SOURCE: Hannover Ruck

October 24, 2007 04:05 ET

Hannover Re establishes life reinsurer in Bermuda

HANNOVER, GERMANY--(Marketwire - October 24, 2007) -

Hannover Re establishes life reinsurer in Bermuda

Hannover, 24 October 2007: Hannover Re has established a new subsidiary in Bermuda which will transact life reinsurance business. "Hannover Life Reassurance Bermuda Ltd. is to assume an important position within the life and health reinsurance business group while at the same time decisively strengthening our global network", Wilhelm Zeller, Chief Executive Officer of Hannover Re, explained.

The new company's focus will be on the life, health, annuity and personal accident lines as well as the writing of blocks of in- force life reinsurance business. In regional terms it will concentrate on the markets of the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, South Africa as well as on business from various Asian markets. Hannover Life Reassurance Bermuda Ltd. has an equity base of EUR 120 million and is also able to turn Hannover Re's considerable financial strength to its advantage.

Since 2000 the Hannover Re Group has transacted its worldwide life and health reinsurance business under the Hannover Life Re brand. This business group enjoys sustained double-digit growth potential thanks to systematic customer relationship management.

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Hannover Re, with a gross premium of around 9 billion euro, is one of the leading reinsurance groups in the world. It transacts all lines of non-life and life and health reinsurance. It maintains business relations with more than 5,000 insurance companies in about 150 countries. Its worldwide network consists of more than 100 subsidiaries, branch and representative offices in around 20 countries with a total staff of roughly 2,000. The rating agencies most relevant to the insurance industry have awarded Hannover Re very strong insurer financial strength ratings (Standard & Poor's AA- "Very Strong" and A.M. Best A "Excellent").


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