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Pfizer to buy botox maker in $160 billion deal

By: Thomson Reuters

Published November 23, 2015 - 9:45am CST

(Reuters) — Pfizer Inc., the maker of Viagra and Lipitor, has struck a deal to buy Botox-maker Allergan PLC. in a transaction valued at about $160 billion.

Munich Re's primary insurance group selling Italian unit

By: Sarah Veysey

Published November 23, 2015 - 8:53am CST

The Ergo Insurance Group, the primary insurance arm of Munich Reinsurance Co., said Monday that it is selling its Italian subsidiary to private equity firm Cinven Ltd.

Shareholders giving Willis cold shoulder

By: Mark A. Hofmann

Published November 22, 2015 - 6:00am CST

Towers Watson vote in $18 billion takeover still shaky despite delay until Dec. 11.

North American selloff could save broker

By: Matthew Lerner

Published November 22, 2015 - 6:00am CST

Cooper Gay Swett & Crawford Ltd.'s plan to sell most of its North American business, including wholesale brokerage Swett & Crawford, may be the most prudent move for the company's survival, observers say.

Tour operations insurer consolidates products, rebrands

By: Joyce Famakinwa

Published November 20, 2015 - 2:24pm CST

NSI Insurance Group has consolidated its cruise excursion and tour operator insurance products under the Excursioninsurance.com brand.

Week in pictures

Published November 20, 2015 - 12:03pm CST

Global terrorism takes center stage in the Business Insurance week in pictures.

Ace, Chubb unveil leadership roles; name Asia, Latin America leaders

By: Matthew Lerner

Published November 20, 2015 - 10:51am CST

Ace COO adds to resume as insurers continue to work toward closing of merger set for first quarter.

Towers Watson stalls Willis merger vote; shareholder wants more

By: Mark A. Hofmann

Published November 19, 2015 - 1:24pm CST

Towers Watson has further delayed its special shareholders meeting on its proposed merger with Willis Group Holdings, but says a vote will happen no later than Dec. 16.

Mutual insurer acquires medical malpractice provider

By: Joyce Famakinwa

Published November 19, 2015 - 10:48am CST

Norcal Mutual Insurance Co. said Wednesday that it has signed an agreement to acquire FD Insurance.

Towers Watson doubles special dividend to $10

By: Thomson Reuters

Published November 19, 2015 - 8:54am CST

(Reuters) — Financial services provider Towers Watson & Co. more than doubled its special dividend after shareholders rejected its $18 billion merger with insurance broker Willis Group Holdings P.L.C.

Brown & Brown acquires portion of Florida agency

By: Joyce Famakinwa

Published November 18, 2015 - 2:37pm CST

Brown & Brown Inc. said Tuesday, that it has acquired certain assets of insurance counseling firm Bentrust Insurance Group.

Willis considers raising special dividend for Towers Watson: Source

By: Thomson Reuters

Published November 18, 2015 - 9:29am CST

Willis Group may sweeten its offer for Towers Watson after failing to muster enough shareholder support for the proposed $18 billion merger.

S&P acts swiftly after Cooper Gay Swett & Crawford sale bombshell

By: Matthew Lerner

Published November 17, 2015 - 11:24am CST

Rating agency wastes no time in placing the broker under review.

Ryan Specialty Group acquires London managing general agency

By: Joyce Famakinwa

Published November 16, 2015 - 2:49pm CST

Chicago-based Ryan Specialty Group L.L.C. on Monday said it has acquired Hunter George & Partners Ltd.

Willis reinforces its support of merger with Towers Watson

By: Sheena Harrison

Published November 13, 2015 - 10:38am CST

Despite criticism, insurance broker urges shareholders to vote in favor of the $18 billion deal Wednesday.

Week in pictures

Published November 13, 2015 - 9:58am CST

Brazil takes the lead in the Business Insurance week in pictures. But there's much more.

Consumer coalition forms to fight health insurer mergers

Published November 12, 2015 - 9:47am CST

Two U.S. consumer groups have teamed up with New York labor unions to convince antitrust regulators that too much consolidation is not a good thing.

Investor dubs proposed Willis, Towers Watson merger terms as 'predatory'

By: Mark A. Hofmann

Published November 11, 2015 - 12:22pm CST

Driehaus Capital Management turns up the rhetoric in its opposition to the proposed $18 billion deal.

Low interest rates, rising equities boost global insurer mergers

By: Mark A. Hofmann

Published November 10, 2015 - 1:22pm CST

Global insurer mergers and acquisitions are at the highest level in recent years and are likely to continue at that rate, Moody’s Investors Service Inc. said Tuesday

Mercer to acquire Brazilian consulting firm

By: Rob Kozlowski , Pensions & Investments

Published November 09, 2015 - 12:33pm CST

Mercer announced Monday it is acquiring Brazilian actuarial consulting and auditing firm GAMA Consultores Associados.

PBMs wed with promise of savings

By: Shelby Livingston

Published November 08, 2015 - 6:00am CST

Pharmacy benefit managers will likely gain power and clout from the recent merger mania within their ranks, but the employers that work with them may not be so lucky.

Quarterly loss, Icahn keep things roiling at AIG

By: Mark A. Hofmann

Published November 08, 2015 - 6:00am CST

American International Group Inc. has undergone many changes in the seven years since its near-collapse and, one way or another, it's about endure some more.

Cigna reports positive results for third quarter

By: Matt Dunning

Published November 06, 2015 - 2:56pm CST

Cigna Corp. on Friday reported moderate gains in revenue and profit in the third quarter of 2015, driven mainly by growth in the health insurer's government-sponsored and commercial self-insured accounts.

Brokerage CEO steps down following acquisition

By: Donna Mahoney

Published November 06, 2015 - 12:07pm CST

Jonathan Turnbull will step down as CEO of Lloyd's of London broker RFIB Holdings Ltd. and will be replaced by Dennis Mahoney, a longtime London market executive, the brokerage announced Friday.

Willis defends Towers deal following criticism

By: Matthew Lerner

Published November 06, 2015 - 11:30am CST

Despite critical opinion, Institutional Shareholder Services has mixed opinions on Willis Group's proposed merger with Towers Watson.

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