ING Group : ING to sell custody services in 7 European countries to Citi

   ING Group : ING to sell custody services in 7 European countries to Citi

ING announced today that it has reached an agreement to transfer its local
custody services business in seven countries in Central and Eastern Europe to
Citi, one of the world's largest providers of custody services.

The transfer of local custody services in Bulgaria, the Czech Republic,
Hungary, Romania, Russia, Slovakia and Ukraine is in line with ING's strategic
objective of sharpening the focus of the bank and a result of the strategic
review of ING Commercial Banking's business portfolio presented in November

ING Bank will continue to offer a wide range of commercial banking products in
the Central and Eastern Europe region. ING's Commercial Banking network in CEE
spans 10 countries offering Lending Services, Transaction Services, Corporate
Finance and Financial Markets products to its local and international clients.
ING will continue to offer custody services in Poland, where it is an
integrated part of the full service banking offering. Today's transaction does
not impact ING's retail banking operations or ING's insurance and investment
management businesses in the Central and Eastern European region.

The transaction announced today is not expected to have a material impact on
ING's results. The transfer is subject to customer consent and applicable
regulatory approvals. The transaction is expected to be completed in the
second quarter of 2013 while the full migration of the clients business is
expected to be finalised in the first quarter of 2014.

ING custody services offers a range of products to mainly institutional
clients, including safekeeping of securities, settlement of securities
transactions and collecting information and income on the securities held
under custody. The transaction announced today concerns a workforce of around
130 FTEs across the region and approximately EUR 110 billion assets held under
custody as of the first quarter of 2013.

Citi is a leading provider of Securities and Fund Services offering integrated
cash management, trade, and securities and fund services to its clients around
the world. With a network that spans more than 95 countries, Citi supports
over 65,000 clients. As of the first quarter of 2013, it held on average $415
billion in liability balances and $13.5 trillion in assets under custody.

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ING is a global financial institution of Dutch origin, offering banking,
investments, life insurance and retirement services to meet the needs of a
broad customer base. Going forward, we will concentrate on our position as an
international retail, direct and commercial bank, while creating an optimal
base for an independent future for our insurance and investment management

Certain of the statements contained in this document are not historical facts,
including, without limitation, certain statements made of future expectations
and other forward-looking statements that are based on management's current
views and assumptions and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties
that could cause actual results, performance or events to differ materially
from those expressed or implied in such statements. Actual results,
performance or events may differ materially from those in such statements due
to, without limitation: (1) changes in general economic conditions, in
particular economic conditions in ING's core markets, (2) changes in
performance of financial markets, including developing markets, (3)
consequences of a potential (partial) break-up of the euro, (4) the
implementation of ING's restructuring plan to separate banking and insurance
operations, (5) changes in the availability of, and costs associated with,
sources of liquidity such as interbank funding, as well as conditions in the
credit markets generally, including changes in borrower and counterparty
creditworthiness, (6) the frequency and severity of insured loss events, (7)
changes affecting mortality and morbidity levels and trends, (8) changes
affecting persistency levels, (9) changes affecting interest rate levels, (10)
changes affecting currency exchange rates, (11) changes in investor, customer
and policyholder behaviour, (12) changes in general competitive factors, (13)
changes in laws and regulations, (14) changes in the policies of governments
and/or regulatory authorities, (15) conclusions with regard to purchase
accounting assumptions and methodologies, (16) changes in ownership that could
affect the future availability to us of net operating loss, net capital and
built-in loss carry forwards, (17) changes in credit-ratings, (18) ING's
ability to achieve projected operational synergies and (19) the other risks
and uncertainties detailed in the risk factors section contained in the most
recent annual report of ING Groep N.V.

Any forward-looking statements made by or on behalf of ING speak only as of
the date they are made, and, ING assumes no obligation to publicly update or
revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information
or for any other reason. This document does not constitute an offer to sell,
or a solicitation of an offer to buy, any securities.

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