Zurich Life sells SG business to new insurer Singapore Life

Walter de Oude, Chief Executive Officer, Singapore Life

Singapore Life, the newest life insurance company in Singapore, is acquiring Zurich Life’s business portfolio in the city-state, the two companies said Monday.

Under this agreement, Singapore Life will become responsible for all Zurich Life Singapore’s customers’ policies, totaling approximately S$6 billion ($4.5 billion) of coverage.

Zurich Life Singapore‘s portfolio currently comprises approximately 5,000 policies covering life, critical illness, and disability benefits. The portfolio has formally been in run-off since December 2015.

Singapore Life will become responsible for all of Zurich Life Singapore’s customers’ policies when the deal is sealed in the first half of this year, subject to confirmation by Singapore’s High Court.

In a statement, Zurich said the agreement does not affect the branch operations or businesses of Zurich International Life Limited or Zurich Insurance Company Ltd in any way.

Existing international life and commercial insurance customers and distributors “will continue to enjoy the same quality of service and product choice that they have received in the past”.

Customers who are impacted will receive further information from Zurich Life Singapore and Singapore Life regarding the personal details of their transfer in early 2018.

“This decision is in line with Zurich’s strategy to optimize its portfolio and geographical footprint, and follows an extensive process to ensure that existing policyholder terms and conditions are safeguarded. Our international life customers are unaffected by this announcement,” David Kneale, Zurich Life Singapore CEO, commented.

Reg Peacock, CEO of Commercial Insurance, Singapore, stressed that even with the sale, Zurich remains fully committed to its commercial insurance business in Singapore.

“We look forward to continuing to service and protect our customers from risk in this key strategic market for Zurich in Asia Pacific,” Peacock said.

Singapore Life, which became a fully licensed direct insurance company in 2017, describes itself as a 100 percent digital life insurance provider. It is backed by Chong Sing Holdings FinTech Group and IPGL Holdings.

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