Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd.

Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd.

Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd.

Date Founded



95 Wellington Street West, Suite 800, Toronto, ON, M5J 2N7, CAN

Type of Company


Employees (Worldwide)



Private Equity & Venture Capital
Other Insurance Services
Insurance Brokerage
Holding Companies
Accounting & Financial Services
Insurance: Property & Casualty

Company Description

Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited is a holding company whose corporate objective is to achieve a high rate of return on invested capital and build long term shareholder value. The company has been under present management since September 1985.

Executives & Employees



Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Fairfax Asia Ltd

President, Odyssey Re Holdings Corp

President, Hamblin Watsa Investment Counsel Ltd

Treasurer & Vice President

Vice President, International Operations

Vice President, Corporate Affairs & Corporate Secretary

Board of Directors

Founder at Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd.

Affiliate Partner at Lindsay Goldberg, LLC

Portfolio Manager at Ontario Securities Commission

Former Deputy Chairman & Managing Partner at KPMG LLP (Canada)

Former President & Chief Executive Officer at HEES Enterprises, Inc.

Director of Research at Sprucegrove Investment Management Ltd.

Member-Governors Board & Principal at Branksome Hall

Former Chief Executive & Operating Officer at RSA Insurance Group Plc

Founder at Templeton & Phillips Capital Management LLC

Chief Executive Officer & Director at Ventra Group, Inc.

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FPP is a value-oriented manager which focuses on absolute, as well as relative performance. Through their funds they generally seek to invest in quality companies that are temporarily out of favor with the market which have the potential of doubling the investment in two to three years with little risk. The firm constructs relatively conservative portfolios comprised of companies able to sustain earnings and cash flow growth in a variety of economic conditions. They try to identify future micro-economic trends and focus on companies benefiting from these trends before they become widely apparent to Wall Street. FPP aims to invest in businesses where it is possible to fully understand the fundamentals. They seek to invest in regions where the economic growth is robust and sustainable or where growth prospects are improving. They have the discipline to sell when everything looks positive and is reflected in the company's valuation. The Findlay Park American Fund aims to achieve capital growth principally through investment in the securities of companies in the Americas. FPP invests the fund in the following sectors: Financials, Information Technology, Health Care, Communication Services, Industrials, Materials, Consumer Staples, Energy, Consumer Discretionary, Real Estate, and Cash & Fixed Interest.

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EdgePoint Investment Group seeks to buy growth companies at value prices. The firm makes long-term investments viewing stock as an ownership interest in a company and seeking to acquire these ownership stakes at prices below their assessment of their true worth. EdgePoint Investment Group focuses on companies with strong competitive positions, defendable barriers to entry and long-term growth prospects that are run by competent management teams. These holdings generally reflect their views looking out more than five years. EdgePoint Investment Group buy good, undervalued businesses and hold them until the market fully recognizes their potential. They sell a security for one of two reasons. First, if their thesis about the company is deemed no longer valid. If the firm can no longer stand behind their thesis, they can no longer stand behind an ownership interest in the business and the position is sold. Second, there's a constant culling process whereby they continuously strive to upgrade the quality of their portfolios with better ideas. For fixed income investments, EdgePoint Investment Group looks for securities that provide an attractive return through coupon payments and/or capital appreciation while focusing on the borrower's (or bond issuer's) ability to meet its debt obligations through the payment of periodic coupons and the return of the original principal at maturity. EdgePoint Investment Group can invest in all forms of corporate debt including senior secured bonds, subordinated debentures and convertibles. Sovereign governments, provincials and asset-backed securities are also available to them if the opportunity arises.

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Southeastern Asset Management uses a value-oriented, long-term, bottom-up stock selection process. Research is driven internally by the firm's global investment team. The firm seeks to achieve superior long-term performance by acquiring equity securities of financially strong, well-managed companies run by capable management teams, at market prices significantly below their assessment of their business value. Southeastern sells stocks when they approach their appraisal. They consider companies of all sizes, although most of their assets are invested in mid-size and larger companies. Southeastern Asset Management is an activist firm. The firm focuses on securities of companies believed to have unrecognized intrinsic value and the potential to grow.

Recent Transactions
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Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. purchases Universalna Insurance Co. PJSC

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Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd., Fairbridge Capital Pvt Ltd. purchase Seven Islands Shipping Ltd.

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Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd., FFHL Group Ltd. purchase Insurance Co. AXA Insurance JSC from AXA SA, UkrSibbank PJSC

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Advised onBangalore International Airport Ltd. /Private Group purchases Bangalore International Airport Ltd. from Siemens Project Ventures GmbH, Bangalore Airport & Infrastructure Developers Pvt Ltd.

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Chair, Congressional Investigations Subgroup at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP


Member at Golden Angels Investors LLC


Partner at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP


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