Articles by David French, Pamela Barbaglia and Stephen Jewkes

Italy’s Generali Eyes Possible Acquisition of U.S. Asset Manager Brightsphere: Sources

Assicurazioni Generali SpA has approached Brightsphere Investment Group Inc about a possible acquisition of the U.S. asset management firm, people familiar with the matter said on Friday. A deal would expand the U.S. footprint of Italy’s top insurer while enabling …

Italy’s Banks Look to Sell P/C Insurance as New Source of Revenues

An aging population and struggling state finances could turn into an unlikely boon for Italy’s banks, which have turned to a growing market for insurance to brighten their prospects. Intesa SanPaolo has marketed the move loud and clear since June …

Italian Oil Services Firm Saipem Blames Cyber Attack on Shamoon Virus Variant

A hack on Italian oil services firm Saipem that crippled more than 300 of the company’s computers used a variant of the notorious Shamoon virus, Saipem said, a development that links the case to a massive attack in 2012 on …

Generali Earmarks €4 Billion ($4.6 Billion) for Acquisitions, Growth

Generali has earmarked up to four billion euros for acquisitions and growth as it looks to asset management and high-margin business in Latin America and Asia to fuel earnings. Italy’s top insurer — which generates most of its revenues in …

Russia-Backed Hackers Suspected in Cyber Attacks of Baltic Energy Networks

Suspected Russia-backed hackers have launched exploratory cyber attacks against the energy networks of the Baltic states, sources said, raising security concerns inside the West’s main military alliance, NATO. Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, all members of NATO and the European Union, …

Generali Plans Expansion in Asset Management to Boost Profits

Generali is looking to buy portfolio management teams to expand its asset management operations and beef up its fee-based business, the Italian group said after reporting a 9 percent fall in first-quarter profits on Thursday. Italy’s biggest insurer said it …

Top Generali Investors Making Their Influence Felt in Hunt for New CEO

French corporate raider Vincent Bollore is making his influence felt in corporate Italy by defying the country’s old guard in choosing a replacement for Mario Greco as Generali chief executive. Greco may have masterminded a three-year turnaround and a doubling …

EXOR Says Remains ‘Fully Committed’ to Spurned PartnerRe Offer

Italy’s EXOR said on Monday it remained fully committed to its $6.4 billion offer for PartnerRe after the Bermuda-based reinsurer rejected its attempt to trump a rival bid by AXIS Capital Holdings. EXOR’s decision to press ahead with its offer …

Italy Regulators Conditionally Approve Unipol – Fondiaria-SAI Merger

Italy’s antitrust and insurance regulators have given conditional clearance for a plan by insurer Unipol to take over its loss-making peer Fondiaria-SAI, removing most of the regulatory hurdles hanging over the deal to create Italy’s No. 2 insurer. Unipol agreed …

Fondiaria Battle Heats up as Funds Table Offer; AXA Interested

The battle for control of Italian insurer Fondiaria-SAI heated up on Wednesday when two private equity funds tabled a rival offer to one brokered by top investment bank Mediobanca to rescue the troubled insurer by merging it with peer Unipol. …