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Government's bid to block health insurer mergers could spawn new ones

By: Thomson Reuters

Published July 25, 2016 - 2:49pm CST

Reuters — The potential bust-up of two mega deals among America's largest health insurers may have an unintended result — more mergers.

Insurer to acquire remaining shares of subsidiary

By: Mark A. Hofmann

Published July 25, 2016 - 10:49am CST

National Interstate Corp. has entered into a definitive agreement with Great American Insurance Co.

Merger momentum hits a brick wall

Published July 22, 2016 - 1:04pm CST

Are health insurers' merger dreams at a dead end?

S&P puts Humana, Aetna under review after merger lawsuit

By: Shelby Livingston

Published July 22, 2016 - 12:45pm CST

“We believe a deal termination would likely have a negative impact on Humana's credit profile," S&P said in a report Friday.

Merger mayhem

Published July 22, 2016 - 10:20am CST

The U.S. Justice Department makes good on its promise to block megamergers among health insurers, and that leads the Business Insurance week in pictures in the process.

The BI Top 10

Published July 22, 2016 - 9:28am CST

The Justice Department's move to block health insurer mergers, confirmed Thursday, is among Business Insurance's top 10 most read features.

Humana to sharply curtail individual offerings

By: Shelby Livingston

Published July 21, 2016 - 2:33pm CST

The insurer will reduce the plans it offers through public health exchanges and stop offering coverage in most other individual markets.

JLT Re acquires Latin America broker's portfolio

By: Joyce Famakinwa

Published July 21, 2016 - 2:18pm CST

JLT Re, the reinsurance arm of Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group P.L.C., on Thursday said it has acquired the portfolio of Lima, Peru-based Olsa Re.

Stakeholders, pundits laud litigation to halt health insurer mergers

By: Shelby Livingston

Published July 21, 2016 - 2:07pm CST

The American Medical Association applauded the suit, saying allowing the insurers to merge would harm patients and the entire health care industry.

Justice sues to block Anthem-Cigna, Aetna-Humana mergers; insurers vow to fight

By: Shelby Livingston

Published July 21, 2016 - 9:43am CST

Federal officials say the proposed mergers would reduce health insurer competition, hurting employers, consumers, doctors and hospitals.

Allianz offers transactional liability coverage in North America

By: Joyce Famakinwa

Published July 20, 2016 - 1:29pm CST

Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty S.E. has launched a transactional liability unit in North America to cover risks posed by mergers and acquisitions.

Health insurers ready to fight merger challenge on competition grounds

By: Shelby Livingston

Published July 19, 2016 - 4:12pm CST

Regulators worry that megamergers between Aetna and Humana, and Anthem and Cigna, would harm health insurance customers.

Med mal insurance sector could consolidate

By: Judy Greenwald

Published July 19, 2016 - 2:44pm CST

Berkshire Hathaway Inc.’s acquisition of Medical Liability Mutual Insurance Co., which was announced Monday, is likely to be followed by additional consolidation among medical professional liability insurers, says Fitch Ratings Inc.

Antitrust officials poised to block Anthem, Aetna deals: Source

By: Thomson Reuters

Published July 19, 2016 - 10:45am CST

U.S. antitrust officials reportedly are poised to file lawsuits to block Anthem's acquisition of Cigna, as well as Aetna's takeover of Humana.

Randall & Quilter acquires reinsurance specialist

By: Joyce Famakinwa

Published July 18, 2016 - 4:07pm CST

Randall & Quilter Investment Holdings Ltd. has acquired Agency Program Insurance Co. Ltd.

Berkshire Hathaway unit acquiring med mal insurer

By: Judy Greenwald

Published July 18, 2016 - 2:31pm CST

New York-based Medical Liability Mutual Insurance Co. on Monday said it is being acquired by a Berkshire Hathaway Inc. unit.

Antitrust ruling on big mergers expected soon

By: Shelby Livingston

Published July 17, 2016 - 12:01am CST

A U.S. Justice Department decision on the proposed mergers of Aetna Inc. and Humana Inc., and Anthem Inc. and Cigna Corp., could come as soon as this week.

Broker mergers keep rolling in during 2016 first half

By: Timothy J. Cunningham and Daniel P. Menzer

Published July 17, 2016 - 12:01am CST

Private equity-backed buyers again dominated the insurance brokerage merger and acquisition landscape during the first half of 2016, but their share declined slightly amid increased activity by privately held and bank-owned brokers.

Brokers step up merger activity

By: Mark A. Hofmann

Published July 17, 2016 - 12:01am CST

Despite a still-soft commercial property/casualty insurance market, insurance brokers have performed fairly well over the past year or so. The record merger and acquisition activity, encompassing the blockbuster joining of Willis Group Holdings P.L.C. and Towers Watson & Co. as well as hundreds of smaller transactions, established larger entities that are better able to compete in the marketplace.

Heavy 2015 M&A activity drove legal malpractice claims increase

By: Judy Greenwald

Published July 15, 2016 - 2:07pm CST

Legal malpractice claims increased in both frequency and severity last year, according to a survey issued by specialty broker Ames & Gough.

The BI Top 10

Published July 15, 2016 - 10:51am CST

A health care insurer shutdown and soon-to-come decisions over health insurer mergers are among our most read features.

Specialty broker partners with private equity firm

By: Rob Lenihan

Published July 14, 2016 - 3:48pm CST

Dallas-based U.S. Risk Insurance Group Inc. has entered into a definitive agreement with Kohlberg & Co. L.L.C. for a “significant transaction and partnership” with the Mount Kisco, New York-based private equity firm.

Insurance broker Alliant buys 'fantastic platform,' plans expansion

By: Rob Lenihan

Published July 13, 2016 - 9:31am CST

Alliant bought Mesirow Insurance Services, which has about $100 million in U.S. insurance brokerage revenues.

Justice Department nearing decision on health insurer mergers

By: Shelby Livingston

Published July 12, 2016 - 5:11pm CST

Federal antitrust regulators could soon approve or deny the Aetna-Humana and Anthem-Cigna deals that were struck last year.

Benefits agency adds to regional footprint with acquisition

By: Joyce Famakinwa

Published July 12, 2016 - 2:22pm CST

Employee benefits agency Digital Benefit Advisors, Atlanta, on Tuesday said it has acquired Alpharetta, Georgia-based benefits consulting firm USBC L.L.C.

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