CPPIB to buy Ascot, AIG’S Lloyd’s of London platform: Reuters

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board said it would buy Ascot, American International Group‘s (AIG.N) Lloyd’s of London platform, in a deal valued at about US$1.1 billion, as it pushes to expand its global presence.

The deal, which includes the acquisition of Ascot Underwriting Ltd and Ascot Corporate Name Ltd, will provide “durable cash yield and an attractive scalable investment for the fund,” CPPIB said on Friday.

The US$1.1 billion includes CPPIB’s recapitalization of Ascot Syndicate 1414‘s capital requirements, AIG said.

Each member on the Lloyd’s of London insurance platform is required to provide capital as security to support its total Lloyd’s underwriting business.

Ascot will continue to operate as a standalone, independent business governed by its own board of directors and will retain its entire senior management team, led by CEO Andrew Brooks.

Update: The Wall Street Journal reported in August that AIG was in talks to sell the Lloyd’s insurance business to CPPIB.

CPPIB’s point man on the Ascot acquisition is Ryan Selwood. The deal is Selwood’s first since being appointed managing director and head of direct private equity this week.

Selwood replaced Shane Feeney, who was named head of CPPIB’s private investments group.

(Reporting by Arathy S Nair and Richa Naidu in Bengaluru; Editing by Maju Samuel)

(This story has been edited by Kirk Falconer, editor of PE Hub Canada)

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