Articles by Dinesh Nair, Julie Edde and Ruth David

Allianz Eyes M&A Targets Zurich, Hartford, QBE, Argo and More After Missing Out on XL

A $94 billion financial behemoth is keeping the market on tenterhooks about its next move. Europe’s largest insurer, Allianz SE, is in the early stages of evaluating a variety of potential acquisition targets as deal-hungry Chief Executive Officer Oliver Baete …

SoftBank Borrows $8B, Backed by Its Stake in Alibaba, Say Sources

SoftBank Group Corp. borrowed about $8 billion through a margin loan backed by its Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. stake as the Japanese technology giant aims to bolster its financial flexibility, according to people familiar with the matter. The loan, guaranteed …

SoftBank Edges Closer to Buying Swiss Re Stake, Valued at $9.6 Billion: Sources

Swiss Re AG jumped after people familiar with the matter said Japan’s SoftBank Group Corp. is edging closer to buying a quarter of the company, valuing the reinsurer at as much as 37 billion francs ($39 billion). Billionaire Masayoshi Son …

Generali Evaluates Offers for Its $49B German Life Insurance Portfolio: Sources

Athene Holding Ltd. and Viridium Group GmbH submitted binding bids for Assicurazioni Generali SpA’s 40 billion-euro ($49 billion) German life insurance portfolio, according to people with knowledge of the matter. Generali is working with Morgan Stanley to evaluate bids, the …

AIG’s Dealmaker CEO Duperreault Says Validus ‘Fits Like a Glove’

American International Group Inc. is getting bigger again. Eight months after Chief Executive Officer Brian Duperreault took over and began to undo his predecessor’s retrenchment strategy, the company announced a $5.56 billion, all-cash deal to purchase Bermuda reinsurer Validus Holdings …

AIG to Buy Bermuda Reinsurer Validus for $5.6B in Cash, Reversing Retrenchment

Eight months after Chief Executive Officer Brian Duperreault took over and began to undo his predecessor’s retrenchment strategy, the company announced a $5.56 billion, all-cash deal to purchase Bermuda reinsurer Validus Holdings Ltd., its largest standalone acquisition in 17 years. …

Dutch Insurer Aegon Eyes Acquisitions Such as Smaller Competitor ASR

Aegon NV, the Dutch insurer that generates most of its business from the U.S., is scouting for acquisitions and has looked at companies including smaller rival ASR Nederland NV amid consolidation in the domestic market, according to people familiar with …

Axa Eyes Options for European Asset Management Unit

French insurer Axa SA is reviewing options for its European asset management unit amid consolidation in the sector, according to people familiar with the matter. Axa is considering a merger or joint venture for the business, the people said, asking …

Allianz Eyes Buying Remaining Stake in France’s Euler Hermes: Sources

Allianz SE is exploring a plan to take Euler Hermes Group private, buying the shares it doesn’t already own in the French trade-credit insurer, according to people familiar with the matter. Euler Hermes stock gained the most in more than …

Zurich Insurance Plans to Sell South Africa & Morocco Units: Sources

Zurich Insurance Group AG has started a process to sell its units in South Africa and Morocco as it works toward turning around its money-losing insurance operations, according to people familiar with the matter. Zurich is working with financial advisers …