Allied World Europe and Gravity Underwriting Announce Strategic Agreement

  Allied World Europe and Gravity Underwriting Announce Strategic Agreement

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ZUG, Switzerland -- August 13, 2013

Allied World Assurance Company Holdings, AG (NYSE: AWH) announced today that
Allied World Assurance Holdings (Ireland) Ltd has entered into an agreement
with Gravity Underwriting Limited (Gravity) whereby Allied World will invest
and own a 21.2% share of Gravity. Gravity is a London-based MGA that provides
a range of innovative property and casualty products for insurance brokers in
the U.K. SME market. Under the terms of the transaction, Gravity will help
facilitate business for Allied World Europe’s property book of business.

Julian James, President, Allied World Europe stated, “Gravity is a
well-respected MGA in the U.K. commercial market with a solid reputation for
their technical expertise. This investment represents our continued commitment
to the U.K. market and another step in our strategy to build out our European
business. I am confident that together, we will be able to provide our mutual
customers with the exceptional service and financial security they have come
to expect.”

Alan Thorne, Managing Director, Gravity commented, “We are delighted to have
Allied World as an investor in our organisation as well as lead insurer in our
commercial property business. Plans for future development alongside Allied
World include specialty casualty and professional lines products. Gravity is
commencing a new phase of growth in the U.K. retail insurance market and we
are proud to be working with Allied World Europe.”

For more information on Allied World Europe’s agreement with Gravity, please
contact Alan Thorne at +44 (0)20 7220 5330 or, or Andy Brooks, Vice President, Property
at +44 (0)20 7220 0619 or

About Allied World

Allied World Assurance Company Holdings, AG, through its subsidiaries and
brand known as Allied World, is a global provider of innovative property,
casualty and specialty insurance and reinsurance solutions. Allied World
offers superior client service through a global network of offices and
branches. All of Allied World's rated insurance and reinsurance subsidiaries
are rated A by A.M. Best Company, A by Standard & Poor's, and A2 by Moody's,
and our Lloyd's Syndicate 2232 is rated A+ by Standard & Poor's and Fitch.

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Allied World Assurance Company Holdings, AG
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