16 July 2014 – Nationale Suisse

Nationale Suisse and China Re P&C: strategic partnership for specialized insurance and reinsurance solutions in the Chinese market


The internationally-operating Swiss insurance group Nationale Suisse and the Chinese reinsurer China Re P&C have concluded a strategic partnership agreement. The aim of this partnership agreement is to jointly develop tailored solutions in the fine art, engineering and marine sectors for the Chinese market. The strategic partnership agreement for the Chinese market represents the next step in the Asia strategy of Nationale Suisse and in the long-term development of the specialty line business.

Nationale Suisse is entering into a strategic partnership agreement with China Re P&C with the aim to offer specialized insurance and reinsurance solutions for the Chinese market. With this agreement, Basel/Switzerland based specialty lines insurer Nationale Suisse and Beijing/China based China Re P&C intend to jointly develop fine art, engineering and marine insurance and reinsurance solutions for the Chinese market. Having received an insurance licence for Singapore at the beginning of this year, this partnership represents the next step of rolling out Nationale Suisse’s strategy for Asia, focused on specialty lines.

“We are very pleased with the partnership agreement with China Re P&C, being a highly reputable and very well established leading Chinese reinsurer. We are two companies with high focus on product innovation and qualitative underwriting and we have common ambitions to further develop the cooperation. This agreement forms an excellent foundation for a strong and successful partnership in this important strategic market”, says Hans Künzle, CEO of the Nationale Suisse Group. 

Tailor-made specialty lines risk solutions
China Re P&C’s clients will be offered tailor-made specialty lines risk solutions jointly developed with and reinsured by Nationale Suisse. Combining the strong technical know-how of both companies with the broad market access of China Re P&C will create a unique opportunity to cover the Chinese market in its entirety with these insurance solutions. 

“With Nationale Suisse, we could find a strong partner for broadening our range of specialty insurance and reinsurance solutions, especially in fine art, engineering and marine. There is a strong market trend towards highly specialized and tailor-made risk solutions and we are going to form part of this by fostering our service and product offering for our clients. We also look forward to expanding our reinsurance support of Nationale Suisse in its global business growth efforts”, says Zhang Hong, Chairman of China Re P&C.

Nationale Suisse
Nationale Suisse is an innovative, international and independent Swiss insurance group providing first-rate risk and pension solutions in non-life and life business as well as a growing number of tailored specialty lines products. Consolidated gross premiums came to CHF 1.5 billion in 2013. The Group comprises the parent company and about 20 subsidiaries and branch offices for focused product lines in Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Germany, Belgium, Liechtenstein, Turkey, Asia and Latin America. The headquarters of Swiss National Insurance Company Ltd are in Basel. Nationale Suisse is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (NATN). On 31 December 2013, the Group employed 1 918 staff (full-time equivalents). 

China Re P&C
China Property & Casualty Reinsurance Company Ltd. (China Re P&C) is a core subsidiary of China Reinsurance (Group) Corporation, with its headquarter in Beijing. China Re P&C provides reinsurance products and services to insurers around the world and takes a dominant position in China’s non-life reinsurance market. China Re P&C had a gross premium income of RMB 28.4 billion in 2013 and maintains A (Excellent) financial strength rating by A.M. Best.

Remo Meier Nationale Suisse
Investor Relations Steinengraben 41
Phone +41 61 275 22 45 4003 Basel
Fax     +41 61 275 22 21 Switzerland
investor.relations@nationalesuisse.com www.nationalesuisse.com/investor-relations
Jonas Grossniklaus Nationale Suisse
Media Relations Steinengraben 41
Phone +41 61 275 28 11 4003 Basel
Fax     +41 61 275 22 21 Switzerland
media.relations@nationalesuisse.com        www.nationalesuisse.com/media-relations
Key dates
Publication of the Interim Report  03.09.2014
Media conference to announce interim financial   
results at Widder Hotel, Zurich
Financial analysts’ conference 
at Widder Hotel, Zurich

Disclaimer and exclusion of liability
The purpose of this press release is to inform the public about certain events or developments arising from the company's business. The information published in this article is not an advertisement, offer or recommendation to engage in transactions involving securities or other products of Nationale Suisse or any other type of transaction. This press release may contain certain forward-looking statements. Even if these forward-looking statements reflect the opinion and expectations of Nationale Suisse, a number of risks, uncertainties and other important factors may lead to actual developments and results differing strongly from the expectations of Nationale Suisse. It is pointed out expressly that the statements and projections contained in this press release are selective in nature. Nationale Suisse provides no guarantee, either explicitly or implicitly, regarding the accuracy and completeness of the statements and forecasts published in this press release. Neither Nationale Suisse nor its executive bodies or senior managers accept any liability for any damage or losses arising directly or indirectly from the use of this press release. Unless otherwise provided by applicable binding law Nationale Suisse is under no obligation to update or amend the statements contained in this press release, be it in response to new information, future events or any other reasons.