ING Bank of Canada not impacted by ING Canada transactions

    TORONTO, Feb. 3 /CNW/ - Today ING Canada announced that ING Groep N.V.
("ING Group") has agreed to sell part of its shares of ING Canada to focus on
other core businesses as communicated in its strategic focus on January 26,
2009. These transactions will not affect ING Group's ownership of ING Bank of
Canada, known as ING DIRECT, which is a separate and distinct company from ING

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    About ING DIRECT Canada

    ING DIRECT is Canada's largest direct bank with over 1.6 million Clients
and more than $24 billion in total assets. ING DIRECT gives the power of
saving to all Canadians by offering high-value, simple products such as high
interest savings accounts with no fees or service charges and low rates on
mortgages. ING DIRECT has been operating in Canada since 1997, and since that
time Clients have earned more than $3.6 billion in interest. For more
information visit

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For further information: about ING DIRECT Canada, contact: Lisa
Naccarato, ING DIRECT, (416) 758-5072,

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