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Canadian insurer to acquire BIDV Insurance stake

Update: May, 06/2015 - 08:01

Representatives of BIDV Insurance and Fairfax Asia sign a contract in Ha Noi on May 4. — Photo

HA NOI (VNS) — Canada's Fairfax Asia Limited will acquire some 41 million shares, or 35 per cent, of BIDV Insurance Corporation, thus becoming a strategic investor in the firm.

The two parties signed a contract at BIDV Insurance headquarters in Ha Noi on May 4. Officials said they expect to carry out the sale in the third quarter of this year, adding that this process would depend upon the approval of Vietnamese authorities.

Fairfax Asia is a subsidiary of Toronto-based global insurer and reinsurer Fairfax Financial Holdings. After completing the acquisition, Fairfax will have two members on the management board and two on the supervisory board of BIDV Insurance.

The Canadian partner is to provide BIDV Insurance with technical assistance related to underwriting, investment and risk management, as well as information technology and the development of distribution channels. — VNS

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