Allied World Asia Launches Environmental Liability

By Allied World Assurance Company Holdings Ag, PRNE
Tuesday, March 15, 2011

ZUG, Switzerland, March 16, 2011 - Allied World Assurance Company Holdings, AG (NYSE: AWH) announced today
that Allied World Assurance Company Ltd. has launched an environmental
liability line of business that will focus on risks throughout the
Asia-Pacific region. Jota Shohtoku, Vice President, Head of General Casualty
(Asia-Pacific) for Allied World, is based in Hong Kong and will be
responsible for overseeing the development of this new line of business, in
addition to managing the General Casualty portfolio in the region.

The initial product offerings include both Contractors Pollution
Liability and Pollution Liability for scheduled sites. Policy wordings will
be custom tailored to meet clients' geographical and operational needs, and
coverage is designed to complement clients' current General Liability and/or
Public Liability programs that are also offered by Allied World's platform in
the Asia-Pacific region. Limits offered will be up to $10mm(USD) for each
pollution incident and in the aggregate.

Mr. Shohtoku commented, "We created this line of business in response to
our clients' needs. Businesses throughout the region are now required to have
environmental liability insurance either through regulation or contractual
obligation and we recognize the value in providing this service." Mr.
Shohtoku brings a decade of environmental insurance underwriting and
management experience to Allied World. Prior to joining Allied World, he held
various positions in the environmental insurance industry; most recently
launching Chartis Insurance's environmental liability platform in Asia. Mr.
Shohtoku holds a Masters Degree in Environmental Science and Management from
the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a Bachelor's Degree in Civil
and Environmental Engineering from the University of Edinburgh.

For more information, please contact Mr. Shohtoku at

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