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INTESA SANPAOLO             BANCA MONTE DEI PASCHI DI SIENA

JOINT PRESS RELEASE


NEGOTIATION RELATING TO THE SALE OF BIVERBANCA


Torino, Milano, Siena, 15th May 2007 – The Management Board of Intesa Sanpaolo and the Board of Directors of Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena gave a mandate to CEO Corrado Passera and General Manager Antonio Vigni respectively to negotiate the sale of 55% of Biverbanca currently owned by Intesa Sanpaolo, also envisaging a possible exchange of assets.

Any further development will be duly communicated to the market.

Intesa Sanpaolo
Investor Relations
+39.02.87943180
investor.relations@intesasanpaolo.com

Media Relations
+39.02.87963531
stampa@intesasanpaolo.com

www.intesasanpaolo.com

Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena
Relazioni con i Media
David Rossi
Tel. 0577.299927
Cell. 335.8033179
ufficio.stampa@banca.mps.it

Investor Relations
Alessandro Santoni
Tel: 0577.296477
Cell.335.8749798
investor.relations@banca.mps.it

http://www.mps.it/

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