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Allied World board members concerned in 2016 with ‘protracted negotiations’ with un-named prospective buyer: SEC filing

May 23, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Six months before announcing its proposed acquisition by Toronto-based Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd., commercial insurer Allied World Assurance Company Holdings AG received an offer letter from an un-named prospective buyer for $48 a share, recently-released documents indicate. Fairfax and Zug,

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Global uptick in CEOs forced out of office for ethical lapses, Canada among lowest incidence of dismissals: Strategy&

May 17, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

An analysis of CEO successions at the world’s largest 2,500 public companies over the past 10 years shows a marked increase in forced turnovers for ethical lapses, although Canada is among the countries with the lowest incidence of such dismissals.

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Rogers Insurance Ltd. obtains minority shares purchase of Megson FitzPatrick Inc.

May 16, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Rogers Insurance Ltd. announced on Tuesday that it will obtain a minority shares purchase of Megson FitzPatrick Inc. The partnership between Calgary-based Rogers Insurance and Victoria, B.C.-based Megson FitzPatrick became effective May 5, Rogers Insurance said in a press release

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Soft pricing in global reinsurance market to continue for at least the rest of 2017: Fitch

May 16, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The soft pricing in the global reinsurance market will continue for at least the rest of 2017, ratings firm Fitch Ratings said in a report released Monday. “We expect premium rates to continue declining, due to large volumes of under-deployed

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US$33 billion in 2016 global insurance M&A marks retreat from prior-year levels: Conning

May 15, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Global insurance mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity slowed across all sectors in 2016, according to a new study from global investment management firm Conning. The Conning study, 2017: Global Insurer Mergers & Acquisitions in 2016 – Activity Slows, but Pressures

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McFarlan Rowlands Insurance Brokers announces acquisition of Callister Musico Insurance Group

May 10, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

London, Ont.-based McFarlan Rowlands Insurance Brokers announced on Wednesday that it will acquire Callister Musico Insurance Group of Sarnia, Ont. Located at 1315 Michigan Ave. in Sarnia, the Callister Musico office will become McFarlan Rowlands’ 15th branch in Ontario, allowing

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Northbridge Financial Corporation purchases surety underwriting business of Fenchurch General Insurance Company

May 10, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Toronto-based commercial P&C insurer Northbridge Financial Corporation announced on Tuesday that it will enter the surety market in Canada by purchasing the surety underwriting business of Fenchurch General Insurance Company. Starting June 1, businesses across Canada will have access to

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Two Ontario, two Alberta brokerages join BrokerLink

May 5, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

BrokerLink has welcomed four brokerages – two in Ontario; two in Alberta – to the fold in a move that expands the company’s reach while providing the four brokerages and their employees greater access to resources and opportunities. The brokerages

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Brokerage Andrew Agencies Ltd. purchases Waggoner Insurance of Winnipeg

May 3, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Virden, Man.-based multi-line brokerage Andrew Agencies Ltd. has announced the acquisition of Waggoner Insurance effective May 1. Scott Andrew, president and CEO of Andrew Agencies and Ed Waggoner, president and CEO of Waggoner Insurance made the announcement in a press

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Liberty Mutual Insurance completes acquisition of Ironshore from Fosun International for US$2.94 billion

May 3, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Liberty Mutual Insurance has announced that it has completed its acquisition of 100% ownership in Ironshore Inc. from Fosun International Limited. Global insurer Liberty Mutual made the announcement earlier this week that it had acquired Ironshore Inc., a global specialty

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Intact to acquire U.S. specialty insurer OneBeacon Insurance Group for US$1.7 billion

May 3, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Intact Financial Corporation has announced that it intends to acquire OneBeacon Insurance Group, Ltd., a specialty insurer in the United States, for US$1.7 billion. Intact declared on Tuesday that it has entered into a definitive agreement and plan of merger

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Arthur J. Gallagher reports brokerage revenues of US$878.5 million for Q1 2017

May 1, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. (AJG) has reported brokerage revenues of US$878.5 million for the first quarter of 2017 ending March 31, up 6% from US$825.5 million in the first quarter of 2016. Rolling Meadows, Ill.-based AJG reported its financial