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RISK SPECIALISTS COMPANIES ANNOUNCES FIRST TAKAFUL HOMEOWNERS PRODUCT FOR U.S.
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NEW YORK, Dec 01, 2008 -- Risk Specialists Companies, Inc. (RSC), a subsidiary of AIG Commercial Insurance, today announced it is introducing a Takaful Homeowners Policy, the first installment in Lexington Takaful Solutionssm, a series of Shari'ah-compliant (Takaful) product offerings in the U.S. The newly announced Takaful products are compliant with key Islamic finance tenets and based on the concept of mutual insurance.

"The introduction of Takaful products in the U.S. represents an important and emerging growth opportunity for AIG Commercial Insurance. We are pleased to offer socially responsible solutions to this segment of the domestic market," said Matthew F. Power, President, Risk Specialists Companies, Inc.

The Takaful Homeowners Policy is underwritten through RSC member company A.I. Risk Specialists Insurance, Inc., in conjunction with Lexington Insurance Company and in association with AIG Takaful Enaya. Headquartered in Bahrain, AIG Takaful Enaya was established in 2006 to provide a range of Takaful products, including accident and health, auto, energy, property and casualty products. AIG Takaful Enaya is licensed by the Central Bank of Bahrain and its Shari'ah Supervisory Board is composed of well known Shari'ah scholars Sheikh Nizam Yaquby, Dr. Mohammed Ali Elgari and Dr. Muhammad Imran Usmani.

"This is truly a global effort on the part of AIG," said Abdallah Kubursi, Global Head of AIG Takaful Enaya. "Being first to market in the U.S. is a testament to Lexington, RSC and AIG Takaful Enaya's commitment to offer consumers greater choice based not only on need but also social preference."

According to Ernst & Young's 2008 World Takaful Report, Takaful was estimated to be a $5.7 billion market globally with over 130 providers in 2006. The Takaful market is estimated to be in excess of $10 billion by 2010.

The Takaful Homeowners Policy builds on LexElite(R), the highly successful Homeowners policy from Lexington Insurance Company that combines broad coverages, high limits and individually tailored coverages to thousands of customers throughout the United States. Takaful Homeowners Policy is available in all 50 states.

Risk Specialists Companies, Inc. is a leader in the U.S. surplus lines brokerage industry, providing access to specialty casualty, property and personal lines insurance from Lexington Insurance Company and other AIG companies.

For more information on Takaful Homeowners Policy, contact Jim Crain at 617-345-4105 or jim.crain@aig.com.

AIG Commercial Insurance serves a wide range of entities from multinational and middle-market companies to non-profit organizations and small entrepreneurs. Its extensive product offerings include general and excess liability, property, management and professional liability, workers' compensation, accident and health, environmental liability, and integrated global programs for multinational companies. AIG Commercial Insurance also maintains dedicated industry groups to serve the insurance needs of the aviation, energy, marine, healthcare, construction, financial institution, real estate and education sectors.

AIG Commercial Insurance is the marketing name for the domestic commercial property casualty insurance operations of American International Group, Inc. For additional information, please visit our website at www.aig.com. All products are written by insurance company subsidiaries of AIG Commercial Insurance Group, Inc. Coverage may not be available in all jurisdictions and is subject to actual policy language. Non-insurance products and services may be provided by independent third parties.

American International Group, Inc. (AIG), a world leader in insurance and financial services, is the leading international insurance organization with operations in more than 130 countries and jurisdictions. AIG companies serve commercial, institutional and individual customers through the most extensive worldwide property-casualty and life insurance networks of any insurer. In addition, AIG companies are leading providers of retirement services, financial services and asset management around the world. AIG's common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange, as well as the stock exchanges in Ireland and Tokyo.

SOURCE: American International Group, Inc.

AIG
Peter Tulupman, 212-770-3141
Public Relations Manager