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Gaining Berkshire’s backing would be seen as a stamp of approval for IRB. Buffett’s renown as one of the world’s savviest investors often sends shares of a company higher after he invests. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

(Bloomberg) – Berkshire Hathaway Inc., the firm run by billionaire investor Warren Buffett, is in talks to buy a stake in Latin America’s biggest reinsurer, IRB Brasil Resseguros SA, after an initial public offering of stock, according to two people with direct knowledge of the matter.

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