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Transatlantic Enters Into Confidentiality Agreement And Discussions With Third Party

NEW YORK, Sept. 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Transatlantic Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: TRH) ("Transatlantic") today announced that it has entered into a confidentiality agreement and commenced discussions with a third party regarding potential strategic alternatives.

There can be no assurance that these discussions will result in a proposal or a transaction.  Transatlantic does not intend to comment further regarding its discussions unless and until required by law or NYSE regulations.  

The Company noted that the confidentiality agreement announced today is in addition to the previously announced confidentiality agreements with Validus Holdings, Ltd. (NYSE: VR) and National Indemnity Company, a member of the group of insurance companies of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (NYSE: BRK.A, BRK.B).

Goldman, Sachs & Co. and Moelis & Company LLC are acting as financial advisors and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is acting as legal counsel to Transatlantic.

About Transatlantic Holdings, Inc.

Transatlantic Holdings, Inc. is a leading international reinsurance organization headquartered in New York, with operations on six continents. Its subsidiaries, Transatlantic Reinsurance Company®, Trans Re Zurich Reinsurance Company Ltd. and Putnam Reinsurance Company, offer reinsurance capacity on both a treaty and facultative basis ― structuring programs for a full range of property and casualty products, with an emphasis on specialty risks.

Visit – www.transre.com – for additional information about Transatlantic.

Cautionary Note regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This communication contains forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Statements that are not historical facts, including statements about our beliefs and expectations, are forward-looking statements. Such statements involve risks and uncertainties, which may cause actual results to differ materially from those set forth in these statements. For example, these forward-looking statements could be affected by risks that the terminated merger agreement with Allied World Assurance Company Holdings, AG disrupts current plans and operations; risks that the unsolicited Validus exchange offer, Validus consent solicitation and/or National Indemnity proposal disrupts current plans and operations; the ability to retain key personnel; pricing and policy term trends; increased competition; the impact of acts of terrorism and acts of war; greater frequency or severity of unpredictable catastrophic events; negative rating agency actions; the adequacy of loss reserves; changes in regulations or tax laws; changes in the availability, cost or quality of reinsurance or retrocessional coverage; adverse general economic conditions; and judicial, legislative, political and other governmental developments, as well as management's response to these factors; and other risks detailed in the "Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Information," "Risk Factors" and other sections of Transatlantic's Form 10-K and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date on which they are made. Transatlantic is under no obligation (and expressly disclaims any such obligation) to update or revise any forward-looking statement that may be made from time to time, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise, except as required by law.

Stock quotes in this article: BRK.A, BRK.B, TRH, VR 

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