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June 1, 2007 -

Taiwan Cooperative Bank and BNP Paribas Asset Management Plan to Acquire 100% Stake in Sunrise Asset Management Company Limited

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Taiwan Cooperative Bank (TCB) and BNP Paribas Asset Management (BNPP AM) today announced their intention to jointly acquire a 100 per cent stake in Sunrise Asset Management Co., Ltd. (Sunrise AM). This is a natural development following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between TCB and BNP Paribas on 1st December 2006, which formed the foundation for formalising strategic cooperation in asset management in Taiwan.

The total consideration of the acquisition is expected to be at NT$318 million (US$9.6 million), or NT$10.6 per share (US$0.32). Under the deal, TCB will take a 51 per cent stake (15,300,000 shares) while BNPP AM will take a 49 per cent stake (14,700,000 shares). The investment amounts of TCB and BNPP AM are at NT$162,180,000 (US$4.9 million) and NT$155,820,000 (US$4.7 million) respectively.

Subsequent to the acquisition, Sunrise AM will be renamed as BNP Paribas TCB Asset Management Company Ltd.

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Christine Chan
Corporate Communications Manager,
BNP Paribas, North & East Asia

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