ING in $1.5 Billion Mexican Insurance Company Sale to AXA

February 12, 2008

Cleary Gottlieb is representing ING Groep, N.V. in its $1.5 billion sale of Seguros ING, S.A. de C.V., the third-largest insurance company in Mexico, to the French financial services company AXA, S.A.. The parties announced the deal on February 12 and the transaction is expected to close later in 2008, pending regulatory approval.

Despite selling its flagship life insurance company in Mexico, ING will maintain a considerable presence in Mexico by virtue of its pension and annuities (Afore) business as well as its Mortgage and Leasing business units. Cleary Gottlieb has advised ING in several of its recent acquisitions and sales throughout Latin America.