Societe Generale has agree to sell an 80.1% stake in its $2.6 billion fund management unit to Arnhold & S. Bleichroeder Inc., an international investment bank.
Societe Generale, had been searching for a buyer for the unit, Societe Generale Asset Management Corp. since 1998, when it hired Goldman Sachs & Co. to advise such a sale. About 20% of the asset management group will still be owned by Jean-Marie Eveillard, the group's president. Mr. Eveillard also has agreed to stay at the fund company for at least five years. He will be named co-head and joined by Charles De Vaulx, a portfolio manager with the company.