Wednesday, May 16, 2007

HDFC buys out Chubb in insurance JV

HDFC bought out the 26% stake of Chinese insurance major in the JV whose book value expected to be around Rs100 crores would make the deal worth Rs 26 crore.The General Insurance Venture was set up in 2001.

The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority(IRDA) has been approached by HDFC to clear the Buy-Out.Ergo,the German reinsurance company is speculated to be the lead runner in the race to pick up the Chubb stake,till then,as the HDFC authorities say the JV will be fully owned by them.

Indian insurance regulations limits foreign institutions to own a maximum of 26% stake in insurance ventures.The limit might be raised to 49% but not without political opposition.

Source: Mint

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