Articles by Joshua Franklin

WeWork Directors Move to Protect Right to Sue Owner SoftBank Over Nixed Tender Offer

A special committee of WeWork board members filed a motion in Delaware on Monday to prevent it from being disbanded, as it pursues legal action against majority owner SoftBank Group Corp. over an abandoned $3 billion tender offer for the …

Uber, Before IPO, Joins Others in Adjusting Timeline for Driverless Cars

Uber Technologies Inc. expects it will be a long time before one of its biggest investments, self-driving cars, is ready for wide-scale deployment, a senior scientist said on Monday, as the ride-sharing firm gears up to go public. Raquel Urtasun, …

Blackstone Wants to Manage More Insurance Money

Bets on Spanish housing and oil assets helped Blackstone Group LP mitigate stock market jitters that weighed on it in the first quarter, with earnings at the world’s largest manager of alternative assets falling less than expected. Profits have soared …

Blackstone Aims to Grow Insurance Asset Management to $100 Billion

Blackstone Group wants to quadruple to $100 billion the assets it manages at its new unit for insurers as it seeks to boost returns for firms struggling under low interest rates, the unit’s newly appointed chief said on Monday. Blackstone …

Swiss Re Estimates $3.6B in Claims from U.S. Hurricanes & Mexican Quakes

Swiss Re, the world’s second-largest reinsurer, estimated its claims burden from hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria in the United States and from two earthquakes in Mexico at roughly $3.6 billion in the third quarter. For the industry overall, Zurich-based Swiss …

Insurance Sector Set to Overtake Banking in Switzerland

Switzerland’s financial center is in the midst of a power shift. The Alpine country’s less fashionable insurers, long overshadowed by glamorous private banks around Zurich’s posh Paradeplatz and Lake Geneva, are on course to surpass banks as a bigger contributor …

Credit Suisse Facing $5-$7 Billion Penalty by U.S. for Toxic Mortgage Securities

The U.S. Department of Justice has asked Credit Suisse to pay between $5 billion and $7 billion to settle a probe over its sale of toxic mortgage securities in the run-up to the 2008 financial crisis, a source with knowledge …