Articles by Sonali Basak and John Gittelsohn

Guggenheim Exploring Deal with Munich Re’s Asset Management Unit

Guggenheim Partners is exploring the sale of a stake in its $250 billion asset-management unit overseen by Scott Minerd, according to people familiar with the matter. Guggenheim Partners Investment Management has been in talks with global insurers, sovereign wealth funds …

Custody Protection, Regulation, Insurance Seen Paving Way for Shift to Cryptocurrencies

Hedge fund manager Kyle Samani embraces his job making multimillion-dollar bets on the wild market for cryptocurrencies, but he’s long contended with a headache: Ensuring his holdings aren’t stolen. Samani, a managing partner at Multicoin Capital, hopes to offload that …

Buffett Not Eager for Berkshire to Be Cyber Insurance Leader

Warren Buffett said he doesn’t want Berkshire Hathaway Inc. being a leader on cyber insurance because neither he nor others in the industry really know the risk. “I don’t think we or anybody else really knows what they’re doing when …

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’s McGavick Cuts Exposure to Hedge Funds to Boost Investment Yield

XL Group Ltd., the insurer with about $38 billion of investments, is reducing its exposure to hedge funds, Chief Executive Officer Mike McGavick said. “We still do see some value there, but at this time we’ve seen it advantageous to …

From Bermuda to Switzerland, Reinsurers Lure Variety of Potential Investors

The $500 billion reinsurance industry is experiencing a flurry of deal talks. One reason: Companies are finally for sale as a rash of natural disasters has depressed valuations and a influx of competitors has made it harder to raise rates. …

SpaceX Lost Satellite on U.S. Mission Was Uninsured

U.S. taxpayers may end up paying for the missing satellite launched by Elon Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies Corp. that crashed into the ocean earlier this month, part of a classified U.S. government mission dubbed “Zuma.” Questions remain around the event, …

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. …

AIG Reported to Have Held Talks to Acquire Voya

American International Group Inc. may be back in the market for large-scale deals. The insurer was in talks to buy Voya Financial Inc. in a transaction valued at more than $10 billion before negotiations fell apart in November over the …