Prudential Ends Plans To Buy AIG Asian Subsidiary

British insurance company Prudential is calling off plans to buy AIG's Asian subsidiary. AIG needed the sale to pay back some of the $180 billion it still owes American taxpayers. Merger talks hit the rocks after Prudential's shareholders balked at the $35 billion price. Prudential lowered its offer, AIG refused and the deal fell apart.

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MONTAGNE: The British insurance company Prudential is calling off plans to buy AIG's Asian subsidiary. AIG needed the sale to pay back some of the $180 billion it still owes American taxpayers. Merger talks hit the rocks after Prudential's shareholders balked at the $35 billion price. Prudential lowered its offer, AIG refused, and the deal fell apart.

AIG is reportedly considering a public stock offering to raise money from its Asian business.

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