GUANGZHOU, China, June 13, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The special committee of the Board of Directors of CNinsure Inc. (Nasdaq:CISG) (the "Company" or "CNinsure"),consisting of two of the Company's independent directors, Mr. Allen Warren Lueth and Mr. Stephen Markscheid, announced today that it has retained Duff & Phelps, LLC as its independent financial advisor. In addition, the special committee has retained O'Melveny & Myers LLP to serve as its United States legal counsel and Walkers to serve as its Cayman Islands legal counsel.
The independent financial and legal advisors will assist the special committee in evaluating the non-binding going private proposal that the Company received from TPG Asia V MU, Inc., Kingsford Resources Limited, a company controlled by Mr. Yinan Hu, chairman of the Board of Directors and chief executive officer of the Company, and entities affiliated with him, and CDH Inservice Limited. The special committee is continuing its evaluation of the proposal. There can be no assurance that any definitive offer will be made, that any agreement will be executed or that this or any other transaction will be approved or consummated.
About CNinsure Inc.
CNinsure is a leading independent insurance intermediary company operating in China. CNinsure's distribution network reaches many of China's most economically developed regions and affluent cities. The Company distributes a wide variety of property and casualty and life insurance products underwritten by domestic and foreign insurance companies operating in China, and provides insurance claims adjusting as well as other insurance-related services.
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