updated 2/25/2011 7:46:01 PM ET 2011-02-26T00:46:01

HOUSTON, Feb. 25, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- HCC Insurance Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:HCC) today announced that HCC President and Chief Executive Officer John N. Molbeck, Jr. is scheduled to participate in a panel discussion at the 36th Annual Association of Insurance and Financial Analysts (AIFA) Conference in Naples, Florida. The panel discussion, titled "Specialty Insurance", will take place on Tuesday, March 1, 2011, beginning at 10:15 a.m. Eastern Standard Time. This panel discussion will not be webcast, and there is no presentation for the panel.

Headquartered in Houston, Texas, HCC Insurance Holdings, Inc. is a leading international specialty insurance group with offices across the United States and in the United Kingdom, Spain and Ireland. As of December 31, 2010, HCC had assets of $9.1 billion and shareholders' equity of $3.3 billion. HCC's major domestic and international insurance companies have financial strength ratings of "AA (Very Strong)" from Standard & Poor's Corporation, "A+ (Superior)" from A.M. Best Company Inc., "AA (Very Strong)" from Fitch Ratings, and "A1 (Good Security)" by Moody's Investors Service, Inc.

For more information about HCC, please visit http://www.hcc.com .

Forward-looking statements contained in this press release are made under "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and involve a number of risks and uncertainties. The types of risks and uncertainties which may affect the Company are set forth in its periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

CONTACT: Doug Busker, Director of Investor Relations
         HCC Insurance Holdings, Inc.
         Telephone:  (713) 996-1192

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