Articles by Dan Liefgreen, Daniele Lepido and Tommaso Ebhardt

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 …

PartnerRe Board Slammed by Activist Hedge Fund for Rejecting EXOR Bid

Sandell Asset Management Corp., the activist hedge-fund firm run by Tom Sandell, said PartnerRe Ltd. directors hurt shareholders by pushing a merger with AXIS Capital Holdings Ltd. rather than talks with a hostile bidder. “We will not hesitate to exercise …

EXOR Refuses to Sweeten $6.8 Billion Offer to Acquire PartnerRe

EXOR SpA, the investment vehicle of Italy’s Agnelli family, reiterated that it won’t sweeten a $6.8 billion offer to buy PartnerRe Ltd. as the reinsurer demands a higher price to abandon a merger deal with AXIS Capital Holdings Ltd. EXOR …

Update: PartnerRe Says $6.8B EXOR Offer Unacceptable; Open to Negotiations

PartnerRe Ltd. said it would engage in discussions with hostile bidder EXOR SpA to seek a better offer than the $6.8 billion proposal that the target company called “unacceptable.” “While we believe that PartnerRe is worth materially more than EXOR …

Italy’s Agnellis: Billionaire Family Behind PartnerRe Takeover Battle

The billionaire Agnellis will become more interested in hurricane damage and less dependent on sales of Alfa Romeo sports cars and CNH tractors if their $6.8 billion bid for reinsurer PartnerRe Ltd. is successful. PartnerRe, which assumes risks for natural …

EXOR Raises Bid for PartnerRe by 5.8%, Aiming to Overcome Rival AXIS Offer

EXOR SpA upped the ante in the takeover battle for PartnerRe Ltd., raising its bid by 5.8 percent to overcome a rival offer from AXIS Capital Holdings Ltd. EXOR, the investment vehicle of Italy’s billionaire Agnelli family, now plans to …

Update: Italy’s EXOR Offers $6.4 Billion for PartnerRe in Threat to AXIS Deal

Italy’s billionaire Agnelli family, with a $6.4 billion unsolicited bid for PartnerRe Ltd., is seeking to thwart its target’s planned merger with AXIS Capital Holdings Ltd. EXOR SpA, the Turin-based investment company controlled by the family, offered $130 a share …