Articles by Tommaso Ebhardt and Daniele Lepido

Atlantia CEO Resigns 13 Months After Fatal Genoa Bridge Collapse

Atlantia SpA Chief Executive Officer Giovanni Castellucci resigned as leader of the Benetton family infrastructure unit, 13 months after a fatal bridge collapse in Genoa sparked an investigation into maintenance practices. Castellucci, who spearheaded Atlantia’s transformation into the world’s biggest …

Generali in Early Negotiations to Buy MetLife’s Central European Assets: Sources

Assicurazioni Generali SpA is in early talks to buy the Central European assets of MetLife Inc. as the Italian insurer seeks to expand through acquisitions in high-growth markets, according to people with knowledge of the matter. The business may be …

Benetton Family’s Wealth Drops by $2B After Genoa Bridge Disaster

Fallout from the Genoa bridge disaster has erased about $2 billion of net worth from one of Italy’s richest families. The billionaire Benettons control 30.25 percent of Atlantia SpA, the construction company and toll-road owner that operated the Morandi Bridge …

Italy’s Billionaire Benetton Family Plans to Boost Stake in Generali, Say Sources

Italy’s billionaire Benetton family plans to boost its stake in Assicurazioni Generali SpA, the country’s biggest insurer, to as much as 2 percent as part of a strategy to increase investments in the financial industry, according to people familiar with …

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 …

Allianz Eyes Purchasing Generali’s French Operations: Sources

Allianz SE, Europe’s largest insurer, is in discussions with Assicurazioni Generali SpA as it weighs a bid for the company’s French operations, according to people familiar with the matter. Allianz executives are uncertain whether a combination with the French insurance …

PartnerRe Reshapes $16B Investment Portfolio Under Elkann/EXOR’s Leadership

PartnerRe exited junk bonds and shifted funds into property as the reinsurer reshaped a $16 billion investment portfolio after being acquired by John Elkann’s EXOR SpA. EXOR’s approach is to focus on holdings that “we know and understand very well,” …

Europe’s Rich Families – Such as EXOR’s Agnellis – Turn Dealmakers

John Elkann, the leader of Italy’s billionaire Agnelli family, has a way of preparing his relatives for a big takeover battle that you won’t see at your everyday company. In June, he gathered two branches of the prominent Italian family …

EXOR CEO Embraces Grandfather’s Dealmaking Style to Revamp Agnelli Empire

As a boy, John Elkann watched his grandfather Gianni Agnelli build Italy’s biggest industrial fortune, but as an adult he has never adopted Agnelli’s swashbuckling style. Lately, though, Elkann has embraced at least one of his grandfather’s trademarks: dealmaking. EXOR …

Update: EXOR to Acquire PartnerRe After Scrapping Deal with AXIS

EXOR SpA, the Agnelli family’s investment company, agreed to buy PartnerRe Ltd. for about $6.9 billion in its biggest single acquisition in more than a century after the reinsurer scrapped a deal with rival AXIS Capital Holdings Ltd. EXOR, which …