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LGIM acquire UCITS ETF platform Canvas

Legal & General Investment (Holdings) Limited (LGIM) has acquired Canvas, the European exchange-traded fund (ETF) platform owned by ETF Securities. The transaction includes the platform and embedded infrastructure for ETFs, as well as $2.7bn of existing assets across 17 products and partnerships.
Posted on Thursday Nov 16

Six in ten managers predict more efficiency under MiFID II

Financial firms and their senior management teams currently face an uphill battle to be ready for the vast overhaul of European market rules that come into force on January 3rd with MiFID II.
Posted on Thursday Nov 16

Value of global insurance M and A deals soar in 2017

According to a survey by Willis Towers Watson in conjunction with Mergermarket that at a time of heightened political uncertainty, fewer deals are being completed, but those that do complete are of a higher value. Meanwhile, seven out of ten respondents (68%) say that brand strength will be the main driver of M&A in the next three years, reflecting the transition to digital sales which require a strong, recognisable brand.
Posted on Tuesday Nov 14

Sabre Insurance to float on London Stock Exchange

Sabre Insurance Group plc (the "Company") today announces its intention to launch an initial public offering (the "Offer"). The Offer will comprise an offer to institutional investors in qualifying territories and to intermediaries who will facilitate the participation of their retail clients in the UK, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man (the "Intermediaries Offer"). It is expected that Admission will occur in December 2017.
Posted on Monday Nov 13

Aon completes sale of businesses in sub-Saharan Africa

Aon confirmed it has completed the sale of its shareholding in its employee benefit, insurance and reinsurance brokerage operations in Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Uganda and Zambia.
Posted on Thursday Nov 9

Prudential and PIC in USD 1.2 bn longevity reinsurance deal

Prudential Retirement and Pension Insurance Corporation (PIC), have entered into their fifth longevity reinsurance transaction since 2015. In the agreement, The Prudential Insurance Company of America assumes the longevity risk for $1.2 billion (about £900 million) in pension liabilities, covering approximately 4,000 pensioners across four pension schemes.
Posted on Thursday Nov 9

Broadstone acquires Mitchell Consulting and 2020 Trustees

Broadstone has acquired Mitchell Consulting, and 2020 Trustees. The acquisitions increase Broadstone’s employee headcount to 170 staff and expand its regional UK network across 5 locations (Falkirk, London, Manchester, Nottingham and Sheffield).
Posted on Monday Nov 6

Investment sector comments on BoE interest rate rise

Investment sector comments from Columbia Threadneedle Investments, Sanlam and Axa Investment Managers on the Bank of England interest rate rise
Posted on Thursday Nov 2

Aon Completes acquisition of Unirobe Meeùs Groep

Aon Groep Nederland announced it has completed its acquisition of Unirobe Meeùs Group (UMG) from Aegon for EUR 295 million.
Posted on Wednesday Nov 1

A shifting global balance of power for InsurTech

The Third Quarterly InsurTech Briefing from Willis Towers Watson examines how technology has the potential to disrupt national insurance markets and alter the global balance of power between (re)insurers in developed markets and those in emerging economies.
Posted on Wednesday Nov 1

Assets of worlds largest fund managers passes USD 80trillion

According to latest figures from Willis Towers Watson’s Global 500 research total assets under management (AuM) of the world’s largest 500 managers grew to US$ 81.2 trillion in 2016, representing a rise of 5.8% on the previous year,
Posted on Tuesday Oct 31

Aon to acquire Henderson Insurance Broking Group

Aon is to acquire Henderson Insurance Broking Group, a highly-regarded, independent UK-based insurance broking firm. It employs over 400 people across 16 offices, predominantly in the north of England, but with clients and business across the UK.
Posted on Monday Oct 30

MiFID II statement on inducements and research by the FCA

The FCA welcomes the announcements made today by the European Commission and the US Securities and Exchange Commission (US SEC) in relation to the MiFID II inducements and research reforms and their interaction with US regulation.
Posted on Thursday Oct 26

Speak out against fraudulent investment schemes says FCA

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is today urging the public to get in touch if they have been contacted by a company offering what they think could be a fraudulent investment. This plea comes as new research shows more than a fifth (22%) of over 55s surveyed who suspect they have been contacted about a fraudulent investment in the last three years, did not tell anyone about it.
Posted on Wednesday Oct 25

Demand for senior secured loans for insurers increases

A joint study by Invesco and Hymans Robertson looks at how insurers are increasingly looking beyond traditional asset classes in attempts to deliver attractive risk-adjusted returns in today’s low interest rate environment.
Posted on Monday Oct 23

ILS market ready to deal with natural disasters from Q3 2017

ILS investors are responding to the recent uptick in natural disasters by making payments to ceding companies, whilst at the same time continuing to raise more money and preparing to make new investments. These are the main findings of the latest quarterly ILS market update, from Willis Towers Watson Securities
Posted on Friday Oct 20

The differences today compared with Black Monday

Sankar Mahalingham, Head of DB Growth, Xafinity comments on the 30th anniversary of Black Monday, a day that saw the biggest global stock market crash
Posted on Thursday Oct 19

FCA launch the Asset Management Authorisation Hub

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has launched its new asset management authorisation hub. The hub has been launched to support new firms by assisting when they apply for authorisation, throughout the authorisation process and afterwards.
Posted on Tuesday Oct 17

Scottish Widows boost as Zurich workplace pensions acquired

Lloyds Banking Group (LBG) and Zurich today announce a strategic deal under which LBG will acquire Zurich’s UK workplace pensions and savings business with assets under administration of more than £15 billion and c.500,000 customers.The transaction enhances Scottish Widows’ current offering whilst delivering a modern, flexible workplace savings platform and an enriched customer experience. Scottish Widows already manages more than £124 billion of funds of which £35 billion is workplace pensions business.
Posted on Friday Oct 13

Institutional investors face sustainability hurdles

Investing sustainably remains a significant challenge for institutional investors globally, despite the majority recognising this approach will grow in importance over the next five years, Schroders Institutional Investor Study* (SIIS) has found.

Posted on Wednesday Oct 11

Multiple factors mean M&A underperformance for insurers

The Willis Towers Watson Insurance M&A Performance Tracker shows that insurers undertaking M&A in 2016 underperformed non-acquisitive peers for the first time since 2010
Posted on Tuesday Oct 3

Legal Entity Identifiers - does your SSAS need one

James Jones-Tinsley from Barnett Waddingham comments on Legal Entity Identifiers, that schemes may require after MiFIDII takes effect.
Posted on Monday Sep 25

Successful M&A deals increasingly difficult to deliver

According to Willis Towers Watson’s latest Quarterly Deal Performance Monitor (QDPM) the global M&A market continues to struggle to add value, underperforming the Index in 2017 for the second quarter this year, which is a trend not seen since 2012,
Posted on Monday Sep 25

Merkel in a bind says BlackRock

BlackRock Investment Institute comment on the German election result.
Posted on Monday Sep 25

Biggest issue for MiFIDII and PRIIPs is sourcing data

Sourcing the vast amount of data needed to meet the new regulatory requirements of MiFID II and PRIIPs is the biggest challenge facing both asset managers and insurers, according to a survey undertaken by Silverfinch, the leading regulatory data exchange, at its recent London conference.
Posted on Monday Sep 25

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