NY regulator delays Sun Life’s sale of U.S. annuity business

By Staff | June 21, 2013 | Last updated on June 21, 2013
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On December 17, 2012, Sun Life Financial Inc. entered into a definitive stock purchase agreement to sell its U.S. annuities business and certain of its U.S. life insurance businesses to Delaware Life Holdings, LLC, which was expected to close before the end of the second quarter of 2013, subject to regulatory approvals and other closing conditions. This target date likely won’t be met.

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Approvals for the transaction have been obtained from a number of regulators, including the Delaware Department of Insurance and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).

The approval process is also underway with the New York Department of Financial Services. The Department has recently undertaken a review of private investor groups as owners of annuity businesses, and it’s anticipated the review will delay the close of the transaction beyond the end of the second quarter of 2013.

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The firm continues to work with Delaware Life Holdings, LLC, to obtain approval from the New York Department of Financial Services for the transaction and to close the transaction as soon as possible. Both parties have made substantial progress in preparing for the close and for the transition of employees and operations to support the business going forward.

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