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

Date of entry: 20 December 2006

Bank Austria Creditanstalt (BA-CA), a member of UniCredit Group, has today signed an agreement to acquire the institutional business of Aton Capital Group, a Russian Investment Bank, which includes ZAO Aton Broker and Aton International Ltd (together the “the Aton Institutional Business”) for a purchase price of US$424 million.

Aton Capital is among the top 5 investment banks in Russia. The company, which has so far been owned by its founders and management, has approximately 275 employees. Aton,  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.

Gerhard Smoley
Investor Relations Bank Austria Creditanstalt
Telephone: +43 (0) 50505 58853
e-mail: Gerhard.Smoley@ba-ca.com

Bank Austria Creditanstalt AG
Am Hof 2, 1010 Vienna, Austria
e-mail:   IR@ba-ca.com
Internet: http://ir.ba-ca.com

ISIN:            Listed:
AT0000995006     Vienna, prime market
                 Warsaw, main market

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ISIN:            Stock exchanges:
XS0138439707     Luxembourg

Further stock exchanges where bonds are admitted to listing:
Vienna, Frankfurt, Paris, Amsterdam