Mergers and Acquisitions News

Markel Completes Acquisition of UK Building Services Insurer EC Insurance Co.

Markel International, the specialist insurer, has completed its acquisition of EC Insurance Co. Ltd. (ECIC), having received approval from the Prudential Regulation Authority. Sevenoaks, England-based ECIC provides a wide range of insurance products for contractors and affinity groups across the …

Aon Completes Acquisition of Dutch Broker Unirobe Meeùs Groep

Aon Groep Nederland announced it has completed its acquisition of Unirobe Meeùs Group (UMG) from Aegon for €295 million (343.4 million). The acquisition encompasses the whole of Unirobe Meeùs Group, said Aon, noting that on completion Aon will be the …

Aetna Keeps Quiet About Reported CVS Merger Talks; Net Income Rises 39%

U.S. health insurer Aetna Inc failed to provide any hints on reported merger talks with CVS Health Corp when discussing quarterly results on Tuesday and laid out obstacles to 2018 earnings growth, sending its shares lower. The company reported a …

UK-Based MGA Nexus Group Buys Trade Credit Broker, Credit Risk Solutions

Independent specialty managing general agent Nexus Group announced it has acquired Credit Risk Solutions Ltd. (CRS). Established in 2003, CRS is an independent specialist trade credit broker operating with headquarters in Halifax and offices in Manchester and Birmingham, England. Details …

AXIS Capital Completes Purchase of Novae; Executive Team Announced

AXIS Capital Holdings Ltd. it has finalized its acquisition of Novae Group plc, which creates a $2 billion insurer in London and a top ten re/insurer at Lloyd’s, with 2016 global gross written premiums of $6 billion. The $611.5 million …

Acquiring Insurers Underperformed in 2016: Willis Towers Watson

Research from Willis Towers Watson published earlier this month revealed that insurers doing acquisitions in 2016 underperformed in comparison to peers that stayed away from M&A. WTW used a performance measure based on share price changes for the comparison. Noting …

Octo Telematics to Buy Usage-Based Insurance Assets of Willis Towers Watson; Partnership Announced

Octo Telematics, the London-based provider of telematics for the auto insurance industry, announced it will acquire the usage-based insurance (UBI) assets of Willis Towers Watson and will create a partnership with the broker to develop insurance products. These UBI assets …

Buffett’s Berkshire to Buy 9% Stake in Italian Insurer Cattolica

Warren Buffett is expanding his wager on Italy. The billionaire’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. said Thursday it agreed to buy about 9 percent of Italian insurer Societa Cattolica di Assicurazioni Scrl from Banca Popolare di Vicenza SpA, one of two failed …

Japan’s MS&AD to Invest $1B in Swiss Re’s UK Unit, ReAssure Jersey One

Japan’s MS&AD Insurance Group Holdings Inc said on Friday it had agreed with Swiss Re AG to invest 800 million pounds ($1.05 billion) to take a stake of up to 15 percent in UK-based ReAssure Jersey One Ltd. MS&AD and …

AIG to Sell Medical Stop-Loss Operations to Tokio Marine HCC

Tokio Marine HCC plans to acquire the medical stop-loss operations of American International Group (AIG). Neither side is disclosing financial terms in the deal, which is expected to close on Oct. 15. But the operations in question produce $350 million …