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The $800 million-plus sale of Hannover Re’s U.S. subsidiary Praetorian Financial Group Inc., New York, to the Australian QBE Insurance Group Ltd., Sydney, was closed yesterday after regulators gave approval, the companies said.

QBE’s U.S. subsidiary has acquired all shares of Praetorian. The purchase price is slightly in excess of $800 million, equivalent to 2.1 times Praetorian shareholders’ equity excluding goodwill as of year-end 2006, Hannover Re said.

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