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Rise in M&A deals will fuel insurance demand in 2018

Rise in M&A deals will fuel insurance demand in 2018

The value of deals is expected to exceed US$3tr this year, according to XL Catlin’s head of M&A.

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China’s first tech insurer set for launch

China’s first tech insurer set for launch

Taiping Technology Insurance will be the first insurer to focus on the country’s technology sector.

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Axis Bank seeks to acquire insurance firm

Axis Bank seeks to acquire insurance firm

The third-largest private-sector bank in India is exploring opportunities in the fast-growing life sector.

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Great Eastern may shed stake in Malaysian operations

Great Eastern may shed stake in Malaysian operations

The insurer is reported to be in talks with Malaysian banks regarding the possible sale.

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Pru Life inks bancassurance deal with Philippine bank

Pru Life inks bancassurance deal with Philippine bank

The three-year partnership with Robinsons Bank will initially focus on traditional or basic products.

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Japan insurers shift to longevity plans

Japan insurers shift to longevity plans

As the elderly population grows, companies are offering plans that accept customers up to 90 years of age.

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Maybank’s Etiqa names four new CEOs

Maybank’s Etiqa names four new CEOs

The new executives will lead each of the four new entities generated by the split of the insurer.

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Ping An value hits US$101bn in 2017

Ping An value hits US$101bn in 2017

The stock of Ping An Insurance Group Co continues to soar, despite the lack of hype that insurers have as compared with tech companies.

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Singapore Life to buy Zurich Life Singapore portfolio

Singapore Life to buy Zurich Life Singapore portfolio

All policies are expected to be completely transferred during the first half of the year.

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ACR appoints new Malaysia CEO

ACR appoints new Malaysia CEO

Asia Capital Re has appointed Hue Yann Wei as chief executive of its Malaysia subsidiary.

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Edelweiss wins India non-life licence

Edelweiss wins India non-life licence

The group is set to become the country’s 33rd non-life company after Irdai approval secured.

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XL Catlin hires QBE exec to cover Asia projects

XL Catlin hires QBE exec to cover Asia projects

Todd Wilhelm will head up energy, property and construction for Asia Pacific.

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Indian insurers launch financial services blockchain

Indian insurers launch financial services blockchain

It is hoped the project will rein in costs for companies running medical tests and evaluations.

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India’s cyber insurance demand up 50%

India’s cyber insurance demand up 50%

Companies have started to take action over the effects of cyber attacks and data breaches.

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Sompo Holdings to buy Lexon units

Sompo Holdings to buy Lexon units

The deal to acquire the second-biggest surety insurer in the US is estimated at up to US$266m.

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Zurich buys HK telematics startup Bright Box

Zurich buys HK telematics startup Bright Box

The company provides smartphone-based cloud technology that links drivers, vehicles and automakers.

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Allianz plans to double Asian investment

Allianz plans to double Asian investment

The company’s property unit aims to double its investments in Asia over the next three years.

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Global insurance M&A hits US$49 billion in 2017

Global insurance M&A hits US$49 billion in 2017

The deal volume was on a par with the figure from 2016, despite one of the worst loss years on record.

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