Winterthur Group is a leading Swiss insurance company with head office in Winterthur. As an international company, the Group provides a broad range of property and liability insurance products, as well as insurance solutions in life and pensions that are tailored to the individual needs of private and corporate clients. Winterthur Group has approximately 23,000 employees worldwide. The company achieved a premium volume of CHF 37.4 billion in 2002 and reported assets under management of CHF 149.6 billion as of June 30, 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 64,000 staff worldwide. As of June 30, 2003, it reported assets under management of CHF 1,234.2 billion.
The Royal Bank of Scotland Group
The Royal Bank of Scotland Group is Europe's 2nd and the world's 5th largest banking Group. The Group's main areas of operation are the UK, Europe and the United States. It currently employs 111,800 staff world-wide. At August 29, 2003 the market capitalisation for The Group was GBP 46.3 billion. The Group includes one of the strongest portfolios of brands in the financial services sector including The Royal Bank of Scotland, NatWest, Direct Line, Coutts, Tesco Personal Finance, Ulster Bank, Lombard, and in the US, Citizens.
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