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
TRANSATLANTIC HOLDINGS, INC.
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in its Charter)
Registrants telephone number, including area code: (212) 365-2200
(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)
Check the appropriate box below if the form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions:
Item 8.01 Other Events.
On March 2, 2012, Transatlantic Holdings, Inc. (Transatlantic) and Alleghany Corporation (Alleghany) issued a joint press release announcing the preliminary results of the elections made by Transatlantics stockholders regarding the form of merger consideration to be received in the pending transaction with Alleghany and noting 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.
A copy of the joint press release is attached as Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K and is incorporated by reference to this Item 8.01.
Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.
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.
Date: March 2, 2012