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AMBAC Financial (AMBC)

Participants
Lisa Kampf Head-Investor Relations
Claude LeBlanc Chief Executive Officer
David Trick Chief Financial Officer
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Operator

Greetings, and welcome to Ambac Financial Group, Incorporated Third Quarter 2021 Earnings Call. At this time, all participants are in a listen-only mode. A brief question-and-answer session will follow the formal presentation. [Operator Instructions] As a reminder, this conference is being recorded. It is now my pleasure to introduce your host, Miss. Investor Chief LeBlanc, Financial of and Executive Head Trick, David Officer. Kampf, Relations; Chief Claude Officer; Lisa I will now turn the call over to Lisa. line your is on Lisa mute?

Lisa Kampf

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Claude LeBlanc

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David Trick

Thank you good Claude, and everyone. morning,

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Claude LeBlanc

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Operator

There you. this no are at Thank time. questions concludes conference. This today's

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