Swiss Re News

Swiss Re to Create Standalone E&S Unit for U.S.

Swiss Re Corporate Solutions has announced the creation of a standalone excess and surplus (E&S) business unit in North America. This unit will include Swiss Re’s traditional E&S property and E&S casualty groups, which will be fortified with the addition …

SoftBank Borrows $8B, Backed by Its Stake in Alibaba, Say Sources

SoftBank Group Corp. borrowed about $8 billion through a margin loan backed by its Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. stake as the Japanese technology giant aims to bolster its financial flexibility, according to people familiar with the matter. The loan, guaranteed …

Swiss Re CEO Manages Shareholder Expectations on SoftBank Investment: Opinion

Who wouldn’t want the attention of a billionaire like Masayoshi Son? The SoftBank founder is Japan’s third-richest man, with interests from ride-hailing app Uber to shared-office firm WeWork. So when he was reported to be eyeing a 25 percent stake …

Swiss Re Continues Talks with SoftBank Which Seeks Stake of Up to 10%

Billionaire Masayoshi Son’s SoftBank Group Corp. is likely to take a stake of 10 percent or less in Swiss Re AG as it seeks to gain a foothold in the cash-rich reinsurance industry. The Swiss company’s shares fell as much …

SoftBank Edges Closer to Buying Swiss Re Stake, Valued at $9.6 Billion: Sources

Swiss Re AG jumped after people familiar with the matter said Japan’s SoftBank Group Corp. is edging closer to buying a quarter of the company, valuing the reinsurer at as much as 37 billion francs ($39 billion). Billionaire Masayoshi Son …

Blockchain Insurance Industry Initiative, B3i, Forms Company Called ‘B3i Services’

The Blockchain Insurance Industry Initiative (B3i) announced the incorporation of B3i Services AG in Zurich, Switzerland. The company was formed by the founders of B3i, which previously operated as a collaborative initiative of 15 global insurers and reinsurers who came …

Munich Re Eyes Purchase of London Property, Which Could Become UK HQ: Sources

Munich Re, the world’s largest reinsurer, is in talks to acquire a plot that has approval for one of the tallest towers in the City of London financial district, people with knowledge of the plan said. The insurer is negotiating …

From Bermuda to Switzerland, Reinsurers Lure Variety of Potential Investors

The $500 billion reinsurance industry is experiencing a flurry of deal talks. One reason: Companies are finally for sale as a rash of natural disasters has depressed valuations and a influx of competitors has made it harder to raise rates. …

Japan’s SoftBank in Talks to Buy Stake in Swiss Re

Swiss Re said it is in preliminary talks to sell a minority stake to SoftBank Group – a deal that reportedly could be worth $10 billion or more, in what would be the Japanese firm’s biggest financial services deal to …

Insurance Protection Gap Is Growing Global Problem; Swiss Re, RenRe & WTW Comment

The insurance protection gap. It’s a phrase that will be increasingly heard over the coming years – because it is getting bigger. The protection gap is the difference between insured losses and economic losses, or uninsured losses. The protection gap …