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Bank Danamon Indonesia’s Insurance Unit ‘Attracts Interest’ From Foreign Suitors

PT Bank Danamon Indonesia, the nation’s fifth-largest lender by market value, is fielding interest from foreign suitors seeking a stake in its insurance subsidiary, people familiar with the matter said. Jakarta-based Danamon is working with an adviser as it weighs …

Deutsche Bank Forms Bancassurance Partnership with Digital Broker Friendsurance

Deutsche Bank and digital insurance broker Friendsurance have formed a partnership designed to make it simpler and more transparent and convenient for clients to arrange for their insurance needs. To drive this, Deutsche Bank said it will integrate Friendsurance’s digital …

Ageas Sells Stake in Italian Bancassurer CARGEAS to BNP for $213.6M

Brussels-based insurer Ageas on Dec. 29 completed the sale of its stake in Italian bancassurer Cargeas Assicurazioni (CARGEAS) to BNP Paribas Cardif, for €178 million (US$213.6 million) in cash. Ageas and BNP Paribas Cardif have operated CARGEAS as a joint …

Zurich’s Acquisition of ANZ Life Unit Designed to Boost Dividends

Zurich Insurance Group AG’s decision to acquire the life-insurance businesses of Australia & New Zealand Banking Group Ltd. should help Switzerland’s biggest insurer fulfill its ambition to increase its dividend. Already famous as a dividend stock, Zurich signaled last month …

Zurich Insurance to Acquire ANZ’s Life Businesses in Australia for US$2.14B

Zurich Insurance Group announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire 100 percent of ANZ’s life insurance businesses, OnePath Life, in Australia, for A$2.85 billion (US$2.14 billion). Both parties expect the transaction, which is subject to regulatory approval, …

India’s Paytm Wants to Create World’s Largest Digital Bank; Insurance to Be Offered

Paytm Payments Bank aims to create the world’s largest digital bank with 500 million accounts, envisioning an online financial services provider of everything from wealth management to credit cards and stock market trading. The bank, backed by [India’s] largest digital …

Nippon Life Eyes Buying MassMutual Japan Unit for Bancassurance Sales: Sources

Japan’s biggest private-sector life insurer, Nippon Life Insurance Co., is in talks to buy a majority stake in the domestic unit of U.S.-based MassMutual Financial Group in an attempt to boost its bancassurance sales, two sources said. Bancassurance, in which …

Chubb Enters Bancassurance Distribution Agreement with Singapore’s DBS Bank

Chubb Ltd. announced it has entered into a 15-year distribution agreement with DBS Bank, the largest banking group in Southeast Asia. Under the terms of the agreement, Chubb will distribute general insurance products on an exclusive or preferred basis through …

Japan Post’s Stock Sale Raises $11B, but Demand Is Subdued

A government sale of Japan Post Holdings Co. stock raised $11 billion in the world’s second-biggest share sale this year, with the postal and financial giant’s attractive dividend yield helping drum up sufficient, albeit subdued, demand. The stock priced at …

AIA Buys Commonwealth Bank of Australia’s Life Insurance Business for A$3.8B

AIA Group Ltd. agreed to buy Commonwealth Bank of Australia’s life insurance business for A$3.8 billion (more than $3 billion), in its most ambitious foray beyond the Hong Kong-based company’s core markets in Asia. AIA will team up with Commonwealth …