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    AS FILED WITH THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION ON JANUARY 28, 1998.
 
                            SCHEDULE 14A INFORMATION
 
          PROXY STATEMENT PURSUANT TO SECTION 14(A) OF THE SECURITIES
                              EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
 
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                     AMERICAN BANKERS INSURANCE GROUP, INC.
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NEWS                               [AIG LOGO] AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL GROUP, INC.
                                              70 Pine Street New York, NY 10270

Contact:  Joe Norton
          Director of Public Relations
          212/770-3144

            AIG GIVES NOTICE OF INTENT TO EXERCISE RIGHT TO ACQUIRE

             19.9% OF AMERICAN BANKERS INSURANCE GROUP COMMON STOCK

NEW YORK, January 27, 1998 -- American International Group, Inc. (AIG) has given
notice to American Bankers Insurance Group (ABIG) of its intention to exercise
its contractual right to acquire 19.9 percent of ABIG common stock at $47.00
per share, subject to receipt of required regulatory approvals. AIG stands by
its original commitment to merge with ABIG and will do everything it can to
complete the transaction on a timely basis.

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A form of proxy statement/prospectus relating to the merger between American
Bankers Insurance Group (ABIG) and a subsidiary of American International
Group, Inc. (AIG) will be sent to stockholders of ABIG promptly after becoming
effective under the Federal securities laws. The participants in the
solicitation of proxies relating to the merger include the directors, executive
officers and certain employees of AIG. Certain of the individual participants
may own small amounts of ABIG common stock.