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Old Mutual says it will resist claim lodged in US court over disposed assets

The Travelers Companies and St. Paul Fire & Marine Insurance filed the claim against Old Mutual in the district court of New York
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Old Mutual expects its 'managed separation' of the business to be completed this year

Old Mutual PLC (LON:OML) said it will contest a claim lodged in a US court related to previously disposed assets in the country.

The Travelers Companies Inc. and St. Paul Fire & Marine Insurance Co. filed the claim against Old Mutual, related to pre-existing head office legacy items, in the district court of New York.

READ: Old Mutual sells part of wealth management arm for £600mln amid managed separation

Old Mutual said in a statement on Tuesday that the claim is "without merit and we will resist accordingly".

The investment firm said it expects its "managed separation" of assets to be completed by the end of 2018.

The group's managed separation involves splitting the business into four parts including Old Mutual Wealth, Old Mutual Emerging Markets, South African lender Nedbank and US firm Old Mutual Asset Management. Old Mutual wants to break up the business because it believes regulatory changes make the company too complex to run in its current form.

READ: Old Mutual offloads majority stake in Nedbank as part of break-up plan

Old Mutual is due to report its 2017 results on Thursday. 

Shares fell 0.3% to 256.3p in morning trade. 

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