SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, DC 20549
PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF
THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): March 2, 2012
7 Times Square Tower, New York, New York 10036
(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code)
(Registrants telephone number, including area code)
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On March 2, 2012, Alleghany Corporation (Alleghany) and Transatlantic Holdings, Inc. (Transatlantic) issued a joint press release announcing the final results of elections made by Transatlantic stockholders for the form of merger consideration to be received in the merger of Transatlantic with and into Shoreline Merger Sub, Inc., Alleghanys wholly owned subsidiary.
The press release also announced that although Alleghany and Transatlantic have received substantially all necessary approvals needed to close the transaction, including those of the New York Department of Financial Services and Lloyds of London, the parties are awaiting the approval of the proposed merger from the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA), which approval is needed to complete the transaction. Alleghany and Transatlantic expect to receive approval from FINMA, however such approval may not be received prior to the previously announced expected closing date of March 6, 2012, in which case the closing date will not occur until the time such approval is received.
The foregoing description is qualified in its entirety by reference to the press release, which is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1 and incorporated by reference herein.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.