Validus Holdings, Ltd. Announces Capitalization of PαCRe, Ltd.

PEMBROKE, Bermuda--()--Validus Holdings, Ltd. (NYSE: VR) ("Validus" or the "Company") announced today the capitalization of PαCRe, Ltd. ("PαCRe"), a new Bermuda Class 4 reinsurer. PαCRe has been formed to combine the attractive returns available from underwriting top layer reinsurance programs with a long term approach to asset management.

PαCRe is funded with $500.0 million of contributed capital and is rated "A-" (Excellent) by A.M. Best Co. Validus Underwriting Services, Ltd. will underwrite business for PαCRe for which it will be paid a profit commission based on the company’s underwriting results. PαCRe will commence deploying capacity for the June 1, 2012 renewal season. Validus has invested $50.0 million in PαCRe’s common equity.

PαCRe’s investment portfolio will be managed under a long term investment management agreement by Paulson & Co. Inc. (“Paulson & Co.”). Paulson & Co. has approximately US$24 billion in assets under management and has offices in New York, London and Hong Kong.

About Validus Holdings, Ltd.

Validus Holdings, Ltd. is a provider of reinsurance and insurance, conducting its operations worldwide through two wholly-owned subsidiaries, Validus Reinsurance, Ltd. ("Validus Re") and Talbot Holdings Ltd. ("Talbot Holdings"). Validus Re is a Bermuda based reinsurer focused on short-tail lines of reinsurance. Talbot Holdings is the Bermuda parent of the specialty insurance group primarily operating within the Lloyd's insurance market through Syndicate 1183. For more information about Validus Holdings, Ltd. please visit www.validusholdings.com.

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The foregoing review of important factors should not be construed as exhaustive and should be read in conjunction with the other cautionary statements that are included herein and elsewhere, including the Risk Factors included in our most recent reports on Form 10-K and Form 10-Q and other documents on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Any forward-looking statements made in this news release are qualified by these cautionary statements, and there can be no assurance that the actual results or developments anticipated by us will be realized or, even if substantially realized, that they will have the expected consequences to, or effects on, us or our business or operations. We undertake no obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise.

Contacts

Investors:
Validus Holdings, Ltd.
Jon Levenson, +1-441-278-9000
Executive Vice President
or
Media:
Brunswick Group
Gemma Hart / Greg Faje
+1-212-333-3810

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Contacts

Investors:
Validus Holdings, Ltd.
Jon Levenson, +1-441-278-9000
Executive Vice President
or
Media:
Brunswick Group
Gemma Hart / Greg Faje
+1-212-333-3810