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CGU takes control of Hibernian

CGU has taken control of Irish insurance company Hibernian Group. The life office already had a 28 per cent stake in the firm but has now raised this to 53 per cent. CGU values Hibernian at £336m. CGU says the deal: “should enhance significantly the position of the combined group in the life and savings and general insurance markets in Ireland.”

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