Swiss Re settles dispute with Berkshire Hathaway

Swiss Re sees 1st quarter profit gain settling dispute with Berkshire Hathaway

Associated Press

GENEVA (AP) -- Swiss Re Ltd., the world's second-biggest reinsurer, says it has settled a dispute with Warren Buffet's firm Berkshire Hathaway, in a deal that will boost the Swiss company's profits in the first quarter.

The Zurich-based group, says Berkshire Hathaway has agreed to pay $610 million so Swiss Re will take back some risks under a 2010 deal. Reinsurance involves one company agreeing to share a large insurance risk with another company and to pay part of any loss.

Swiss Re said Thursday the payment involving the group of renewable term-life policies sold in the U.S. before 2004 and several other factors would pad its first-quarter profits by about $100 million.

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