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    1. January 12, 2016

      The riff: Rupert Murdoch, Jerry Hall and the pangs of love

      Congratulations to Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall on their engagement and on the conventional path of their courtship: a...

    2. FT Alphaville

      December 7, 2015

      FT Opening Quote - UK insurers earn BoE pass

      Big insurers will be relieved the Bank of England has accepted their internal capital models as they count the cost of...

    1. November 5, 2015

      RSA and Zurich: capital ideas

      Start by making some assumptions about Zurich and its UK rival RSA, which the Swiss insurer tried to buy in the summer....

    2. November 5, 2015

      Stephen Hester insists future is bright for RSA

      RSA chief executive Stephen Hester has insisted the “future is bright” even as price competition and the strong pound...

    3. September 21, 2015

      Hester loses chance to hobnob with Zurich

      The personal assistant of Stephen Hester at RSA Insurance, calls the PA of Martin Senn at Zurich Insurance.* PA1: Just...

    4. September 21, 2015

      Zurich withdrawal puts RSA and chief’s future under spotlight

      Zurich Insurance’s U-turn on acquiring RSA Group has raised questions over the UK insurer’s future as a standalone...

    5. September 21, 2015

      Zurich abandons bid for RSA

      Zurich Insurance has abandoned plans to buy the UK’s RSA group, saying it wanted to focus instead on rectifying a...

    6. September 9, 2015

      Executive pay battle half-won, not lost

      Over the past three years, the FTSE 100 index has risen a measly 6 per cent. Yet the chief executives in charge of the...

    7. September 8, 2015

      RSA sells Latin American assets to Sura

      RSA has sold its Latin American unit to Colombia’s Grupo Sura for £403m in cash as the FTSE 100 insurer prepares for...

    8. August 28, 2015

      Week in Review, August 29

      A round up of some of the week’s most significant corporate events and news stories. New alliance beckons for RSA with...

    9. August 28, 2015

      Princely sums: pay can sometimes seem to reward failure

      Nice work if you can get it. So thought this columnist, 20 years ago, on being paid £45 by a broadcaster to monitor...

    10. August 25, 2015

      Zurich bid for RSA leaves Hester on the move again

      Little more than 18 months since Stephen Hester was ejected from Royal Bank of Scotland before his revival efforts were...

    11. August 25, 2015

      RSA set to agree £5.6bn Zurich bid

      RSA chief executive Stephen Hester is in line to scoop more than £8.5m after eliciting a £5.6bn bid proposal for the...

    12. FT Alphaville

      August 25, 2015

      FT Opening Quote - Zurich tables £5.6bn RSA offer

      RSA seems willing to accept Zurich’s latest offer in turbulent markets and Poundland faces no quid pro quo for its 99p...

    13. August 9, 2015

      Zurich targets savings from RSA reinsurance bill

      Zurich Insurance is drawing up plans to slash hundreds of millions of pounds from prospective takeover target RSA’s...

    14. August 6, 2015

      Robust results fortify RSA ahead of possible Zurich bid

      Stephen Hester could hardly resist. RSA’s chief executive spent much of Thursday heralding the UK insurer’s...

    15. August 6, 2015

      RSA / Zurich: a mountain for the Swiss

      First, the easy part. UK-based insurer RSA would make a wonderful fit for Swiss rival Zurich. The latter has $3bn of...

    16. August 6, 2015

      RSA: a fox bolts for cover

      Tally ho! Sometime fox hunter Stephen Hester finds himself the quarry as Zurich Insurance considers a £5bn-plus bid for...

    17. August 6, 2015

      RSA’s Hester signals he will seek a hard bargain from Zurich

      Stephen Hester, RSA’s chief executive, has signalled he will drive a hard bargain from prospective bidder Zurich,...

    18. FT Alphaville

      August 4, 2015

      FT Opening Quote - RBS 5.4% freer of government interference

      The UK government’s stake sale in RBS may mark the end of its meddling in the bank’s affairs, JustEat has 57 per cent...

