PartnerRe Ltd incorporated in Bermuda in August 1993, is an international reinsurance and insurance group. The Company provides reinsurance and certain specialty insurance lines through its wholly-owned subsidiaries. Risks reinsured include, but are not limited to, property, casualty, motor, agriculture, aviation, catastrophe, credit, engineering, energy, marine, specialty property, specialty casualty, multiline and other lines, mortality, longevity, accident and health and alternative risk products. The Company also offers alternative risk products that include weather and credit protection to financial, industrial and service companies. The Company monitors the performance of its operations in the following segments; Non-life, Life and Health. The Non-life segment is further divided into four sub-segments; North America, Global (Non-U.S.) Property and Casualty (Global (Non-U.S.) P&C), Global Specialty and Catastrophe. The North America sub-segment includes agriculture, casualty, motor, multiline, property, surety and other risks generally originating in the U.S. The Global (Non-U.S.) P&C sub-segment includes casualty, motor and property business generally originating outside of the U.S. The Global (Non-U.S.) Specialty sub-segment is comprised of business that is generally considered to be specialized due to the sophisticated technical underwriting required to analyze risks. This sub-segment consists of several lines of business for which the Company believes it has developed specialized knowledge and underwriting capabilities. These lines of business include agriculture, aviation, credit, energy, engineering, marine, specialty casualty, specialty property and other lines. The Catastrophe sub-segment is comprised of the Company's catastrophe line of business. The Company's Life and Health segment includes mortality, longevity and accident and health lines of business. The Company provides reinsurance and certain specialty insurance lines for its clients in approximately 150 countries around the world. Through its branches and subsidiaries, it provides reinsurance or insurance of non-life and life risks of ceding companies on either a proportional or non-proportional basis through treaties or facultative reinsurance. The Company competes with other reinsurers, some of which have greater financial, marketing and management resources than the Company, and it also competes with new market entrants. The Company's reinsurance operations are subject to laws and regulations that are administered and enforced by a number of different governmental and non-governmental self-regulatory authorities and association in each of their respective jurisdictions.