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Western Financial Group doubles ownership interest in Falkins Insurance Group

August 4, 2010 by Canadian Underwriter

Western Financial Group has increased its ownership of Falkins Insurance Group Limited from 20% to 40%. In addition, all parties have agreed upon a pathway to provide Western with the ability to acquire full ownership of Falkins by Jan. 1,

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Canadian M&A activity down in first half of 2010

July 13, 2010 by Canadian Underwriter

Canadian mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity is down 30% over the first half of 2010, compared to the same period last year, according to a mergermarket Canada survey. Overall, Canadian M&A activity totalled US$29.6 billion, down from the US$42.5 billion

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SGI Canada sells shares of Maritime insurance agency

June 29, 2010 by Canadian Underwriter

SGI Canada has sold its shares in the Charlie Cooke Insurance Agency (CCIA). The sale is effective as of Jun. 1, 2010.SGI Canada, through its subsidiary SGI Canada Insurance Services Ltd., purchased the shares in 2002 for $691,341. The shares

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Canadian insurer CFO panel predicts further M&A activity in five years’ time

May 20, 2010 by Canadian Underwriter

Three P&C chief financial officers – representing Intact Financial Corporation, Northbridge Financial Corporation and RSA Canada Group – see Canada’s Top 10 property and casualty insurance companies controlling about 8% more of the market sometime over the next five years.Speaking

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2010 a “mixed bag” for P&C industry: OSFI

May 17, 2010 by Canadian Underwriter

The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) says it believes 2010 will be a “mixed bag” for the Canadian property and casualty financially, with capital levels improving, but the introduction of enterprise risk management (ERM) still lagging behind

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Kingsway makes a 2010 Q1 profit; reports feud with Lincoln’s run-off manager

May 14, 2010 by Canadian Underwriter

Kingsway Financial Services Inc. has reported a $24.1-million profit for 2010 Q1, despite sustaining a $29.5-million underwriting loss in the same quarter.Also, Kingsway has reported a new obstacle related to its run-off of Lincoln General, namely a dispute with the

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Cunningham Lindsey merges Markham and Toronto North offices

April 26, 2010 by Canadian Underwriter

Cunningham Lindsey is merging its Markham and Toronto North offices effective May 1, 2010. Toby Collins will be the branch manager of the newly merged office, which will be in the current Toronto North location. Toronto North adjusters Pamela Allen,

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Start-ups require extra attention from solvency regulators: PACICC report

April 13, 2010 by Canadian Underwriter

Start-up companies deserve special supervisory attention from solvency regulators, the Property and Casualty Insurance Compensation Corporation (PACICC) concluded in its assessment of the failure of Advocate General in the late 1980s.PACICC was on the hook for $45 million in claims

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PACICC calls for new funding mechanisms for worst-case insolvency scenarios

April 13, 2010 by Canadian Underwriter

The Property and Casualty Insurance Compensation Corporation (PACICC) has approached regulators about two possible funding mechanisms in response to the potential failure of a large insurance company or several small-to medium-sized insurance companies.PACICC identified these scenarios as part of its

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U.S. merger and acquisition values lowest since 2002: Conning

April 8, 2010 by Canadian Underwriter

Last year the United States saw the lowest value of insurance transactions since 2002, according to research by Conning Research & Consulting.The study, Global Insurance Mergers & Acquisitions in 2009, tracks and analyzes both U.S. and non-U.S. insurance industry merger

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Canada not likely to impose international levy on financial institutions

April 5, 2010 by Canadian Underwriter

Britain, Germany and France, and possibly the United States, are moving towards implementing an international levy on banks to fund potential ‘bail-outs’ of the financial system in the event of another crisis in the future. But Canada is not likely

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Fairfax expands U.S. business through acquisition

February 18, 2010 by Canadian Underwriter

Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited (TSX: FFH and FFH.U) has acquired Zenith National Insurance Corp (NYSE: ZNT) for approximately $1.4 billion, a premium of 34.5% to Zenith’s book value as at Dec. 31, 2009.Zenith is a California-based commercial insurer that specializes