AXIS Capital Holdings Limited ("AXIS Capital") (NYSE: AXS) today announced that AXIS Syndicate 1686 has recently received approval from Lloyd's for the establishment of an underwriting division at Lloyd's Insurance Company (China) Limited (Lloyd's China). The underwriting division will focus on treaty reinsurance business on the Lloyd's China platform beginning 1 st January, 2016 and will have a dedicated underwriter working for Lloyd's China based in their Shanghai office. Richard Milner, President and CUO of AXIS Re Asia Pacific, said, "AXIS Re has been an active participant in the Chinese reinsurance market for the past several years. We believe insurance and risk transfer products will play a vital role in supporting economic growth both in China and across Asia. Establishing a new underwriting relationship for AXIS Syndicate 1686 through Lloyd's China is a sign of our continued commitment to Lloyd's and to the Chinese market. We look forward to working closely with our clients in China as we grow our business in the coming years." Alistair Robson, Active Underwriter of AXIS Syndicate 1686, said, "We are very pleased to add treaty reinsurance to the other specialty insurance classes we currently underwrite in the Syndicate, reflecting the diversified nature of AXIS Capital's wider business as well as enhancing service to our global broker and client base". AXIS Syndicate 1686 is managed by Asta Managing Agency Limited under a turnkey arrangement with capital wholly provided by AXIS Corporate Capital UK Limited as a Lloyd's Corporate Member. AXIS Syndicate 1686 carries the Lloyd's financial strength ratings of "A+" (Strong) by Standard & Poor's, "AA-" (Very Strong) by Fitch Ratings and "A" (Excellent) by A.M. Best. The Syndicate also benefits from the strength of the Lloyd's brand, its network of global licenses and the Lloyd's Chain of Security. About AXIS Capital AXIS Capital is a Bermuda-based global provider of specialty lines insurance and treaty reinsurance with shareholders' equity attributable to AXIS Capital at September 30, 2015 of $5.8 billion and locations in Bermuda, the United States, Europe, Singapore, Canada, Australia and Latin America. Its operating subsidiaries have been assigned a rating of "A+" ("Strong") by Standard & Poor's and "A+" ("Superior") by A.M. Best. For more information about AXIS Capital, visit our website at www.axiscapital.com.