Swiss Life’s Bruno Pfister Says M&A Are Difficult Now

Bruno Pfister, CEO of Swiss Life (SLHN.VX), believes mergers and acquisitions are difficult at the moment, with little opportunities in the Swiss market.

Pfister calls the shots for Switzerland’s biggest dedicated life insurer, which like many in the sector is battling ultra-low interest rates.

In response to a question by the German-language Finanz und Wirtschaft on a possible acquisition or fusion, Pfister said: “It’s worth considering but implementing it in practice is anything but easy.
“I don’t see any big movement … at the moment. And in Europe there are few pure non-life insurance corporations,” he said.

“There are almost only large firms, with the effect that the autonomy of Swiss Life would be undermined and the brand would disappear. But we don’t want that.”, Reuters reported.