The Dutch Competition Authority approves the acquisition of Alex by BinckBank

Today, the Dutch Competition Authority (Nederlandse Mededingingsautoriteit) has unconditionally cleared the intended acquisition of Alex Beleggersbank by BinckBank N.V. Information on BinckBank N.V. BinckBank is an online bank for investors. We offer our clients fast, low-cost access to all the major financial markets of the world, accurate administrative processing of securities and cash transactions and extensive market information. BinckBank is a listed, independent online bank with platforms in the Netherlands and Belgium and employs approximately 230 people (year-end 2006). BinckBank's operations are carried out by two business units being Retail and Professional Services. More information: BinckBank Headoffice Telephone: +31 (0)20 522 03 43