Swiss Re acts as joint book runner on the Vecta I transaction, a CAD 120 million Canadian embedded value (EV) securitization of mortality and lapse risk on behalf of Aurigen Reinsurance Ltd.

28 December 2011, New York

Swiss Re Capital Markets has participated in the successful placement of CAD 120 million of notes issued by Vecta I Ltd. (“Vecta”), marking the first securitization of Canadian life insurance embedded value. The transaction is sponsored by Aurigen Reinsurance Ltd. ("ARL") and covers a portfolio of policies reinsured by ARL prior to 31 December, 2010.

The transaction includes a single tranche rated BBB+ (sf) by Standard and Poor’s. The notes have an expected maturity of 6.25 years and a coupon rate of 8.0%. Swiss Re Capital Markets has acted as joint book runner on the transaction.

Principal repayment on the notes is linked to the emergence of future profits on the subject business consisting of twelve life reinsurance treaties written by Aurigen Reinsurance Company, an affiliate of ARL, from six separate life-insurance companies.

"We are pleased to play an integral role in Canada's first embedded value securitization,” says Alison Martin, Swiss Re's Head Life & Health. "The Vecta transaction demonstrates how ILS technology can supplement a capital management programme for Canadian (re)insurers”.

Independent third-party risk analysis for the notes was provided by Oliver Wyman.

Vecta I Ltd. was incorporated under the laws of Bermuda on 25 January, 2011, for the limited purpose of issuing the notes, entering into the retrocession agreement with ARL, and engaging in other actions that are incidental to and necessary or convenient for these activities.

The Vecta I notes were sold in a private placement pursuant to Rule 144A of the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended, (the “Securities Act”) and have not been registered under the Securities Act or any state securities laws; they may not be offered or sold in the United States except pursuant to an exemption from, or in a transaction not subject to, the registration requirements of the Securities Act and applicable state securities laws.

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