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Demutualization of The Economical might pressure other mutuals to do the same

January 21, 2011 by Canadian Underwriter

If The Economical does in fact demutualize, as its board of directors recommended to mutual policyholders in December, there will be pressure on other mutuals – those with a narrow base of policyholder owners – to do the same.MSA Research

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RSA finalizes GCAN acquisition

January 10, 2011 by Canadian Underwriter

RSA Canada finalized its acquisition of GCAN Insurance, the second-largest insurance transaction of the past decade in Canada.RSA announced in Oct. 2010 that it agreed to acquire GCAN, a Canadian mid-market, large risks and specialty commercial insurer with gross written

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Desjardins Financial Group makes $443-million cash offer to buy Western Financial Group

January 4, 2011 by Canadian Underwriter

Desjardins Financial Group has made a $443-million, all-cash offer to buy Western Financial Group (TSX:WES), the largest insurance and financial services retailer in Western Canada.The transaction contemplated by the offer will be carried out by way of a take-over bid

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Holiday Shopping Season (January 01, 2011)

January 1, 2011 by Canadian Underwriter

This holiday shopping season was a busy one in Canada — and not just for consumers. Canadian property and casualty companies were clearly in a shopping mood, with several major deals or potential deals announced in December. As we go

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Demutualizing The Economical

January 1, 2011 David Gambrill, Editor

Following the path of Canadian life insurers, The Economical Mutual Insurance Company is publicly contemplating a strategy to demutualize, but the path for P&C insurers may lie in a different regulatory direction.

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Economical Mutual Insurance Company announces plans to demutualize

December 14, 2010 by Canadian Underwriter

The Economical Mutual Insurance Company is planning to become the first property and casualty insurance company in Canada to demutualize. The company is aiming for the conversion to be completed in 2011, subject to approval by mutual policyholders and the

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QBE to purchase Renaissance Re’s US insurance operations

November 19, 2010 by Canadian Underwriter

QBE Insurance Group has acquired the US insurance operations of Renaissance Re for $275 million.This includes a US crop and small specialist program insurance business. The acquisition – subject to regulatory approvals – is expected to be completed in March

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MSB sold to TPG Capital investment firm

November 5, 2010 by Canadian Underwriter

Marshall & Swift/Boeckh (MSB) has been sold to global investment firm TPG Capital. MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates signed a definitive agreement to sell MSB to TPG Capital for an undisclosed amount. TPG has $47 billion in assets under management and

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Fairfax acquires specialty commercial insurer

October 29, 2010 by Canadian Underwriter

Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited (TSX: FFH and FFH.U) will acquire the outstanding share of specialty insurer First Mercury for approximately $294 million.The transaction is expected to close in 2011 Q1, subject to shareholder and regulatory approval.First Mercury is a Michigan-based

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Integro now poised to operate as reinsurance brokerage in United States

October 14, 2010 by Canadian Underwriter

Integro announced its acquisition of ReSource Intermediaries, a move that positions Integro to add reinsurance brokerage services to its U.S. roster.ReSource Intermediaries is a full-service reinsurance brokerage based in San Fransisco. Its client base includes insurance companies; alternative risk entities

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Letting AIG go bankrupt in 2008 would have resulted in a “catastrophic” impact on entire insurance market: U.S. Treasury report

October 6, 2010 by Canadian Underwriter

The U.S. government did not allow American International Group (AIG) to go bankrupt in part because AIG’s failure would have been “catastrophic” to the insurance industry as a whole, according to the U.S. Treasury’s Two-Year Retrospective Report on the Troubled

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RSA Canada to buy GCAN Insurance Company for $420 million

October 4, 2010 by Canadian Underwriter

RSA Canada has entered into an agreement to purchase GCAN Insurance Company and its parent company, Glenstone Capital Incorporated, from the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board for approximately $420 million. “This is actually the second-largest insurance company acquisition in the