Markel Corp. said Wednesday that it has agreed to buy Alterra Capital Holdings for about $3.13 billion. Each Alterra common share will be converted into the right to receive 0.04315 Markel common shares plus $10 million in cash. The deal is expected to close in the first half of 2013. Markel will end up owning 69% of the combined company wile Alterra will have about 31%. Alterra, a reinsurer, is backed by Stone Point Capital. Citigroup advised Markel while BofA Merrill Lynch provided financial advice to Alterra.
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Alterra Capital Holdings, which is backed by Stone Point Capital, said it has increased the total capital committed to New Point V to $247 million. Previously, Alterra had commited $210 million to the sidecar. New Point V also has funding from Stone Point, the manager of Trident Funds.