Validus Completes Western World Acquisition

October 3, 2014

Bermuda-based Validus Holdings, Ltd. completed its acquisition of Western World Insurance Group, Inc.

Western World, through its subsidiaries, is a specialty lines insurance company with a 50 year track record of profitability and is a pioneer in the binding authority business model.

Ed Noonan, Validus’ Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, stated, “The acquisition of Western World is another important step in building our global specialty insurance business.

“Western World is an excellent company which complements our market leading short-tail operations in Bermuda and London, and holds tremendous potential for expansion of products and capabilities in the world’s largest insurance market.

“Our teams are working to ensure a seamless integration which maximizes our collective market opportunities. As a leading global insurance and reinsurance company, we are delighted to be expanding our presence in the U.S. market.”

Tom Mulligan, Western World’s Chief Executive Officer, added, “The Western World team is very proud of the franchise we have built and is excited about our future as a key contributor to Validus. We look forward to working with Validus to provide additional products and capacity to our agents and customers.”

Under the terms of the transaction, Western World’s owners received $690.0 million in cash in exchange for 100% of the outstanding stock of Western World. The purchase price was subject to adjustment based on pre-closing payments to shareholders, transaction expenses and the timing of closing.

“Validus funded the transaction with cash on hand. Western World will continue to operate as a standalone business led by current management.

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