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Mergers & acquisitions

Helvetia now holds more than 98 percent of Nationale Suisse

Following the takeover of Nationale Suisse, Helvetia increased its share in Nationale Suisse to more than 98 percent and will now initiate the proceedings for declaring the remaining shares of Nationale Suisse invalid pursuant to Art. 33 SESTA. 
On 8August2014, Helvetia Holding AG (“Helvetia”) published a public purchase and exchange offer pursuant to Art.22 ff of the Federal Act on Stock Exchanges and Securities Trading (SESTA) for all publicly held registered shares of Schweizerische National-Versicherungs-Gesellschaft AG.

As of the expiry of the extended deadline at 4:00 p.m. (CEST) on 9October2014, Helvetia held 96.29percent of the voting rights and of the share capital of Nationale Suisse. From 23October2014, Helvetia purchased another
378'225 shares and thus now holds more than 98percent of Nationale Suisse.

The legal requirements for declaring the Nationale Suisse shares that are still publicly held invalid are thus fulfilled, and Helvetia will initiate the procedure for the invalidity declaration according to Art.33 SESTA. Moreover, Helvetia intends to delist the Nationale Suisse shares from SIX Swiss Exchange AG immediately after the invalidity declaration judgment becomes legally effective.

This media release is also available on the home page www.helvetia.com/media.

Contact information
Helvetia Group
Susanne Tengler
Director Investor Relations
Dufourstrasse 40
CH-9001 St.Gallen

Phone: +41 58 280 57 79
Fax: +41 58 280 55 89
Helvetia Group
Martin Nellen
Head Corporate Communications
and Brand Management
Dufourstrasse 40
CH-9001 St.Gallen

Phone: +41 58 280 56 88
Fax: +41 58 280 55 89