Green Highland Hydro secures £51m debt facility

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In the Scottish Highlands, ING is financing a portfolio of 10 run-of-river hydro projects, producing clean electricity from river flows.

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Protecting porous perimeters via Identity & Access Management

Protecting porous perimeters via Identity & Access Management

With the growth of ‘mobile working’ and an increasing number of business applications migrating to the cloud, the corporate perimeter has become more porous and vulnerable, driving demand for solutions that manage access and user identities securely and efficiently.

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Tackling cybercrime - A shared threat needs a shared response

Tackling cybercrime - A shared threat needs a shared response

The cyber threat landscape continues to change at a rapid rate. As the Cisco 2017 Annual Cybersecurity Report *) notes, the dawn of the zettabyte era will see an explosive growth in speed, digital traffic, and mobile endpoints, creating “a broader attack surface with more choices of targets and approaches”.

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ING invites teams to impact finance at Global WebVR Hackathon

In November 2016, ING joined the Global WebVR Hackathon run by Virtuleap, an online platform that applies this method for a mass targeted impact on the virtual reality (VR) industry. ING participates with a sponsored challenge that runs in parallel as a special micro-hackathon, where teams from around the world are invited to explore the tricky topic of how VR can impact the finance industry.

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ING named Global Bank of the Year by The Banker

ING named Global Bank of the Year by The Banker

ING has been awarded as the best bank in the world. This year, ING even won a total of four awards at ‘The Banker’s’ Best Bank Awards 2016. Besides Global Bank of the Year, ING was named Best Bank of the year 2016 in the Netherlands, in Belgium, and in Western Europe.

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ING Bank and Global Initiatives launch Sustainable Finance Collective Asia

ING Bank and Global Initiatives launch Sustainable Finance Collective Asia

Collective brings together funding partners ING Bank, Credit Suisse, FMO and the UNDP-UN Social Impact Fund to finance sustainability projects in Asia.

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Japan looks to Argentina to meet its food-security needs

Japan looks to Argentina to meet its food-security needs

Japan’s food self-sufficiency rate is lower than other developed economies. Agricultural imports from Argentina play a key role in feeding Japan’s population - and two recent trade finance transactions have helped make this possible.

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A view on the US presidential election

A view on the US presidential election

What’s at stake for the global economy when either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton wins the US presidential election on 8 November? ING’s chief international economist, Rob Carnell, presents this financial and economic analysis in a series of videos. New videos 4 and 5 added!

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Improving Niger’s health

Improving Niger’s health

When the Republic of Niger needed guidance and support for its export credit agency-supported financing to build a crucial new hospital in the city of Maradi, it turned to ING Wholesale Banking. As a result, millions of additional people will gain access to healthcare, boosting their living standards and economic prospects.

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ING Groenbank paving the way for safety and nature

ING Groenbank paving the way for safety and nature

In 2016 ING, which was involved in the Grensmaas project from the start, facilitated three new green loans through ING Groenbank.

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Tower of strength: financing a sustainability landmark

Tower of strength: financing a sustainability landmark

Torre Espacio is an iconic building in Madrid with world-leading design and environmental credentials. When it came to refinancing his acquisition, Andrew Tan, majority owner of the Philippines-listed AGI Group, chose to work with a bank that prioritises sustainability.

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ING’s green bond receives high ranking and awards

ING’s green bond receives high ranking and awards

ING was awarded as ‘Biggest issuer’ and for ‘Bond of the year’ at Environmental Finance’s Green Bond Awards, a recognition of the bank’s role as leader in the sector and of its pioneering effort in raising awareness for green bonds. The award for ‘corporate bond of the year’ went to leading European electricity transmission system operator TenneT, for which ING was advisor and underwriter.

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ING tailwind makes First State’s Portuguese wind acquisition a breeze

ING tailwind makes First State’s Portuguese wind acquisition a breeze

First State Investments’ acquisition of Enel’s wind power assets in Portugal faced a challenging deadline. But ING’s renewables expertise and local presence enabled First State to rapidly complete a $605 million financing that met all of its requirements.

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Finance, the catalyst to the circular economy

Finance, the catalyst to the circular economy

On 10 March, ING Wholesale Banking, the Dutch embassy in London and Green Alliance hosted an exclusive audience of CFOs, group treasurers and other financial decision makers to discuss the implications of moving towards a circular business model and the role that finance will play in society’s transition to a circular economy.

