ACE Establishes Special Purpose Vehicle, Altair Re

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ACE Establishes Special Purpose Vehicle, Altair Re

ZURICH--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- ACE Limited announced today that it has established a $95 million special purpose vehicle, Altair Re, to provide additional collateralized capacity for its global reinsurance business. The capital will be used to broadly support ACE Tempest Re's global property catastrophe reinsurance portfolio.

"Altair Re gives us additional capacity to meet the diversified property catastrophe needs of our insurance and reinsurance company clients," said Jacques Q. Bonneau, Chairman of ACE Tempest Re Group. "Capital markets investors will benefit from ACE Tempest Re's proven track record of conservative underwriting and consistent profitability, while the additional capital will enable us to take advantage of opportunities we see in the global property catastrophe market."


Willis Capital Markets & Advisory acted as structuring and placement agent on the transaction.

The ACE Group is one of the world's largest multiline property and casualty insurers. With operations in 53 countries, ACE provides commercial and personal property and casualty insurance, personal accident and supplemental health insurance, reinsurance and life insurance to a diverse group of clients. ACE Limited, the parent company of the ACE Group, is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYS: ACE) and is a component of the S&P 500 index. Additional information can be found at: www.acegroup.com.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements:

All forward-looking statements made in this press release, related to the establishment of Altair Re or otherwise, reflect ACE's current views with respect to future events, business transactions and business 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 set forth in these statements. For example, ACE's forward-looking statements related to its future business activities supported by Altair Re could prove incorrect based on market conditions.Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the dates on which they are made. The company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.



ACE Limited
Investor Contact:
Helen M. Wilson, 441-299-9283
helen.wilson@acegroup.com
or
Media Contact:
Stephen M. Wasdick, 212-827-4444
stephen.wasdick@acegroup.com

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