updated 5/12/2011 5:17:43 PM ET 2011-05-12T21:17:43

HOUSTON, May 12, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- HCC Insurance Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:HCC) today announced that HCC Chief Executive Officer John N. Molbeck, Jr. is scheduled to participate in a panel discussion at the Goldman Sachs Inaugural Insurance Symposium in New York, New York. The panel discussion, titled "Growth Strategies During a Soft Market," will take place on Friday, May 20, 2011, beginning at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight 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 March 31, 2011, HCC had assets of $9.3 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)" from 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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