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Research Update: Allied World Assurance And Some Transatlantic Ratings Placed On CreditWatch Positive Following Merger Announcement Jun 11
Standard & Poors, June 2011
Yesterday, Allied World Assurance Co. Holdings AG and Transatlantic Holdings Inc.'s respective boards of directors approved a definitive agreement for a stock-for-stock merger of equals. We have placed the ratings on Allied World and its operating units on CreditWatch with positive implications because being part of a leading global reinsurance group could improve its competitive position. We have also placed the rating on Transatlantic on CreditWatch positive because of possible narrowed notching between the holding-company and operating-company ratings. The ratings on Transatlantic's operating companies are unchanged. On June 13, 2011, Standard & Poor's Ratings Services placed its 'BBB+' counterparty credit rating on Allied World Assurance Co. Holdings AG and its 'A' counterparty credit and financial strength ratings on Allied World's...
Companies mentioned in this report are: Allied World Assurance Company Holdings, AG,Transatlantic Holdings Inc.,Allied World Assurance Co. U.S. Inc.,Allied World National Assurance Co.,Allied World Assurance Co. (Europe) Ltd.,Allied World Assurance Co. (Reinsurance) Ltd.,Allied World Assurance Co. Ltd.,Allied World Reinsurance Co.
Action: On CreditWatch:Positive
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Allied World Assurance Company Holdings, AG,Transatlantic Holdings Inc.,Allied World Assurance Co. U.S. Inc.,Allied World National Assurance Co.,Allied World Assurance Co. (Europe) Ltd.,Allied World Assurance Co. (Reinsurance) Ltd.,Allied World Assurance Co. Ltd.,Allied World Reinsurance Co.