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Press release from Marketwire

Fairfax Announces Completion of Acquisition of Brit Insurance Limited

Friday, October 12, 2012

Fairfax Announces Completion of Acquisition of Brit Insurance Limited07:08 EDT Friday, October 12, 2012TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 12, 2012) - (Note: All dollar amounts in this press release are expressed in Canadian dollars.)Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited (TSX:FFH)(TSX:FFH.U) announces that, following receipt of all regulatory approvals, its RiverStone runoff subsidiary has completed the previously announced acquisition of all the outstanding shares of Brit Insurance Limited of London, England from Brit Group. 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 LimitedVice President, Corporate Development(416) 367-4941ORFairfax Financial Holdings LimitedMedia ContactPaul RivettVice President, Operations(416) 367-4941