The colourful history of Aviva Group companies in Romania includes the story of Mr Effingham Grant, an agent for the Northern who has a bridge named after him in Bucharest.
On 22 February Northern Assurance later part of Commercial Union, appoints Mr Effingham Grant agent at Bucharest. He is the British Consul to Romania married to Zoia daughter of Dinicu Golescu the well known Romania noble travel writer and journalist. His sister is married to Constantin Alexandri Rosetti. The Grant bridge (Podul Grant) near Gara de Nord is later named after him.
On 25 August North British & Mercantile, later part of Commercial Union, establishes and agency at Galatz (Galati) under Mr J C Brown, H.B.M, Consul and correspondent of the Ottoman Branch. The company also commences operations in Ibraila.
On 25 May Northern appoints William Campion agent for Kustendjie (Constants). In June Theolos & Carnegie are appointed agents for Ibraila (Braila) and Galatz (Galaţi).
On 13 January North British & Mercantile appoints Mr A Dinople as sub agent at Craiova under the Bucharest agent. On 9 June the board is informed of a new reinsurance contract with the ‘Northern’ for Romania.
North British & Mercantile has withdrawn from Bucharest, closing the agency of Mr Herz.
Commercial Union has established representation in Romania.
A joint venture by Commercial Union, Anglo Elementar (later part of Commercial Union) and the Excess Insurance Company creates the Britannia Anglo-Romanian Insurance Company.
The Norwich Union Fire Insurance Society appoints Dorna Vatera SA Romana de Asigurai as agent for Romania.
Norwich Union Fire withdraws from Romania.
In October, CGNU launches Commercial Union Asigurari de Viata in Romania.
In June, Commercial Union Asigurari de Viata is rebranded as Aviva.
In January Aviva announces the sale of Aviva Romania Life & Pensions to MetLife Inc.