Aviva rejects approach from RSA
It has today been revealed by Sky news that UK insurance companies Aviva and RSA have been in communication regarding a potential sale of the Aviva general insurance division. It is believed that RSA made an offer of around £5 billion for the operation which was immediately rebuffed by Aviva. It is not clear why the approach was not publicised at the time, reported to have been last month, but the news has most certainly shaken up the UK insurance sector.
While there has been no further communication between the two parties since the initial approach it is believed that RSA may well come back with a higher offer which Aviva may well have to consider "in public". There have been many rumours and counter rumours within the UK insurance sector for some time now and many believe it is inevitable there will be an exchange of assets between various UK operations. Indeed the Prudential was itself recently the subject of takeover rumours after the company's failed bid for AIG's Far East operation.
At a time when takeovers and mergers in the UK are few and far between, all eyes will be on the insurance sector awaiting further news and further developments.
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