PrimeVest Financial Services, a firm with nearly a dozen credit union clients, is one of three independent broker-dealers that will be sold by ING Group, the company said today.

ING said it has reached an agreement to sell three of its U.S. independent retail broker-dealer units, which comprise three-quarters of ING Advisors Network, to private equity firm Lightyear Capital LLC. Along with St. Cloud, Minn.-based PrimeVest, Financial Network Investment Corp. in El Segundo, Calif., and Financial Securities Corp. in Denver will be sold. The sale price was not disclosed. The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and is expected to close in the first quarter of 2010, according to ING.

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