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3i Group plc
2008 Offer forB Shares
3i Group plc ("3i") has appointed Dresdner Kleinwort Securities Limited(the"Broker")for the purposes of the Broker'sOffer as defined in, and to beimplemented in accordance with,3i'sletterto holders of B Sharesdated 12June 2008(the "Booklet").
The Brokeragreesto purchase, acting as principal,7,260,201B Sharesin an on-market transaction on the terms set out in theBooklet. This isthe number of B Shares in respect of which valid elections have beenreceivedand not withdrawn in favour ofparticipation in the Broker's Offer. The Brokerwill purchasethoseB Shares for 127 pence each, free of all dealing expenses and commissions.
It is expected that cheques will be sent to relevantBShareholders or relevantB Shareholders will have their CREST accounts credited, as appropriate, in respect of the proceeds of the B Shares purchased under the Broker'sOffer on or around31July 2008. It is expected that sales advices and balance B Share certificates will be sent to relevantBShareholders, and CREST accounts of relevantBShareholders credited with any balance of B Shares, on or around the same date.
All terms not defined in this announcement shallhavethe meanings given in Part5(Definitions) of theBooklet.
Further information and copies of theBookletcan be found on3i's investor relations website at www.3igroup.com.
For further information
Patrick Dunne, 3i Groupplc 020 7975 3283
Alex Reynolds, Dresdner Kleinwort Securities Limited 020 7623 8000
None of the B Shares hasbeen or will be registered under the US Securities Act of 1933 or any state securities laws of theUnited States. Accordingly, none of the B Shares maybe offered, transferred or sold in theUnited Statesunless a specific exemption applies. Neither the B Shares, the Bookletnorthis announcementhave been approved, disapproved orotherwise recommended by anyUSfederal or state securities commission nor has such a commission confirmed the accuracy or determined the adequacy of thisannouncementor theBooklet.Any representation to the contrary is a criminal offence in theUnited States.
Dresdner KleinwortSecuritiesLimited, which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority, is acting for3iand for no-one else in connection with the contents of thisdocument and will not be responsible to anyone other than3ifor providing the protections afforded toclientsof Dresdner KleinwortSecuritiesLimited, or for affording advice in relation to the contents of this document or any matters referred to herein.