ING is weighing up the sale of its online banks in the UK and Canada as it looks to raise cash to pay back money lent by the Dutch government at the height of the financial crisis.
The bank has not provided details on potential bidders, saying only that it is "reviewing strategic options" for the two units and this may or may not lead to sales.
The Canadian business employees over 1100 people serving 1.8 million customers, while the UK unit has 750 staff and 1.5 million users.
Rabobank International analyst Cor Kluis says that the pair could fetch up to EUR2.1 billion, helping ING pay off the some of the EUR10 billion borrowed from the government in 2008.
The bank has already been forced to sell off its US Internet operations as an EC condition of the bailout and is in talks to offload its Asian life-insurance business.