Willis Appoints Head of European Capital Markets and Advisory Unit
London, UK, December 2, 2009 - Willis Group Holdings (NYSE:WSH), the global insurance broker, today announced that
Michiel Bakker has been appointed Managing Director and Head of Europe for its Willis Capital Markets
and Advisory unit, formed earlier this year to expand the broker's capital markets and merger and
acquisitions advisory services to the insurance and reinsurance industry. Based in London, Bakker will be responsible
for developing the business in Europe and will report to Tony Ursano, Chief Executive Officer, Willis
Capital Markets and Advisory.
Bakker joins Willis from Bank of America where, until the start of 2009, he was Managing Director
and Head of the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Financial Institutions Group with responsibility for
strategic advisory, financing, capital and risk management. Before joining Bank of America in 2004, Bakker spent
16 years at Goldman Sachs working in various roles in the investment banking division in London,
Tokyo and Singapore. Bakker holds a Masters degree in Economics from the University of St. Gallen,
Commenting on Bakker's appointment, Ursano said, 'Willis' rapid expansion of its capital markets capabilities in addition to
its cutting edge analytics and risk management expertise continue to set the stage for a truly
unique platform that proves its commitment to building the highest quality capital markets and M&A advisory
business. The financial crisis has proven that the ability to provide independent and objective advice is
a cornerstone to building long-term relationships and providing exceptional client service.
"Michiel has more than 21 years of experience in the European financial services market and has been
involved in financings and advisory transactions for some of the biggest names in the industry. His
experience, in conjunction with the global reach of Willis, makes him the ideal person to help
us grow the team and expand our business in Europe."
Established in March 2009, Willis Capital Markets & Advisory expands on Willis' already existing capital markets capability
and is focused on advising insurance and reinsurance companies and clients on a broad array of
capital markets products and mergers and acquisitions.
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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