Reinsurer Files for $200 Million IPO

Validus Holdings Ltd., a Bermuda-based reinsurance company, has filed for a $200 million IPO. It plans to trade on the NYSE under ticker symbol VR, with Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch serving as co-lead underwriters. Validus was formed in October 2005, with funding from Aquiline Capital Partners, Goldman Sachs Capital Partners, Vestar Capital Partners, New Mountain Capital and Merrill Lynch Global Private Equity. < ?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />