hannover Re’s Diversity Plan Set to Boost Shares; Weather Worries

The short-term success of Hannover Re’s bid to diversify away from risky businesses is hostage to the hurricane season, while further out, it is likely to lead to a positive re-rating of the shares. The world’s fourth-biggest reinsurer’s new chief …

Reinsurers Expect Financial Storm Will Cause Premium Increases

The world’s reinsurers expect the intensifying financial market storm will allow them to push through higher prices for the risk cover they offer insurance companies. The world’s No. 2 and No. 4 reinsurers, Munich Re and Hannover Re, on Monday …