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UniCredito Italiano enters the Chinese Corporate Finance Market

UniCredito Italiano S.p.A. ("UCI"), the largest Italian banking group by market capitalization (EUR30bn as of 14 September 2005), announces the acquisition by UBM (the investment banking arm of UCI) of a 51% shareholding in a newly established Hong Kong company, which, jointly with its Chinese controlled company, shall provide consulting services for domestic and cross-border M&A deals. The company based in Hong Kong shall be renamed UniCredit China Capital and the one based in Beijing shall be renamed UniCredit Beijing Consultants.

UniCredit China Capital is a 51%-49% joint-venture owned respectively by UBM and by Taconic ltd, an investment firm active in the PRC and controlled by Mr. Jeffrey Li and Mr. Tim Zhang. UniCredit Beijing Consultants is 100% owned by UniCredit China Capital.

Both UniCredit China Capital and UniCredit Beijing Consultants will provide financial consulting services to national and foreign enterprises operating in the Chinese market. Clients will benefit from the unique convergence of UCI Group's international experience with Taconic's local market expertise. 

The establishment of a presence in China through a partnership with a local player will allow UCI to expand its offer of advisory services to European corporate clients, which will be able to benefit from this initiative in the internationalization of their business into China. UCI will also put a foothold in the promising market of Chinese domestic M&A and will be able to support the increasing investment flows from China to Italy, setting the ground for further enhancing its profile as a relevant player in the Euro-Chinese cross border business.

UCI has been advised by Rothschild acting as financial advisor and by JonesDay acting as local legal advisor. 

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