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    Willis’ FINEX Global Division Extends its Risk Management Offering by Appointing Leading D&O and Professional Liability Lawyer

    London, UK, November 9, 2010 -Willis Group Holdings (NYSE:WSH) has appointed Francis Kean, one of the UK’s leading directors & officers and professional liability lawyers, as an Executive Director in FINEX Global, the insurance broker’s Financial, Executive Risk and Professional Liability business. Based in London, he will be providing clients with risk management advice and will report to the division’s chairman Roland Avery.

    Kean, a former Partner with law firm Barlow Lyde and Gilbert LLP, brings to Willis clients 25 years of experience as a litigation lawyer specialising in professional indemnity, financial institutions and directors & officers’ liability in the London insurance market.

    Kean has handled a wide variety of claims both for insurers and insureds, and has considerable experience of drafting policies and advising all parties in connection with coverage issues. He has handled claims and disputes ranging from large, international securities cases to wrongful trading and directors' disqualification actions. He is the leading editor of a book entitled “D&O Liability Insurance” that was published by the Insurance Institute of London in 2010 and is a regular speaker at conferences and events.

    Commenting on the appointment, Avery said, “For many years Francis has been at the forefront of the legal fraternity who advise on directors & officers and professional liability. He has acted for and advised many leading corporates and insurance markets. This appointment clearly demonstrates our commitment to offer clients unrivalled levels of risk management advice and expertise in what is an increasingly complex and litigious legal environment for company executives and professionals alike.”

    Willis Group Holdings plc 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 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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