3i Group PLC 26 March 2008 NOTIFICATION OF MAJOR INTERESTS IN SHARES On 25 March 2008 3i Group plc ("the Issuer") was notified of the following details relating to a major interest in its shares. 1. Identity of the issuer or the underlying issuer of existing shares to which voting rights are attached: 3i Group plc 2. Reason for the notification: 1) An acquisition or disposal of voting rights 2) Exemption DTR 5.1.3 (4) and DTR 5.1.5 (1) 3. Full name of person(s) subject to the notification obligation: The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. 4. Full name of shareholder(s) (if different from 3): Goldman, Sachs & Co., Goldman Sachs International, Goldman Sachs Asset Management International, Goldman Sachs Asset Management, L.P. 5. Date of the transaction (and date on which the threshold is crossed or reached if different): 19/03/2008 6. Date on which issuer notified: 25/03/2008 7. Threshold(s) that is/are crossed or reached: Below 3% 8. Notified details: A: Voting rights attached to shares Class/type Situation previous to the Resulting situation after the triggering transaction of shares triggering transaction if possible Number of Shares Number of Voting Number of Number of voting rights % of voting rights using the Rights shares ISIN CODE Direct Direct Indirect Direct Indirect GB00B1YW4409 22,865,000 5.97% B: Financial Instruments Resulting situation after the triggering transaction Type of financial Expiration date Exercise/ Number of voting % of voting rights instrument Conversion Period rights that may be / Date acquired if the instrument is exercised/ converted. Total (A+B) Number of voting rights % of voting rights Below 3% 9. Chain of controlled undertakings through which the voting rights and/or the financial instruments are effectively held, if applicable: We hereby notify you that as at close of business on 19 March 2008, The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc., of 85 Broad Street, New York, NY 10004, USA, no longer has a notifiable interest in shares. Proxy Voting: 10. Name of the proxy holder: N/A 11. Number of voting rights proxy holder will cease to hold: N/A 12. Date on which proxy holder will cease to hold voting rights: N/A 13. Additional information: Issuer contact details: Jackie Harper, Group Secretariat Telephone: 020 7975 3530 This information is provided by RNS The company news service from the London Stock Exchange