Mergers & acquisitions (M&A)

Fairfax acquires Zenith

Fairfax, the acquisitive financial holdings company, has bought US workers compensation insurer Zenith for $1.4bn.

European regulation to boost insurance M&A

According to Pricewaterhouse Coopers merger and acquisition activity in the sector is considerably brighter, as the move to Solvency II is likely to attract fresh interest in the insurance industry from a wider range of capital providers.

Lloyds sells Esure stake to founder Peter Wood for £185m

Lloyds Banking Group has sold its 70% stake in esure, the online insurer, to a management buyout vehicle to be called Esure Group Holdings, led by Esure chairman Peter Wood, for a cash consideration slightly in excess of book value in the Lloyds Banking…

Beazley sets up M&A team

Lloyd's insurer appoints John McNally to head a new team in London focusing on insuring the contingent risks that can otherwise impede merger and acquisition transactions.

Broking Mergers & Acquisitions: Calmer waters

Many have predicted the death of the insurance broking mergers and acquisition market. Roger Brown explains why this has not happened and why the current situation is just a return to historical norms.

Interview: Ross Howard - In capable hands

Katherine Blackler talks to Ross Howard, chief operating officer (Europe) at Towers Watson's reinsurance brokerage, about the merger between Towers Perrin and Watson Wyatt and what this year will bring for reinsurance brokers

Interview - David McMillan: Time for the fine tuning

Aviva's chief executive of general insurance David McMillan has turned a bunch of losers — his son's football team — into winners. Daniel Dunkley discovers his plans for an insurer that is already top of the league in many sectors.

White Mountains acquires run-off insurer

White Mountains Re, a subsidiary of Bermudian insurance group White Mountains, has acquired run-off insurer Central National Insurance Company of Omaha from Drum Financial Corporation for around $5m, the company said in a statement...

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