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European real estate appealing to investors from across Asia

European real estate appealing to investors from across Asia

Despite global macro headwinds, uncertainties in domestic economies and the yuan depreciation, Asian investors’ interest in overseas real estate, especially in Europe, remains intact. They continue to seek diversification and yields for their asset and investments globally.

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Preparing for PSD2

Preparing for PSD2

In the whitepaper ‘Preparing for PSD2’, developed by Finextra and CA Technologies, the implications of the European Commission’s revised Directive on Payment Services (PSD2) are discussed. The aims are clear. It is designed to enhance consumer protection and convenience, improve the security of payment services and promote innovation and competition.

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Banking on blockchain

Banking on blockchain

The whitepaper ‘Banking on blockchain’, developed by Finextra and IBM, explores the current state of play with blockchain in financial services, looking at the challenges and opportunities of implementing the technology across banking and the capital markets, and examining a number of use cases, for many of which proofs of concept are already under way.

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TTIP: dispelling the myths

TTIP: dispelling the myths

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) has provoked numerous headlines and more than a few protests over the past year. However, this attention has so far generated more heat than light. The details of this nascent trade agreement between the United States and the European Union are little understood.

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Finding stability in choppy waters

Finding stability in choppy waters

The USD 1.55 billion financing of the Cidade de Saquarema floating production, storage and offtake vessel had a difficult genesis and complex logistics. SBM Offshore and its co-sponsors overcame these challenges to achieve cost effective financing with the world’s first FPSO deal backed by four export credit agencies. ING contributed to the success of this financing in its capacity as global coordinator, joint swap arranger, documentation agent, joint bookrunner and facility agent.

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How rebuilding trust creates a win-win situation

How rebuilding trust creates a win-win situation

A new era of economic and social volatility is challenging banks and their clients while the effects of the financial crisis are still deeply felt - so how is ING changing its behaviour and becoming the bank that our clients really need?

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The FT on financing the circular economy

The FT on financing the circular economy

(3-8-2015) In an interview with the Financial Times, ING's vice-chairman Koos Timmermans explains on the basis of the bank's recent circular economy report that “banks are facilitators for the economy. If the economy changes, we have to make sure we adapt our products”.

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Flying high: ING closes Vietnam Airlines Dreamliner transaction

In late 2014, Vietnam Airlines issued a request for proposal for an Ex-Im Bank-backed financing to cover the acquisition of four Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft, as the first stage of its fleet update program. The airline invited a number of local and international financial institutions, including ING, to submit financing proposals. ING was awarded the mandate in January 2015.

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Moving sustainability to the heart of corporate culture

Moving sustainability to the heart of corporate culture

Sustainability has been on the corporate agenda for many years, but we are now reaching an inflection point, driven by environmentally and socially conscious corporations, consumers and banks, such as ING.

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Siniat Romania: building a sustainable future

Siniat Romania: building a sustainable future

When Siniat Romania, part of the Belgian industrial group Etex, wanted to grow its plasterboard business in South-East Europe it realised that it had an opportunity not only to meet demand in the region but also to make a major contribution to sustainability in Romania.

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Sustainable treasury taking the lead

Sustainable treasury taking the lead

Many dismiss ‘sustainability’ as a mere buzzword or something to be left for others to ponder. But with increasing numbers of corporates beginning to see the benefits of sustainable practice - from cost savings, to efficiency improvements, to a better working environment - treasurers are well positioned to take the lead on a new way of doing better business.

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United Arab Emirates once again at the centre of global trade

United Arab Emirates once again at the centre of global trade

(16 Nov. 2015) Meeting with clients, prospects and journalists at the Financial Times’ 3rd Middle East Banking Forum, in association with the UAE Banks Federation, in Dubai today, the buzz in the air is unmistakeable.

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Korean Air steadily climbing

Korean Air steadily climbing

Korean Air prepares for growth with the ongoing expansion of its fleet, while keeping an eye on business diversification. In March-June 2015, ING closed two 12-year loans for EUR 113 million each for the purchase of two new Airbus A330-300 aircraft, delivered in the same months.

