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Swiss Re to Acquire CNA Financial's Book of Life Insurance Policies in Admin Re Transaction.

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Swiss Re, the world's largest life and health reinsurer, today announced an agreement to acquire Chicago-based CNA Financial's individual life insurance business for approximately $690 million in cash. The in-force business acquired, which will be put into run-off as the deal closes, will include term, universal and permanent life insurance policies and individual annuity products. Additionally, Swiss Re will acquire CNA's Nashville, Tenn., life insurance servicing and administration facility. The transaction is subject to certain customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals. Excluded from the transaction will be CNA's long-term care and structured settlement business.

The agreement represents one more in a series of Swiss Re's Admin Re(SM) transactions, in which closed blocks of in-force life and health insurance are acquired and Swiss Re administers the underlying policies. Under the agreement, Swiss Re Life & Health America Inc. will assume responsibility to administer approximately one million insurance policies in force with total assets of approximately $3.0 billion and annualized premiums of $440 million.

"The acquisition of CNA's life insurance business is an attractive opportunity to further expand our Admin Re(SM) business," said Weldon Wilson, chief executive officer of Swiss Re Life & Health America. "We believe that Admin Re(SM) transactions continue to provide excellent opportunities for both Swiss Re and our clients."

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Swiss Re

Swiss Re is a leading reinsurer and the world's largest life and health reinsurer. The company is global, operating from 70 offices in 30 countries. Since its foundation in 1863, Swiss Re has been in the reinsurance business. Swiss Re has three business groups: Property & Casualty, Life & Health and Financial Services. Swiss Re offers a wide range of traditional reinsurance products and related services, which are complemented by insurance-based corporate finance solutions and supplementary services. Swiss Re is rated "AA" by Standard & Poor's, "Aa1" by Moody's and "A+" by A.M. Best.


CNA is the country's fourth largest commercial insurance writer and the 11th largest property and casualty company. CNA's insurance products include standard commercial lines, specialty lines, surety, marine and other property and casualty coverages. CNA services include risk management, information services, underwriting, risk control and claims administration. For more information, please visit CNA at CNA is a registered service mark, trade name and domain name of CNA Financial Corporation.

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-- cyclicality of the reinsurance industry;

-- changes in general economic conditions, particularly in our

core markets;

-- uncertainties in estimating reserves;

-- risks and uncertainties relating to our estimates of the

losses arising from the 11 September 2001 terrorist attack in

the United States;

-- the performance of financial markets;

-- expected changes in our investment results as a result of the

changed composition of our investment assets or changes in our

investment policy;

-- the frequency, severity and development of insured claim


-- acts of terrorism and acts of war;

-- changes in rating agency policies or practices;

-- mortality and morbidity experience;

-- policy renewal and lapse rates;

-- the lowering or loss of one of the financial or claims-paying

ratings of one or more of our Group companies;

-- changes in levels of interest rates;

-- political risks in the countries in which we operate or in

which we insure risks;

-- extraordinary events affecting our clients, such as

bankruptcies and liquidations;

-- risks associated with implementing our business strategies;

-- changes in currency exchange rates;

-- changes in laws and regulations, including changes in

accounting standards and taxation requirements; and

-- increases in competitive pressures.

These factors are not exhaustive. We operate in a continually changing environment and new risks emerge continually. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on our forward-looking statements. We undertake no obligation to publicly revise or update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
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