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AIG pulls out of National Housing Bank's mortgage company

Thursday, July 30, 2009 (09:47:19) Tags: Business, Housing,AIG Kolkata: American International Group (AIG), the insurance giant bailed out by the US government, has pulled out from a proposed joint venture with National Housing Bank (NHB), a top bank official said here on Wednesday. Earlier, AIG had agreed to pick up 41 percent stake in a proposed mortgage guarantee company in which NHB will have a majority 43 percent stake. "AIG has withdrawn from talks due to the economic slowdown and so we have started looking for a new partner for the mortgage guarantee outfit," S. Sridhar, chairman and managing director of the bank, told reporters here. He said talks are at advanced stage and a new partner would be inducted in the next three-four months. Asian Development Bank and International Finance Corp had also agreed to pick up 8 percent stake each. However, Sridhar said: "There would be realignment in the shareholding of the partners depending upon how much the new partner agrees to pick up." (IANS)