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Traditional values. New opportunities


The founder Conrad Widmer

The driving force behind the company’s foundation was the lawyer Conrad Widmer (1818-1903), who was born in Altnau in the Canton of Thurgau and worked in Frauenfeld. He headed the company as first director for approximately 35 years, until 1892.

Articles of Association

In accordance with the initial Articles of Association, the purpose of the "Schweizerische Rentenanstalt" was to offer:

  • life annuities
  • life insurance

Originally, the company was similar in form to a foundation and later became a mutual insurance company.

Difficult start

The company’s first decades in operation were overshadowed by the Austrian-Prussian and Franco-Prussian wars and the strained economic situation. The demand for insurance products dwindled, while the number of life insurance companies in Switzerland increased. These economic developments hampered operations for the Schweizerische Rentenanstalt.

2017 Swiss Life opens representative office in Hong Kong 
2016 Launch of Swiss Life Global Solutions 
2016 Take-over of Mayfair Capital 
2014 Take-over of Corpus Sireo 
AWD becomes Swiss Life Select
2008 AWD Group is part of Swiss Life Group
  Branch office set up in Singapore
  Sales location set up in Dubai
  Subsidiaries in Belgium and the Netherlands sold
2007 CapitalLeben in Liechtenstein acquired
  Sale of ERISA and ERISA IARD in France
  Sale of Banca del Gottardo
2006 Italian subsidiary sold
2005 Integration of life operations of La Suisse into Swiss Life
  Subsidiary set up in Liechtenstein
2004 Swiss Life UK life business sold
  Simplified brand structure and new corporate identity for Swiss Life
2003 Spanish subsidiary sold
  Schweizerische Treuhandgesellschaft STG sold
2002 Swiss Life Holding set up
  Exchange of Swiss Life/Rentenanstalt shares
2001 Properties belonging to Oscar Weber Holding AG acquired
2000 Schweizerische Treuhandgesellschaft STG acquired
1999 Lloyd Continental (France) acquired
  UTO Albis acquired
  Banca del Gottardo acquired
  UBS's 49% stake in Livit Ltd acquired
1998 Swiss/Life Rentenanstalt shares in Swiss Market Index
1997 Transformation into public limited company
1988 Lausanne-based «La Suisse» acquired
1987 Subsidiary set up in Italy
1985 Subsidiary set up in Luxembourg
1975 Subsidiary set up in Spain
1967 Subsidiary set up in Great Britain
1962 Initial launch of Swiss Life Network
1955 Branch established in Belgium
1901 Branch established in the Netherlands
1898 Branch established in France
1866 Branch established in Germany
1857 Schweizerische Rentenanstalt established in Zurich


Swiss Life (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
250 North Bridge Road
#37-04 Raffles City Tower
Singapore 179101

T +65 6580 66 80
F +65 6580 66 83