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Markel Corporation and Alterra Capital Holdings Limited have each approved a definitive merger agreement. Under the terms of the agreement, the aggregate consideration for Alterra is approximately $3.13 billion, based on a closing price of $486.05 for Markel common stock on December 18, 2012. 

At closing, each Alterra common share will be converted into the right to receive 0.04315 Markel common shares (with cash paid for fractional shares) plus a cash payment of $10. Following the merger, Markel’s existing shareholders will own approximately 69 percent of the combined company on a fully diluted basis, with Alterra’s shareholders owning approximately 31 percent. Completion of the transaction is contingent upon customary closing conditions, including shareholder and regulatory approvals, and it is expected to close in the first half of 2013. 

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