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28.03.07

Raiffeisenbank arranges a syndicated loan for Center-Invest Bank.

On February 28, 2007, OAO CB Center-Invest singed the Agreement forSyndicated Loan Arrangement in the amount of USD 80 million. RaiffeisenZentralbank Osterreich AG (RZB) and ZAO Raiffeisenbank Austria acted asMandated Lead Arrangers.

The success of the syndication is confirmed by the fact that the demandon the part of participating banks more than 3 times exceeded theinitially declared volume (USD 40 million). The Bank stopped at twofoldincrease and closed the transaction in the amount of USD 80 million. Thelife of the loan is 1 year with a prolongation option for 1 more year,the interest rate was fixed at LIBOR + 1.90% pa. The participants of thesyndication included 37 banks from 17 countries– Europe, Asia, Africa and America:

Original Lead Arrangers

Commerzbank Aktiengesellschaft

Standard Bank Plc

Lead arranges

Raiffeisen Zentralbank Osterreich AG, Vienna (RZB) and ZAORaiffeisenbank Austria (RBA)

Anglo-Romanian Bank Limited

Banco Finantia, S.A.

Commercial Bank of India LLC

Demir-Halk Bank (Nederland) N.V.

FBN Bank (UK) LTD

Finansbank (Holland) N.V.

First Gulf Bank P.J.S.C.

Garantibank International N.V.

HSH Nordbank AG Luxembourg Branch

VTB Bank (Deutschland) AG

ZAO Banca Intesa

Arrangers

N.V. De Indonesische Overzeese Bank

London Forfaiting Company LTD

Wachovia Bank, National Association

WGZ Bank AG Westdeutsche Genossenschafts-Zentralbank

Mega International Commercial Bank Co.LTD. Paris Branch

The Export-Import Bank of the Republic of China

Co-arrangers

Bawag P.S.K. Bank f?r Arbeit und Wirtschaft und ?sterreichischePostsparkasse Aktiengesellschaft

Banco BPI Cayman Limited

Banque de Commerce et de Placements SA

Caixa Geral De Depositos S.A., France Branch

Landesbank Baden-W?rttemberg, London Branch

LHB Internationale Handelsbank AG, Frankfurt

National City Bank

ZAO Citibank

Senior lead managers

AB Ukio Bankas

Adria Bank Aktiengesellschaft

AKA Ausfuhrkredit - Gesellschaft MBH

Banca Lombarda International S.A.

Banif-Banco Internacional do Funchal, S.A.

ZAO Denizbank Moscow

National Bank of Egypt (UK) Limited

Trade& Development Bank of Mongolia

The raised funds will be used to implement the main strategy goals of"South of Russia +":

  • Growth in the living standard and business development in the South ofRussia;
  • Investments in energy-saving technologies;
  • Introduction of modern technologies in agriculture, construction,production sector and transportation infrastructure in the South ofRussia.

ZAO Raiffeisenbank Austria is ranked 10th in terms of assets amongRussian largest banks based on 2006 results (Interfax-CEA). At present,the Bank has 24 branches in Moscow, 5 branches in Saint Petersburg andregional branches in Yekaterinburg, Samara, Novosibirsk, Chelyabinsk,Nizhny Novgorod, Krasnodar, Krasnoyarsk and Perm. In terms of thecorporate credit portfolio Raiffeisenbank ranks 9th based on the 2006results (Interfax-CEA).

In 2005-2006 ZAO Raiffeisenbank Austria acted as Mandated Lead Arrangerfor Russian borrowers on the markets of retail trade, energy sector,metallurgy, real estate, telecommunications and banking services for atotal of over USD 6.2 billion.

ZAO Raiffeisenbank Austria is the tenth largest bank in Russia in termsof assets, as of the end of 2006 (CEA Interfax). At present, the Bankhas 24 branches in Moscow, 5 branches in Saint Petersburg and regionalbranches in Ekaterinburg, Samara, Novosibirsk, Chelyabinsk, NizhnyNovgorod, Krasnodar, Krasnoyarsk and Perm. In terms of the corporatecredit portfolio Raiffeisenbank ranks 9th based on 2006 results(Interfax-CEA) and ranks 8th both in terms of private lending andprivate deposits based on 2006 results (Interfax-CEA).

ZAO Raiffeisenbank Austria is an affiliate of RaiffeisenInternazional Bank Holding AG (Raiffeisen Internazional), withsubsidiary banks and leasing companies in 16 CEE markets. The Bankserves 11.7 million customers at more than 2,775 business outlets, andalso has representative offices in Lithuania and Moldova. RaiffeisenInternational is a fully consolidated subsidiary of RaiffeisenZentralbank Osterreich AG (RZB), which owns 70 per cent of the commonstock. The remaining 30 per cent is free float; the shares are traded onthe Vienna Stock Exchange. RZB is a leading corporate and investmentbank in Austria and the central institution of the Austrian RaiffeisenBanking Group, the country''s largest banking organization.

 

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