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  • *Credit Suisse surges after naming new CEO. LONDON, March 10- European shares slipped further away from a recent seven-year high on Tuesday as weaker oil and metals prices hit commodities stocks, but a rally in Credit Suisse limited market losses. "Credit Suisse has had different issues throughout the years and someone with a diverse background could look at its...

  • NEW YORK, March 1- Warren Buffett, at a news conference in Bengaluru in 2011, lavishly praised Berkshire Hathaway executive Ajit Jain for smoothly running much of the conglomerate's insurance businesses. Buffett, the billionaire chief executive officer and chairman of Berkshire, said he would also support Jain if ever he decided to seek Buffett's post.

  • NEW YORK/ FRANKFURT, Feb 20- Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc said on Friday it had agreed to buy German motorcycle apparel and accessories retailer Detlev Louis Motorrad-Vertriebs GmbH for a little more than 400 million euros. The purchase enables Buffett, known for his optimism about the United States and the investment opportunities it offers, to...

  • Feb 16- Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd, a Canadian property and casualty insurer, said it would buy Brit Plc, a specialty insurer and reinsurer, for about $1.88 billion to gain a significant presence in the Lloyd's of London market. Investor Prem Watsa- led Fairfax said it has received hard irrevocable undertakings to accept the offer from entities managed by...

  • Canada's Fairfax to buy Brit Plc for about $1.88 bln Monday, 16 Feb 2015 | 9:53 PM ET

    Feb 16- Canada's Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd said it would buy Brit Plc, a specialty insurer and reinsurer, for about $1.88 billion to have a significant presence at Lloyd's of London. Brit shareholders will receive 305 pence in cash per share, including any final dividend for the year ended Dec. 31. Fairfax Financial said it has received hard irrevocable...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 3- Reinsurer Willis Re on Tuesday launched a tool designed to help insurance companies gauge their portfolios' exposure to cybersecurity risks, the latest effort to develop a growing market that has nonetheless faced worries about potential pitfalls. "There's still a little bit of hesitation about,' how do I understand what my overall exposure...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 29- With a scheduled trial just four weeks away, the former chairman of American International Group Inc said New York's attorney general should abandon his nearly decade-old fraud case against him, calling it a waste of taxpayer dollars in pursuit of a hollow "trophy" victory. The non-jury trial, scheduled for Feb. 24 in Manhattan before State Supreme...

  • Two mega reinsurers to merge in $11B deal Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | 6:42 AM ET

    Axis Capital Holdings Ltd and PartnerRe have agreed to an $11 billion merger to create one of the world's largest reinsurers.

  • Jan 25- Axis Capital Holdings Ltd and PartnerRe Ltd have agreed to an $11 billion merger to create one of the world's largest reinsurers, PartnerRe said on Sunday. The combined company will have gross premiums topping $10 billion, total capitalization of more than $14 billion, and total cash and invested assets of more than $33 billion, according to the PartnerRe...

  • NEW DELHI, Jan 22- India and the United States were trying to narrow differences on nuclear trade on Thursday ahead of President Barack Obama's visit, but New Delhi ruled out a change in its liability law that has choked off U.S. investment. Nuclear commerce worth billions of dollars was meant to be the centrepiece of a new strategic relationship between the...

  • Jan 22- Property and casualty insurer Travelers Cos Inc reported a 5 percent rise in quarterly net profit, helped by higher underwriting gains and lower losses from natural disasters. The company reported operating earnings of $3.07 per share for the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31. The company said net income rose to $1.04 billion, or $3.11 per share, in the fourth...

  • Jan 9- XL Group Plc will buy underwriter Catlin Group Ltd for about 2.79 billion pounds, giving the Bermuda- based insurer and reinsurer a bigger chunk of the Lloyd's of London market. XL Group's shares were untraded before the bell in New York after closing at $35.42 on Thursday. Catlin, which sells insurance for everything from flooding to kidnapping and is also...

  • Reinsurers saw further price drop in Jan - broker Friday, 2 Jan 2015 | 9:15 AM ET

    FRANKFURT, Jan 2- Reinsurance prices slid at the start of the year for contracts starting on Jan. 1, as supply outstripped demand following a reduction in natural catastrophe damage claims, broker Willis Re said on Friday. Big reinsurers such as Munich Re, Swiss Re and Hannover Re are due to release the results of their January contract negotiations in the coming...

  • *Allianz also insurer for lost Malaysia Airlines planes. HONG KONG, Dec 29- German insurer Allianz said on Monday it was the lead re-insurer to the AirAsia jet missing off the Indonesian coast with 162 people on board, making it the third major airline accident it has been involved in this year. "We can confirm that Allianz Global Corporate& Specialty UK is the lead...

  • Allianz is lead reinsurer to missing AirAsia plane Monday, 29 Dec 2014 | 12:10 AM ET

    HONG KONG, Dec 29- German insurer Allianz is the lead re-insurer, through one of its divisions, to the AirAsia plane that went missing on Sunday and is presumed to have crashed off the Indonesian coast with 162 people on board, the company said on Monday. "We can confirm that Allianz Global Corporate& Specialty UK is the lead reinsurer for AirAsia, for aviation hull and...

  • New York Life will also assume 60 percent of certain life insurance policies of Manulife's U.S. unit, John Hancock Financial, on a reinsurance basis, the Canadian company said. The combined business will have 2.5 million plan participants, Manulife said. Manulife and Britain's Standard Life agreed in September to a near- $4 billion deal for the Canadian...

  • Dec 23- Largest Canadian insurer Manulife Financial Corp's U.S. unit will buy New York Life Insurance Co's retirement services business for an undisclosed amount. New York Life will assume 60 percent of certain life insurance policies of Manulife's U.S. unit, John Hancock Financial, on a reinsurance basis, the Canadian company said. Manulife did not disclose...

  • *Allianz sells Fireman's Fund personal lines to ACE Ltd.. FRANKFURT, Dec 18- German insurer Allianz on Thursday said it had agreed to sell its Fireman's Fund personal insurance business to insurer ACE for $365 million, freeing Allianz to focus on building its U.S. property and casualty operations. The deal clears up one of two problem areas for Allianz in the...

  • HONG KONG, Dec 11- As insurance products denominated in Chinese yuan see rapid growth in Hong Kong, concerns over insurers' heavy reliance on mainland Chinese partners to invest premium income and generate returns are also rising. Policies issued in yuan accounted for 10.8 percent of new insurance business written in Hong Kong last year, and are expected be make...

  • *Western insurers fear further sanctions on Russia. LONDON/ MOSCOW, Nov 20- Russian companies face billions of dollars in extra insurance costs as Western sanctions prompt foreign insurance firms to start pulling out, worried that any business they undertake is at risk from future measures and an increasingly sick economy. Existing sanctions, along with an oil...