American International Group (NYSE:AIG) has reportedly scrapped plans to sell a strategic stake in its American International Assurance unit, according to Reuters.
Reuters reported that a person familiar with the process said that although four consortiums of Chinese investors have approached AIG about an AIA stake ahead of its IPO, the timeline is too tight for the due diligence that would be required for strategic stakes at this point.
The IPO is expected to take place on the Hong Kong exchange in late October or early November. It is expected to raise about $15 billion.
Reuters reported that the focus will shift to discussions over selling “cornerstone” stakes in AIA prior to the IPO.
AIG has been divesting assets in order to repay its debt to the U.S. government for bailing it out. An earlier deal to sell AIA to UK insurer Prudential (NYSE:PUK) fell through.
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