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April 24, 2012 9:00 am ET
William R. Berkley – Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
W. Robert Berkley, Jr. – President and Chief Operating Officer
Eugene G. Ballard – Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Amit Kumar – Macquarie Research Equities
Keith Walsh – Citigroup
Joshua Shanker – Deutsche Bank Securities
Vinay Misquith – Evercore Partners Inc.
Larry Greenberg – Langen McAlenney
Michael Nannizzi – Goldman Sachs Group Inc.
Doug Mewhirter – RBC Capital Markets
Meyer Shields – Stifel Nicolaus & Company, Inc.
Jeffrey Cohen – Bank of America/Merrill Lynch
Robert Farnam – Keefe, Bruyette & Woods
Dan Johnson – Citadel
Good day, and welcome to the W. R. Berkley Corporation’s First Quarter 2012 Earnings Conference Call. Today’s conference is being recorded. The speakers’ remarks may contain forward-looking statements. Some of the forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking words including without limitation believes, expects or estimates. We caution you that such forward-looking statements should not be regarded as a representation by us that the future plans, estimates or expectations contemplated by us will in fact be achieved.
Please refer to our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year-ended December 31, 2011 and our other filings made with the SEC for a description of the business environment in which we operate and the important factors that may materially affect our results. W.R. Berkley Corporation is not under any obligation and expressly disclaims any such obligation to update or alter its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.