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Company Overview

Validus Holdings, Ltd. was incorporated under the laws of Bermuda on October 19, 2005. The Company conducts its operations worldwide through four operating segments: Validus Re, Talbot, Western World, and AlphaCat.

Validus Re is a global reinsurance group focused primarily on treaty reinsurance. Talbot is a specialty (re)insurance group primarily operating within the Lloyd's insurance market through Syndicate 1183. Western World is a U.S. specialty lines insurance group focused on excess and surplus lines. AlphaCat is a Bermuda based investment advisor managing capital for third parties and Validus in insurance linked securities (“ILS”) and other property catastrophe and specialty reinsurance investments.

We seek to establish ourselves as a leader in the global insurance and reinsurance markets. Our principal operating objective is to use our capital efficiently by underwriting primarily short-tail insurance and reinsurance contracts with superior risk and return characteristics. Our primary underwriting objective is to construct a portfolio of short-tail insurance and reinsurance contracts that maximizes our return on equity subject to prudent risk constraints on the amount of capital we expose to any single event. We manage our risks through a variety of means, including contract terms, portfolio selection, diversification, including geographic diversification, and proprietary and commercially available third-party vendor catastrophe models.

Since our formation in 2005, we have been able to achieve substantial success in the development of our business. Selected examples of our accomplishments are as follows: