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Willis Taiwan Acquires Elite to Expand Market Presence and Large Accounts Offering

LONDON, June 11, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Willis Group Holdings plc (NYSE:WSH), the global risk advisory, re/insurance broking, and human capital and benefits firm, has today announced its agreement to acquire Elite Risk Services Limited of Taiwan.

The move almost doubles the size of Willis’s existing business in Taiwan and strengthens its client offering to larger accounts, particularly in the marine and technology, media & telecoms (TMT) sectors.

Huichih Ko, Chairman of Willis Asia, said: “Elite is a well-established and innovative business that is respected by its many clients and the wider market. This deal will strengthen our presence in Taiwan and help position us there as the global risk adviser of choice.

“Taiwan is an important market, both in Asia and globally, and we think the island’s many major companies have great potential, particularly in the TMT and marine sectors.

“For Willis Group, this is the latest chapter in a targeted acquisition strategy to seek out complementary businesses with specialist skills and strong growth prospects.”

Jason Huang, Chairman and President of Elite, said: “Our merger with Willis means we will have a much bigger market platform, which will give both our colleagues and our clients more resources and support to draw on. The Taiwanese market is developing rapidly and joining one of the world’s leading insurance brokers will help us maximise our growth potential.”

The transaction is subject to regulatory approval and is expected to complete in July 2015. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Willis Taiwan and Elite plan to merge as soon as practicable after completion, when Elite’s 24 staff will join Willis and the Elite brand will be dissolved. Willis Taiwan currently employs 35 staff from its headquarters in Taipei.

About Willis
Willis Group Holdings plc is a leading global risk advisory, re/insurance broker and human capital and benefits firm. With roots dating to 1828, Willis operates today on every continent with more than 18,000 employees in over 400 offices. Willis offers its clients superior expertise, teamwork, innovation and market-leading products and professional services in risk management and transfer. Our experts rank among the world’s leading authorities on analytics, modelling and mitigation strategies at the intersection of global commerce and extreme events. Find more information at our website, www.willis.com, our leadership journal, Resilience, or our up-to-the-minute blog on breaking news, WillisWire. Across geographies, industries and specialisms, Willis provides its local and multinational clients with resilience for a risky world.

About Elite Risk Services Limited
Elite Risk Services Limited, founded in 2005, provides professional risk services, re/insurance broking and consultancy services to Taiwanese clients domestically and overseas. Its areas of expertise include property damage, marine, product liability and executive risks. For more information, please visit http://www.ersltd.com.tw/


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