Genworth Financial Inc. announced Monday that it has cleared a major obstacle toward selling itself to China Oceanwide Holdings Group Co. Ltd.
The Richmond, Virginia-based insurer said it has received approval from the New York State Department of Financial Services to transfer control of a New York-based subsidiary, Genworth Life Insurance Company of New York, to China Oceanwide.
Now that New York state regulators have approved the deal, “the transaction has received all required U.S. insurance regulatory approvals,” Genworth said in the approval announcement.
Genworth also announced Friday that Virginia, the state of domicile for two subsidiaries, Genworth Life and Annuity Insurance Company and Jamestown Life Insurance Company, had approved a revised version of the deal.
Virginia regulators had already approved an earlier version of the deal.
Getting approval from the New York state regulators was particularly noteworthy, because New York state regulators have been quicker to object to insurance deals than regulators in some other states.
In the fall, for example, New York state regulators objected to efforts by CVS Health Corp. to acquire the New York-based operations of Aetna Inc. New York regulators made CVS agree to a list of commitments before giving the CVS-Aetna deal their blessing.
Genworth said New York regulators have required it and China Oceanwide to enter into a letter agreement with the New York Department of Financial Services.