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SCOR vince il premio "Catastrophe Risk Transaction of the Year" di Environmental Finance

For further information please contact: Beat Werder +33 (0)1 46 98 71 39 Chief Communications Officer Marco Circelli +44 (0) 207 553 8106 Head of Group Corporate Finance & Financial Communications SCOR vince il premio "Catastrophe Risk Transaction of the Year" di Environmental Finance La rivista Environmental Finance ha scelto SCOR come vincitore dell'edizione di quest'anno del suo premio "Catastrophe Risk Transaction of the Year" per...
, 23/07/2009 (informazione.it - comunicati stampa - economia)

For further information please contact:

Beat Werder +33 (0)1 46 98 71 39
Chief Communications Officer

Marco Circelli +44 (0) 207 553 8106
Head of Group Corporate Finance & Financial Communications

SCOR vince il premio "Catastrophe Risk Transaction of the Year" di Environmental Finance

La rivista Environmental Finance ha scelto SCOR come vincitore dell'edizione di quest'anno del suo premio "Catastrophe Risk Transaction of the Year" per l'operazione "Atlas V" portata a termine nel febbraio 2009. Environmental Finance è una rivista mensile leader del settore che tratta il sempre maggiore impatto delle problematiche ambientali sulle decisioni di trading, investimenti, assicurazioni e prestiti che interessano il settore.

On 19 February 2009, SCOR closed the three series of its "Atlas V" catastrophe bond, the first "cat bond" issued worldwide in six months. The multi-year property catastrophe ("CAT") agreement with Atlas V Capital Limited ("Atlas V") provides protection of USD 200 million of protection for exposures to earthquakes and hurricanes in the USA and Puerto Rico. At SCOR, Emmanuel Durousseau, Head of Retrocession Management, and Augustin Gas, Head of ILS and Alternative Retrocession, pioneered the Atlas V transaction.

The award recognises the fact that SCOR effectively re-opened the catastrophe bond market after the collapse of Lehman Brothers in September 2008 and highlights the innovative features that have become trademarks of the "Atlas V" cat bond, notably the new and substantially improved transparency and security standards for investors.

In particular, Environmental Finance distinguishes the improvements in managing counterparty risk for SCOR and investors by employing a much-enhanced total return swap structure and the full and permanent transparency regarding the asset development of the collateral for investors. The use of US-government-backed debt obligations as the underlying securities and the top-up "margining" facility by the total return swap counterparty, which guarantees that the collateral will constantly be replenished in the event of a drop in the underlying security were also considered to be key features of innovation.

Jean-Luc Besson, SCOR's Chief Risk Officer commented: "SCOR is honoured to receive this prestigious award, as judged by an editorial panel of senior risk editors and staff writers, and congratulates the team who structured the transaction for this recognition. Risk management at SCOR has historically relied on traditional retrocession and catastrophe bonds. With seven transactions completed, SCOR is a frequent issuer of Insurance Linked Securities and a global leader in this field."

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