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Argentinean CAGSA grows exports to Japan

Argentinean CAGSA grows exports to Japan

Compañia Argentina de Granos (CAGSA) is a major marketer and exporter of grains, soybeans and corn. In 2014, it handled 8 million tons of grain and oilseeds and had a supplier base of over 13,500 farmers. In order to meet working capital needs, the company obtained a USD100m, five-year loan from ING.

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Wiring $1 billion from your iPhone

Wiring $1 billion from your iPhone

The reshaping of Royal Bank of Scotland has forced many European corporates to find a new bank for their millions of commercial payment transactions, the lifeblood of any business. The British bank is pulling out of providing cash management and trade finance services to international clients.

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It’s a long hot summer for commodity prices

It’s a long hot summer for commodity prices

Commodities are keeping corporates on their toes this summer. US rate hike uncertainty, ongoing bad news from China and the strong dollar are driving movements in prices of oil and other commodities. And so are expectations, intentions or beliefs about future events. CFOs are asking themselves how volatile their margins are and if they can afford not to hedge.

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European ‘sharing economy’ tipped for rapid growth

European ‘sharing economy’ tipped for rapid growth

Companies like Airbnb and Uber have made headlines – positive and negative – around the world as they disrupt the traditional holiday accommodation and taxi models. They’re two of the best-known pioneers of what’s become known as the sharing economy.

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ING's future in U.S. commercial lending tied to energy boom

"What we do is very much focused on our sector knowledge and leveraging our international franchise, and this is where the U.S. comes in," said William Connelly, global head of ING Commercial Banking in a recent interview with ‘American Banker’. "The areas that we specialise in … are tremendous opportunities in the U.S."

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Financing the coming infrastructure boom

Financing the coming infrastructure boom

As the global population moves toward cities, the pressure is on to upgrade infrastructure. It has to be done - but who is going to pay for it all? Are banks the best option to finance it?

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Sustainability approach to lending will future-proof our business - and yours too

Sustainability approach to lending will future-proof our business - and yours too

ING is integrating sustainability into its lending approach. Christopher Steane, global head of Lending Services at ING, explains how and why.

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Would you like to get a fresh perspective on international business? Share in our various views on regions and sectors? Keep up to pace with developments in financial services? Or learn more about topics like sustainable growth?

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All together now: integrating payments, trade and working capital

The complexity of modern business means that a client and solution focused mindset is increasingly necessary to meet corporate’s daily transactional challenges. Integrated delivery, driven by this understanding, can help client organisations become more efficient in both their key business processes and in managing their finances.

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Shanks: Generating funds for a sustainable waste management business

The world generates upwards of 4 billion tonnes of waste each year, according to estimates by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), although the exact amount is impossible to determine. What is certain is that the figure is rising steadily alongside economic development and population growth, and is already several times higher than what it was a generation ago.

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The rise of renewable energy

The rise of renewable energy

The rise of renewable energy has continued unabated, despite the uncertainties in the global economy, and lingering doubts over government policy. Renewables represent an ever larger portion of the globe’s total energy mix, and among these, wind power is seen as one of the most viable alternatives.

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Growth of solar energy

Global efforts to stem the rise in harmful greenhouse gas emissions through clean energy alternatives have accelerated in recent years. To a large extent, this growth is being driven by government policies aimed at levelling the playing field for industry players in renewable energy projects and providing incentives to end consumers.

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CEE & Germany complementary

CEE & Germany complementary

Germany’s geographical location at the heart of Europe has long ensured close links with Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). Germany is the largest investor in CEE while investment by CEE companies in Germany is now starting to increase. Economic growth in both Germany and CEE is faster than the rest of the eurozone, which could reinforce the links between the country and region in the coming years.

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Oil of the 21st century

Water has famously been described as the ‘oil of the 21st century’ over concerns that the rapid growth in consumption of freshwater is unsustainable.

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Asia: ripe for investment

Asia: ripe for investment

While many Asian countries are described as emerging markets, countries like Thailand and Malaysia are already investment grade, while others, like Indonesia and the Philippines, are moving towards investment grade ratings. Improvements in credit ratings indicate greater levels of political stability and sustained economic growth, as well as conservative debt/GDP ratios. These developments highlight a region ripe for investment.

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MediaCityUK, co-starring ING

MediaCityUK, co-starring ING

MediaCityUK in Manchester, UK, is a dedicated mixed-use hub for the creative and digital sectors, developed by The Peel Group, one of the UK’s leading infrastructure, real estate and investment companies. ING Commercial Banking, Real Estate Finance participated as joint mandated lead arranger in a five-year GBP 325 million refinancing loan by a syndicate of banks.

