Posted on 12 Jan 2010
Zurich Financial Services Group (Zurich) today announced the transfer of the vast majority of its general insurance portfolios in Italy, Portugal and Spain to local branches of its EU-based risk carrier Zurich Insurance plc, Ireland, (ZIP) effective January 1, 2010. A similar transfer is planned for Zurich’s general insurance business in Germany later this year. The general insurance business in the United Kingdom was transferred to the ZIP UK branch effective January 2009. In addition, most of the Global Corporate division's business written in the EU has been progressively transferred to ZIP branches since 2005.
The transfers are part of an ongoing Group-wide effort to simplify Zurich’s legal structure and consequently achieve greater flexibility in its capital management.
For customers nothing will change. They will continue to receive the same high levels of service and protection regarding the conduct of business, in particular in terms of complaint handling and the ability to seek redress through local legal processes.
Markus Hongler, Chief Executive Officer Western Europe and Zurich Insurance plc, said: “Upon completion of all transfers, ZIP is expected to generate revenues of about EUR 11 billion. For Zurich as a Swiss-based corporation, a single EU-based risk carrier with branches in the EU member states is both capital and operationally efficient. It enables us to take advantage of the EU single market and regulatory environment.”