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  1. August 1, 2014

    Axa accuses markets of overestimating low interest rates’ impact

    The markets are overestimating the negative impact of continued low interest rates on profits at Axa, according to the...

  2. February 21, 2013

    French bosses admit business fears valid

    The bosses of several of France’s biggest companies have weighed in to the controversy over comments by the head of a US...

  1. February 21, 2013

    Axa chief weighs in on French output

    The head of Axa, one of France’s biggest companies, weighed into the controversy over comments by the head of a US tyremaker...

  2. November 7, 2012

    French business leaders question tax breaks

    Two of France’s most senior business leaders, Patrick Kron and Henri de Castries, have raised doubts about how far its...

  3. September 30, 2012

    Deans capitalise on the China connection

    On the window sill in Qian Yingyi’s Beijing office, a framed photo of Jamie Dimon, chief executive of JPMorgan Chase, sits...

  4. August 5, 2012

    Allianz / Axa – they can work it out

    There was a time when Axa chief executive Henri de Castries could do no wrong in investors’ eyes, as the French insurer...

  5. August 3, 2012

    Axa on track to meet five-year targets

    Axa reported first-half profits that beat expectations as Europe’s second-largest insurer by market value said it was on...

  6. July 9, 2012

    Axa aims to find catalyst for change

    Ask Henri de Castries what he thinks about Europe’s seemingly never-ending crisis and its impact on Axa, and the chairman...

  7. March 7, 2012

    HSBC agrees $900m sale of insurance units

    HSBC has agreed to sell its general insurance businesses in Asia and Latin America in a split deal between Axa of France and...

  8. February 16, 2012

    Insurers’ earnings hit by eurozone crisis

    Axa and Zurich Financial Services underscored the pressure that Europe’s big composite insurers have endured as the...

  9. February 16, 2012

    ‘The focus on qualifications means I might not get a job’

    Paul Evans is worried. He fears that future generations are being prevented from achieving their career goals because of a...

  10. August 4, 2011

    Asset sales boost for Axa

    Axa saw its net income more than quadruple in the first six months of the year as Europe’s second-largest insurer by market...

  11. June 1, 2011

    Axa sells Canadian unit for C$2.6bn

    Axa has signalled a further partial retreat from maturing western insurance markets after announcing the sale of its...

  12. June 1, 2011

    Axa: Asia here we come

    Axa’s C$2.6bn sale of its Canadian insurance businesses to Intact Financial Corp, the country’s largest property and...

  13. March 23, 2011

    Axa set to complete delayed Asia deal

    Axa is finally set to take full control of its pan-Asian business almost 18 months after raising €2bn ($2.8bn) through a...

  14. March 9, 2011

    Case study: Axa’s rebranding

    The story. In 2005, Axa, the France-based insurance provider, had just celebrated 20 years of growth and become a world...

  15. February 17, 2011

    Axa results hit by UK life sell-off

    Axa, Europe’s second-biggest insurer, announced on Thursday that its 2010 profit dropped 24 per cent due to a loss on the...

  16. February 17, 2011

    BNP Paribas profits dented by Axa costs

    BNP Paribas missed analysts’ profit forecasts after taking a surprise €534m ($726m) impairment charge on the value of its...

  17. November 16, 2010

    Axa upbeat on bid with AMP for Asia-Pacific unit

    Axa said it was “confident” its latest joint bid with AMP, the Australian financial services group, for the French insurer’s...

  18. August 4, 2010

    Axa promotes UK chief to head French unit

    Axa Group promoted Nicolas Moreau, its UK chief executive, to lead its core French business on Wednesday in a move that some...

  19. June 15, 2010

    Axa calls it a day in UK life assurance

    Has it been the past two years of the global economic crisis, or simply good management - or even, perhaps, a mixture of the...

  20. March 31, 2010

    NAB and Axa in A$13bn deal for Asia assets

    National Australia Bank yesterday confirmed it had agreed to buy Axa's majority-owned Asia Pacific arm for A$13.3bn and sell...

  21. February 18, 2010

    New capital rules seen to threaten Europe

    Henri de Castries, Axa chief executive, warned regulators on Thursday that the level of prudence currently envisaged in the...

  22. December 17, 2009

    National Australia Bank / Axa Asia Pacific

    If Cameron Clyne was on Craig Dunn’s Christmas card list, he probably isn’t any more. Six months ago, Mr Clyne’s National...

  23. December 14, 2009

    Axa vs Axa Asia Pacific

    Buying out minorities is “a deal you can do any time”, Henri de Castries mused in 2006. “It’s the difference between a...

  24. November 10, 2009

    Axa tables A$11bn bid for Asia unit with AMP

    French insurer Axa and Australia's AMP have launched one of Asia's biggest unsolicited takeover bids of the year, tabling a...

  25. November 10, 2009

    Axa links with AMP on A$11bn Asia offer

    French insurer Axa and Australia's AMP have launched one of Asia's biggest unsolicited takeover bids of the year, tabling a...

  26. November 9, 2009

    Axa vs APH

    How do you make a gooseberry crumble? Axa, the world’s fourth-largest insurer, seemed to strike a great deal in 1995 when it...

  27. November 9, 2009

    Axa links with AMP on A$11bn Asia offer

    French insurer Axa and Australia’s AMP have launched one of Asia’s biggest unsolicited takeover bids of the year, tabling a...

  28. October 7, 2009

    De Castries is to take full charge of Axa

    Henri de Castries is to take full charge at the head of Axa by consolidating the role of chairman with his chief executive...

  29. September 28, 2009

    Europe urged to set accounting standards

    Europe should not lose the “chance of a generation” to establish global accounting standards, the head of the international...

  30. September 28, 2009

    Axa chief attacks IASB control of accounting rules

    Europe should not have handed over control of accounting rules to the London-based International Accounting Standards...

  31. September 27, 2009

    Axa chief attacks accounting rules switch

    Europe should not have handed over control of accounting rules to the London-based International Accounting Standards Board,...

  32. August 6, 2009

    French verve in UK insurance

    Insurance group Axa's successful navigation of the financial crisis to beat market profit expectations relied on its...

  33. August 6, 2009

    Axa eases rights issue concerns in spite of 39% slump in net income

    Axa assured investors it would not need to pursue a rights issue or put more money into its US business as it reported...

  34. August 6, 2009

    Axa warns of pension pay cuts

    Future pensioners were on Wednesday warned by Axa, the French insurer, that UK retirement incomes from annuities have been...

  35. August 5, 2009

    Axa eases rights issue worries

    Axa assured investors it would not need to pursue a rights issue or put more money into its US business as it reported...

  36. February 25, 2009

    Axa

    Time was when Axa could not put a foot wrong. The French insurer's chief executive, Henri de Castries, became the poster...

  37. February 24, 2009

    Axa

    Time was when Axa could not put a foot wrong. The French insurer’s chief executive, Henri de Castries, became the poster boy...

  38. FT Alphaville

    February 20, 2009

    Axa eyes share issue after loss

    Axa, Europe’s second-largest insurance group, reported its first interim loss for seven years on Thursday, slashed its 2008...

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