    19. August 3, 2015

      Royal Bank of Scotland fortunes ebbed and flowed under 3 chiefs

      As the British government begins the process of selling £2bn of its shares in Royal Bank of Scotland, we take a look at...

    20. August 2, 2015

      Stephen Hester prepares to strengthen hand as Zurich circles RSA

      Stephen Hester is preparing to persuade investors in RSA that his efforts to transform the FTSE 100 insurer are bearing...

    21. July 31, 2015

      City Insider: PR groups fight over Barclays

      Barclays: Spin wars Two of the City’s heavyweight spin-doctors are going head to head in a battle to advise Barclays on...

    22. July 29, 2015

      Zurich Insurance says any offer for RSA might be in cash only

      Zurich Insurance has signalled it is serious about launching a takeover bid for UK rival RSA after the Swiss group said...

    23. July 28, 2015

      Zurich raises prospect of clean RSA exit for Hester

      Stephen Hester spent five years trying to revive the fortunes of crisis-hit Royal Bank of Scotland before political...

    24. July 28, 2015

      Zurich / RSA: just looking

      First let someone do the dirty work, then pounce. Zurich Insurance Group says it is evaluating an offer for RSA. Good...

    25. July 28, 2015

      Zurich targets rival RSA after Hester’s turnround struggle

      Zurich Insurance is drawing up plans to buy UK rival RSA, in a deal that would allow the target’s boss Stephen Hester...

    26. May 8, 2015

      Investors give RSA a bloody nose over Stephen Hester’s pay plan

      Investors in RSA gave the board a bloody nose on Friday when a third of votes at the insurer’s annual meeting failed to...

    27. May 7, 2015

      RSA: clouding over

      It is the quintessential British experience. You awake to bright sunshine, but by the time you leave the house the sky...

    28. May 7, 2015

      Leading RSA investors back Hester turnround plan

      Leading investors in RSA have signalled they are prepared to give Stephen Hester time to turn around the insurer as its...

    29. May 4, 2015

      Pressed RSA chief Stephen Hester faces new fight — over his pay

      “I hate not winning, I hate it," Stephen Hester said towards the end of his tenure as chief executive of Royal Bank of...

    30. March 23, 2015

      RSA’s Hester awarded two-thirds of bonus despite missing targets

      Stephen Hester, chief executive of RSA, has been awarded two-thirds of his potential annual bonus even though the FTSE...

    31. March 16, 2015

      RSA considers Latin America sale

      RSA is considering a sale of its Latin America business in what would be the largest disposal yet by the UK insurer’s...

    32. March 6, 2015

      RBS job cuts draw attention to number that are still there

      When news broke that Royal Bank of Scotland was planning to cut 14,000 investment banking jobs, the biggest surprise...

    33. March 5, 2015

      George Osborne admits RBS error and calls for early sale

      George Osborne says he made a mistake in not radically restructuring state-controlled Royal Bank of Scotland in 2010,...

    34. March 1, 2015

      RSA Insurance cautions pension liabilities could affect break-up

      RSA Insurance's multibillion-pound pensions liabilities are putting the insurer off a break-up as it could be forced to...

    35. February 26, 2015

      What can StanChart expect from Bill?

      A pundit briefs a bystander on Standard Chartered’s board shake-up: Pundit: Exciting news! Bill Winters has been...

    36. February 26, 2015

      Worries over RSA’s financial headroom rekindled by results

      Concerns about RSA’s financial headroom were rekindled on Thursday as results underscored how low interest rates and...

    37. February 22, 2015

      Hester to unveil deeper RSA cost cuts

      Stephen Hester is preparing to disclose a bolder cost-cutting plan at RSA Insurance as the FTSE 100 company’s chief...

    38. November 18, 2014

      Citizens’ Van Saun sees opportunity after RBS

      Bruce Van Saun says he “lived in a fishbowl” for much of his four-year stint as finance director of Royal Bank of...

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