Swiss Re Corporate Solutions & Bradesco Seguros Agree to Form Brazilian Large-Risk Insurer

Swiss Re Corporate Solutions Ltd. and Rio de Janeiro-based Bradesco Seguros S.A.* have signed definitive agreements under which Bradesco Seguros will contribute its commercial large-risk portfolio to Swiss Re Corporate Solutions Brasil Seguros S.A. (SRCSB).

The agreements include SRCSB’s exclusive access to Bradesco Seguros’ distribution network, said a statement from Swiss Re Corporate Solutions, which is the commercial insurance arm of Swiss Re Group.

Upon closing the transaction, Bradesco Seguros will take a 40 percent equity stake in SRCSB, while Swiss Re Corporate Solutions Ltd. will retain a 60 percent stake.

“As a result of the integration, SRCSB will become a leading commercial large-risk insurer in Brazil,” Swiss Re Corporate Solutions said in a statement.

Bradesco Seguros, which is the insurance conglomerate of Bradesco Group, has a distribution network comprised of more than 4, 600 Bradesco bank branches across Brazil and approximately 40,000 insurance brokers and agents registered to Bradesco Seguros.

As part of the transaction, Bradesco Seguros’ team of professionals responsible for commercial large-risk business in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro will join SRCSB.

Agostino Galvagni, CEO of Swiss Re Corporate Solutions and a member of the Swiss Re Group Executive Committee, said: “We are very pleased to join forces with Bradesco Seguros to create a leading commercial large-risk insurer in the Brazilian market. This agreement helps us execute on our strategy to expand our platform and enhance our market position in Latin America. Bradesco Seguros’ local knowledge and distribution channels coupled with our large net capacity and global underwriting expertise will allow us to deliver superior products to our Brazilian and international clients.”

Randal Luiz Zanetti, president of Bradesco Seguros, said: “This transaction confirms Bradesco Seguros’ strategic view of providing the best and largest range of products in all insurance lines to its customers. The choice to partner with Swiss Re Corporate Solutions aligns with our key objectives, as it provides even more international reach and expertise. Our relevant participation in the joint venture reinforces our belief that commercial large-risk insurance is a promising business in Brazil.”

Completion of the transaction is subject to approval by the relevant authorities and other customary conditions.

* Bradesco Seguros, which was created in 1946 by Bradesco bank, is the largest insurance company of Brazil and Latin America.

Source: Swiss Re Corporate Solutions