Swiss Re

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Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd
Swiss Re
Native name
Schweizerische Rückversicherungs-Gesellschaft AG[1]
ISINCH0126881561 Edit this on Wikidata
IndustryFinancial services
PredecessorPrudentia, AG für Rück- und Mitversicherungen Edit this on Wikidata
Founded19 December 1863; 159 years ago (1863-12-19)
HeadquartersZurich, Switzerland
Key people
ProductsReinsurance, insurance, asset management
RevenueUS$49.314 billion (2019)[2]
US$727 million (2019)[2]
Total assetsUS$238.567 billion (end 2019)[2]
Total equityUS$29.251 billion (end 2019)[2]
Number of employees
15,401 (end 2019)[2]

Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd,[3] commonly known as Swiss Re, is a reinsurance company based in Zurich, Switzerland. It is one of the world's largest reinsurers, as measured by net premiums written.[4] Swiss Re operates through offices in more than 25 countries and was ranked 118th in Forbes Global 2000 leading companies list in 2016.[5] It was also ranked 313th on the Fortune Global 500 in 2015.[6]


On 10–11 May 1861, more than 500 houses went up in flames in the town of Glarus, Switzerland. Two-thirds of the town was reduced to rubble and ashes and around 3,000 inhabitants were made homeless. Like the fire of Hamburg in 1842, which led to the foundation of the first professional reinsurers in Germany.[7]

Swiss Re was the lead insurer of the World Trade Center at the time of the September 11 attacks, which led to an insurance dispute with the owner, Silverstein Properties. In October 2006, the New York appeals court ruled in favor of Swiss Re, stating that the destruction of the twin towers was a single event rather than two, limiting coverage to $3.5 billion.[8]

It acquired the GE Insurance Solutions property/casualty business in 2006, which made Swiss Reinsurance Co. the world's largest reinsurer.[9]

In 2009 Warren Buffett invested $2.6 billion as a part of Swiss Re's equity capital raise after Swiss Re lost 6 billion francs in its financial market operations in the Global Financial Crisis.[10] Berkshire Hathaway already owns a 3% stake, with rights to own more than 20%.[11]

In May 2016, the Fort McMurray Canadian wildfires caused estimated damages of up to CAD10 billion, with Swiss Re having the most exposure among reinsurers.[12]

Swiss Re's Admin Re subsidiary began with the acquisition on 1 July 2004 of Life Assurance Holding Corporation in the UK.[13] On 31 October 2008, Swiss Re completed a £762 million acquisition of Barclays PLC's subsidiary Barclays Life Assurance Company Ltd.[14] In June 2014, the company, through Admin Re, acquired the UK pensions business of HSBC Life (UK) Limited worth £4.2 billion.[15] The Admin Re business, which was renamed ReAssure, was eventually sold to Phoenix Group Holdings for £3.2bn in July 2020.[16]

In February 2022, it was announced Swiss Re had acquired Champlain Reinsurance Company (Champlain Re), a Swiss-based run-off reinsurance captive of Alcan Holdings Switzerland AG, a member of Rio Tinto Alcan, in a legacy transaction.[17] Later that month, Swiss Re declared a net profit of US$1.6 billion, in a bounce back from previous losses in 2020. Still, the exposure to COVID-19 in America was excessive; together with increased damages from natural catastrophes, profits were well below the US$1.8 billion estimate. Swiss Re was able to make up for some of its losses due to its increased property business. At the same time, the board of directors assured investors that the company is only minimally exposed to losses during the Ukraine crisis.[18]


The Group consists of the following three business units:[19] 1. Reinsurance 2. Corporate Solutions 3. IptiQ


Swiss Re's leadership consists of the Board of Directors, the executive committee and the Group Management Board.[20]

London headquarters[edit]

Its London office is located in the 30 St Mary Axe tower, which opened on 25 May 2004. The landmark London skyscraper, designed by architect Norman Foster and popularly known as "the gherkin", was sold in February 2007 for over £600 million (US$1.18 billion) to IVG Immobilien AG of Germany and the Evans Randall property investment firm.[21]

Canadian offices[edit]

Swiss Re has two Canadian offices, in Toronto and Vancouver; Swiss Reinsurance Company Canada was named one of Greater Toronto's Top Employers by Mediacorp Canada, Inc., in October 2008, as announced by the Toronto Star.[22]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Swiss Official Gazette of Commerce".
  2. ^ a b c d e "Financial Report 2019" (PDF).
  3. ^ "Privacy Policy". Swiss Re. Retrieved on 18 January 2011. "Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd ("Swiss Re")[...]" and "Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd, Mythenquai 50/60, 8022 Zurich, Switzerland ("Swiss Re") Disclosure notification in accordance with Article 20 of the Swiss Stock Exchange Act." Swiss Re. 2 August 2007. Retrieved on 18 January 2011. "Die Schweizerische Rückversicherungs-Gesellschaft (Swiss Re) teilt mit,[...]"
  4. ^ Department, P., & 5, N. (2020, November 05). Largest reinsurers worldwide by net premiums 2019. Retrieved December 10, 2020, from
  5. ^ "Swiss Re on the Forbes Global 2000 List". Forbes. Retrieved 13 July 2016.
  6. ^ "Global 500". 21 July 2015. Retrieved 13 July 2016.
  7. ^ "Swiss Re - Your expert in capital and risk management". Archived from the original on 6 September 2008.
  8. ^ "Swiss Re wins World Trade Center case". SWI Retrieved 20 December 2019.
  9. ^ Ligi, Antonio (12 June 2006). "Swiss Re Completes $7.4 Billion GE Insurance Purchase (Update2)". Retrieved 27 June 2006.
  10. ^ Jolly, David (5 February 2009). "Swiss Re Gets $2.6 Billion From Berkshire Hathaway". The New York Times.
  11. ^ Haig Simonian, Francesco Guerrera (5 February 2009). "Swiss Re turns to Buffett for new funding". The Financial Times. Archived from the original on 10 December 2022.
  12. ^ W. Duggan (2016). "Bernstein's Fort McMurray Insurance Assessment". Benzinga Ratings. Retrieved 13 May 2016.
  13. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 28 July 2020. Retrieved 28 July 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  15. ^ "Swiss Re unit acquiring UK pension business of HSBC Life". London Mercury. Retrieved 12 June 2014.
  16. ^ "Swiss Re completes sale of ReAssure to Phoenix Group - Reinsurance News". 23 July 2020.
  17. ^ "Swiss Re acquires Champlain Re in legacy deal - Reinsurance News". 18 February 2022. Retrieved 18 February 2022.
  18. ^ "Swiss Re takes $4 billion hit from Covid and natural disasters" Retrieved 28 February 2022.
  19. ^ "Our business - Swiss Re".
  20. ^ "Our leadership | Swiss Re".
  21. ^ "Swiss Re confirms £600m Gherkin sale". Financial Times. 5 February 2007. Archived from the original on 10 December 2022. Retrieved 7 February 2007. Swiss Re confirmed on Monday that it had sold the distinctive Gherkin building in the City of London for £600m to a joint venture between German property group IVG Immobilien AG and Evans Randall, the Mayfair based private investment group.
  22. ^ "All jobs at Swiss Reinsurance Company - Reasons for Selection, 2009 Greater Toronto's Top Employers Competition".