Milano, 12 May 2006

Banca Intesa communicates that today Managing Director and CEO Corrado Passera exercised his options related to year 2005 set forth by the Stock Option Plan connected to the implementation of the 2003-2005 Business Plan.

In keeping with his intention - announced on 26th April last - to invest the entire capital gain also from the stock option exercise related to year 2005 in Banca Intesa shares (as he did last year with his options related to years 2003 and 2004) Managing Director and CEO traded the 5,000,000 shares deriving from the stock option exercise in the “block market” and reinvested the entire capital gain in 2,514,043 Banca Intesa ordinary shares.

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