ING Groep NV is in exclusive talks on selling its Korean life-insurance operations to private-equity fund MBK Partners, the Wall Street Journal said, citing unidentified people familiar with the talks.
MBK offered to buy all of ING Life Insurance Korea for $1.6 billion, the WSJ reported today.
ING, the biggest Dutch financial-services company, agreed less than a month ago to sell its South Korean investment-management business to Macquarie Group Ltd., Australia’s largest investment bank. ING, located in Amsterdam, said then it still planned to sell the rest of its Asian insurance and investment-management units, including ING Life Insurance Korea.
The Dutch company agreed to sell its global insurance and investment-management operations to win European Union approval for bailouts in 2008 and 2009 and has since disposed of more than 25 assets for at least 20 billion euros ($26.6 billion). MBK is based in Seoul and has more than $6.3 billion under management, according to its website.
Raymond Vermeulen, an Amsterdam-based spokesman for ING, declined to comment on the divestment of ING Life Insurance Korea in a text message.