Articles by Jan-Henrik Förster and Aaron Kirchfeld

Ex-Allianz CFO Wemmer Plans to Form SPAC to Target Insurance Deals

Dieter Wemmer, a veteran insurance executive who was chief financial officer at Allianz SE, is launching a blank-check company to target deals in the sector where he worked for more than three decades, people familiar with the matter said. Wemmer …

Allianz Privately Mulls Counteroffer for The Hartford After Chubb’s Offer

Chubb Ltd.’s $23 billion takeover offer for Hartford Financial Services Group Inc. has prompted Germany’s Allianz SE to study the feasibility of a counteroffer, according to people familiar with the matter. Europe’s biggest insurer is discussing its options with potential …

Private Equity Firm CVC Nears Deal to Buy Insurance Arm of National Bank of Greece

CVC Capital Partners is nearing a deal to acquire National Bank of Greece SA’s insurance business after a years-long search for a buyer, people familiar with the matter said. The private equity firm could announce an agreement as soon as …

Update: Private Equity Firm BC Partners Agrees to Buy Insurance Service Company Davies

BC Partners agreed to take over insurance service company Davies, as it bets on fast-growing demand for outsourcing in the financial industry. The private equity firm signed a definitive agreement to buy a majority stake in London-based Davies, it said …

Ex-Credit Suisse CEO Raises $300M for Financial Services-Focused SPAC

Former Credit Suisse Group AG Chief Executive Officer Tidjane Thiam raised $300 million for his blank-check company after boosting the size of the deal. Thiam’s Freedom Acquisition I Corp. sold 30 million units at $10 apiece in its U.S. initial …

Macif Seen as Favorite to Buy $3.6B Aviva France; Talks to Sell Italian Unit Advance

Aviva Plc, the British insurer, is in advanced talks on a sale of its Italian operations as it pushes ahead with about 6 billion euros ($7.3 billion) of divestments, people with knowledge said. The U.K. company is in negotiations to …

AXA Weighs $177 Million Sale of Greek Business to Generali

AXA SA is in talks to sell its Greek operations to Italian insurer Assicurazioni Generali SpA, according to people familiar with the matter, as part of its plans to ditch business lines deemed surplus to requirements. The two companies and …

AXA Considers Sale of Singapore Business as It Seeks to Raise Funds: Sources

AXA SA is considering a sale of its Singapore business as it seeks to raise funds divesting peripheral operations, according to people familiar with the matter. The French insurer is working with an adviser on the potential sale, the people …

Finland’s Sampo Oyj Explores Cash Offer of UK Insurer Hastings

Finnish insurance group Sampo Oyj is exploring an entry into the UK market with a potential bid for general insurer Hastings Group Holdings Plc. Sampo and Hastings’s biggest shareholder, Rand Merchant Investment Holdings Ltd., have approached the London-listed insurer about …

UK Insurer LV= Attracts Bidders Including Phoenix, Cinven: Sources

UK insurer Liverpool Victoria has attracted interest from rivals including Phoenix Group Holdings and private equity firm Cinven Ltd., according to people familiar with the matter. Fellow mutual insurer Royal London, Utmost Life and Pensions and European Insurance Consolidation Group …