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    Willis M&A Practice Group Appoints Alena Watchorn

    London, UK, January 14, 2008 – Willis Group Holdings (NYSE: WSH), the global insurance broker, today announced the appointment of Alena Watchorn to its Mergers & Acquisitions Practice Group as an Executive Director.

    Alena comes to Willis from HSBC Insurance Brokers, where she headed up the corporate finance team and simultaneously built an environmental insurance advisory team. Alena is widely regarded as one of the most experienced brokers of warranty and indemnity insurance in the London market and her area of expertise lies in the development of transactional insurance products, advising on buy-side warranty insurance placements, bespoke tax insurances and insurance-backed transactions. Alena will be focussing on broadening and strengthening the relationships Willis has with M&A clients and their advisers.

    Alistair Lester, International Practice Leader, Willis Mergers & Acquisitions commented on Alena’s appointment, saying: “Alena’s arrival represents Willis’ commitment to bringing together the best talent from within and without our industry and will strengthen our capabilities even further within the M&A sector.”

    Willis Mergers & Acquisitions is a highly successful Practice Group focussed on advising both financial and strategic buyers and sellers engaged in undertaking M&A transactions. The products and services range from structuring Management Liability insurance programmes for Private Equity funds, to execution of buy and sell side insurance due diligence, delivery of structured transactional insurance products and creation and management of portfolio insurance initiatives. The group has been recognised as a leader in its field and was the first insurance advisory business to be named specialist advisor of the year by the British Venture Capital Association and Real Deals.

    Willis Group Holdings Limited is a leading global insurance broker, developing and delivering professional insurance, reinsurance, risk management, financial and human resource consulting and actuarial services to corporations, public entities and institutions around the world. Willis has more than 300 offices in some 100 countries, with a global team of approximately 16,000 Associates serving clients in some 190 countries. Additional information on Willis may be found at www.willis.com.

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