International Financial Institutions Discuss the 5th Anniversary of the Equator Principles at an Event in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

São Paulo - 10 December 2008

The event also celebrated the beginning of Banco Itaú’s term as Chair of the Equator Principles Financial Institutions Steering Committee and the announcement of the 8th South American bank to adopt to the Equator Principles.

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PRESS RELEASE: International Financial Institutions Discuss the 5th Anniversary of the Equator Principles in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

08 December 2008

On 11 and 12 December 2008 financial institutions from around the world, including the International Finance Corporation, a member of the World Bank Group, will meet in Rio de Janeiro to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Equator Principles. The event, which also marks the beginning of Itaú’s term as Chair of the Equator Principles Financial Institutions Steering Committee, will debate and present the achievements of the past five years and the challenges and prospects for the future. At the same time the adoption of the Equator Principles by the 8th South American bank will be formally announced.

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Itaú Holding Assumes Role of Chair of the Steering Committee of the Equator Principles

São Paulo - 22 September 2008

The Bank is the first from an emerging economy to lead the Steering Committee of the Equator Principles, which brings together financial institutions committed to sustainability in project financing.

From 22 September 2008, Itaú will lead the activities of the Equator Principles Financial Institutions (EPFI) – a public pledge that they are committed to taking social and environmental risks into consideration in project financing. Marcelo Battisti, the Credit and Socio-environmental Risk Manager, Itaú BBA will assume the role of Chair of the Steering Committee of the Equator Principles (EP) and this is the first time an institution from an emerging economy has assumed leadership of this group.

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