AIG seals strategic partnerships with BlackRock

Asset manager to have oversight of up to US$150 billion in investments

AIG seals strategic partnerships with BlackRock

Insurance News

By Ryan Smith

American International Group (AIG) has announced strategic partnerships with BlackRock in which certain fixed-income and private-placement assets will be managed by BlackRock.

Under the arrangements, BlackRock would manage up to US$60 billion of the global AIG investment portfolio and up to US$90 billion of the Life & Retirement investment portfolio. Additionally, BlackRock’s Aladdin platform will provide investment management technology for both AIG and Life & Retirement.

“Partnering with an asset manager like BlackRock represents a continuation of our strategy to work with world-class organisations as we deliver on excellence at AIG,” said Peter Zaffino, chairman and CEO of AIG. “BlackRock has an outstanding performance track record and world-class risk analytics through its Aladdin platform. BlackRock’s global scale makes this a significant long-term value creation opportunity for our stakeholders. This is another important milestone as our momentum continues toward the separation of our Life & Retirement business and the future state of AIG.” 

Zaffino said that for Life & Retirement, “the partnership with BlackRock creates both strategic and operating flexibility as we reposition asset management and prepare the business to be a standalone company.”

The arrangements with BlackRock will be implemented in phases across AIG’s global operations, the insurer said.

“BlackRock is honoured to have been selected to serve AIG as a strategic partner,” said Rob Kapito, president of BlackRock. “We look forward to leveraging our investment expertise, scale and technology capabilities for the benefit of all of AIG’s stakeholders. I have enormous respect and admiration for AIG, and I am confident in the long-term value BlackRock will deliver as we embark on this journey together.”

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