Panama: Bank Buys Insurance Company

The purchase of Optima Insurance Company by Capital Bank was confirmed by executives of the insurance firm and now the only thing pending is the formal approval of the Insurance and Reinsurance Regulator.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Prior to purchase, 10% of the insurance company was in the hands of Capital Bank, which has now become the sole owner of the insurance firm, which up to September 2014 managed premiums totaling $20 million.

Carlos Tribaldos, CEO of Optima Insurance Company, told that "... One of the objectives of the bank was to gain a greater share percentage, in order to expand its range of financial services."

Tribaldos said that "... The insurance company will keep the same business strategy, only that it will venture into the field of individual life policies starting next year."

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