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Argo Group Announces Acquisition of Ariscom
[March 13, 2018]

Argo Group Announces Acquisition of Ariscom

Argo Group International Holdings, Ltd. (NASDAQ: AGII), an international underwriter of specialty insurance and reinsurance products, today announced it has acquired Italian specialty insurer Ariscom. Effective immediately, Matt Harris, head of ArgoGlobal's European and Asian operations, will assume the role of Ariscom Managing Director.

"Ariscom provides an established platform that we can use to efficiently expand our presence in continental Europe," said Argo Group CEO Mark E. Watson III. "Italy is one of Europe's largest and best-performing P&C insurance markets. We're also eager to tap into Ariscom's existing broker and client network throughout Italy, with longer-term opportunities to develop capabilities across Europe - particularly in Spain and Portugal."

In the coming months, ArgoGlobal will rebrand Ariscom to highlight the strength of the new combined organization. "Our international team has a great deal of expertise that will improve the effectiveness, efficiency and, ultimately, profitability of Ariscom," said Jose A. Hernandez, head of Argo Group's International segment. "We are planning an aggressive re-launch strategy and intend to deploy some of the company's proven digital solutions to enhance the value we provide to clients."

This transaction follows a series of recent senior leadership appointments within Argo Group's International segment, and follows last year's acquisition of Bermuda-based reinsurer Ariel Re and addition of a new team of property underwriters from Ironshore. "We have the right team and most of the structure in place. I'm optimistic about the prospects for the future of the international business," added Watson.


Argo Group International Holdings, Ltd. (NASDAQ: AGII) is an international underwriter of specialty insurance and reinsurance roducts in the property and casualty market. Argo Group offers a full line of products and services designed to meet the unique coverage and claims handling needs of businesses in two primary segments: U.S. Operations and International Operations. Argo Group's insurance subsidiaries are A. M. Best-rated 'A' (Excellent) (third highest rating out of 16 rating classifications) with a stable outlook, and Argo Group's U.S. insurance subsidiaries are Standard and Poor's-rated 'A-' (Strong) with a stable outlook. More information on Argo Group and its subsidiaries is available at


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