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Stewart Title Guaranty Company Co-Sponsored Cross Border Transactions Seminar

HOUSTON (December 21, 2009) – “Save Yourself from Embarrassment – Why and How to Use Title Insurance in Cross Border Transactions,” co-sponsored by Stewart Title Guaranty Company (STG), a wholly owned subsidiary of Stewart Information Services Corp. (NYSE-STC), was held December 3, 2009, in New York City.

Leading experts from the title industry, including STG’s Mitch Creekmore, participated in discussions concerning the impact of title insurance on cross-border transactions, as well as the evolution of the title insurance policy in a number of jurisdictions outside the United States.

"This was an excellent seminar.  Based on the high number of sophisticated questions that were asked by the attending attorneys, it was obvious the topic was extremely timely and that the attorneys knew they were in the midst of title industry authorities on international real estate transactions,” said Bruce Hawley, senior vice president, senior underwriting counsel and multinational title services group manager for STG. 

During the second half of the seminar, title and property possession issues in Latin America were discussed, along with the pros and cons of the various land registry systems throughout Latin America.

“In recognition of Stewart Title's long history of insuring titles in Mexico and other parts of Latin America, many of the audience's questions were directed at Mitch Creekmore, who is a senior vice president with Stewart's Multinational Title Services Group.  Mitch did a terrific job in explaining the intricacies of the title insurance aspects of foreign real estate transactions," Hawley said.

Event sponsors for the cross-border transactions panel included The New York State Bar Association – International Section, Committees on Insurance and Reinsurance and International Real Estate Transactions, First American Title, FNF Title International, and Michael Galligan, Partner, Phillips Nizer, LLP.

About Stewart

Stewart Title Guaranty Co. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Stewart Information Services Corp. (NYSE-STC), a customer-driven, technology-enabled, strategically competitive, real estate information, title insurance and transaction management company. Stewart provides title insurance and related information services required for settlement by the real estate and mortgage industries throughout the United States and international markets. Stewart also provides post-closing lender services, automated county clerk land records, property ownership mapping, geographic information systems, property information reports, flood certificates, document preparation, background checks and expertise in tax-deferred exchanges. More information can be found at or follow Stewart on Twitter @stewarttitleco.