ARIS Title Insurance Corporation Launches Initiative to Establish International Legal-Scientific Standards for Emerging

  ARIS Title Insurance Corporation Launches Initiative to Establish
  International Legal-Scientific Standards for Emerging Authenticity
  Technologies in Global Art Market

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NEW YORK & LONDON -- November 18, 2013

ARIS Title Insurance Corporation, a member of Argo Group International
Holdings, Ltd. (Nasdaq: AGII), announced today that it has launched an
eighteen-month project aimed at establishing a framework for implementing
technologies intended to address the issue of authenticity of works of fine
art and other objects in the global art market. Working through U.S. and
international standards organizations, the project will also draw on the
expertise of leading academic and scientific experts.

“A significant number of firms are developing various technologies to address
the issue of authenticity in the art industry. Given the broad range of media
in which works are created and the environmental exposures of art and
important collectibles on a global basis, no one technology can address the
entire industry need,” said ARIS Chairman Lawrence M. Shindell. “Most critical
to creating an effective authenticity solution is the establishment of
standards against which the efficacy of both current and future authentication
marking technologies can be measured. ARIS, as the world’s leading art title
insurer, is in a unique position to assist the market in delivering these
solutions because clear legal title is the keystone to all other activity
around this asset class.”

“Advancements in technology – from botanical DNA-based marking technologies to
nano-technologies – can now be used to mark or identify a new work of art or
an existing work whose authenticity has already been established by
conventional standards. This will eventually eliminate the question of
authenticity from the art industry as well as the frictional costs that this
issue creates,” explained Mr. Shindell. “However, the existence of
independently established, authoritative standards that will govern the
indelibility, permanency, non-alterability, implementation protocols and other
complex issues are necessary to anchor the legal-scientific efficacy of each
technology. Otherwise, an overall market solution will not be possible,”
explained Mr. Shindell.

ARIS is already working with the world-leading Authentication in Art
Foundation established at The Hague, which will convene a Congress in May 2014
to address conventional authentication standards for never-before marked or
identified works.

“Once appropriate third-party efficacy standards for prospectively-applied
marking or identification technologies are established, we will actively work
with and support each technology that meets those standards. We expect to
structure our keystone art title insurance to incorporate these identification
solutions at no added cost to the market,” said Mr. Shindell.


ARIS Title Insurance Corporation is the world leader in securing legal
ownership to fine art and other precious collectible, non-real estate property
assets. ARIS serves the full range of stakeholders and participants in the
global art and collectibles industry including the institutional commercial,
not-for-profit, audit-accountancy, legal advisory, financial services, D&O/E&O
insurance and private equity and alternative asset investment fund sectors.
ARIS, a member of Argo Group International Holdings, Ltd., is a New York State
domiciled title insurance company. ARIS is headquartered in New York, New
York. More information about ARIS is available at and


Argo Group International Holdings, Ltd. (Nasdaq: AGII) is an international
underwriter of specialty insurance and reinsurance products in the property
and casualty market. Argo Group offers a full line of products and services
designed to meet the unique coverage and claims handling needs of four primary
businesses segments: Excess & Surplus Lines, Commercial Specialty,
International Specialty and Syndicate 1200. Argo Group's insurance
subsidiaries are A. M. Best-rated 'A' (Excellent), and Argo's U.S. insurance
subsidiaries are Standard and Poor's-rated 'A-' (Strong). More information on
Argo Group and its subsidiaries is available at


This press release contains certain statements that are “forward-looking
statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933
and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Such
statements are qualified by the inherent risks and uncertainties surrounding
future expectations generally and also may materially differ from actual
future experience involving any one or more of such statements. For a more
detailed discussion of such risks and uncertainties, see Argo Group's filings
with the SEC. The inclusion of a forward-looking statement herein should not
be regarded as a representation by Argo Group that Argo Group's objectives
will be achieved. Argo Group undertakes no obligation to publicly update
forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future
events or otherwise.


Argo Group International Holdings, Ltd.
Lisa Scannell, 617-235-6138
VP, Marketing & Communications
Judith Pearson, 303-773-7243
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