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On 23 December 2004, AGF and Crédit Agricole S.A. signed an agreement under which Pacifica, the property & casualty insurance subsidiary of Crédit Agricole, is to acquire 35% of the share capital of Assurances Fédérales IARD. The agreement is subject to the approval of the committee of insurance companies (comité des entreprises d'assurance) and would become effective in 2005. Assurances Fédérales would then be held at 60% by AGF and at 40% by Crédit Agricole. The AGF Group would hold a put on its 60% of the share capital, exercisable at any time until 30 June 2007.
At the same time, both groups decided to develop their relationship in assistance. Mondial Assistance and Pacifica - Predica are renewing their partnership agreement for a period of 5 years.
Moreover, they are seeking to broaden their relationship in the area of borrower insurance.
AGF and Crédit Agricole are pleased with the terms of this agreement and the strengthening of their ties.
These assessments are, as always, subject to the disclaimer provided below.
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