Articles by Manuel Baigorri, Dinesh Nair and Jan-Henrik Förster

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 …

How AXA Wooed and Won XL Group in $15.3B Takeover Deal

AXA SA’s pursuit of its biggest ever takeover really got serious at a romantic hotel on the shores of Lake Zurich. That’s where top executives of the French behemoth and XL Group Ltd., fresh from the annual gathering of the …

XL Group Attracts Interest from Allianz, Other Rivals as Potential Buyers

Bermuda-based insurer XL Group Ltd. is attracting interest from rivals including Allianz SE of Germany, according to people with knowledge of the matter. Interest from insurers in potentially acquiring XL, which had a market value of almost $10 billion at …

UK’s PremFina, a Broker Software Provider, Raises $36M for Expansion

PremFina Ltd., a UK firm that provides software to insurance brokers, raised $36 million in its first round of funding as founder and serial entrepreneur Bundeep Singh Rangar seeks to expand the company. The equity and debt investment came from …

Bayer-Backed Health Startup, Medopad, Seeks $30M in New Funding: Sources

Medopad Ltd., backed by pharmaceuticals giant Bayer AG, is looking to raise new funds, joining the clutch of fast growing U.K. startups that are mixing artificial intelligence and health care. A London-based mobile platform for health-care companies, insurers, doctors and …

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 …

Intesa Consults Investors Ahead of Possible Generali Deal: Sources

Intesa Sanpaolo SpA is sounding out investors about a possible combination with Assicurazioni Generali SpA and weighing which of the insurer’s assets it might sell, according to people with knowledge of the matter. Intesa Chief Executive Officer Carlo Messina is …

AXA in Talks to Sell Most of UK Life Insurance & Wealth Investment Units: Sources

AXA SA, France’s largest insurer, is in talks to sell most of its U.K. life-insurance and wealth-investments units, according to two people with knowledge of the matter. AXA is likely to sell parts of the businesses, known collectively as AXA …