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Aircraft purchase marks new era for Mongolian aviation sector

Aircraft purchase marks new era for Mongolian aviation sector

With the strong growth of Mongolia’s economy in recent years and a rapid increase in passenger numbers, MIAT Mongolian Airlines was looking to secure financing that would enable it to boost the size of its all-Boeing fleet of four aircraft.

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Gone with the wind?

Gone with the wind?

The deployment of offshore wind farms in the North Sea is slowing down. Not due to a lack of interest from developers or investors, but to rising regulatory risks and uncertainty emerging in individual countries.

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Sevan Drilling - Deepwater innovation funded

Sevan Drilling - Deepwater innovation funded

Exploration for oil and gas is taking industry players to the harshest frontiers of our globe, including deep sea waters, where pioneering technologies are allowing new fields to be brought into production. At the forefront of this challenge are companies like Sevan Drilling, an international drilling contractor specialising in the ultra deepwater segment.

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China: still steaming ahead

China: still steaming ahead

Chinese economic growth may have slowed, but it is still steaming ahead at an estimated 7.5% each year. Not only will China continue to be the world’s largest exporter, it is also expected to become the largest importer by 2018.

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ING Bank - Growing with China as companies 'go global'

ING Bank - Growing with China as companies 'go global'

During a recent interview with China Daily, Robert Scholten, ING Bank's country manager for China, talked about how the bank grew with its Chinese clients over the past three decades and what it takes for a commercial bank to support aspirations in China's "go global" policy.

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Insight CEE 2014

Insight CEE 2014

In the new Insight CEE, guide to Commercial Banking in Central and Eastern Europe, we assess the economic outlook, highlighting both the risks and opportunities across the region. We also look at some of the most important markets, such as infrastructure finance, project finance, syndicated lending and derivatives, as well as sectors including telecom, media and technology, metals and mining, energy, infrastructure and agriculture.

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Cineworld in the picture

Cineworld in the picture

Cineworld is the UK’s number one cinema operator in terms of box office market share. Recently, Cineworld effectively doubled its size through a merger with Cinema City International, to become the second-largest cinema operator in Europe with leading positions in CEE, Israel and the UK. ING acted as joint mandated lead arranger and bookrunner in a six-bank syndicate to provide a GBP 400 million credit facility.

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Sector view: oil & gas

Sector view: oil & gas

Christopher Steane, head of Lending at ING Commercial Banking, sketching the complex industry chain of oil & gas, the trend for companies to become more specialised and the way ING supports this critical important sector by providing capital and risk protection.

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Germany’s 4th industrial revolution in the spotlight

Germany’s 4th industrial revolution in the spotlight

Is the theme of this year’s Hannover Messe. To mark the event, ING published the report ‘The German technology industry: opportunities in a more open supply chain’.

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Developments in renewable energy in CEE

Developments in renewable energy in CEE

Energy markets in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) are facing challenges due to regulatory risk. With the increasing need for finance in this region, structured finance is a crucial source of funding for this industry, which is national in nature.

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Successfully digging for a Chilean copper deal

Successfully digging for a Chilean copper deal

ING’s Metals & Mining team in New York recently secured a USD 650m project finance facility for the Minera Antucoya copper mine project in Chile, the largest mining project financing in the Americas for 2013. ING also led the technical and market due diligence on behalf of other MLAs.

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Poland: high-potential EU corridor between East and West

Poland: high-potential EU corridor between East and West

Poland’s transformation in the past quarter of a century has been astounding. But the country’s best days are ahead of it. Poland’s population is well educated, entrepreneurial, and more Europe-minded than many western Europeans. These factors, and the resilience of its economy, mean that Poland offers huge opportunities in agriculture, construction and other sectors, and is a fast-growing location for shared services. Read on to find out what makes Poland special.

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BrandLoyalty: merger brings global expansion and greater customer benefits

BrandLoyalty: merger brings global expansion and greater customer benefits

The recent combination of BrandLoyalty, the Den Bosch-based provider of loyalty programs in Europe and Asia, with U.S. Alliance Data Systems (NYSE: ADS) has created a leading worldwide loyalty supplier program provider active on all important continents. The strategic tie-up resulted from the acquisition of Brand Loyalty by Alliance Data Systems as announced in October 2013, in which ING acted as advisor to BrandLoyalty.

