ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Helen Burggraf

Helen Burggraf is Chief Correspondent for International Investment. She is a US-trained journalist who has worked in Rome, New York City and London, covering among other things the fashion and retailing industries, the global drinking water and water-treatment sector, private equity, and most recently, the international cross-border financial services/advice industry.

Aetna Int’l in ‘strategic partnership’ with France’s Humanis

By: Helen Burggraf | 25 Apr 2018

Aetna International, the international arm of Hartford, Connecticut-based, NYSE-listed health insurance giant Aetna, said it has signed a strategic partnership agreement with Humanis, a French insurance group…

China, Brazil and Turkey ‘most complex jurisdictions’: report

By: Helen Burggraf | 24 Apr 2018

The most challenging country on earth in which to be an accounting and tax compliance professional at the present time is China, a new survey has revealed,…

Lyxor: ‘Active managers fared fairly well in 2017’ – challenges ahead

By: Adrien Paredes-Vanheule | 24 Apr 2018

Research published today by Lyxor Asset Management, the French fund manager, reveals that active managers “fared fairly well” in 2017, particularly compared with their performance a year…

IoM’s Boal & Co unveils ‘pension freedom’ product

By: Helen Burggraf | 24 Apr 2018

Boal & Co, the Isle of Man-based retirement products provider and administrator, has announced the launch of a new product it says is designed to enable IoM…

Ventura to succeed Fregonese as Carmignac’s global head of sales

By: Helen Burggraf And Adrien Paredes-Vanheule | 24 Apr 2018

Carmignac Gestion, the Paris-based, €55bn-plus investment house, has promoted Giorgio Ventura, to head of its global sales operations, succeeding Davide Fragonese, who has left the company. Fragonese…

Generali to sell Belgian arm for €540m

By: Eugenia Jimenez | 23 Apr 2018

Trieste, Italy-based Generali Group has agreed to sell its Belgian business to Bermuda-based Athora Holding for €540m. The transaction will generate a capital gain of about €150m…

Insurance Australia Group to sell its Asia businesses in ‘retreat’: report

By: Helen Burggraf | 23 Apr 2018

Insurance Australia Group, the Sydney-based, Australian Securities Exchange-listed multi-national insurer, is preparing to sell its four Southeast Asian businesses, following a review of its operation, according to…

Ashburton unveils partnership with Fidelity Int’l on multi asset

By: Helen Burggraf | 23 Apr 2018

Ashburton Investments, the asset management arm of the FirstRand Group, has entered a strategic partnership with Fidelity International, the $324bn global asset manager, the companies announced today.…

US investment industry, gov’t embark on ‘best interest’ debate

By: Helen Burggraf And Christopher Copper-Ind | 23 Apr 2018

Ever since the publication last Wednesday by Securities and Exchange Commission chairman Jay Clayton of a proposed overhaul of the way US financial advisers deliver advice to…

LatAm states pledge to tackle corruption at summit

By: Helen Burggraf | 18 Apr 2018

Leaders of Latin American states pledged to tackle the endemic corruption that has been holding back many of the region’s countries, at a weekend summit in Lima.…

IMF report expresses doubt NZ’s foreign home buyers ban strategy would work

By: Helen Burggraf | 18 Apr 2018

An International Monetary Fund staff report has expressed doubt that New Zealand’s much-debated ban on the sale of certain homes to “non-residents” would have “a significant impact…

UK-based advisory firm: Mortgage biz on FSCS default list ‘dissolved in 2014’

By: Helen Burggraf | 18 Apr 2018

Blevins Franks Financial Management Ltd, one of the longest-established advisory firms specialising in looking after expatriate British nationals, said it has contacted the Financial Services Compensation Scheme…

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