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Form 8-K for TOWER GROUP INTERNATIONAL, LTD.


29-Aug-2014

Other Events


Item 8.01. Other Events

SEC Letter

On August 28, 2014, Tower Group International, Ltd. ("Tower") received a letter, dated August 28, 2014, from the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") stating that the SEC is conducting an investigation and attaching a subpoena for various documents. Among other things, the SEC's letter states: "The investigation and the subpoena do not mean that we have concluded that you or anyone else has broken the law. Also, the investigation does not mean that we have a negative opinion of any person, entity or security."

Tower intends to cooperate fully with the SEC's investigation.

A.M. Best Ratings

On August 28, 2014, A.M. Best Company ("A.M. Best") announced that it has downgraded the issuer credit ratings from "cc" to "c" of Tower and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Tower Group, Inc. ("TGI"), as well as the debt rating on the convertible senior notes due September 2014 of TGI. Additionally, the financial strength ratings of Tower's insurance company subsidiaries have been downgraded from "C++" (Marginal) to "C" (Weak). The ratings remain under review with developing implications pending the planned merger with ACP Re Ltd.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 provides a "safe harbor" for forward-looking statements. This Current Report on Form 8-K and any other written or oral statements made by or on behalf of Tower may include forward-looking statements that reflect Tower's current views with respect to future events and financial performance. All statements other than statements of historical fact included in this Current Report on Form 8-K are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements can generally be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "may," "will," "plan," "expect," "project," "intend," "estimate," "anticipate," "believe" and "continue" or their negative or variations or similar terminology. All forward-looking statements address matters that involve risks and uncertainties. Accordingly, there are or will be important factors that could cause the actual results of Tower to differ materially from those indicated in these statements. Please refer to Tower's filings with the SEC, including among others Tower's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013, for a description of the important factors that could cause the actual results of Tower to differ materially from those indicated in these statements. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made, and Tower undertakes no obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise.

The following important factors are among those that could affect the actual outcome of other future events:

changes in our financial strength or credit ratings could impact our ability to write new business, the cost of, and our ability to obtain, capital or our ability to attract and retain brokers, agents and customers;

further decreases in the capital and surplus of our insurance subsidiaries and their ability to meet minimum capital and surplus requirements;

changes in our ability to raise additional capital;

the implementation and effectiveness of our capital improvement strategy;

Tower's ability to continue operating as a going concern;

changes in our ability to meet ongoing cash requirements and pay dividends;

greater frequency or severity of claims and loss activity, including as a result of natural or man-made catastrophic events, than our underwriting, reserving or investment practices anticipate based on historical experience or industry data;

changes in the availability, cost or quality of reinsurance and failure of our reinsurers to pay claims timely or at all;

changes in the availability, cost or quality of reinsurance or retrocessional coverage;

decreased demand for Tower's insurance or reinsurance products;

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increased competition on the basis of pricing, capacity, coverage terms or other factors;

ineffectiveness or obsolescence of Tower's business strategy due to changes in current or future market conditions;

currently pending or future litigation or governmental proceedings;

developments that may delay or limit Tower's ability to enter new markets as quickly as it anticipates;

loss of the services of any of Tower's executive officers or other key personnel;

changes in acceptance of Tower's products and services, including new products and services;

developments in the world's financial and capital markets that could adversely affect the performance of Tower's investments;

the effects of acts of terrorism or war;

changes in general economic conditions, including inflation, interest rates and other factors which could impact Tower's performance and the performance of Tower's investment portfolio;

changes in accounting policies or practices;

changes in legal theories of liability under Tower's insurance policies;

changes in rating agency policies or practices;

declining demand for reinsurance due to increased retentions by cedents and other factors;

a lack of opportunities to increase writings in Tower's reinsurance lines of business and in specific areas of the reinsurance market;

changes in the percentage of premiums written that Tower cedes to reinsurers;

changes in regulations or laws applicable to Tower, its subsidiaries, brokers or customers, including regulatory limitations and restrictions on the declaration and payment of dividends and capital adequacy standards;

the Bermudian regulatory system, and potential changes thereto;

risks and uncertainties associated with technology, data security or outsourced services that could negatively impact Tower's ability to conduct its business or adversely impact its reputation;

the effects of mergers, acquisitions or divestitures;

disruptions in Tower's business arising from the integration of acquired businesses into Tower and the anticipation of potential or pending acquisitions or mergers; and

any changes concerning the conditions, terms, termination, or closing of the merger with ACP Re.

Additional risk factors that may cause outcomes that differ from our expectations or projections are described in various documents filed by Tower with the SEC, such as current reports on Form 8-K, and regular reports on Forms 10-K and 10-Q, particularly in "Item 1A, Risk Factors."

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