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The view - Connected Europe

Sometimes a different perspective changes everything. A new point of view, an experience shared or a fresh take on an old situation, is all that it takes to move things in another direction.

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Turkey: ambitious targets on the way to the century mark

Turkey: ambitious targets on the way to the century mark

As Turkey prepares for its centenary in 2023, it can be proud of the far-sighted investment in infrastructure and education and entrepreneurial spirit that have enabled it to undergo an economic metamorphosis over the past decade. The country’s next challenge, as it bids to be a pivotal link between Europe, Asia and Africa, is to overcome misconceptions and convince the world that it can be the ultramodern country of its aspirations.

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The value of a close connection

A new study for ING Commercial Banking by ING’s Economics Department provides conclusive evidence that the relationship between Western Europe and Central and Eastern Europe and Russia since 1995 has led to important economic benefits across the continent.

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Learning the local flavours

Ter Beke NV, a Belgian fresh food group with operations across Western Europe, is preparing to take its boldest step yet. In September it will open a greenfield production site in southern Poland as part of its new joint venture, Pasta Food Company, that will market its products in CEE.

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Dutch wind growth

Dutch wind growth

Leveraging its experience in financing on- and offshore wind power projects, ING is helping to realise the largest ever Dutch lake shore wind project Westermeerwind by early 2016.

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Poland best European economic performer

Poland best European economic performer

Poland has positioned itself as a regional economic leader, and taken a prominent position in international supply chains from west to east. Being one of the leading international banks in Poland, ING launched a new economic study on the occasion of the first official state visit of the King of the Netherlands combined with a large Dutch trade mission.

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Fulfilling sustainable ambitions of urban pioneer Izmir

Fulfilling sustainable ambitions of urban pioneer Izmir

Izmir - Turkey’s third largest city, located on the west coast - has secured financing that will enable it to drive an ambitious project to convert the thriving seaside metropolis into a regional beacon of sustainable transportation. The local government, the Metropolitan Municipality of Izmir, aims to make the city a pioneer among Mediterranean cities and one of the most outstanding urban centres globally.

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Hopes hang on trade agreements to speed up reform in Vietnam

Hopes hang on trade agreements to speed up reform in Vietnam

The Vietnamese economy is slowly but surely emerging from the shadow of successful Asian neighbours. In this article, a banker, an ambassador and a businessman explain why they are optimistic about Vietnam’s future and outline its considerable business opportunities.

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Geothermal power project in Indonesia makes its mark across the region

Geothermal power project in Indonesia makes its mark across the region

Construction on the world’s largest single contract geothermal project is underway in Indonesia following the completion of landmark US$1.17 billion financing deal between Sarulla Operations Limited and international lenders, including ING Bank. Once operational, the Sarulla Geothermal Power Project will deliver 320 MW of clean, sustainable and reliable electricity to the Indonesian market.

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“The young Vietnamese are diamonds in the rough”

“The young Vietnamese are diamonds in the rough”

Siemens Vietnam is one of the longest established foreign companies in the country, with more than two decades of experience. In this article, Thai-Lai Pham, president and CEO of Siemens Vietnam, explains what the country must do to achieve sustainable growth – and how demand for infrastructure, energy, healthcare and industry solutions is creating huge business opportunities.

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Winds of growth

Winds of growth

An expanding wind farm venture in Romania harnesses the power of East-West partnerships.

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Ralph Hamers' view on ING's results

Ralph Hamers' view on ING's results

The new release of ING's quarterly online magazine ing.world starts with a video interview with CEO Ralph Hamers about ING’s progress in the second quarter of 2014.

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Crowley re-charts the course

Crowley re-charts the course

Jacksonville-based shipping and logistics company Crowley Maritime Corporation is setting industry standards in environmentally responsible shipping with the construction of two state-of-the-art LNG-powered cargo vessels. As one of Crowley’s major relationship banks ING acted as a joint bookrunner and mandated lead arranger.

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ING industry leader in Dow Jones Sustainability Indices

ING industry leader in Dow Jones Sustainability Indices

ING is the highest scoring company in the ‘Diversified financials’ category of the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices annual review for 2014. ING scored 82 out of 100 (2013: 76).

