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Equitable Life completes sale of University Life

Equitable Life has completed the sale of its subsidiary University Life Assurance Society to Reliance Mutual.

The sale, which was announced on December 20, will benefit Equitable Life’s policyholders according to the life office, by removing the costs associated with University Life.

University Life’s policyholders will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Reliance Mutual which is a company that specialises in the administration of small closed life funds.

In March 2007, Equitable Life announced an agreement to transfer £1.8bn of with-profits annuities to Prudential and also completed the transfer of £4.6bn of its non-profit pension annuities to Canada Life in February 2007.

Equitable Life chief executive Charles Thomson says: “This is another step forward in our strategy of finding the best future for our policyholders. The sale of University Life simplifies the business of Equitable Life and makes it easier to assess strategic options for our policyholders and, if attractive, to implement them.”

Reliance Mutual chief executive Mark Goodale says: “We have an impressive track record of successfully integrating closed books of business into our systems and with the help of Equitable Life and their third party administrators, HBOS, we have again had another seamless transition.

“University Life policyholders will now be looked after by our Tunbridge Wells-based staff who will provide them with the same personal and friendly service offered to all of our policyholders.”

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