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UniCredit: BA-CA signs an agreement to acquire the Russian broker ATON

Ad-hoc-Meldung / Ad hoc Release
nach § 15 WpHG / pursuant to § 15 of the German Securities Trading

UniCredit: BA-CA signs an agreement to acquire the Russian broker ATON


UniCredit announces that Bank Austria Creditanstalt (BA-CA) today signed an agreement to acquire the entire institutional business of the Russian broker Aton Capital for a purchase price of US$424 million.
Aton Capital is among the top 5 investment banks in Russia. The company, which is owned by its founders and management, has approximately 275 employees. Aton Capital currently operates in Moscow, London, New York, Frankfurt and Cyprus and is active in Equity and Fixed Income and Corporate Finance Advisory.
Completion of the transaction is subject, among others, to regulatory approvals. The Aton-Line discount brokerage and Aton asset management businesses are not part of the transaction and will remain wholly owned by Aton Capital Group.

With a current market capitalization of approximately €70 billion, ranking among the top financial groups in Europe, UniCredit has a presence in 20 countries worldwide, with over 35 million clients and 7,000 branches, approximately 132 thousand employees and total assets of approximately €822 billion as of 30 September 2006.


Enquiries:

Media Relations:
+39 02 88628212; e-mail: MediaRelations@unicreditgroup.eu
Investor Relations:
+39 02 88628715; e-mail: InvestorRelations@unicreditgroup.eu

These assessments are subject to the following disclaimer:
Certain of the statements contained herein may be statements of future expectations and other forward-looking statements that are based on management's current views and assumptions and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results, performance or events to differ materially from those expressed or implied in such statements. UniCredito Italiano S.p.A. assumes no obligation to update any information contained herein.

Milan, 20 December, 2006
UniCredito Italiano S.p.A.
Via San Protaso 1/3
20121 Milano
Italien

Securities listed on German regulated markets:
ISIN IT0000064854
WKN: 850832
Listed: Official Market (Amtlicher Markt), Frankfurt Stock Exchange (General Standard)