Sagicor buys CLICO, BAT portfolios

THE CENTRAL Bank yesterday afternoon announced the long-delayed sale of the traditional insurance portfolios of CLICO and British American Trinidad (BAT) choosing its preferred bidder Sagicor Life, a subsidiary of Sagicor Financial Corporation.

While the Central Bank insisted that Sagicor was chosen after a “transparent, competitive and rigorous bidding process,” that process was almost immediately challenged by legal action commenced by Maritime Life, the other shortlisted bidder for the CLICO and BAT traditional portfolios.

Maritime’s British attorney, Edward Fitzgerald QC wrote a pre-action protocol letter to Central Bank Governor Alvin Hilaire last Friday, accusing the Central Bank of acting “irrationally, unfairly and unconstitutionally” by excluding Maritime’s bid for the CLICO/BAT assets.

In its 20-page legal letter, Maritime is proposing to bring a judicial review action against the Central Bank’s decision to approve Sagicor Life as the preferred bidder for the CLICO and BAT traditional portfolios.