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ANDIE to purchase remaining shares in Box Innovation Group

Aioi Nissay Dowa Insurance Europe (the ANDIE Group), part of the MS&AD Group, is pleased to announce its intention to purchase the remaining 24.99% of shares of Box Innovation Group Limited (BIGL), which includes the brands insurethebox and drive like a girl, with the intention to fully integrate the business within the ANDIE Group during 2018.
Posted on Tuesday Jan 16

£900 million reinsurance deal for LV= from Aon

Aon has secured reinsurance for £900 million of annuity business for Liverpool Victoria Friendly Society (LV=), as part of LV=’s ongoing risk management activities. The transaction covered asset and longevity risks.
Posted on Monday Jan 15

EIOPAs proposal for changes to the Standard Model

Chris Price, Insurance Solutions Strategist at AXA IM comments on EIOPA’S (European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority) Insurers’ Investment Behaviour report and proposed changes to the Standard Model For the Solvency Capital Ratio.
Posted on Thursday Jan 11

Optimism for the year ahead in Mergers and Acquisitions

According to M&A data published by Willis Towers Watson, UK M&A market performance dropped significantly at the end of 2017 with dealmakers recording their weakest quarterly results for the year in the final three months. UK deal volumes also dropped in 2017 to 38 completed deals over $100 million, compared to 46 in 2016.
Posted on Thursday Jan 11

Merger between Quaero Capital and Tiburon Partners

QUAERO CAPITAL and London based Asian fund management specialist Tiburon Partners today announce that, subject to FCA and FINMA approval, they will join forces.
Posted on Tuesday Jan 9

Canada Life completes acquisition of Retirement Advantage

The Canada Life Group (U.K.) Limited has completed its previously-announced acquisition of innovative financial services provider Retirement Advantage, creating a strong platform for growth in the UK’s growing equity release and retirement markets. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Posted on Thursday Jan 4

More change is likely with MiFIDII

Sarah Lyons, Head of Marketing, Ascentric commenting on the implementation of the second Market in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II) which took effect from 3 January 2018
Posted on Thursday Jan 4

LV= complete sale of stake in their GI business to Allianz

Allianz Group and Liverpool Victoria Friendly Society (LV=) have completed the first stage in the creation of their joint venture and strategic partnership through the planned sale of 49 percent stake in LV=’s UK General Insurance businesses (LV=GI) to Allianz Group.
Posted on Friday Dec 29

Zurich acquires Bright Box to strengthen in connected cars

Zurich Insurance Group (Zurich) announced today that it has acquired 100 percent of the shares of Bright Box HK Limited (Bright Box) and its subsidiaries.
Posted on Thursday Dec 28

Is the tax man at it again by taxing individuals by stealth

The Autumn Budget contained proposals to change the tax treatment of capital gains for corporates. This will have a negative impact on the returns of taxable insurance savings products.
Posted on Tuesday Dec 19

Worst Mergers and Acquisition performance for a decade

According to Willis Towers Watson’s latest Quarterly Deal Performance Monitor (QDPM) the global M&A market has for the first time in ten years reversed a long-term trend of outperforming the Index by failing to add value through deals made during 2017. On a YTD basis, acquirers have underperformed the index by 0.9pp (percentage points) in the last 12 months.
Posted on Tuesday Dec 19

Willis Towers Watson completes catastrophe bond for Covea

Willis Towers Watson Securities announces that it has structured and placed EUR 90 million of insurance-linked securities (ILS) for Covea Mutual Insurance Group, France’s largest domestic P&C insurance group.
Posted on Tuesday Dec 19

European investors cautious compared to American optimists

Institutional investors in North America are targeting higher returns over the coming year – with over half having return expectations greater than 7% - than their European counterparts, Schroders Institutional Investor Study* has found.
Posted on Tuesday Dec 19

