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 & Chief Actuary

Vice President

Vice President, International Operations

Board of Directors

Founder at Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd.

Affiliate Partner at Lindsay Goldberg, LLC

Executive Advisor at Deloitte LLP

Portfolio Manager at Ontario Securities Commission

Chairman, Brookfield Funds at Brookfield Asset Management, Inc.

Chief Inclusion Officer at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (Canada)

Member-Governors Board & Principal at Branksome Hall

Associate at Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Director of Research at Sprucegrove Investment Management Ltd.

Founder at Templeton & Phillips Capital Management LLC

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CI Investments offers an array of mutual funds, including over 90 core funds. These funds include a range of portfolio managers who cover the full spectrum of investment styles and strategies focusing on various regions, asset classes and industries. Rather than offering just one investment style, the firm has engaged leading money managers in all disciplines: value, blend (growth at a reasonable price) and growth. CI Investments believe that their approach to responsible investing is aligned with the six principles that comprise the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investing.

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FPP is a value-oriented manager which aims to generate compelling compound returns for their investor by taking less risk. Through their Findlay Park American Fund, the firm generally seeks to invest in businesses that generate strong free cash flows and management teams that are effective allocators of capital. The fund aims to achieve capital growth principally through investment in the securities of companies in the Americas. The fund seeks to achieve a return above the performance of the Russell 1000 Net 30% Total Return Index. FPP invests the fund in the following sectors: Information Technology, Financials, Health Care, Communication Services, Materials, Industrials, Consumer Discretionary, Energy, Consumer Staples, and Cash & Fixed Interest.

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EdgePoint Investment Group seeks to buy growth companies at value prices and 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. The firm 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 buys good, undervalued businesses and holds them until the market fully recognizes their potential. They sell a security for one of two reasons: (1) 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; and (2) there's a constant culling process whereby they continuously strive to upgrade the quality of their portfolios with better ideas. For fixed income investments, the firm 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.

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Helios Investment Partners LLP purchases Helios Fairfax Partners Corp. from Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd.

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Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd., RiverStone Management Ltd. purchase Assuranceforeningen Skuld/ Underwriting Buss from Assuranceforeningen SKULD (Gjensidig)

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OMERS Administration Corp., Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System purchase RiverStone Management Ltd. from Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd.

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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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Advised onFairfax Financial Holdings Ltd., Allied World Assurance Co. Holdings AG /Private Group purchase Allied World Assurance Company Holdings AG


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Advised onFairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. purchases Zenith National Insurance Corp.

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


Chief Executive Officer at Scheid Investment Group LLC


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


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