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    Willis Opens New Representative Office in Kazakhstan


    Broker Names Simon Aubrey-Jones to Lead Local Operation

    London, UK, June 21, 2010 — Willis Group Holdings plc (NYSE: WSH), the global insurance broker, today announced that it has received official approval from local authorities to open a representative office of Willis Limited in Kazakhstan. This is the third such office Willis has opened in the former Soviet Union, in addition to branches in Russia and the Ukraine.

    In opening the new office, Willis also announced that Simon Aubrey-Jones, Executive Director, Willis Eastern Europe, will lead its Kazakh venture. Aubrey-Jones, who is based in London, has extensive knowledge of the region and has been involved with Willis’ Russian and Ukrainian representative offices since their establishment in the 1990s.

    The new Willis operation is located in Almaty, the financial centre of Kazakhstan. As a representative office, all local contracts and policies will be issued through Willis’ existing network partner in the country, CIS Risk Consultants, a Kazakh brokerage that provides a full range of insurance services.

    In addition to commercial insurance, the new Willis office will support both domestic and international clients with optimum reinsurance solutions delivered through the local insurance market and relying on Willis’ global placement capabilities.

    Kazakhstan is best known as an oil and gas producer, with all major international oil companies having a presence there. The country’s target oil production is 150 million tonnes per annum by 2015, equal to three million barrels a day, which would rank it among the top 10 oil-producing nations in the world. Kazakhstan is also a major exporter of grain and is the world's largest exporter of uranium.

    Among its recent assignments in the Kazakh market, Willis was appointed by Halyk-Kazakhinstrakh AO, a local provider of insurance services, to arrange reinsurance for two subsidiaries of Kazakhstan’s state-owned oil and gas company: KazMunaiGas Exploration and Production and Trade House, its sales operation.

    “Formalising Willis’ representation in Kazakhstan underscores Willis’ commitment to this country and its future growth and development,” said Aubrey-Jones. “We are confident that our investment in Kazakhstan, an area so rich in natural resources, will yield many rewards and we look forward to becoming a leading player in its insurance and reinsurance industry.”

    Willis Group Holdings plc is a leading global insurance broker. Through its subsidiaries, Willis develops and delivers 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 17,000 employees serving clients in virtually every part of the world. Additional information on Willis may be found at www.willis.com.

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