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  • NEW YORK, March 23- IRB Brasil RE plans to grow more aggressively in Latin America and Africa as part of an expansion that may require Brazil's largest reinsurer to seek an initial public offering or tap an outside partner before 2018, Chief Executive Officer Leonardo Paix√£o said on Monday. In Brazil, infrastructure projects from factories to shipbuilding...

  • *Credit Suisse surges after naming new CEO. LONDON, March 10- European shares slipped further on Tuesday from a seven-year high after sharply weaker oil and metals prices pulled down commodities stocks, although Credit Suisse rallied after naming a new chief executive. "Credit Suisse has had different issues throughout the years and someone with a diverse...

  • CHICAGO, March 10- Government support for U.S. grain farmers under the new five-year farm bill will peak with the coming 2015 crop, the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute said in a new report. The think tank estimated that $3.9 billion in ARC and PLC payments for last year's 2014 crop would be made after fiscal 2016 begins on Oct. 1.

  • *Credit Suisse surges after naming new CEO. LONDON, March 10- European shares slipped further away from a recent seven-year high on Tuesday as a sharp decline in crude oil and metals prices hit commodities stocks, although a rally in Credit Suisse capped market losses. "Credit Suisse has had different issues throughout the years and someone with a diverse...

  • *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...