Credit Suisse Group: Winterthur to Sell Its Portuguese Insurance Operations to Liberty International

WINTERTHUR, Switzerland, Nov. 27, 2002 (PRIMEZONE) -- Winterthur, a subsidiary of Credit Suisse Group (NYSE:CSR), today announced that it is selling its insurance subsidiary in Portugal, Companhia Europeia de Seguros, S.A., as well as its Portuguese pension subsidiary, Winterthur Pensoes, S.A., to Liberty International, a subsidiary of the Liberty Mutual Group.

Winterthur Insurance and Winterthur Life & Pensions are refocusing their presence on markets in which they already have or can rapidly establish sustainable market positions. Manfred Broska, CEO of Winterthur Insurance, stated: "Following the divestitures of Winterthur International, Winterthur Austria and the nonlife and life branches of Winterthur in France in 2001, this sale is a further key step in the implementation of Winterthur's strategy to focus on its core markets." Winterthur Insurance's principal market units are in Europe, with a particular focus on Switzerland (where it is market leader), Germany, Spain, the U.K., Italy and Belgium.

For Liberty International, the acquisition of Winterthur's Portuguese business units marks the entry into the Portuguese insurance market, where Liberty Mutual intends to introduce its name alongside that of Europeia.

Tom Ramey, President of Liberty International, commented: "Liberty International has a strong interest in the European market. We are enthusiastic about our entry into the Portuguese insurance market and about further consolidating our presence in southern Europe, following the acquisition of the Spanish subsidiaries of Hartford and Royal Sun Alliance in 2001."

In 2001, Europeia recorded EUR 127 million (CHF 186 million) in gross nonlife premiums and EUR 45 million (CHF 66 million) in gross life premiums, and Winterthur Pensoes managed EUR 13 million (CHF 19 million) in funds. With a market share of 3.6%, Europeia is Portugal's ninth largest nonlife insurer and, with a market share of 1.0%, its fourteenth largest life insurer, measured in terms of gross premiums written in 2001.

The details of the transaction will not be disclosed. Subject to approval by the authorities, the transaction is expected to be completed in the first quarter 2003.

Credit Suisse Group

Credit Suisse Group is a leading global financial services company headquartered in Zurich. The business unit, Credit Suisse Financial Services, provides private clients and small and medium-sized companies with private banking and financial advisory services, banking products, and pension and insurance solutions from Winterthur. The business unit Credit Suisse First Boston, an investment bank, serves global institutional, corporate, government and individual clients in its role as a financial intermediary. Credit Suisse Group's registered shares (CSGN) are listed in Switzerland and Frankfurt, and in the form of American Depositary Shares (CSR) in New York. The Group employs around 80,000 staff worldwide. As of September 30, 2002, it reported assets under management of CHF 1,221.8 billion.

Winterthur Insurance

Winterthur Insurance, a Credit Suisse Group division, is one of the leading European insurance companies. It offers private individuals and corporate customers a range of non-life insurance solutions through traditional and alternative distribution channels. Winterthur Insurance's principal market units are in Europe, with a particular focus on Switzerland (where it is the market leader), Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain and Belgium. In North America, Winterthur Insurance operates through several established regional insurance companies. Winterthur Insurance has more than 24,000 staff members. As of September 30, 2002, the company achieved a premium volume of CHF 14.5 billion.

Winterthur Life & Pensions

Winterthur Life & Pensions (Winterthur Life and subsidiaries), a Credit Suisse Group division, is one of the leading European life insurers. It offers individual and corporate clients tailor-made, local and international life insurance and pension solutions. Winterthur Life & Pensions achieved a premium volume of CHF 14.8 billion as of September 30, 2002, and reported assets under management of CHF 113.0 billion as of September 30, 2002. There are more than 7,000 people working for Winterthur Life & Pensions all over the world (around 15,000 including sales agents).

Liberty Mutual

Boston-based Liberty Mutual Group is a diversified international group of insurance companies and one of the largest multi-line insurers in the North American property a nd casualty industry. The group has more than USD50 billion in consolidated assets, more than USD13 billion in consolidated revenue and ranks 142nd on the Fortune 500 list of largest corporations in the United States. The A.M. Best Company has rated Liberty Mutual "A" (Superior). Along with being the leading provider of workers' compensation insurance, programs and services in the United States for 65 years, Liberty Mutual provides a wide range of products and services, including general liability, commercial auto and business property, group life and disability, private passenger auto and homeowners' insurance, and individual life and annuities. The company, which is celebrating its 90th anniversary in 2002, employs 35,000 people in more than 800 offices throughout the world. Liberty Mutual's website address is

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