复星国际创立再保险业务 Chinese Buffett admirers launch $550m reinsurer
Fosun International, the Chinese investment group and industrial conglomerate, has set up a pan-Asian operation to become the region’s leading reinsurer.
Fosun has linked up with former Swiss Re executives and IFC, the financing arm of the World Bank, to back Peak Re, only the second privately owned reinsurer to be set up in the region.
复星国际已争取到瑞士再保险(Swiss Re)前高管和世界银行(WB)旗下融资公司国际金融公司(IFC)支持鼎睿再保险(Peak Re)。鼎睿再保险将成为亚洲成立的第二家私有再保险公司。
It will have $550m of capital, of which $468m is from Fosun. The four-strong founding team behind Hong Kong-listed Fosun are admirers of Warren Buffett, the billionaire who controls Berkshire Hathaway, and the deal takes them a step closer to emulating his investment empire, which generates most of its funds from the huge reinsurance business at its core.
鼎睿再保险总资本达5.5亿美元，其中复星出资份额为4.68亿美元。香港上市的复星国际的四人创始团队非常仰慕伯克希尔哈撒韦(Berkshire Hathaway)掌门人沃伦•巴菲特(Warren Buffett)，此次交易之后，他们将朝着仿效巴菲特投资帝国又向前迈出一步。巴菲特帝国的核心领域拥有庞大的再保险业务，是其主要资金来源。
Insurance is a rapidly growing industry in Asia as an emergent middle class becomes more aware of the value of protecting assets. General insurance premiums are expected to grow 6-8 per cent annually in Asia, which compares with growth of about 2 per cent in the west, say analysts.
Peak Re will focus on natural catastrophe and other general insurance risks to which ordinary people in Asia are exposed.
“This is not about David Beckham’s legs or satellites, but about insuring the people of the region,” said Franz Josef Hahn, Peak Re chief executive and a former head of greater China for Swiss Re. “The middle classes need protection to be sustainable and reinsurance is important in supporting that.”
鼎睿再保险首席执行官、瑞士再保险大中华区前总经理韩润南(Franz Josef Hahn)表示：“鼎睿不是要为大卫•贝克汉姆(David Beckham)的腿或卫星提供保险，它的服务对象是亚太地区的普通消费者。中产阶层需要可持续的保险服务，而再保险对此具有重要的支撑作用。”
Wang Qunbin, president and one of the four co-founders of Shanghai-based Fosun, said the group’s investment in Peak Re was for the long term and aimed at exploiting the very strong growth opportunities it saw in Asian insurance.