Prudential awarded fund management licence in Vietnam


LONDON, UK, Nov. 4, 2004 (PRIMEZONE) -- Prudential plc today announced it has been awarded a fund management licence in Vietnam by the State Securities Commission, the Vietnamese financial services regulator. This is Prudential's eighth fund management licence in the Asia region.

Mark Norbom, Chief Executive Prudential Corporation Asia said, "We are very pleased with our new fund management licence for Vietnam. We have established an enviable reputation in this market with our life insurance operation and I would like to confirm our continued commitment to Vietnam as we work to develop this new opportunity."

Ajay Srinivasan, Managing Director, Fund Management Prudential Corporation Asia added; "Our funds business in Asia has a very clear strategy for growth. We have a proven track record of delivery and have built a sizeable business in a relatively short time. Our goal is to be a significant and profitable force in all our chosen markets. With our customer-centric strategy, I am confident that we will continue this success as we develop and grow our funds business in Vietnam."

The new Vietnamese fund management company continues the rapid expansion of Prudential's fund management business across Asia. Prudential has a leading fund management position in a number of markets across Asia.

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Prudential plc

Prudential plc is a leading international financial services group, providing retail financial services and fund management in its chosen markets: the United Kingdom, the United States, Asia and continental Europe.

Prudential has been writing life insurance in the United Kingdom for over 150 years and has had the largest long-term fund in the United Kingdom for over a century. Today, Prudential has over 16 million customers worldwide and GBP170 billion of funds under management (as at 30 June 2004).

In the United Kingdom Prudential is a leading life and pensions provider offering a range of retail financial products. M&G is Prudential's UK & European Fund Manager, with over GBP112 billion of funds under management (as at June 2004). Jackson National Life, acquired by Prudential in 1986, is a leading provider of long-term savings and retirement products to retail and institutional customers throughout the United States. Egg plc, in which Prudential has a 78 per cent shareholding, provides banking, insurance and investment products through its internet site

Prudential is the leading European-based life insurer in Asia with 24 operations in 12 countries.

* Prudential plc, a company incorporated and with its principal place of business in the United Kingdom, and its affiliated companies constitute one of the world's leading financial services groups. It provides insurance and financial services directly and through its subsidiaries and affiliates throughout the world. It has been in existence for over 150 years and has over US$300 billion (GBP170 billion) in assets under management, as at 30 June 2004. 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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