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2015-09-24

Ageas: Regulated information - Brussels Appeal Court reduces fine imposed by FSMA

Today the Brussels Appeal Court partly upheld Ageas's appeal against the 2013
FSMA Sanctions Commission decision.

In June 2013 the FSMA Sanctions Commission imposed a EUR 500,000 fine on Ageas
for miscommunication by Fortis in the period May-June 2008.

Ageas appealed the FSMA decision before the Brussels' Court of Appeal.

The Court fully annulled the decision of the FSMA Sanctions Commission, and
consequently, ruled again and decided to impose a reduced fine of EUR 250,000
on Ageas for misleading statements made on 12 June 2008. The Court's decision
is reasoned as follows: "Towards Ageas,
the Court has not ruled over the majority of the breaches upheld by the
Sanctions Commission pursuant to the non bis in idem principle. As for the
communication of 12 June 2008, the Court has not entirely adhered to the
reasoning of the Sanctions Commission on the misleading character of this
communication. Considering also that Ageas is the successor of Fortis, the
Court decides to impose a fine of EUR 250,000 on Ageas
".
The fines imposed by the June 2013 decision on the former Fortis executives
were reduced for Mr Votron and Mr Mittler. In a separate decision of the
Brussels' Court of Appeal, the fine of Mr Verwilst's was annulled.

Ageas
is an international insurance group with a heritage spanning 190 years. Ranked
among the top 20 insurance companies in Europe, Ageas has chosen to
concentrate its business activities in Europe and Asia, which together make
up the largest share of the global insurance market. These are grouped around
four segments: Belgium, United Kingdom, Continental Europe and Asia and
served through a combination of wholly owned subsidiaries and partnerships
with strong financial institutions and key distributors around the world.
Ageas operates successful partnerships in Belgium, the UK, Luxembourg, Italy,
Portugal, Turkey, China, Malaysia, India, Thailand, the Philippines and
Vietnam and has subsidiaries in France, Portugal, Hong Kong and the UK. Ageas
is the market leader in Belgium for individual life and employee benefits, as
well as a leading Non-Life player through AG Insurance. In the UK, Ageas
occupies the number 3 position in cars insured and has a strong presence in
the over 50's market.Ageas employs more than 13,000 people in the
consolidated entities and over 30,000 in the non-consolidated partnerships,
and has reported annual inflows close to EUR 26 billion in 2014.

pdf version of the press release
http://hugin.info/134212/R/1954403/711254.pdf

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Source: Ageas via Globenewswire

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