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Standard Life hire advisers for strategic review

Standard Life has confirmed a team of advisers for its strategic review, expected to be completed by the summer. McKinsey & Company will advise on strategy, with Lazard and UBS acting as financial advisers. Clifford Chance will provide legal support, with Watson Wyatt acting as consulting actuaries and Price Waterhouse Coopers advising on taxation and accounting.

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