Fortis Finance bondholders can opt for early redemption

Brussels / Utrecht, 8 December 2008 - Further to information provided in the context of the general shareholders meeting held in Brussels on 2 December, Fortis wishes to clarify the position of holders of bonds issued by Fortis Finance N.V. under its Euro Medium Term Note Program. Fortis confirms that, under the terms of the bonds and given the recent structural changes to the Fortis group, holders of Fortis Finance bonds have the opportunity to demand the early redemption of their claim in accordance with Conditions 7(a)(vii) and 7(a)(ix) of the Terms and Conditions. For all bonds other than credit-linked notes, such redemption will proceed at nominal amount increased with accrued interest until the date of effective payment. Investors in Fortis Finance bonds who wish to be redeemed are advised to proceed through their customary bank channel or financial intermediary from 16 December 2008. The total amount of bonds outstanding under the EUR 15.0 billion Euro Medium Term Note Program today stands at EUR 7.6 billion.

Brussels / Utrecht, 9 December 2008 - As stated before, Fortis reconfirms that sufficient means are made available in the Group to service all debt. The financial situation as communicated in the press release of 14 November 2008, will not be materially impacted even in case of substantial reimbursements.

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