SOURCE: FORTIS

September 15, 2008 12:55 ET

Fortis Applies New Transparency Regulation

BRUSSEL, BELGIUM--(Marketwire - September 15, 2008) - Regulated information

To ensure the transparency of the shareholder structure of listed companies, new transparency legislation in Belgium requires investors to notify the regulator and the company at which shares are held whenever they exceed specific shareholding thresholds. Likewise, companies are required to disclose the information their investors need in order to submit these notifications, and are also required to disclose the information received in these notifications themselves.

Under this new legislation, notifications made by investors to the Belgian regulator (CBFA - Banking, Finance and Insurance Commission) and to Fortis will be disclosed by Fortis as required.

In compliance with this new regulation, specific information on issued capital, voting rights attached to voting securities, statutory/legal thresholds and contact details are available on the Fortis website. The total number of voting rights (as per 1 September 2008), on which basis the percentage of participation that could lead to notification must be calculated is 2,516,595,497. For more information please visit: www.fortis.com/shareholders/transparency_requirements.asp

More information on the transparency legislation can be found on the CBFA website: www.cbfa.be

Fortis is an international provider of banking and insurance services to personal, business and institutional customers. We deliver a total package of financial products and services through our own high-performance channels and via intermediaries and other partners. We have a presence in over 50 countries and a dedicated, professional workforce of more than 65,000. All this makes us a leader in financial services in Europe, a top 3 private banker and a top tier asset manager. More information is available at www.fortis.com.

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