Willis Capital Markets & Advisory Completes $75 Million Queen City Re Cat Bond for American Modern Insurance Group, Inc.

NEW YORK, Dec. 27, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Willis Capital Markets & Advisory (WCMA), part of Willis Group Holdings (NYSE:WSH), the global risk adviser, insurance and reinsurance broker, today announced the successful placement of a $75 million catastrophe bond transaction for American Modern Insurance Group, Inc. "American Modern", a diversified specialty short-tail lines carrier and fully-owned indirect subsidiary of Munich Re.

The transaction, which closed on December 23, provides American Modern with $75 million of fully collateralized protection against U.S. Named Storms for a three-year risk period. The structure features an indemnity trigger on a per occurrence basis.

Tony Ursano, CEO, Willis Capital Markets & Advisory said: "Investors were eager to support a new sponsor to the market. The transaction was substantially oversubscribed and pricing ended up well below the initial price guidance. We are pleased to have been chosen to work on this transaction and deliver world class execution for American Modern."

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