TORONTO, Nov. 6, 2012 /CNW/ - AGF Management Limited ("AGF") and AGF Investments Inc. ("AGFI") today provided the following statement regarding the Statement of Defence and Counterclaim issued in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice and commenced by Westwood Holdings Group Inc., Westwood International Advisors Inc., Brian Casey, Patricia Perez-Coutts and others on November 5, 2012.
"The company and other named defendants to the Counterclaim believe that the Counterclaim issued by Westwood and the others is without merit and the Statement of Defence and Counterclaim contains allegations that are unfortunate and wholly unsupported. The company intends to defend itself vigorously."
"AGF's Statement of Claim was issued in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice on August 3, 2012 which alleges that Westwood, Brian Casey, Patricia Perez-Coutts and others orchestrated an attempted unlawful "lift-out" of a team of experienced, professional investment managers in breach of their legal obligations and fiduciary duties. AGF has filed a separate Statement of Claim on November 5, 2012 against Westwood and Patricia Perez-Coutts for alleged defamatory statements made by Patricia Perez-Coutts."
About AGF Management Limited
AGF Management Limited is one of Canada's premier independent investment management firms with offices across Canada and subsidiaries around the world. AGF's products include a diversified family of award-winning mutual funds, mutual fund wrap programs and pooled funds. AGF also manages assets on behalf of institutional investors including pension plans, foundations and endowments as well as for private clients. With over $41 billion in total assets under management, AGF serves more than one million investors. AGF trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol AGF.B.
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SOURCE: AGF Management Limited
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