GAN Eurocourtage business could be broken up

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Allianz has entered into exclusive talks with Groupama over a possible acquisition of its GAN Eurocourtage unit.

According to Reuters, the companies said the talks excluded GAN’s transport insurance arm, but did not elaborate or put a value on the potential deal.

The potential sale of the insurance broking business could lead to a break-up of GAN Eurocourtage as there is no plan yet for a sale of the business as a whole, according to Reuters.

“They (Allianz) might not take over the legal entity,” said a person familiar with the sale process. “Groupama accelerated the auction amid growing macro uncertainty.”

Allianz has overtaken rival bidders that include a consortium of Swiss Re and private equity firms Apax and PAI Partners, which had offered about €600m for GAN Eurocourtage and were seen as frontrunners, the report said.

Groupama is looking to sell a number of assets after high exposures to Eurozone debt pushed it into a €1.8bn loss in 2011.

Groupama’s UK operations, including Groupama Insurances and broking group GUK Broking Services, is attracting a lot of  interest from private equity and trade buyers.

Groupama also put its Spanish insurance business up for sale, which is worth about €500m. The insurer’s Turkish insurance business could be the next asset on the block.