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Case Title:

Converium: The Swiss Reinsurer's Troubled Times

Publication Year : 2005

Authors: Nusrath Jahan Maldar, Srinath Manda

Industry: Banking, Insurance and Financial Services


Case Code: TRT0016

Teaching Note: Not Available

Structured Assignment: Not Available

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Switzerland based Converium Holdings, the ninth largest reinsurance company in the world, found itself in financial difficulty due to the massive losses incurred by its North American subsidiary in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001. After revealing its losses, Converium undertook a reserve strengthening exercise, the magnitude of which shocked the reinsurance industry. In response, both Converium's share price and investor ratings tumbled jeopardising its existence.

Pedagogical Objectives:

  • To discuss the position of Converium and the various alternatives available to deal with the crisis
  • To discuss the future of Converium as a viable entity.

Keywords : Converium Holdings; Zurich Financial Services; Reinsurance; Weak investment market; Managing in Troubled Times Case Study; Spin-off; IPO; American Depository Share; Underwriting; Green Shoe option; Retrocessional stop-loss policy; Reserves strengthening; Runoff; Rights issue; Renewals; Securit


  • Converium's troubled times
  • The future of Cconverium

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