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Luc Popelier, chief executive of KBC Group’s market activities

KBC closes sale of US life settlement portfolio


KBC has finalised the sale of the US life settlement portfolio held by KBC Financial Products to certain funds managed by affiliates of Fortress Investment Group, as announced on 10 November.

KBC’s exit from the life settlements market follows its decision to refocus its merchant banking business, of which the life settlements activities were not deemed core.

While reducing KBC’s risk profile and future volatility, the transaction has no impact on KBC’s Tier-1 ratio and is not material to KBC Group’s results.

In recent months, KBC Financial Products has divested its Japanese equities business, its US reverse mortgage business, its Asia-focused fund of funds management activities and its global convertibles and Asian equity derivatives businesses.

Luc Popelier, chief executive of KBC Group’s market activities, says: "The sale that was finalised yesterday is in line with KBC’s renewed strategy to reduce the group’s risk profile and to focus on its core bancassurance markets.KBC Merchant Banking will from now on focus on servicing core corporate customers of the group’s home markets in Belgium and Central and Eastern Europe and internationally active corporate customers with a natural link to KBC’s home markets."

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