XL Insurance Company Ltd receives Court approval for merger with XL Europe Ltd
Hartford, CT - December 09, 2008
LONDON, UK – 9 December 2008 – XL Insurance, the global insurance operations of XL Capital Ltd (NYSE: XL), today announced that the English High Court in London has approved the merger of XL Europe Ltd (Dublin) into XL Insurance Company Ltd (London).This order follows the approval of the business portfolio transfer from XL Europe Ltd to XL Insurance Company Ltd by the Irish High Court in Dublin on 4 December 2008.The portfolio transfer and merger are due to take effect from 31 December 2008 and form the culmination of a year-long project to restructure and streamline XL Insurance’s operations into a single platform to serve the countries of the European Economic Area as well as Asia and Australia. XL London Market Limited’s Lloyd’s based business is unaffected by this change.David Duclos, Chief Executive Officer at XL Insurance, said: “The Court approval for the merger of XL Insurance Company Ltd and XL Europe Ltd represents the final step in this long-term project. This cross-border merger of insurance companies is the first of its kind in the UK and Ireland, following the recent implementation of the European Union’s Merger Directive. It involved close co- ordination between our underwriters, compliance, legal and finance experts while keeping our clients and brokers informed. The project started in 2007 and follows the successful restructuring of XL's reinsurance segment in Europe two years ago”.We believe that a single, streamlined European and Australasian insurance platform will be better placed to serve our business requirements and the needs of clients and their brokers. We expect the simplified structure to improve capital efficiency and put us in a strong position for Solvency II.” XL Insurance Company Ltd is registered in London and regulated by the Financial Services Authority (FSA). The merged company has capital and surplus of just under $1 billion.About XL Insurance "XL Insurance" is the global brand used by member insurers of the XL Capital Ltd group of companies. XL Capital Ltd., through its operating subsidiaries, is a leading provider of global insurance and reinsurance coverages to industrial, commercial and professional firms, insurance companies and other enterprises on a worldwide basis. More information about XL Insurance and its products is available at www.xlinsurance.com or at www.xlgroup.com.
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