Allied World Completes Acquisition of Darwin

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PEMBROKE, Bermuda, Oct 20, 2008 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ — Allied World Assurance Company Holdings, Ltd announced today that it has completed its acquisition of Darwin Professional Underwriters, Inc. Darwin, a specialty insurer based in Farmington, Connecticut, will become part of Allied World’s U.S. operations.

Scott Carmilani, President and Chief Executive Officer of Allied World, commented, “This is a great day for Allied World and our employees. The completion of the Darwin acquisition is an important strategic initiative for the company that increases our specialty casualty focus in the U.S., and significantly expands our access to the U.S. primary healthcare and E&O markets, which are target markets for Allied World. We enthusiastically welcome the Darwin team onboard.”

Jack Sennott, Darwin’s Chief Operating Officer, added, “The Darwin team is very proud of the franchise we have built over the last five-and-a-half years and is excited about our future as a key component of Allied World. Becoming part of Allied World’s global franchise benefits all of Darwin’s stakeholders, and we are now ready to get to work building out Allied World’s primary specialty franchise in the U.S.”

The acquisition of Darwin was accomplished through the merger of a subsidiary of Allied World, Allied World Merger Company, with and into Darwin, with Darwin as the surviving corporation. Allied World paid $32.00 in cash per share for all of Darwin’s outstanding common stock. The total consideration paid was approximately $550 million.

About Allied World Assurance Company

Allied World Assurance Company Holdings, Ltd, through its subsidiaries, is a global provider of insurance and reinsurance solutions, offering superior client service through offices in Bermuda, the United States and Europe. Our insurance and reinsurance subsidiaries are rated A (Excellent) by A.M. Best Company and A- (Strong) by Standard & Poor’s. Our Bermuda and U.S. insurance and reinsurance subsidiaries are rated A2 (Good) by Moody’s Investors Service. For further information on Allied World, please visit our website at http://www.awac.com

About Darwin Professional Underwriters, Inc

Darwin is a specialty insurance group based in Farmington, Connecticut. The company is focused on the professional liability insurance market and underwrites directors and officers liability for public and private companies, errors and omissions liability insurance, medical malpractice liability insurance, and other specialty coverage. Darwin member companies include Darwin Professional Underwriters, Inc., Darwin National Assurance Company (DNA), and Darwin Select Insurance Company (Darwin Select). DNA and Darwin Select have earned a financial strength rating of A- (Excellent) from A.M. Best Company. For more about Darwin visit http://www.darwinpro.com

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SOURCE Allied World Assurance Company Holdings, Ltd

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