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Fairfax Files Final Universal Shelf Prospectus


TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 12/10/10 -- Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited (TSX: FFH)(TSX: FFH.U) has filed a final short form base shelf prospectus with securities regulatory authorities in Canada and the United States. The shelf prospectus allows Fairfax to offer from time to time over a 25-month period up to US$2.0 billion of debt, equity or other securities. Should Fairfax offer any securities, it will make a prospectus supplement available that will include the specific terms of the securities being offered. In connection with the filing of the final short form base shelf prospectus, Fairfax has withdrawn its previously existing base shelf prospectus dated September 25, 2009.

A copy of the short form base shelf prospectus filed may be obtained from Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited, Paul Rivett, Chief Legal Officer at (416) 367-4941, 95 Wellington Street West, Suite 800, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5J 2N7 or electronically at

This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities in any jurisdiction.

Fairfax is a financial services holding company which, through its subsidiaries, is engaged in property and casualty insurance and reinsurance and investment management.

Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited John Varnell Chief Financial Officer (416) 367-4941 Media Contact: Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited Paul Rivett Chief Legal Officer (416) 367-4941