Allied World Europe Acquires Renewal Rights to Markel’s Aviation Business

  Allied World Europe Acquires Renewal Rights to Markel’s Aviation Business

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ZUG, Switzerland -- October 2, 2013

Allied World Assurance Company Holdings, AG (NYSE:AWH) and Markel
International announced today that Allied World Europe and Markel
International have entered into an agreement whereby Allied World Europe will
acquire the renewal rights to a book of aviation business written by Lloyd’s
Syndicate 1400 and Markel Europe plc. This business encompasses airline,
aerospace and general aviation classes. In addition, the former Markel
underwriting team led by Olivier Marre has joined Allied World Europe,
ensuring continuity of service and coverage to clients and brokers. Markel
acquired the aviation book of business in May this year as part of its
acquisition of Alterra Capital. Required regulatory approvals for this
transaction have been received from the Central Bank of Ireland and Lloyd’s.

Julian James, President, Allied World Europe, said, “We are delighted to
secure such a high calibre team of individuals. By expanding into this market,
we are taking another step in the strategy of building out our European
business in areas where we believe we can make a meaningful impact. Having
underwritten the quota share for the entire account through our Bermuda
operation, we have knowledge and experience of the class, and with Olivier and
his team’s impressive track record, I am confident that we can continue to
build on the team’s previous success.”

William Stovin, President and Chief Operating Officer, Markel International,
commented, “This is a good deal for all of us which allows Markel to focus on
its core lines of business while Olivier and his team can continue to look
after a book of business it knows well.”

Olivier Marre, added, “I am pleased that our underwriting team has joined
Allied World. We have spent considerable time managing this handover and I am
confident that there will be a seamless transition for our clients during this
process. The aviation market remains a challenging environment and continuing
to implement our underwriting discipline will be a critical factor to our

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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About Markel International

Markel International Limited is a subsidiary of Markel Corporation, a US-based
holding company trading on the New York Stock Exchange (MKL). Markel
International writes insurance and reinsurance business through eight
divisions and through offices across the UK, Europe, Canada, Latin America and
Asia Pacific. Markel International’s insuring entities include Syndicate 3000,
Syndicate 1400, Markel Resseguradora do Brasil S.A. and Markel International
Insurance Company Limited. For more information please visit us at

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company’s current views with respect to future events and financial
performance and are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private
Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements involve risks and
uncertainties, which may cause actual results to differ materially from those
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could be affected by the ability to recognize the benefits of the transaction
described above; pricing and policy term trends; increased competition; the
impact of acts of terrorism and acts of war; greater frequency or severity of
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Allied World
Noelle Campbell, +1-646-794-0544
Faye Cook, +1-441-278-5406
Sarah Doran, +1-646-794-0590
Markel International
Michael Henman, +44 (0)20 7953 6000
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