LCCG proposed acquisition of Generali PanEurope

Utmost Wealth Solutions’ parent company, Life Company Consolidation Group (LCCG), has today announced its intention to create a market leading, specialist wealth manager with a global footprint through its agreement with Generali to acquire Generali PanEurope (GPE). The acquisition is conditional on, inter alia, regulatory and competition authority approvals and is expected to complete during the first half of 2018.
Posted on Monday Dec 18

Key themes and trends to influence market dynamics in 2018

Mercer, have outlined key themes and trends expected to influence economic and market dynamics in two papers, Mercer’s 2018 Global Outlook and the 2018 Global Themes and Opportunities. The investment themes that institutional investors should be considering include: the impact of a move from quantitative easing (QE) to quantitative tightening (QT); preparing for late cycle dynamics; political fragmentation; and stewardship in the 21st century.
Posted on Thursday Dec 14

Merchant Navy Officers Pension Fund in GBP 149m buy in

The Trustee of the £3 billion Merchant Navy Officers Pension Fund (MNOPF) has secured £490 million of members’ pension benefits through a buy-in transaction with Legal & General Group plc (“Legal & General”).
Posted on Monday Dec 11

Top five actions for MiFID II for pension schemes

The Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) has published a guide outlining the top five actions that pension schemes need to take as the clock ticks inexorably towards the MiFID II (the European Union’s revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive) implementation deadline of 3 January 2018.
Posted on Thursday Dec 7

Pension fund interest rate liability hedging up 27 percent

According to the BMO Global Asset Management LDI Survey, interest rate liability hedging activity by UK pension funds rose by 27% in Q3 2017.
Posted on Thursday Dec 7

Xafinity proposal for three Punter Southall businesses

Xafinity announces the proposed acquisition from Punter Southall Group Limited of its actuarial consulting, pensions administration and investment consulting businesses (the “Target”) for a total consideration of up to approximately £153 million (the “Acquisition”). As part of the transaction, Xafinity’s HR Trustees business will be transferred to Punter Southall Group which, following the proposed deal, will comprise a range of businesses focused on workplace savings, health and protection consulting and wealth management.
Posted on Thursday Dec 7

Swiss Re to purchase 1.1 million life policies from L&G

Swiss Re has agreed to purchase 1.1 million life insurance policies from UK financial service provider Legal & General Group PLC (L&G) for GBP 650 million. These policies will be managed by ReAssure, a market-leading UK closed life book consolidator within the Swiss Re Life Capital business.
Posted on Wednesday Dec 6

Aon complete acquisition of Henderson Insurance

Aon announces that it has completed the acquisition of Henderson Insurance Broking Group, a highly-regarded, independent UK-based insurance broking firm. Henderson Insurance Broking Group is one of the UK’s largest independent brokers, focusing on general insurance, health and benefits, and trade credit insurance.
Posted on Monday Dec 4

Aon Switzerland acquires insurance broker Unidelta AG

Aon has acquired 100 percent interest in Unidelta AG, an insurance broker located in Rapperswil, St. Gallen, Switzerland. Unidelta AG was founded in 2004, and is an independent all-line insurance broker with a strong focus on personal injury management.
Posted on Friday Dec 1

Dock Workers Pension Fund completes full buy in with PIC

LCP today announces that the Former Registered Dock Workers Pension Fund (the Fund) has completed a £725m full buy-in with Pension Insurance Corporation (PIC). Together with existing insurance policies, the transaction completely removes risk in respect of the Fund’s pension liabilities.
Posted on Thursday Nov 30

FCA issues objections against four Asset Management firms

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has issued a statement of objections to four asset management firms: Artemis Investment Management LLP, Hargreave Hale Ltd, Newton Investment Management Limited and River & Mercantile Asset Management LLP. The FCA believes the four firms may have broken competition law.
Posted on Thursday Nov 30

UK ILS regulations approved

William Hogarth from Clyde & Co comments on the approval of the UK ILS regulations
Posted on Thursday Nov 30

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