Swiss Re completes GBP 762 million acquisition of Barclays Life Assurance Company Ltd
31 October 2008, Zurich
Swiss Re has completed the acquisition of Barclays Life Assurance Company Ltd ('Barclays Life') for a cash purchase price of GBP 762 million.
The transaction was announced on 5 August 2008 and has received all the required regulatory approvals.
In purchasing Barclays Life, Swiss Re has acquired around 760 000 life insurance and pension policies and annuity contracts, representing approximately GBP 6.8 billion in invested assets. Barclays Life has been closed to new business since 2001.
The transaction provides further scale and infrastructure for Swiss Re's Admin Re® business in the United Kingdom and underlines Swiss Re's role as a leading player in the origination, transfer and trading of insurable risks.
13 Barclays Life employees transferred to Swiss Re on completion.
Notes to editors
Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd
Swiss Re is a leading and highly diversified global reinsurer. The company operates through offices in more than 25 countries. Founded in Zurich, Switzerland, in 1863, Swiss Re offers financial services products that enable risk-taking essential to enterprise and progress. The company's traditional reinsurance products and related services for property and casualty, as well as the life and health business are complemented by insurance-based corporate finance solutions and supplementary services for comprehensive risk management. Swiss Re is rated "AA-" by Standard, Poor's, "Aa2" by Moody's and "A+" by A.M. Best.
Admin Re® is an in-force embedded value transaction that may include the transfer of policy administration to Swiss Re. To date more than 50 deals have been concluded. Swiss Re assumes books of business by reinsurance or in some cases buys the life company. Responsibility for all major risks of a reinsured block is also assumed, including ongoing administration if desired.
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