Authorities approve Svenska Handelsbanken's acquisition of SPP

Authorities approve Svenska Handelsbanken's acquisition of SPP Svenska Handelsbanken has today received the approval of the Swedish Competition Authority to acquire SPP Livförsäkring AB and SPP Fonder AB. The Swedish financial supervisory authority, Finansinspektionen, has also given its approval and the acquisition will therefore go ahead. For further information, please contact: Svenska Handelsbanken Alecta Lars O Grönstedt, Lars Otterbeck, Group Chief Executive CEO Elect tel: +46 8 701 16 33 tel: +46 8 441 66 60 ------------------------------------------------------------ This information was brought to you by BIT http://www.bit.se The following files are available for download: http://www.bit.se/bitonline/2001/02/12/20010212BIT01430/bit0001.doc http://www.bit.se/bitonline/2001/02/12/20010212BIT01430/bit0001.pdf