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Navigators Expands Presence in Europe

NEW YORK, NY, Sept. 10, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Navigators Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:NAVG) today announced that Navigators Underwriting Ltd., its European underwriting management subsidiary, has opened offices in Paris, France; Milan, Italy; and Rotterdam, The Netherlands to better service brokers and businesses in those markets. Initially the offices will underwrite marine, management liability and professional liability insurance.

"Our management liability and professional liability products have experienced strong growth in international markets by providing relevant insurance solutions for risks that have been traditionally placed locally," commented Carl Bach, President of Navigators Pro International. "By providing meaningful capacity and significant authority for management & professional liability products to experienced local underwriters now in France and The Netherlands, we better serve our clients and brokers in the respective regions."

"We look forward to meeting the needs of the local brokers and marine-related businesses by staffing our offices with experienced underwriters with meaningful authority," commented Colin Sprott, President of Navigators Global Marine. "At Navigators, we pride ourselves on listening to our broker partners and identifying opportunities in which a local presence can more effectively address broker needs, and we believe this further illustrates our commitment."

Navigators has underwritten specialty insurance from London since 1998 and has added regional operations over time to access business that is not typically placed in London. In addition to its London operation, Navigators currently underwrites business from offices in Antwerp, Belgium; Copenhagen, Denmark; and Stockholm, Sweden.

The Navigators Group, Inc. is an international specialty insurance holding company with insurance company operations, underwriting management companies and operations at Lloyd's. Navigators has offices in the United States, the United Kingdom and Continental Europe, as well as representative offices in China and Brazil.

This press release may contain "forward-looking statements" as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Whenever used in this release, the words "estimate," "expect," "believe," "may," "will," "intend," "continue" or similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. We cannot assure that results that we anticipate will be achieved, since results may differ materially because of known and unknown risks and uncertainties that we face. Please refer to Navigators' most recent Forms 10-K and 10-Q and its other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a description of Navigators' business and the important factors that may affect that business. Navigators undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement.

CONTACT: NAVIGATORS FRANCE Mathieu Borneuf +33 1 7038 5239 mborneuf@navg.com Website: www.navg.fr NAVIGATORS ITALY Michael Zanetti +39 02 6203 2060 mzanetti@navg.com Website: www.navg.it NAVIGATORS NETHERLANDS Duco Teijema +31 1 0282 1455 dteijema@navg.com Website: www.navgins.nl

Source:The Navigators Group, Inc.