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Press release from Marketwire

Fairfax Completes $400 Million Senior Notes Offering

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Fairfax Completes $400 Million Senior Notes Offering10:19 EDT Wednesday, May 25, 2011TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 25, 2011) -(Note: All dollar amounts in this press release are expressed in Canadian dollars.)Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited (TSX:FFH)(TSX:FFH.U) has completed its previously announced offering of $400 million in aggregate principal amount of 6.40% Senior Notes due 2021. Net proceeds of the issue, after commissions and expenses of the issue, are approximately $397 million.The Senior Notes were offered through a syndicate of dealers led by BMO Capital Markets, CIBC World Markets, RBC Capital Markets and Scotia Capital, that includes TD Securities, Cormark Securities and GMP Securities. The Senior Notes are unsecured obligations of Fairfax and pay a fixed rate of interest of 6.40 per cent per annum. Fairfax intends to use the net proceeds of the proposed offering primarily to purchase additional notes tendered under its previously announced tender offer for existing notes issued by Fairfax and its subsidiaries. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction. This press release is not an offer of securities for sale in the United States, and the securities may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an exemption from registration. The securities have not been and will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933. Fairfax is a financial services holding company which, through its subsidiaries, is engaged in property and casualty insurance and reinsurance and investment management.FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: John VarnellFairfax Financial Holdings LimitedChief Financial Officer(416) 367-4941ORFairfax Financial Holdings LimitedMedia ContactPaul RivettChief Legal Officer(416) 367-4941