Willis Shareholders Approve Proposal to Change Place of Incorporation to Ireland
New York, December 11, 2009 -Willis Group Holdings Limited (NYSE: WSH), the global insurance broker, said that
its shareholders today approved changing the place of incorporation of the parent company of the Willis
Group from Bermuda to Ireland at a special meeting here.
With shareholder approval, the proposal to reorganize the company now goes before the Supreme Court of Bermuda
for approval. Willis expects to complete the reorganization on or about the end of this year,
assuming the transaction is approved by the Supreme Court of Bermuda at a hearing currently scheduled
for December 18, 2009, and certain other consents, approvals and waivers are received.
Upon completion of the reorganization, a new Irish public limited company, Willis Group Holdings plc, will replace
Willis Group Holdings Limited as the ultimate public holding company of the Willis Group.
Willis also announced that its shareholders approved at the special meeting the creation of distributable reserves of
Willis Group Holdings plc, which is expected to be approved by the Irish High Court within
three to six weeks after completion of the reorganization.
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 is one of the largest insurance brokers in Ireland. Willis has more than
400 offices in nearly 120 countries, with a global team of approximately 20,000 Associates (including approximately
300 in Ireland) serving clients in approximately 190 countries. Additional information on Willis may be found
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Act of 1933, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, which are intended
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about possible or assumed future results of our operations. All statements, other than statements of historical facts,
that address activities, events or developments that we expect or anticipate may occur in the future,
including such things as our proposed reorganization discussed above and the benefits that could be obtained
by it, the potential benefits of the Gras Savoye transaction or Hilb, Rogal & Hobbs Company
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making forward-looking statements.
The foregoing list of factors is not exhaustive and new factors may emerge from time to time
that could also affect actual performance and results. For additional factors see the section entitled "Risk
Factors" included in Willis' Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2008 and Form 10-Q
for the quarter ended September 30, 2009. Copies of these documents are available online at www.sec.gov or on request from the Company as set forth in Part I, Item 1"Business-Available
Information" in Willis' Form 10-K.
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therefore also the forward-looking statements based on these assumptions, could themselves prove to be inaccurate. In
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