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                        REPORT OF FOREIGN PRIVATE ISSUER

                      PURSUANT TO RULE 13a-16 or 15d-16 OF
                       THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

                              For January,20th 2004

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                           ALLIANZ AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT

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January 20, 2004
Press Information

Messer Griesheim to Divest Operations in Germany, United Kingdom and the
United States to Air Liquide for EUR 2.7bn

Messer family plans to continue industrial gas business and to take full control
of the company

Messer Griesheim, a leading producer of industrial and specialty gases,
announced today that it entered into an agreement with L'Air Liquide SA ("Air
Liquide") regarding the sale of its operations in Germany, the United Kingdom,
and the United States for a total consideration of approx. EUR 2.7bn, including
assumed debt.
The transaction is part of a contemplated change in the ownership structure of
Messer Griesheim. The shareholders of Messer Griesheim (Messer family through
their holding company Messer Industrie GmbH ("MIG"), Allianz Capital Partners
("ACP") and private equity funds managed by Goldman Sachs ("Goldman Sachs
Funds")) have reached a principle agreement whereby MIG will acquire the stakes
from ACP and the Goldman Sachs Funds. Following the divestment of the operations
in Germany, UK and US, the newly formed Messer group will operate in 26
countries in Western and Eastern Europe, as well as in China and Peru.
Headquartered in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, it generated estimated pro-forma
sales of approx. EUR 470 million in 2003 and employs more than 3,600 people.
"With its strong market positions in Central and South-Eastern Europe, as well
as stable niche positions in Western Europe and China, the new Messer group will
have a solid basis to continue its profitable growth", said Stefan Messer,
member of the management board of Messer Griesheim, CEO of MIG and grandson of
one of Messer Griesheim's founders. Messer Griesheim's activities in Germany,
the United Kingdom, and the United States are complementary to Air Liquide's own
operations and will strengthen Air Liquide's global network. "The management
team of Messer Griesheim is proud of having developed the business to the point
where this transaction was made possible. We are looking forward to becoming
part of the largest company in our industry", said Dr. Klaus-Jurgen Schmieder,
CEO of Messer Griesheim. Messer currently estimates that the businesses to be
divested to Air Liquide generated revenues of approx. EUR 1,040 million and
EBITDA of approx. EUR 265 million in 2003; these estimates are preliminary and
are subject to, among other things, audit and potential year-end adjustments.

In April 2001, ACP and the Goldman Sachs Funds acquired 67% of Messer Griesheim
from Hoechst AG (Aventis) in the largest European leveraged buy-out at that
time. Since then, management in close cooperation with the shareholders
strengthened the operating business and focused the company on its core markets
in Europe and the United States by divesting activities in Latin America, Africa
and Asia. "The separation from Hoechst and the support of the financial
investors enabled the group to focus on its core business. With ACP and Goldman
Sachs we had two highly qualified investors that backed the necessary
restructuring from the beginning and provided valuable strategic guidance. This
made it possible for us to achieve our objectives", stated Mr. Messer.
The proposed transactions are subject to various conditions, including approvals
by the relevant antitrust authorities, MIG's full acquisition of the remaining
Messer Griesheim group and the completion of a tender offer and consent
solicitation in respect of Messer Griesheim's EUR 550 million 10.375% Senior
Notes due 2011 to permit the transactions. In connection with this last
condition, the sale agreement contemplates that Messer Griesheim will offer to
repurchase all of the outstanding Senior Notes. The tender offer is expected to
be financed with the proceeds of the sale to Air Liquide and will be subject to,

among other conditions, the other transactions taking place. All transactions
are expected to be completed around midyear
2004, although no assurances can be given in this regard. In the event that the
transaction with Air Liquide is not completed due to the antitrust condition not
being satisfied, Air Liquide would be required to pay to Messer Griesheim a
cumulative break up fee of approximately 8% of the value of the transaction.
Goldman Sachs acted as exclusive financial advisor to MIG in the restructuring
of Messer Griesheim's ownership structure and to Messer Griesheim in the sale of
the divested businesses.

This announcement is for informational purposes only and does not constitute an
offer to sell or an invitation to purchase any securities or the solicitation of
any vote or approval in any jurisdiction. Holders of the Senior Notes can obtain
a free copy of this and any other documents filed by Messer Griesheim Holding AG
with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission at the SEC's website
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Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the
registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the
undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.

                                       ALLIANZ AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT

                                       By:    /s/ Dr. Reinhard Preusche
                                            Dr. Reinhard Preusche
                                            Group Compliance

                                       By:    /s/ Dr. Giovanni Salerno
                                            Dr. Giovanni Salerno
                                            Group Compliance

Date:    January 20th 2004