Italy

Discover which Aviva Group companies have been transacting insurance business in Italy over the past 150 years.

Country History

Norwich Union Italy prospectus

Norwich Union Italy prospectus, 1880s

1854

On June 22, the Northern Assurance Company, later part of the Commercial Union Assurance Company, opens an agency in Florence, under Thomas Waller and Dr Wilsoni.

1858

L’Abeille Bourguignonne, later part of Commercial Union, enters the Italian market but finds it difficult to generate business.

1868

On June 11, the Citizen Assurance Corporation, later part of the General Accident Fire & Life Assurance Corporation, starts to transact Italian life business.

1870

On September 18, the North British & Mercantile Insurance Company, later part of Commercial Union, is granted permission to transact business in the Italian Kingdom. The agent for the company, William Wingfield Bonnin, places a deposit of 100,000 lire to operate a general fire agency there.

1871

North British & Mercantile appoints Charles Fenzi agent for Florence. On February 10, Mr Fenzi undertakes his first business for the company.

1874

On January 18, North British & Mercantile appoints the Leopold Brothers as agents for Genoa.

1878

On March 12, Commercial Union appoints Messrs Mechescher & Gottleib of Vienna to undertake fire reinsurance business in Italy.

Norwich Union Italy prospectus

Norwich Union Italy prospectus, 1892

1881

North British & Mercantile ceases direct business in Italy.

1883

North British & Mercantile ceases all operations in Italy.

1887

On December 12, the Norwich Union Fire Insurance Society appoints Evan Mackenzie as reinsurance agent for Genoa.

1888

By this date, the South British Insurance Company, later part of General Accident, is also represented in Italy by Evan Mackenzie, whose address is Piazza T Lorenzo 15. On October 16, Commercial Union appoints Mackenzie as fire agent for Genoa.

1889

Commercial Union records a premium income for Italy of £58. On June 11, the Norwich Union Life Insurance Society appoints Baron Selig S Kusel as agent for Milan.

1890

Norwich Union Life expands its operations in Italy appointing Messrs E Leir and Cavaliere E. Biletta agent for Turin; Mr A R Franz agent for Rome; Messrs Pedevilla, Conzi and Preti agent for Genoa; Messrs A Morsto & Co agent for Naples; Edwardo de Zuccato agent for Venice; Eugenia Dammas agent for Spezzia and Giuseppe Appelius agent for Leghorn.

1891

On March 11, Baron Kusel signs a new agreement with Norwich Union Life which promises him an allowance of £900 per annum for expenses accrued in running the Italian business. The allowance is dependant on the Baron achieving new business worth a minimum of £100,000.

1892

The Palatine Insurance Company, later part of Commercial Union, appoints an agent in Italy for the first time. Commercial Union has achieved an annual premium income in Italy of £4,815 by this date. Norwich Union establishes its main agency at Palazzo Vechietti, Florence.

1889

Norwich Union Fire cancels its agreement with Evan MacKenzie as reinsurance agent.

1903

Norwich & London Accident Insurance Association, later part of the Norwich Union Fire, appoints Crespi Fabbri & Co manager for Italian accident business.

1910

Norwich Union Life now also employs the services of Crespi, Fabbri & Co as manager. The agency is located at Via Carlo Felice 7, Genoa.

1911

L’Abeille decides to transact insurance business in Italy again.

1920

On May 11, Commercial Union appoints Bevington, Vaisey & Foster as fire agents for Italy. Norwich Union Fire appoints the accident agent Mr Fabbri of Genoa as fire agent for Italy.

1921

By December 19, Norwich Union Fire has begun transacting marine business, under Mr Fabbri.

1923

On January 19, Commercial Union appoints Bevington, Vaisey & Foster marine agent for Milan.

1925

On July 27, Commercial Union appoints a new agent for Catania. By the end of the year, the company has opened two sub agencies for marine, at Lucca and Pisa, under Alberto Padetti.

1926

The Commercial Union agency for Milan is now under the management of Mr Dexter of Bevington, Vaisey & Foster.

1927

Commercial Union opens a branch in Milan.

1939

The Commercial Union marine department now has 12 agencies in Italy.

1940

Commercial Union appoints Bevington, Vaisey & Foster as accident agent. The Commercial Union office in Milan closes. The Norwich Union Fire portfolio is transferred to La Fondiaria.

1946

On November 22, the Northern appoints Liberty Societa Anglo Italiano as agent for Italy.

1947

On March 25, North British & Mercantile appoints G P Brizzolesi Ltd as agent for Genoa. Commercial Union agents Bevington, Vaisey & Foster are located at Corso Mattoetti 11, Milan by this date.

1965

Norwich Union Fire appoints Onello Apuzzo Assicurazioni agent for Italy.

1979

General Accident is authorised to write insurance business in Italy, excluding life, motor liability and bond and credit business.

1983

General Accident opens a branch at Via Brera 3, Milan, under Mr B Curzon.

1988

Commercial Union Italia is formed.

1989

Commercial Union Vita, a life company, is formed in an agreement with the Italian Credit Bank.

1990

Norwich Union Life operates via a subsidiary, Norwich Union Vita SpA while Norwich Union Fire acquires a new agency. Commercial Union establishes Commercial Union Italia SpA.

1995

Norwich Union Fire changes the name of its agency to Norwich Union Assicurazioni.

1998

Commercial Union Italia signs a bancassurance agreement with La Banca Popolare di Lodi, now Banca Popolare Italiana.

1999

A bancassurance agreement is signed with Banca delle Marche, later Gruppo Banca Marche.

2001

CGNU Holding Italia SpA is formed as an umbrella for the Aviva Group’s accident and life operations in Italy.

2002

CGNU Holdings Italia changes its name to Aviva Holding Italia SpA.

2003

The Aviva Group distributes its products through Banca Popolare Commercial e Industria e Carime

2004

A new bancassurance agreement is signed with Banca Popolare di Bergamo, later UBI.

2006

Commercial Union Italia SpA becomes Aviva Italia SpA.

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