ING closes sale of three of its U.S. broker-dealers
ING announced today that it has closed the sale of three of its U.S. independent retail broker-dealer units, which comprised three-quarters of ING Advisors Network, to Lightyear Capital LLC. ING did not disclose the terms of the agreement, which was previously announced on 3 November 2009.
The divested units include Financial Network Investment Corporation, based in El Segundo, Calif., Multi-Financial Securities Corporation, based in Denver, Colo., PrimeVest Financial Services, Inc., based in St. Cloud, Minn., as well as ING Brokers Network LLC, the holding company and back-office shared services supporting those broker-dealers, which collectively did business as ING Advisors Network.
ING will retain the remaining broker-dealer from the ING Advisors Network, ING Financial Partners, Inc., based in Des Moines, Iowa along with its other broker-dealer, ING Financial Advisers, Inc., based in Windsor, Conn. These broker-dealers are closely-affiliated and play a key role in ING’s strategy in the U.S.
The sale will not have a material impact on ING’s 2010 earnings.
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