Mitsui & Co. invest in an Asian reinsurance company in Lloyd's

Joint venture with Temasek and Asian insurance companies

Dec. 25, 2009

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In December 2009, Mitsui & Co., Ltd ("Mitsui") became the largest shareholder of ACAL Holdings Pte Ltd ("ACAL") in Singapore, the sole capital provider for Syndicate 1965 at Lloyd's. Syndicate 1965 is one of more than 80 syndicates in the Lloyd's of London market which from the world's largest insurance market.

ACAL is the holding company for the Corporate Member, ACAL Underwriting Ltd which is managed by Argenta Syndicate Management Ltd at Lloyds and ACAL is the sole capital provider to Syndicate 1965. Besides Mitsui, other major shareholders of ACAL include Seletar Fund Investments Pte Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Temasek Holdings (Private) Limited, NTUC Income Insurance Cooperative Ltd, a Singaporean-based trade union enterprise, and Labuan Reinsurance (L) Ltd, a Malaysian-based international reinsurance company.

Mitsui has invested in several of the large reinsurance companies since the 1980's, these include those established when the world was in short supply of insurance and reinsurance capacity after the terrorism event of September 11, 2001 and hurricane Katrina in 2005. Their investments dealings have been through Stone Point Capital, a private equity firm, with whom Mitsui has strategic partnership. Based on such experiences, Mitsui has been seeking to enter reinsurance business operation in Asia, the world's most potential market, for a long time.

With the additional capital from Mitsui, Syndicate 1965 is expected to expand its underwriting capacity with new business lines to be added and growing existing classes of business underwritten. Syndicate 1965 will build its existing business of Property & Casualty Reinsurance and Marine and add new lines of business predominantly Property Direct & Facultative and Marine Reinsurance. The company will continue to diversify the overall underwriting portfolio to create a balanced book of business and optimize capital allocation, leveraging Mitsui and ACAL shareholders' business network and expertise. As a long term vision, the company targets to be a leading reinsurance company in Asia which will provide stable underwriting capacity to support economic and industrial growth of Asia.

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For inquiries on this matter, please contact

Mitsui & Co., Ltd.
Corporate Communications Division
Takatsugu Ohki
Telephone: +81-3-3285-7562
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