Milano, 10 March 2006

As regards persisting and totally groundless rumours on an imminent extraordinary operation of Banca Intesa involving Capitalia, Banca Intesa’s Chairman Giovanni Bazoli and Managing Director and CEO Corrado Passera confirm what they have stated and repeated on all occasions:

1) Banca Intesa has no negotiations under way with any Banking Group.

2) Banca Intesa has no unilateral project under way regarding any Banking Group.

3) No extraordinary operation has been examined by the Management Committee of the Voting syndicate of Banca Intesa which has once more confirmed its unity of purpose.

4) Banca Intesa intends to examine any possible opportunity of merger and development only from a business view point and on a friendly basis.

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