Guardian Assurance Company

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Guardian Assurance Company
Industry Insurance
Fate Merged with Royal Exchange Assurance
Successor AXA
Founded 1821
Defunct 1968
Headquarters London, UK

The Guardian Assurance Company was a very large British insurance company.


The Company was originally established in 1821 as Guardian Fire & Life. In 1902 it was renamed the Guardian Assurance Company.

In 1967 it acquired Union Insurance Society of Canton Ltd. In 1968 it then merged with Royal Exchange Assurance to form Guardian Royal Exchange Assurance.[1] In February 1999 the Guardian Royal Exchange was purchased by AXA who subsequently sold the Life and Pensions business to AEGON NV, later that same year. The Guardian Assurance and Guardian Financial Services brands continued to exist up until January 2016, when Guardian Financial Services was acquired by Swiss Re's closed book holding company, Admin Re. The Guardian Assurance Company and Guardian Financial Services brands now cease to exist.