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The view - A fresh perspective on connected Europe

The view - A fresh perspective on connected Europe

At ING Commercial Banking, we want you to find useful insights that help you to establish your own view, and have a better understanding about the trends shaping the markets in Europe and globally.

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Getting in shape

Getting in shape

Europe’s largest fitness club operator, Basic Fit, is looking for rapid expansion after securing financing for a buy-out by management and leading global private equity firm 3i. The business, which operates 272 clubs across the Benelux, France and Spain, will add some 50 new clubs each year over the next four years through an ambitious growth strategy.

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Driving sustainable success

Driving sustainable success

Swedish rail link owner and operator A-Train AB continues to fulfil its mission to support the sustainable growth of Sweden’s largest airport, following a SEK 1.28 billion debt refinancing package by a club of banks including ING.

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Hungary building on 10 years of success

Hungary building on 10 years of success

A decade after accession, Hungary is poised to enjoy significant growth in the short term, but the country must reinforce its competitiveness if it is to achieve sustainable growth in the future, writes István Salgó, country manager Hungary at ING Bank.

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Routes to value for Asian multinationals in CEE

Routes to value for Asian multinationals in CEE

Trade links between Asia and Central & Eastern Europe (CEE) have grown rapidly in recent years. Most significantly, a large number of Asian multinationals from across a wide variety of industries are expanding their businesses in the region, both organically and through acquisitions.

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Sustainability, a business opportunity for banks

Sustainability, a business opportunity for banks

A new trend is emerging in the banking world, as more financial institutions look to integrate sustainability into their business strategies. How do they do this? ING explained its approach recently at the United Nations Environment Programme’s World Investment Forum in Geneva.

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Tide of growth

Tide of growth

By developing and sharing its innovative treatment technologies with water supply companies around the world, PWN Technologies is building the foundations for its long-term success.

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Soaring to new heights

Soaring to new heights

Thai Airways International PCL recently secured a loan facility for the EUR-equivalent of USD 497 million from ING in connection with its acquisition of three new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.

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Chinese CIMC pioneer in highly innovative cash pooling

Chinese CIMC pioneer in highly innovative cash pooling

This is the third of three articles published by ING in Treasury Management International (TMI) providing in-depth insights into the challenges, opportunities and solutions for corporations expanding from their home market in Europe or Asia into new territories.

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ING and LBBW provide £325 million facility to refinance Sea Containers

ING and LBBW provide £325 million facility to refinance Sea Containers

ING and Landesbank Baden-Württemberg (LBBW) together provided a £325 million loan backing the refinancing of Sea Containers, one of the most prominent buildings on the south bank of the Thames, a major cultural centre for the City of London.

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ING succeeds at banking awards

ING succeeds at banking awards

ING has received prestigious banking awards for its activities in European supply chain management and treasury & cash management. The awards by TMI and Global Finance magazines pointed to our continued success in Western and Central & Eastern Europe, and to our strengths in supply chain finance and working capital solutions.

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Green power for the Philippines

Green power for the Philippines

The 150-MW Burgos Wind Project heralds a new chapter in the Philippines’ development of renewable energy projects. The ground-breaking project was sponsored by the Energy Development Corporation (EDC) and at that time was one of the first wind farm projects completed in the country under the feed-in-tariff regime. Project Finance International (PFI) has named this project the Asia-Pacific Renewables Deal of the Year.

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World, here I come - Our new advertising campaign

World, here I come - Our new advertising campaign

International business is the theme of a new advertising campaign of ING Commercial Banking, entitled ‘World, here I come’. In the months ahead, this campaign will reach across a range of media to provide fresh insights and new ways of thinking about opportunities in your international market. It is about creating confidence so that you reach for your goals, however big or small.

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Sustainability approach to lending will future-proof our business, and yours too

Sustainability approach to lending will future-proof our business, and yours too

ING is integrating sustainability into its lending approach. Christopher Steane, global head of Lending Services at ING Commercial Bank, explains how and why.

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Perfect timing for a new player in the circular economy

Perfect timing for a new player in the circular economy

Virtually all waste can be given a new life as raw material. Ruud Sondag is convinced of it. Together with fellow shareholders Kick Scholten, Egbert Vennik and ING Corporate Investments, his ambitions for Van Scherpenzeel Group are high. He wants to make this company thé connecting link in the circular economy. ‘We invest in the interchanges.’

