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Markel Corporation (“Markel”) (NYSE: MKL) and Brahmin announced today that they have entered into a definitive agreement for Markel to acquire a majority interest in Brahmin. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2018. Additional terms were not disclosed.

Brahmin is a creator of fashion leather handbags with significant wholesale distribution and a rapidly growing direct-to-consumer business. Founded by Bill, Joan, and Scott Martin in 1982, Brahmin has been creating handbags of outstanding execution and quality for 36 years. Brahmin products represent the best use of exquisite design, superior materials, and smart functionality. “It was quickly identified when Markel and Brahmin were introduced that both share the same business vision and culture. Scott and I look forward to Brahmin’s continued growth with the Markel partnership”, said Susan Thacker, CEO, Brahmin.

Markel, through its subsidiary Markel Ventures makes long term investments in high quality companies. “The Martins, Susan, and the entire Brahmin team have built a phenomenal business”, said Tom Gayner, Co-CEO, Markel Corporation. “We were fortunate to be introduced to the Martins and the Brahmin brand by a member of our own family – immediately, we recognized the shared values of our two organizations. Together, we look forward to the perpetuation of the Brahmin story…and of course, we can’t wait to purchase a few handbags from their beautiful new fall line.”

Visit Brahmin on the web at brahmin.com.