22Dec08

Press release

Group

SCOR receives Life Retakaful licence

The Labuan Offshore Financial Services Authority (LOFSA) has granted SCOR Global Life an operating licence to provide Retakaful reinsurance products complying with the principles of Islamic finance. LOFSA also granted SCOR Global Life a conventional (i.e. “Non-Takaful”) Reinsurance licence. The new entity will be called SCOR Global Life SE, Labuan Branch.

The Labuan Offshore Financial Services Authority (LOFSA) has granted SCOR Global Life an operating licence to provide Retakaful reinsurance products complying with the principles of Islamic finance. LOFSA also granted SCOR Global Life a conventional (i.e. “Non-Takaful”) Reinsurance licence. The new entity will be called SCOR Global Life SE, Labuan Branch.
 
The new Labuan branch will serve SCOR Global Life Takaful clients worldwide. This is the second Retakaful operating licence obtained by the Group, which received a licence for its Non-Life activities in 2007.
 
Gilles Meyer, CEO of SCOR Global Life, comments: “The vast majority of Takaful companies operate today in South East Asia and the Middle East. SCOR Global Life has a strong market share there, with more than 150 clients and strong double-digit growth over the last few years. We have supported Takaful operators under our conventional Life reinsurance umbrella since 1995. This Retakaful branch licence will further enable us to provide comprehensive, tailor-made reinsurance solutions to our Islamic clients, and will also help us to meet new regulatory requirements. We anticipate more than 20 additional Takaful clients under this new licence within one year and have strong expectations in the medium term.” 
 
The Takaful insurance market is currently estimated at around USD 2-3 billion, with the potential to grow to about USD 7 billion by 2015. Between 2004 and 2007, the average annual growth rate for Takaful insurance was estimated at 25%. 
 
The Labuan office is part of SCOR’s Singapore Hub, which  acts as the headquarters of the Asia-Pacific region with network offices in Bangkok, Beijing, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Labuan, Mumbai, Seoul, Sydney, Taipei and Tokyo.

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

ikelly@scor.com