W. R. Berkley Corporation Forms Berkley Southeast Insurance Group

  W. R. Berkley Corporation Forms Berkley Southeast Insurance Group

                       Announces Management Appointment

Business Wire

GREENWICH, Conn. -- January 25, 2013

W. R. Berkley Corporation (NYSE: WRB) today announced the formation of Berkley
Southeast Insurance Group. Berkley Southeast will be based in Atlanta,
Georgia, and will provide standard commercial lines insurance services and
expertise to a wide range of businesses in six Southeastern states:
Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina.
Products will be distributed through the independent agency system.

Berkley Southeast will underwrite products on behalf of W. R. Berkley
Corporation's regional insurance member companies, which are all rated A+
(Superior) by A.M. Best Company, Inc.

Dennis L. Barger has been named president of Berkley Southeast. Mr. Barger has
more than 30 years of experience in the property casualty insurance industry.
He previously served in senior positions with other major insurers. Mr. Barger
earned a B.A. from the University of Cincinnati and holds the Certified
Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation.

William R. Berkley, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of W. R.
Berkley Corporation, said: "The formation of Berkley Southeast demonstrates
our commitment to maintaining a local presence and developing expertise in
niches that drive local communities. We are pleased to add an accomplished and
proven leader like Dennis as president of the new unit. Its formation
represents an outstanding opportunity to better serve and expand the
territory."

For further information about the products and services available from Berkley
Southeast, please contact Dennis Barger at dbarger@wrberkley.com.

Founded in 1967, W. R. Berkley Corporation is an insurance holding company
that is among the largest commercial lines writers in the United States and
operates in five segments of the property casualty insurance business:
specialty insurance, regional property casualty insurance, alternative
markets, reinsurance and international.

This is a "Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation
Reform Act of 1995. Any forward-looking statements contained herein, including
statements related to our outlook for the industry and for our performance for
the year 2013 and beyond, are based upon the Company's historical performance
and on current plans, estimates and expectations. The inclusion of this
forward-looking information should not be regarded as a representation by us
or any other person that the future plans, estimates or expectations
contemplated by us will be achieved. They are subject to various risks and
uncertainties, including but not limited to, the success of our new ventures
or acquisitions and the availability of other opportunities, our ability to
attract and retain key personnel and qualified employees, and other risks
detailed from time to time in the Company's filings with the Securities and
Exchange Commission. These risks could cause actual results of the industry or
our actual results for the year 2013 and beyond to differ materially from
those expressed in any forward-looking statement made by or on behalf of the
Company. Any projections of growth in the Company's revenues would not
necessarily result in commensurate levels of earnings. Forward-looking
statements speak only as of the date on which they are made, and the Company
undertakes no obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking
statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or
otherwise.

Contact:

W. R. Berkley Corporation
Karen A. Horvath, 203-629-3000
Vice President – External
Financial Communications
 
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