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SOURCE ProAssurance Corporation
BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Sept. 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- ProAssurance Corporation (NYSE: PRA) announced today that it will be the majority capital provider to the proposed new Syndicate 1729 at Lloyd's of London. The syndicate will be led by Duncan Dale, a preeminent reinsurance underwriter with more than 30 years of successful experience at Lloyd's and the London insurance and reinsurance market.
Syndicate 1729 was granted approval in principle by the Franchise Board of Lloyd's of London today and must now complete the customary regulatory and compliance processes before its planned inception date of January 1, 2014.
ProAssurance is committing up to $60 million of capital for the first year of operations of the syndicate, with a six-year commitment of up to $200 million through 2019. ProAssurance's commitment represents 51% of the capital to be committed; remaining capital will come from third parties, including private names and other corporate members. ProAssurance also expects to lend underwriting support to the syndicate for international healthcare liability opportunities, as needed.
"We are excited about our association with this venture," said Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
W. Stancil Starnes. He added, "Participating in this syndicate will allow us more direct and efficient access to international healthcare professional liability opportunities as well as provide a measured degree of diversification with a trusted partner. We also expect our Medmarc subsidiary to benefit as it works with the syndicate to provide policies to medical technology companies that are expanding outside the United States."
Lead Underwriter Duncan Dale said, "ProAssurance's financial strength, long-term commitment, strategic vision and exceptional expertise will bring real benefits to the Syndicate. We're excited about the opportunities this new venture opens up for ourselves, ProAssurance and the Lloyd's Market."
Asta Managing Agency Ltd. will assist in the establishment of the syndicate and will provide management and governance in the initial years of operation.
ProAssurance (www.ProAssurance.com) is an industry-leading specialty insurance company with extensive expertise in medical professional liability, products liability for medical technology and life sciences and legal professional liability. ProAssurance is recognized as one of the top performing insurance companies in America by virtue of its inclusion in the Ward's 50 for the past seven years and is consistently ranked as a top performing property casualty insurer in Moody's Yearly Statistical Handbook. ProAssurance Group is rated "A+" (Superior) by A.M. Best and ProAssurance is rated "A" (Strong) by Fitch Ratings.
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Risks that could adversely affect the establishment of the proposed new Syndicate 1729 at Lloyd's of London include, but are not limited to, the following:
The following important factors are among those that could affect the actual outcome of other future events:
Additional risk factors that may cause outcomes that differ from our expectations or projections are described in various documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, such as current reports on Form 8-K, and regular reports on Forms 10-Q and 10-K, particularly in "Item 1A, Risk Factors."
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