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Aetna Said to Plan Asset Sales to Quash Antitrust Worries

  • Insurer said to plan divestitures worth billions of dollars
  • Company is pursuing $37 billion takeover of rival Humana
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Aetna Inc., the health insurer, is preparing to sell assets worth several billion dollars as it seeks to quell regulatory concerns over its proposed $37 billion takeover of smaller rival Humana Inc., according to people familiar with the matter.

The company is working with advisers to identify a portfolio of assets that could, if divested, reduce any significant overlap between its operations and those of Humana, the people said, asking not to be identified as the matter is private. The process is advanced and assets could be marketed to potential buyers within weeks, the people said.