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Friends buys Royal & Sun Alliance offshore arms

Friends Provident has bought the offshore arms of Royal & Sun Alliance for £133m, following the Friends Ivory & Sime deal for its fund management business.

Friends has now acquired the Isle of Man based life operations of R&SA, and the Luxembourg operations of R&SA Investment Management. The deal bumps up Friends&#39 offshore market share to 9 per cent.

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