18May11

Press release

Group

SCOR Global Life opens a new subsidiary in Australia

SCOR Global Life SE, a subsidiary of SCOR SE, has opened a new subsidiary in Australia covering the Australian and New Zealand markets. The new subsidiary offers attractive and profitable opportunities for the Group, as the next phase in its continued growth in the Asia-Pacific region.

SCOR Global Life SE, a subsidiary of SCOR SE, has opened a new subsidiary in Australia covering the Australian and New Zealand markets. The new subsidiary offers attractive and profitable opportunities for the Group, as the next phase in its continued growth in the Asia-Pacific region.
 
On 10 May 2011, the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority granted SCOR Global Life Australia Pty Limited authorisation to conduct reinsurance business in the Australian market. This follows on from approval received earlier in the year to operate in the New Zealand market.
 
With annual Life insurance premiums approaching EUR 7 billion and historical and forecast annual growth averaging 10%, the Australian and New Zealand markets offer attractive profitable growth opportunities for the Group. Current annual Life Reinsurance premiums total EUR 1.75 billion on these two markets.
 
SCOR’s partnership proposition to these local markets will particularly benefit from the Group’s global expertise in Group, Retail and Bancassurance Life business.With the opening of a local Life subsidiary, the team is well placed to deliver SCOR Global Life’s expertise in terms of products, services, training and innovative solutions, supported by the SCOR Global Life global Research & Development Centres.
 
The Australian subsidiary is headed by Craig Ford and is part of SCOR’s Singapore Hub, which acts as the headquarters of the Asia-Pacific Region with network offices in Beijing, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Labuan, Mumbai, Seoul, Taipei and Tokyo.
 
SCOR is already active on the Australian P&C reinsurance market, where its P&C office has been operating since 1976.
 
 
Gilles Meyer, CEO of SCOR Global Life, comments: “This initiative was announced as part of the Group’s strategic plan for 2010-2013, “Strong Momentum”, and is a key milestone in terms of generating profitable growth in these major markets. SCOR Global Life is now ideally positioned to bring innovative product and service solutions to clients in Australia and New Zealand. The local team will be supported by SCOR Global Life’s highly skilled and experienced global teams and by its Research & Development centres, in order to bring our global expertise to these significant new markets for the Group”.


 
Craig Ford is an Australian citizen, a graduate of the University of Bristol in England and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. He has over 25 years’ experience in the financial services and insurance industries, and is supported by a local team of actuarial, product development, underwriting and claims experts.

Contact

Marie-Laurence Bouchon

Group Head of Communications

+33 (0)1 58 44 75 43

mbouchon@scor.com

 

Ian Kelly

Head of Investor Relations

+44 203 207 8561

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