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    1. December 5, 2014

      Aviva eyes Friends Provident International assets

      Aviva is considering absorbing parts of Friends Life’s Asia operations, which the takeover target planned to sell, when the...

    2. December 2, 2014

      Work to do before Aviva investors welcome Friends

      For investors in a target company, all-share takeovers lack the pleasing finality of a cash bid for investors. Shareholders...

    1. December 2, 2014

      Aviva agrees £5bn takeover of Friends Life

      The chief executive of Aviva has pledged to assimilate its takeover target Friends Life with “almost surgical precision”...

    2. November 28, 2014

      The elusive efficiency gains of insurance sector M&A

      There is nothing quite like the prospect of “efficiency gains” to persuade shareholders that an ambitious takeover is worth...

    3. November 24, 2014

      Aviva must show Friends is more than just a round of sandwiches

      Aviva’s proposed tie-up with Friends Life smacks of those times when you pop out for a snack and return with a cheese...

    4. November 24, 2014

      Mark Wilson kept AIA afloat through financial crisis

      Aviva turned to Mark Wilson in 2012 after the removal of chief executive Andrew Moss amid an investor revolt over the size...

    5. November 23, 2014

      Aviva: Friends for life

      Mark Wilson, as Meghan Trainor might say, is all about the cash. Not deals. Since the New Zealander became chief executive...

    6. November 23, 2014

      Aviva poised to make new Friends

      When Mark Wilson was hired to run Aviva after a shareholder revolt over executive pay and poor performance forced out his...

    7. November 21, 2014

      Aviva closes in on deal to buy Friends Life

      Aviva has reached a preliminary deal to buy its smaller FTSE 100 rival Friends Life for £5.6bn, in a sign of how George...

    8. October 30, 2014

      Aviva brushes aside collapse in annuity sales

      Aviva has brushed aside a collapse in annuity sales caused by the UK government’s overhaul of the pensions system as well as...

    9. September 21, 2014

      Father of Gars moves to kill Aviva’s complexity

      Euan Munro must be a glutton for punishment. As the architect of Standard Life Investments’ wildly successful £34bn absolute...

    10. August 17, 2014

      UK life and pensions industry hit by drop in annuities sales

      It is not easy to spot from a quick glance at some of the insurers’ recent financial results, but Britain’s life and...

    11. August 14, 2014

      Partnership pensions group hits back on financial stability fears

      Partnership, the annuity specialist whose shares have dropped 60 per cent since George Osborne unveiled his pensions...

    12. August 7, 2014

      A tale of two turnrounds

      On Thursday, within minutes of each other, Mark Wilson at Aviva and Stephen Hester at RSA updated investors on the progress...

    13. August 7, 2014

      Viking raiders will bring Norse sense to company votes

      “From the wrath of the Northmen, oh lord, deliver us,” were the words gabbled by Dark Age peasants in hopes of warding off...

    14. June 26, 2014

      Aviva chief poaches another former colleague

      Mark Wilson, chief executive of Aviva, has drafted in yet another of his former colleagues to a senior management position,...

    15. June 10, 2014

      Better life for insurers as pensions megadeals take off

      Another month, another pensions insurance megadeal. Total this week unveiled an agreement to insure three-fifths of its...

    16. May 25, 2014

      Aviva chief warns on pensions insurance returns

      The returns insurers can generate doing deals with corporate pension schemes are set to come under pressure, the head of...

    17. March 24, 2014

      Aviva chief rues employee dissatisfaction and weak customer service

      Dissatisfaction among employees and weak customer service at Aviva have cost the insurer’s chief executive hundreds of...

    18. March 6, 2014

      Aviva beats profit forecasts despite dealing breach

      The chief executive of Aviva has said he is “100 per cent certain” that alleged misconduct at its fund management arm, which...

    19. March 6, 2014

      Aviva: unblocking the pipes

      In the UK it was Heath Robinson. In the US, Rube Goldberg. At Aviva, it was management. The first two kept their nonsensical...

    20. February 28, 2014

      Aviva chief scoops up Stoddard from Blackstone as finance chief

      Mark Wilson, chief executive of Aviva, has poached another associate from his time working in Asia, appointing a leading...

    21. January 23, 2014

      Aviva finance head Pat Regan quits to join Australian insurer QBE

      The highest profile executive at Aviva to have kept his job during the insurer's recent management overhaul has quit, after...

    22. January 9, 2014

      M&S results not bad enough to cook Marc Bolland’s Christmas goose

      There is a limit to how long you can go on reporting “signs of recovery” in a troubled business. Yet Marc Bolland, the...

    23. November 7, 2013

      Insurer escapes lightly from storm costs

      Insurance companies make their own luck, the chief executive of Aviva indicated after it estimated the storm that struck...

    24. FT Photo Diary

      October 10, 2013

      Countdown to the US debt ceiling

      Mark Wilson/Getty Images A protester wears a US President Barack Obama figure during a rally to urge Congress to end the...

    25. FT Photo Diary

      October 10, 2013

      Jack Lew gives evidence

      Mark Wilson/Getty Images Treasury secretary Jack Lew testifies at the Senate finance committee hearing on Capitol Hill,...

    26. September 24, 2013

      Aviva division head leaves after year in job

      The head of one of Aviva’s biggest divisions is leaving the FTSE 100 insurer after little more than a year in the job in the...

    27. August 30, 2013

      Aviva falls after ‘sell’ advice

      Profit taking weighed on Aviva yesterday as the London market chalked up its fourth straight weekly fall. Aviva lost 2.5 per...

    28. August 14, 2013

      Dividend hopes push Aviva to two-year high

      Aviva hit a two-year high amid hopes that the insurer would move earlier than expected to restore a dividend cut. Progress...

    29. August 8, 2013

      After shock and awe, Aviva must build esprit de corps

      Other people are more likely to give you a break if you rarely allow yourself one. That is the philosophy of Mark Wilson,...

    30. August 8, 2013

      Aviva reassures on US disposal

      Aviva has drawn up contingency plans to ensure regulatory scrutiny does not prevent the sale its US business, its chief...

    31. July 24, 2013

      Data sharing would help to neutralise the cyber threat

      The threat of computer hacking is one of the critical business issues of our age. A shadowy army of geeks probes corporate...

    32. July 19, 2013

      Munro to head Aviva asset management unit

      Aviva has named Euan Munro as chief executive of its global asset management arm as part of the insurer’s plans to overhaul...

    33. July 19, 2013

      Aviva concludes hunt for fund head

      Aviva, the insurance group, has appointed Euan Munro as the new chief executive of its underperforming fund management...

    34. FT Photo Diary

      June 26, 2013

      Celebrations after Doma is ruled unconstitutional

      Mark Wilson/Getty Married couple Michael Knaapen (left) and John Becker kiss on Wednesday after hearing the US Supreme Court...

    35. FT Photo Diary

      June 24, 2013

      David Baker protests at the US Supreme Court

      Mark Wilson/Getty A police officer asks gay marriage advocate David Baker for a photo ID as he holds a pro gay marriage sign...

    36. May 17, 2013

      Aviva steps up drive for cost cuts

      The new chief executive of Aviva has indicated that the insurer – which slashed its dividend this year – is planning to cut...

    37. May 9, 2013

      Aviva stems fresh rebellion over finance chief’s share deal

      Aviva’s chairman has defended the award of some £500,000 in shares to its finance director in the face of criticism from...

    38. April 18, 2013

      Aviva plan to axe 2,000 jobs criticised

      Aviva has come under fierce criticism from unions after the insurance group unveiled plans to reduce redundancy packages for...

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