ING to sell Swiss Private Banking business to Julius Baer
* Proceeds on transaction of EUR 344 million
* Making good progress in executing Back to Basics Programme
ING announced today that it has reached an agreement to sell its Swiss Private Banking business to Julius Baer for a consideration of CHF 520 million (EUR 344 million) in cash. Julius Baer is the leading pure-play Swiss Private Banking group.
Jan Hommen, CEO of ING Group: “The divestment of our Private Banking activities in Switzerland illustrates once more that we are making good progress in executing our Back to Basics programme. We are pleased to have found such a sophisticated and professional player as Julius Baer as the new owner of our Swiss Private Banking business. This sale and the recently announced divestment of our life insurance and wealth management joint venture in Australia and New Zealand show ING’s commitment to focus on fewer franchises and the reduction of the complexity of the group.”
The transaction will generate an estimated net profit for ING of EUR 150 million and is expected to free up EUR 200 million of capital. The agreement of ING and Julius Baer is subject to regulatory approval and is expected to close in the first quarter of 2010.
As part of the announced Back to Basics programme, ING is currently also in discussions about the future of the Private Banking activities in Asia. Any further announcements on this matter will only be made when appropriate. ING Private Banking in the Benelux and Central Eastern Europe remain integral parts of ING.
ING’s Swiss Private Banking has around EUR 10 billion assets under management. Excluding Switzerland, ING Private Banking serves world wide more than 65.000 clients with a staff of around 1500 employees and has over EUR 48 billion assets under management.
ING is a global financial institution of Dutch origin offering banking, investments, life insurance and retirement services to over 85 million private, corporate and institutional clients in more than 40 countries. With a diverse workforce of about 110,000 people, ING is dedicated to setting the standard in helping our clients manage their financial future.
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