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ING’s Annual Report 2014 published

ING’s Annual Report 2014 published

Would you like to know how we empower people to make smart financial decisions and how we create value for customers and society? You can find out in our online Annual Review and the Annual Report.

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Alticom: a smart strategy for smart data

Alticom: a smart strategy for smart data

Being a pioneer when you have been in business for 60 years is challenging but Alticom, a Netherlands-based transmission tower operator and datacentre provider, has managed to achieve it. Since 2008, Alticom has radically altered its business model: it now offers datacentre services alongside its traditional broadcasting and telecoms services.

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Feeding the future

Feeding the future

Demand for commodities financing in Brazil has remained robust despite the impact of sluggish global growth and the recent slump in commodity prices. So says global head ING Trade Export Finance, Gerrit Stoelinga, who attributes the nation’s export success to its savvy food producers and traders, and to strong market fundamentals that continue to drive overseas demand.

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Report forecasts trade rebound

Report forecasts trade rebound

The fall back in the growth of world trade is bottoming out. In the coming years, trade growth will accelerate and start to outpace global economic growth, though there will be no return to the halcyon days of the 15 years prior to the financial crisis.

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InsideBusiness: the digital future of banking

InsideBusiness: the digital future of banking

Looking for uniformity and simplicity, real-time connectivity and anytime, anywhere services in corporate banking? Do you want increased insights into how to manage risks and liquidity? And how to get the best out of your working capital with better reporting and monitoring tools? ING InsideBusiness is coming to you!

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Circular economy challenges financial business models

Circular economy challenges financial business models

The concept of the circular economy is entering the mainstream and becoming better understood, but there is still misunderstanding about how to finance it, and the risks and opportunities it presents.

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Glocalisation and what it means to your business

Glocalisation and what it means to your business

Change is in the air for global businesses, but how you implement that change is of critical importance.

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"Payments is all about customer experience”

"Payments is all about customer experience”

“Banks have the potential to remain relevant in the field of payments providing they act now and reinvent themselves,” Mark Buitenhek, global head of Transaction Services, ING, said in his keynote address at the EBAday 2015, held in Amsterdam.

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The impact of real time payments on consumers and their businesses

The impact of real time payments on consumers and their businesses

A short write-up of an interview of Inge van Dijk, director of Instant Payments, ING, with ‘Finextra’, discussing ‘The buzz of real time payments’.

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Innovation and digitisation: the treasurer’s imperative

Innovation and digitisation: the treasurer’s imperative

Far from being mere industry buzzwords, the rapid evolution of payment systems and solutions, together with the growing digitisation of corporate banking services, look set to fundamentally change the way that corporate treasurers operate. From virtual accounts to in-depth analytics, the digital world is your oyster.

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Keeping up with the revolution in the payment industry

Keeping up with the revolution in the payment industry

The digital revolution is reshaping the industry’s vision on instant payments based on some fundamental elements: speed and opening hours, and total customer experience.

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Enhancing working capital for growth and competitive advantage

Enhancing working capital for growth and competitive advantage

While cash management has long been a priority for corporate treasurers, optimising working capital has emerged strongly as a key objective both in Germany and across Europe. With complex global supply chains and growing pressure on margins, unlocking working capital can be key to maintaining a competitive advantage and achieving growth.

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Reduce, reuse, recycle: Where are you in the circular economy?

Reduce, reuse, recycle: Where are you in the circular economy?

As the concept of sustainability becomes more deeply embedded in the fabric of society and the economy, the notion of the circular economy has started to gain traction.

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Entering into new banking relationships

Entering into new banking relationships

Centralisation is perhaps the most important cash management trend over the past few years. With SEPA as the main catalyst. It is becoming increasingly clear, however, that while efficient centralisation involves rationalising bank relationships, it does not - and should not - imply a shift to a single banking partner.

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ING overhauls transaction banking software

ING overhauls transaction banking software

ING looks to be well positioned to benefit from the surge in corporates looking for new providers with the likes of RBS leaving the transaction banking market. ING has invested heavily in its technology and operations overhaul – ‘Think Forward’– with key pieces either completed or nearing go-live.

