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Financial services and insurance, editors' picks

Editors' picks for the weekinclude a slowdown of equity-raising activity in the investment company space inthe first quarter and the insurance industry's opposition to a proposedcybersecurity law.

1.Insurers greet 2016 withlackluster M&A activity

Thepace of M&A activity in the insurance underwriter space was slower duringthe first quarter of 2016 than it was during any quarter in 2015.

2.Equity-raising activity ininvestment company space weakens in Q1'16

Equitycapital-raising activity in the investment company sector slowed sharply on asequential basis in the first quarter of 2016.

3.Private equity backer says KanalyTrust, Mercer Advisors deal melds complementary platforms

Themerger agreement thatwill bring Mercer Advisors together with Kanaly Trust is a match ofcomplementary platforms that will result in scale that benefits both companies,according to executives involved in the deal.

4.Cybersecurity model law proposaldraws fire from insurance industry

TheNAIC is seeking to fast-track a cybersecurity model law, but the insuranceindustry is pushing back on the timing and the content of the proposal.

5.Mortgage REIT's odyssey continueswith M&A deal

Theunusual history of SutherlandAsset Management Corp. took another turn on April 7 with theannouncement of theproposed combination of the externally managed mortgage REIT withZAIS Financial Corp.