27 Mar 2013
Statement re FSA enforcement action
Prudential plc and its wholly owned subsidiary The Prudential Assurance Company Limited have agreed to settle with the Financial Services Authority over issues relating to the attempt to acquire AIA, the Asian subsidiary of AIG, in early 2010. The companies have agreed to pay fines totalling £30 million, in respect of a decision by the FSA that it and the UKLA should have been informed earlier about Prudential's contemplation of the potential transaction. The Group Chief Executive, Tidjane Thiam, has also agreed to be censured in respect of a decision by the FSA that it should have been informed earlier.
The FSA has confirmed the following in a statement accompanying the Final Notices published today:
"The investigation was into past events and does not concern the current conduct of the management of the Prudential Group. The FSA accepts that Prudential did consider their obligations in forming their assessment in respect of informing the regulator. Therefore, although the FSA considers that the circumstances of these breaches are serious, the FSA does not consider they were reckless or intentional."
Paul Manduca, the Chairman of Prudential plc, said: "The Board has decided to settle this matter in the best interests of the Group and all its stakeholders. We wish to draw a line under the matter, and to ensure our constructive relationship with our regulators remains good. Tidjane acted at all times in the interests of the Company and with the full knowledge and authority of the Board. The Board wishes to express its satisfaction that all parties have agreed to this settlement.
"Prudential works hard to maintain close and positive relationships with its regulators and the Group's relationship with the FSA continues to be good. The FSA has determined that it should have been informed earlier about the fact we were contemplating the AIA transaction and we regret, with hindsight, not so doing.
"Over the past three years, our successful business strategy, led by Tidjane, and fully supported by the Board, has delivered excellent results for customers, shareholders and employees. This was most recently demonstrated by our strong annual results for 2012."
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Prudential plc is incorporated in England and Wales, and its affiliated companies constitute one of the world's leading financial services groups. It provides insurance and financial services through its subsidiaries and affiliates throughout the world. It has been in existence for 165 years and has £405 billion in assets under management (as at 31 December 2012). Prudential plc is not affiliated in any manner with Prudential Financial Inc., a company whose principal place of business is in the United States of America.
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