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Swiss Re issues convertible instrument to subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway

May 2009

Swiss Re issued a 12% Convertible Perpetual Capital Instrument (the "Instrument") to a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. in the face amount of CHF 3 billion earlier this month. The shareholders of Swiss Re had previously approved conditional capital to source the underlying Swiss Re shares for the Instrument in Swiss Re's ordinary shareholder meeting

Bär & Karrer acted as Swiss legal adviser to Swiss Re in this transaction. The Bär & Karrer team comprised Thomas U. Reutter, Rolf Watter, Sten E. D. Rasmussen and Claudio Bazzi.

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