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) -- The Treasury Department and

American International Group

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have picked four banks to handle efforts to divest the government's huge stake in the insurer, according to multiple media reports.

According to the

Wall Street Journal


New York Times

and others, the chosen firms are

Bank of America

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Deutsche Bank

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Goldman Sachs

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, and

JPMorgan Chase

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AIG shares closed Tuesday at $53.17, down 1.5%. Since hitting a 52-week high of $62.87 on Jan. 7, the stock has pulled back 15%.

On Friday, AIG

completed a complicated recapitalization

that included its repayment of funds owed to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and the conversion of preferred stock held by the Treasury via its massive bailout of AIG into common shares that equate to roughly 92% of AIG's outstanding common stock.

The New York Times said the banks were chosen as bookrunners after as many as 10 firms made pitches to AIG and Treasury officials last Thursday.


Written by Michael Baron in New York.

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