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Fairfax Financial Appoints Allen as CFO

Fairfax Financial Holdings announced that Jennifer Allen has been appointed chief financial officer. John Varnell, who was previously serving as interim chief financial officer of Fairfax, will continue serving as vice president, Corporate Development of Fairfax. Varnell stepped in as …

Fairfax Announces Death of CFO Bonham; Varnell Named Interim CFO

Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. announced that, David Bonham, vice president and chief financial officer of Fairfax, died suddenly this past weekend. “The entire Fairfax family mourns the sudden and unexpected loss of our dear friend and partner, Dave Bonham,” said …

Fairfax Financial Sells Singapore Insurer to Mitsui Sumitomo for $1.6B

Fairfax Financial Holdings said it has successfully sold a Singapore insurer to Japan’s Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Co. for US$1.6 billion.The deal between the Toronto, Canada-based P/C insurance, reinsurance and investment management holding company, and Mitsui Sumitomo involves the sale of …

Mitsui Sumitomo Buys Singapore’s First Capital Insurance from Fairfax for $1.6B

Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Company (MSI) is acquiring Singapore’s First Capital Insurance for $1.6 billion from Canada’s Fairfax Financial Holdings, in the biggest takeover by a Japanese insurer in populous Southeast Asia – a key target region for global players. Starved …

S&P Lowers Ratings of Allied World After Acquisition by Fairfax; Outlook Stable

S&P Global Ratings lowered its long-term counterparty credit and senior debt ratings on Allied World Assurance Co. Holdings AG to ‘BBB-‘ from ‘BBB+’, following the completion of the company’s acquisition last week by Fairfax Financial Holdings. At the same time, …

Fairfax Financial Completes $4.9 Billion Acquisition of Allied World

Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd., the Toronto-based investment and insurance company, has successfully completed its acquisition of Allied World Assurance Co. Holdings, for US$4.9 billion – marking the company’s largest purchase yet. Indeed, Prem Watsa, chairman and chief executive officer, has …

Fairfax Plans to Sell 12.2% Stake in India’s ICICI Lombard

Canada’s Fairfax Financial Holdings plans to sell a 12.2 percent stake in its Indian joint venture insurer ICICI Lombard in a deal that will value the company at 203 billion rupees ($3.15 billion), the Indian company said on Saturday. Red …

Soft Reinsurance Prices to Continue Until Year-End – at Least: Fitch

The soft pricing in the global reinsurance market will continue, at least, for the rest of the year, Fitch Ratings says. Fitch expects premium rates to continue declining as a result of large amounts of under-deployed capital and sluggish demand …

Fairfax Financial to Pay More Cash, Less Stock, for Allied World

Toronto-based insurance group Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. said it would increase the cash component of its offer to buy Allied World Assurance Co. Holdings AG by $18 per share. The increase in the cash component of the offer would reduce …

Prem Watsa’s Fairfax to Pay $144M for New Zealand-Based Insurer

Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. will pay $144 million for New Zealand insurer Tower Ltd., giving it an instant, significant presence in a growing, emerging market. Tower’s board of directors has already unanimously approved the sale at about NZ$1.17 per share, …