Discover which Aviva Group companies have been transacting insurance business in Spain over the past 150 years.
By this year, L’Abeille, later part of the Commercial Union Assurance Company, has established operations in Spain.
In June, the Northern Assurance Company, later part of Commercial Union, appoints Reed & Murrey agent for the Canary Islands. The North British & Mercantile Insurance Company, later part of Commercial Union, has operations in Tenerife by now.
In December, Northern appoints Daniel McPherson agent for Cadiz.
North British & Mercantile appoints Messrs Adolfo Pries & Co as agent for Barcelona.
North British & Mercantile has operations in Madrid and Malaga.
North British & Mercantile appoints Adolfo Pries & Co as agent for Malaga.
In April, the Northern appoints Adolfo Rittwagen as agent for Malaga.
In September, the Northern appoints Mr R de Basterra as agent for Bilbao.
On 10 October, Commercial Union is granted authority to operate in Spain. The company appoints Robertson McKinnell & Co as fire agent for Barcelona.
The Commercial Union branch at Barcelona is now managed by Ignacio Olarte and Mr. Francisco Javier Lluch.
In June, the Northern appoints A & J Verdejo Ramirez agent for Almena, William Anderson & Company agent for Seville and Raymundo & Company agent for Alicante. In July, the company appoints Heywoods & Orchardson agent for Cartegena and Dart & Company agent for Valencia. Augustin Pons is appointed agent for Barcelona in August. Commercial Union establishes agencies in Valencia, Madrid, Murcia, Albante, Tarragona, Huesa, Badajoz, and Lorea.
In November, the Northern appoints Jose Bowron agent for Calasparra and Murcia.
On 6 January, Commercial Union appoints M Sanchez & Co as agent for Bilbao and the Basque region. On 20 April, the company appoints Antonio Ocon y Rivas as fire agent for Madrid. In May, the Northern appoints Carlos Pagés as agent for Cordoba, Montalban Coll & Rios as agent for Madrid, Guasp Hermanos as agent for Majorca, Adrian Got as agent for San Sebastian and Francisco Donaire as agent for Granada. In June, the Northern appoints Semprun Hermanos as agent for Valladolid. On 6 July, Commercial Union appoints Christino Olsen of Cadiz as agent for Cadiz and Huelva. In July, Northern appoints Pablo Meyer agent for Coruña. In August, Commercial Union appoints the North West African Company as fire agent for the Canary Islands.
On 25 December, Commercial Union appoints Lathbury & Co as life agent for Spain. Plus Ultra, Compania Anonima de Seguros y Reaseguros, later part of Norwich Union, is established.
On 8 January, Commercial Union appoints Jose Piris y Pons as fire agent for Santander. In June, the company appoints Mr F Campos Torremocha as agent for Alicante while Frances Javier Lluch is appointed marine general agency manager for Spain. On 22 July, Commercial Union appoints La Roda Hermanos as marine and fire agent for Valencia.
The Palatine Insurance Company, later part of Commercial Union, has established operations in Spain.
By this date Norwich Union has opened offices at Paseo de Aduana in Barcelona.
On 23 January, Commercial Union appoints Frances Javier Lluch manager for Madrid.
In November, the Northern appoints Maribona y Hermans as agent for Aviles.
In July, the Northern appoints John R Rose agent for Vigo.
Commercial Union appoints Mr A Grant agent for the Canary Islands.
In November, the Northern appoints Ballesteros & Co as agent for Gijon and Mr P A Santuiste as agent for Santander. Commercial Union appoints sub agents for Las Palmas, based in Orotavo.
The General Accident Fire & Life Assurance Corporation establishes a branch in Barcelona.
In March, the Northern appoints Antidio Pajares agent for Oviedo.
General Accident withdraws from Spain and manager Roger Hall returns to the company head office in Perth. L'Abeille recommences business in Spain.
The Norwich Union Life Insurance Society is now operating in Madrid.
Messrs G & D Smither are now acting as agents for Commercial Union in Barcelona.
By this date Norwich Union Life and Norwich Union Fire are operating at Almeda de Wilson in Malaga.
An article in the Northern staff magazine describes the company’s general agent for Barcelona, Agustin Pons, in the following terms: “unabating energy and the wide sphere of his personal influence have enabled the Northern to maintain a prominent position among the ranks of foreign companies operating in Spain.”
By this date, Norwich Union Fire has appointed Jose Maria Escobar Barrilaro as agent for Malaga.
Norwich Union Life and Norwich Union Fire appoint Villanova Bros. & Co as agent for Barcelona.
Commercial Union takes over the Northern's agents in Spain.
Commercial Union takes over the North British & Mercantile agents in Spain.
By this date, Commercial Union has appointed Mr T M Kearney as general manager for Spain. Mike Openshaw is running the Madrid offices at Calle Orense 4.
On 1 April, Mr Iglesia succeeds T M Kearney as Commercial Union's general manager in Spain.
On 20 June, Commercial Union Vida Seguros y Reaseguros S.A. (CU Vida) is formed to transact life insurance business in Spain for Commercial Union.
The Norwich Union Group acquires Plus Ultra.
Commercial Union creates Commercial Union Seguros y Reaseguros Generales SA (CUSEGESA,) to absorb the non-life business of its Spanish branch and become the holding company of CU Vida, Commercial Union Servicios Financieros SA (CUSF) and Commercial Union Consulting y Gestion SA (CUCG), providing services to the group’s Spanish operations. General Accident returns to Spain.
Norwich Union merges with CGU to form CGNU, later Aviva, while Plus Ultra and CUSEGESA merge in Spain. CGNU acquires 50% and management control of Spanish savings bank, Aseval, following a deal signed with Bancaja.
Aviva signs three bancassurance deals with Unicaja, Caixa Galicia and Caja España.
Aviva Corporación is created as a management and coordination unit for the Aviva Group in Spain. Aviva sells Plus Ultra's general insurance business to the French insurer, Groupama, but maintains the company’s life business, which begins operating under the Aviva brand. A new bancassurance agreement is reached with Caja Granada.
In July, Aviva Gestión de Inversiones AIE is formed to manage the investments of most of Aviva Spain's business units.
Aviva signs a bancassurance deal with Cajamurcia.
An agreement between Aviva Vida y Pensiones and Pelayo Mutua is signed. Pelayo Group networks will distribute life products of the joint venture company, Pelayo Vida.