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    Willis Relocates to New Office in Bahrain's Seef District

    -- Latest Office Move Strengthens Broker's Presence in Middle East--

     

    Manama, Bahrain, January 21, 2009 - Willis Bahrain, a unit of Willis Group Holdings (NYSE: WSH) , the global insurance broker, yesterday marked its relocation to a new state-of-the-art headquarters in the Seef District, Manama, with an official opening ceremony hosted by Willis Group President Grahame Millwater and Managing Director, Global Specialties & Middle East, Bob Peilow . The ceremony was attended by 100 local dignitaries and leaders from the business community.

     

    Willis, one of the leading global brokers in the Middle East, was established in the Bahrain market in 1981 and since then has become a key component of the company's international business. Willis Bahrain is now one of the largest multinational retail brokers on the island in terms of gross premium income.

     

    T his latest office move follows the opening of two of Willis' newest modern headquarters in Dubai (in 2007) and Saudi Arabia (in 2008), underscoring the importance of the company's Middle Eastern operations. Willis also has operations in Abu Dhabi.

     

    Welcoming guests at the opening ceremony, Grahame Millwater said, "Willis is proud to be a key player in the ever-evolving business community here in Bahrain. Opening this landmark office in the very heart of Bahrain's newest financial district shows that we are here to stay, and keen for our operations in Bahrain to continue to grow. These modern facilities - and more importantly, the outstanding team of insurance and risk management professionals we've assembled to serve our clients here - demonstrate our commitment to being the best global broker in the Middle East."

     

    Bob Peilow said, "As the global markets go through a time of turmoil, the Middle East continues to present exciting and emerging opportunities for Willis. This new office will play a pivotal role in helping us connect with our clients in Bahrain and will significantly enhance the efficiency of our business in the region."

     

    The move into the Seef District headquarters allows Willis Bahrain to be even closer to its clients. The new office is located on the second floor of the Al Raya Building, Building 1025, Road 3621, Block 436, Seef District.

     

    Willis Bahrain handles all specialty lines of insurance including Property and Casualty, Financial Institutions, Construction, Marine Liability and Hull, Employee Benefits and Crisis Management (Sabotage and Terrorism, Kidnap and Ransom).

     

    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 400 offices in nearly 120 countries, with a global team of approximately 20,000 Associates serving clients in some 190 countries. Additional information on Willis may be found at www.willis.com .

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