Stockholm, Sweden, November 11, 2004
Stockholm-based Sirius International Insurance Corporation (Sirius) - a White Mountains Re company and a wholly owned subsidiary of White Mountains Insurance Group, Ltd., announced today that it has completed its previously announced acquisition of Tryg-Baltica Forsikring, internationalt forsikringsselskab A/S (TBi).
As a result of the change of ownership the General Assembly of TBi has today decided to rename the Company; Sirius (Denmark) Forsikringsselskab A/S. This change will come into effect as soon as it has been approved and registered in Denmark.
Sirius International Insurance Corporation (Sirius) is the main operating unit of the Sirius International Group, an international reinsurance organization owned and overseen by White Mountains Re Group, Ltd. Sirius, a Stockholm-based reinsurance company, is the largest reinsurance company in Scandinavia and has offices in Stockholm, London, Hamburg, Belgium and Singapore. The company focuses mainly on property and other short-tailed lines of business.
White Mountains Re Group, Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of White Mountains Insurance Group, Ltd. (WTM) is a Bermuda-based holding company which oversees the worldwide reinsurance activities of WTM.
White Mountains Insurance Group, Ltd. is a Bermuda-domiciled financial services holding company traded on the New York Stock Exchange and the Bermuda Stock Exchange under the symbol WTM. Additional financial information and other items of interest are available at the Company's web site located at www.whitemountains.com.
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business opportunities (or lack thereof) that may be presented to it and pursued;
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changes in domestic or foreign laws or regulations applicable to White Mountains, its competitors or its clients;
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loss reserves established subsequently proving to have been inadequate; and
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