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Talking tankers and tall ships

What better moment to discuss trends, opportunities and challenges in today’s shipping industry but during SAIL, one of the largest nautical events in the world. On 18 August, ING welcomed clients from the shipping industry from all over the world for a two-day program in Amsterdam to celebrate SAIL 2015.

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ING: The only way is up for satellite services

ING: The only way is up for satellite services

“The satellite industry is booming but companies need to innovate, both in terms of technology and financing, to succeed,” writes Wim Steenbakkers, global head of Satellite Finance at ING Commercial Banking on TMT Finance on the occasion of World Satellite Business Week in Paris.

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ING’s leading global position in oil and gas grows US franchise

ING’s leading global position in oil and gas grows US franchise

On a recent trip by ING’s Management Board Banking and ING’s Supervisory Board to visit the Freeport Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) facility on Quintana Island, Texas, Bill Connelly, head of ING Commercial Banking and Richard Ennis, ING´s head of natural resources Americas, discussed the changing nature of the US energy business and how the bank is leveraging its leading global position in the oil and gas sector to continue growing its US energy finance operations.

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ING jointly launches ‘Positive Impact Manifesto’ for a green economy

ING jointly launches ‘Positive Impact Manifesto’ for a green economy

ING, united in the Banking Commission of the United Nations Environmental Program Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), today issued with 10 other banks the 'Positive Impact Manifesto'. The manifesto calls for an impact-based approach to banking, offering a bold and innovative vision of the banking sector’s central role in achieving sustainable development.

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ING sponsors 10th Anniversary Latin America Energy & Infrastructure Finance Forum

ING sponsors 10th Anniversary Latin America Energy & Infrastructure Finance Forum

Are you involved in energy and infrastructure projects in the Latin American region? What challenges are you facing? The Forum just kicked off at the Ritz Carlton South Beach in Miami with over 400 senior attendees and over 80 expert speakers.

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Low interest rates boon for infrastructure investments

Low interest rates boon for infrastructure investments

The prevailing low interest rate environment is a boon for investments in infrastructure projects as they are benefiting from competitive funding and lower financing costs. However, financing costs are just one aspect of infrastructure investments so investors must also look at the internal rate of return (IRR) when evaluating infrastructure projects, explains Erwin Maspolim, ING, in an interview with The Asset.

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Connected credit and compliance for lending growth

Connected credit and compliance for lending growth

A recent webinar from Finextra in association with Misys brought together a panel of industry experts on commercial and corporate lending and digital innovation to explore why, for many banks today, legacy processes, business silos and operations are creating unnecessary layers of operational complexity.

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Blockchain: the future?

Blockchain: the future?

What does the development of digital currencies and transactions herald for financial institutions like ING? And how can it change the manner in which we do business? ING investigates whether blockchain, the technology behind the bitcoin for example, can be used for the settlement of complex transactions. “No one can predict how big blockchain technology will be. But if it succeeds, it will be phenomenal,” says Mark Buitenhek, global head of ING Transaction Services.

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Why the COP22 in Marrakech is so important for corporates

Why the COP22 in Marrakech is so important for corporates

The entry into force of last year’s Paris Agreement was a great achievement but, it is just the start. A huge amount of investment is needed to meet climate targets by cutting emissions, and to help countries to adapt to the changing climate, and most of it is going to come from the private sector.

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An interview with Erik Versavel, country representative ING in Mongolia

An interview with Erik Versavel, country representative ING in Mongolia

Mr. Erik Versavel arrived in Mongolia in September 2016 and took the helm as the country representative for ING Bank in Mongolia. Previously, Versavel has held country manager and CEO positions for ING in Ukraine, South Korea, China, and Indonesia. An interview by the American Chamber of Commerce in Mongolia.

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Enhancing our wellbeing

Enhancing our wellbeing

The purpose of ING's WQ program is easy and simple: it’s about enhancing our wellbeing. Together with our partners TomTom, Lifeguard and dacadoo, we would like to invite you to join our program around four elements: EAT, MOVE, SLEEP and RELAX.

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ING launches global campaign focussed on human versatility

ING launches global campaign focussed on human versatility

ING has launched a global and integrated communications platform for its wholesale banking business based on the insight that successful client solutions are achieved by combining hard and soft skills. In this age of rapid change and digitalisation, it’s still the versatility and creativity of people that is the real differentiator in successfully doing business in the financial industry.

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