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Goldman Sachs Completes Sale of Majority of Reinsurance Business

Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS) sold a majority stake in its reinsurance business to institutions and high-net worth clients as financial firms adjust to demands by regulators for more capital.

Goldman Sachs is keeping a minority stake in the business, named Global Atlantic Financial Group, the New York-based bank said today in a statement. The firm didn’t disclose the price of the private offering or what percentage it retained.

Chief Financial Officer Harvey M. Schwartz said in January that the bank was considering selling a stake in the business because international regulators are imposing higher capital requirements. The bank at that time disclosed the unit’s contribution for the first time, saying revenue climbed 23 percent in 2012 to $1.08 billion.

The division has a global property and casualty reinsurance business as well as life and annuity reinsurance operations primarily in the U.S. Goldman Sachs agreed in 2012 to buy Ariel Holdings Ltd.’s Bermuda-based insurance and reinsurance businesses to expand property and casualty coverage.

The bank said last month that reinsurance revenue was $233 million in the first quarter, up from $211 a year earlier.

To contact the reporter on this story: Michael J. Moore in New York at mmoore55@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: David Scheer at dscheer@bloomberg.net

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