Auto Insurance Merger

Independent Insurance Investments Inc., an auto insurance portfolio company of Inverness Management, has completed its acquisition of the Omni Insurance Group from The Hartford Financial Services Group Inc. (NYSE: HIG). No financial terms were disclosed for the deal, for which almost all of the equity was provided by < ?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Inverness and its limited partners. < ?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />