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    EXHIBIT A

    CATEGORICAL STANDARDS FOR DIRECTOR INDEPENDENCE

    I. Introduction

    To be considered independent, a director of the Company must meet all of the following Categorical Standards for DirectorIndependence. In addition, a director who is a member of the Companys Audit Committee must meet the heightened criteria setforth below in Section IV to be considered independent for the purposes of membership on the Audit Committee. Thesecategorical standards may be amended from time to time by the Companys Board of Directors.

    Directors who do not meet these categorical standards for independence can also make valuable contributions to theCompany and its Board of Directors by reason of their knowledge and experience.

    In addition to meeting the standards set forth below, a director will not be considered independent unless the Board of Directors of the Company affirmatively determines that the director has no material relationship with the Company (either directlyor as a partner, shareholder or officer of an organization that has a relationship with the Company). In making its determination,the Board of Directors shall broadly consider all relevant facts and circumstances. Material relationships can include commercial,

    industrial, banking, consulting, legal, accounting, charitable and familial relationships, among others. For this purpose, the Boarddoes not need to reconsider relationships of the type described in Section III below if such relationships do not bar a determinationof independence in accordance with Section III below.

    II. Definitions

    An immediate family member includes a persons spouse, parents, children, siblings, mothers and fathers-in-law, sons anddaughters-in-law, brothers and sisters-in-law, and anyone (other than domestic employees) who shares such persons home. Whenconsidering the application of the three year period referred to in each of paragraphs III.1 through III.5 below, the Company neednot consider individuals who are no longer immediate family members as a result of legal separation or divorce, or those who havedied or become incapacitated.

    The Company includes any subsidiary in its consolidated group.

    III. Standards for Directors

    The following standards have been established to determine whether a director of the Company is independent: 1. A director is not independent if the director is, or has been within the last three years, an employee of the Company, or an

    immediate family member is, or has been within the last three years, an executive officer 1 , of the Company. Employment asan interim Chairman or CEO or other executive officer shall not disqualify a director from being considered independentfollowing that employment.

    1 For purposes of this paragraph III, the term executive officer has the same meaning specified for the term officer in Rule

    16(a)-1(f) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Rule 16a-1(f) defines officer as a companys president, principalfinancial officer, principal accounting officer (or if there is no such accounting officer, the controller), any vice-president of the company in charge of a principal business unit, division or function (such as sales, administration or finance), any otherofficer who performs a policymaking function, or any other person who performs similar policy-making functions for thecompany. Officers of the companys parent(s) or subsidiaries shall be deemed officers of the company if they perform suchpolicy-making functions for the company.

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    2. A director is not independent if the director has received, or has an immediate family member who has received, during anytwelve-month period within the last three years, more than $120,000 in direct compensation from the Company, other thandirector and committee fees and pension or other forms of deferred compensation for prior service (provided suchcompensation is not contingent in any way on continued service). Compensation received by a director for former service as

    an interim Chairman or CEO or other executive officer need not be considered in determining independence under this test.Compensation received by an immediate family member for service as an employee of the Company (other than an executiveofficer) need not be considered in determining independence under this test.

    3. A director is not independent if: (A) the director is a current partner or employee of a firm that is the Companys internal orexternal auditor; (B) the director has an immediate family member who is a current partner of such a firm; (C) the directorhas an immediate family member who is a current employee of such a firm and personally works on the Companys audit; or(D) the director or an immediate family member was within the last three years a partner or employee of such a firm andpersonally worked on the Companys audit within that time.

    4. A director is not independent if the director or an immediate family member is, or has been within the last three years,employed as an executive officer of another company where any of the Companys present executive officers at the sametime serves or served on that companys compensation committee.

    5.

    A director is not independent if the director is a current employee, or an immediate family member is a current executiveofficer, of a company that has made payments to, or received payments from, the Company for property or services in anamount which, in any of the last three fiscal years, exceeds the greater of $1 million, or 2% of such other companysconsolidated gross revenues. 2

    6. A director who is solely a director and/or a non-controlling shareholder of another company that has a relationship with theCompany and/or is, directly or indirectly, a security holder of the Company will not be considered to have a materialrelationship based solely on such relationship that would impair such directors independence.

    7. Being a director, executive officer or employee, or having an immediate family member who is a director, executive officeror employee, of a company that purchases insurance, reinsurance or other services or products from the Company, by itself,does not bar a determination that the director is independent if the payments made to the Company for such products orservices do not exceed the threshold set forth in paragraph III.5 above.

    IV. Standards for Audit Committee Members

    In addition to satisfying the criteria set forth in Section III above, directors who are members of the Companys AuditCommittee will not be considered independent for purposes of membership on the Audit Committee unless they satisfy thefollowing criteria:

    1. A director who is a member of the Audit Committee may not, other than in his or her capacity as a member of the AuditCommittee, the Board of Directors, or any other Board committee, accept directly or indirectly

    2 In applying this test, both the payments and the consolidated gross revenues to be measured shall be those reported in the last

    completed fiscal year. The look-back provision for this test applies solely to the financial relationship between the Companyand the director or immediate family members current employer; the Company need not consider former employment of thedirector or immediate family member. Contributions to tax exempt organizations shall not be considered payments forpurposes of this test, provided, however, that the Company shall disclose in its annual proxy statement any such contributions

    made by the Company to any tax exempt organization in which any independent director serves as an executive officer if,within the preceding three years, contributions in any single fiscal year from the Company to the organization exceeded thegreater of $1 million, or 2% of such tax exempt organizations consolidated gross revenues.

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    any consulting, advisory, or other compensatory fee from the Company or any subsidiary thereof, provided that, unless therules of the New York Stock Exchange provide otherwise, compensatory fees do not include the receipt of fixed amounts of compensation under a retirement plan (including deferred compensation) for prior service with the Company (provided thatsuch compensation is not contingent in any way on continued service).

    2. A director who is a member of the Audit Committee may not, other than in his or her capacity as a member of the Audit

    Committee, the Board of Directors or any other Board committee, be an affiliated person of the Company or any subsidiarythereof.

    3. If an Audit Committee member simultaneously serves on the audit committees of more than three public companies, theBoard must determine that such simultaneous service would not impair the ability of such member to effectively serve on theCompanys Audit Committee.

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    EXHIBIT B

    OPTIONAL INDEPENDENT PROXY FOR REGISTERED HOLDERS

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    ACE LIMITED

    Brengasse 32CH-8001 Zurich, Switzerland

    OPTIONAL INDEPENDENT PROXY FOR REGISTERED HOLDERSThe undersigned hereby appoints Dr. Claude Lambert, Homburger AG, as Independent Proxy, with the power to appoint his substitute, and hereby authorizes him to

    represent and to vote, as designated below, all the Common Shares of ACE Limited which the undersigned is entitled to vote at the Annual General Meeting to be held at2:00 p.m. Central European time on May 20, 2009 at the Companys offices at Brengasse 32, CH-8001 Zurich Switzerland.

    This proxy when properly executed will be voted in the manner directed herein by the undersigned shareholder.

    If no other specific instructions are given, this proxy will be voted FOR each of the nominees for the Board listed in Agenda Item No. 1 and FOR eachof Agenda Items 2-7 (including each subpart hereof). The Board of Directors of the Company recommends that you vote your shares FOR each of thenominees for the Board listed in Agenda Item No. 1 and FOR each of Agenda Items 2-7 (including each subpart hereof).

    If a new agenda item or a new proposal for an existing agenda item is put forth before the Annual General Meeting and no other specific instructions aregiven, the Independent Proxy will vote in accordance with the position of the Board of Directors.

    This form of proxy should be sent to Dr. Claude Lambert, Homburger AG, Weinbergstrasse 56/58, PO Box 194, CH-8042 Zurich, Switzerland for arrivalno later than 12:00 noon Central European time, May 14, 2009. The method of delivery of this proxy is at your risk. Sufficient time should be allowed to ensuretimely delivery.

    In order for this proxy to be valid, you must sign the proxy exactly as your name appears on the share certificate(s) and you must include the controlnumber indicated on the form of management proxy sent to you with the proxy statement, dated April 7, 2009, with respect to the Annual General Meeting.

    Please markyour votes asindicated in thisexample

    x

    FOR AGAINST ABSTAIN FOR AGAINST ABSTAIN FOR AGAINST ABSTAIN

    1.1 Electionof

    MichaelG. Atieh

    2.1 Approval of theannual report

    5. Amendment of Articlesof Association relating tospecial auditor

    1.2 Electionof

    Mary A.Cirillo

    2.2 Approval of thestatutoryfinancialstatements of ACE Limited

    6.1 Election of PricewaterhouseCoopersAG(Zurich) as our statutoryauditor until our nextannual ordinary generalmeeting

    1.3 Electionof

    Bruce L.Crockett

    2.3 Approval of theconsolidatedfinancialstatements

    6.2 Ratification of appointment of independent registeredpublic accounting firmPricewaterhouseCoopersLLP (United States) forpurposes of United Statessecurities law reportingfor the year endingDecember 31, 2009

    1.4 Electionof

    Thomas J.Neff

    3. Allocation of disposableprofit

    4. Discharge of the Board of Directors

    6.3 Election of BDO Visura(Zurich) as specialauditing firm until ournext annual ordinarygeneral meeting

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    7. Approval of the paymentof a dividend in the formof a distribution througha reduction of the parvalue of our shares

    ControlNumberfrom

    ManagementProxy:

    AS RECOMMENDEDBY THE BOARD OF

    DIRECTORS

    WITHHOLDAUTHORITY

    If a new agenda item or anew proposal for an existingagenda item is put before themeeting.

    If a new agenda item or anew proposal for an existingagenda item is put before themeeting, and no otherspecific instructions aregiven, the independent proxywill vote in accordance withthe position of the Board of Directors.

    Signature Signature Date

    Please sign exactly as name appears hereon. When shares are held by joint tenants, both should sign. When signing as attorney, executor, administrator,trustee or guardian, please give full title as such. If a corporation, please sign in full corporate name by President or other authorized officer. If apartnership or limited liability company, please sign in partnership or limited liability company name by authorized person.

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    ACE LIMITED

    Brengasse 32CH-8001 Zurich, Switzerland

    April 7, 2009INVITATION AND PROXY STATEMENT

    FOR THE 2009 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF SHAREHOLDERS

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    ACE LIMITEDBrengasse 32

    CH-8001 Zurich, SwitzerlandPROXY

    THIS PROXY IS SOLICITED ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

    The undersigned hereby appoints Evan Greenberg, Philip Bancroft and Robert Cusumano as Proxies, each with thepower to appoint his substitute, and hereby authorizes each of them to represent and to vote, as designated below, all theCommon Shares of ACE Limited which the undersigned is entitled to vote at the Annual General Meeting to be held at2:00 p.m. Central European time on May 20, 2009 at the Companys offices at Brengasse 32, CH-8001 Zurich,Switzerland.

    This proxy when properly executed will be voted in the manner directed herein by the undersigned shareholder.

    If no direction is made, this proxy will be voted FOR each of the nominees for the Board listed in Agenda Item

    No. 1 and FOR each of Agenda Items 2-7 (including each subpart hereof). The Board of Directors of theCompany recommends that you vote your shares FOR each of the nominees for the Board listed in AgendaItem No. 1 and FOR each of Agenda Items 2-7 (including each subpart hereof).

    (CONTINUED AND TO BE VOTED AND SIGNED ON REVERSE SIDE)

    BNY MELLON SHAREOWNERSERVICES

    Address Change/Comments(Mark the corresponding box on the reverse side)

    P.O. BOX 3550SOUTH HACKENSACK, NJ 07606-9250

    p FOLD AND DETACH HERE p

    In order to assure that your votes are tabulated in time to be voted at the Annual General Meeting,

    you must submit your proxy card so that it is received by 6:00 p.m. Central European time on May 19, 2009.

    Choose MLink SM for fast, easy and secure 24/7 online access to your futureproxy materials, investment plan statements, tax documents and more.Simply log on to Investor ServiceDirect atwww.bnymellon.com/shareowner/isd where step-by-step instructions will

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    Please mark your votes asindicated inthis example

    x

    FOR AGAINST ABSTAIN FOR AGAINST ABSTAIN FOR AGAINST ABSTAIN

    1.1Election of Michael G.Atieh

    2.1Approval of the annualreport

    5.Amendment of Articles of Association relating tospecial auditor

    1.2Election of Mary A.Cirillo

    2.2Approval of the statutoryfinancialstatementsof ACELimited

    6.1Election of PricewaterhouseCoopersAG(Zurich) as our statutoryauditor until our nextannual ordinary generalmeeting

    1.3Election of Bruce L.Crockett

    2.3Approval of theconsolidatedfinancialstatements

    6.2Ratification of appointmentof independent registeredpublic accounting firmPricewaterhouseCoopersLLP (United States) forpurposes of United Statessecurities law reporting forthe year ending December31, 2009

    1.4Election of Thomas J.Neff

    3.Allocationof disposableprofit

    4.Dischargeof the Boardof Directors

    6.3Election of BDO Visura(Zurich) as special auditingfirm until our next annualordinary general meeting

    7.Approval of the payment of a dividend in the form of adistribution through areduction of the par value of our shares

    If a new agenda item

    or a new proposal for anexisting agenda item is putbefore the meeting, theproxy will vote inaccordance with theposition of the Board of Directors.

    Mark Here for Address

    Charge or CommentsSEE REVERSE

    Signature

    Signature

    Date

    Please sign exactly as name appears hereon. When shares are held by joint tenants, both should sign. When signing asattorney, executor, administrator, trustee or guardian, please give full title as such. If a corporation, please sign in fullcorporate name by President or other authorized officer. If a partnership or limited liability company, please sign inpartnership or limited liability company name by authorized person.

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