bancassurance News

UK’s Prudential to Buy Thai Bancassurance Partnership from FWD Group

Prudential Plc, the UK insurer besieged by activist investor Third Point, has agreed to acquire a bancassurance partnership in Thailand from FWD Group Ltd. in a 24.5 billion baht ($753 million) deal. Prudential’s Thai unit will buy the exclusive rights …

Tokio Marine to Pay US$374M for Insurance Joint Venture with Brazil’s Caixa Bank

Tokio Marine Holdings Inc. announced it will pay 1.52 billion reais (US$374 million) to form a joint venture to sell mortgage and homeowners insurance for Caixa Econômica Federal, the Brazilian state-owned bank. Caixa’s insurance holding subsidiary, Caixa Seguridade, will set …

AXA to Sell Belgian Bank Unit to Crelan for $689.5M, Forms Bancassurance Deal

AXA announced it has entered into an agreement to sell its Belgian banking operations, AXA Bank Belgium, to Crelan Bank for cash and Crelan’s loan insurance business. In addition, AXA and Crelan have also agreed to a long-term P/C and …

Allianz Emerges as Frontrunner to Invest in Bancassurance Unit of Spanish Lender BBVA

German insurer Allianz has emerged as the frontrunner to invest in the bancassurance business of Spanish lender BBVA, two sources close to the deal told Reuters, after Italian rival Generali pulled out of the race. The deal is worth more …

AXA, Affin Bank Weigh Possible Sale of Malaysian Insurance Business

French insurer AXA SA and Affin Bank Bhd. are exploring options including a potential sale of their life and general insurance business in Malaysia that could fetch about $650 million, according to people with knowledge of the matter. Kuala Lumpur-based …

S. Africa Insurer Discovery Opens Bank, Challenging Traditional Lenders

It took Discovery Ltd. 1.5 million man hours over four years to build a bank. When the startup opens to the public Monday it will challenge South African lenders with histories going back to 1838, and they’re ready for battle. …

Santander Pays $1.1B to Replace Allianz with Aegon, Mapfre in Spain Joint Venture

Banco Santander SA agreed to pay 937 million euros ($1.1 billion) to buy Allianz SE out of an insurance joint venture in Spain, more than halving the value of the German insurer’s assets under management in the country. Aegon NV …

Zurich Completes Acquisition of ANZ’s Life Insurance Business in Australia

Zurich Insurance Group said it has completed the acquisition of the life insurance businesses of Australia & New Zealand Banking Group Ltd. (ANZ), becoming a major life insurer for retail customers in the Australian market. The A$2.85 billion (US$2 billion) …

Hong Kong Grants Online Banking Licenses to Insurer ZhongAn, 2 Bank Joint Ventures

Hong Kong has issued online-only banking licenses to three groups, including joint ventures (JVs) of Standard Chartered and BOC Hong Kong, in what could be the biggest shake-up in years in the city’s retail banking sector dominated by old-guard lenders. …

African Bank Expands into Digital Banking, with Plans to Offer More Insurance Products

African Bank Holdings Ltd. is joining the rush into digital banking to fail-proof the business and provide an exit for shareholders that resurrected the South African lender from its collapsed former parent. The firm’s unusual owners, which includes the South …