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Allianz Sells Private Bank OLB to Private Equity Firm Apollo for $336M

German insurer Allianz said it had agreed to sell its 90 percent stake in private bank Oldenburgische Landesbank (OLB) to U.S. private equity firm Apollo for 300 million euros ($336 million). Apollo, which is consolidating the northern German banking market

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Everest Re Taps Hiscox’s Kelly to Lead International Casualty Facultative Unit

Everest Re Group, Ltd. announced that Matthew Kelly has joined the group as vice president and head of the Reinsurance Division’s International Casualty Facultative unit and is based in Everest Re’s Miami Office. He will be responsible for worldwide casualty

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Whirlpool Fridge Started London’s Grenfell Tower Fire that Killed at Least 79

A deadly fire that killed at least 79 people in a London tower block started in a Whirlpool Corp. fridge and spread at “unexpected speed” through the building’s exterior cladding, police said, indicating they’ll pursue charges if criminal offenses are

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Planned Sale of Israel’s Phoenix Holdings to China’s Yango Is Scrapped

Israeli energy conglomerate Delek said its planned sale of a controlling stake in Israeli insurer Phoenix Holdings to China’s Fujian Yango Group has been called off by both sides after it failed to secure regulatory approval. It did not give

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As Agents’ Needs Change and Startups Emerge, Big ‘I’ Looks to Remain Relevant

Spencer Houldin is chairman of the nation’s largest and oldest agents’ association, the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America (Big “I”). He is also co-president of the family-run Ericson Insurance Advisors, an 80-year old agency serving the greater New

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