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Hanwha not to join race for LIG acquisition


SEOUL, Jan. 17 (Yonhap) -- Hanwha Group, a South Korean chemical conglomerate, said Friday that it will not join the race to buy LIG Insurance Co., the country's fifth-largest non-life insurer.

"It is not true that Hanwha Group is seeking a takeover of LIG Insuarance," it said in a regulatory filing.

LIG Group, a mid-sized local business group, put up a 20.9 percent stake in its non-life insurance unit, LIG Insurance, to secure cash to compensate investors for losses incurred from its 2011 financial fraud scandal.

The sale of the stake in the non-life insurer has drawn two bidders -- Tong Yang Life Insuarance Co., the country's fifth-largest insurer, and local food and retail conglomerate Lotte Group.

Mid-sized non-life insurer Meritz Fire