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RZB opens sales office in Jersey and expands its UK business activities.

Raiffeisen Zentralbank Osterreich AG (RZB) has opened a sales office inJersey, the largest of the British Channel Islands. For RZB this is afurther step into the UK market now adding investment business to RZBs business portfolio in the UK.

Bridging East and West

In 1989 Austrias leading commercial bank entered the UK market and established a branch in the city of London focused on treasury and forex trading business. Only a few days ago RZBs London Branch has obtained permits from the Jersey regulator to distribute seven of its Vienna-based investment funds out of Jersey. It is a logical step for RZB to establish a sales office in Jersey to complement our product range for institutional investors, says Patrick Butler, CFO of RZB. Our unique banking network in Central and Eastern Europe, a regionwhere we have unrivalled expertise, provides us with an outstanding knowledge of the investment opportunities available in the region. British investors can now benefit from this advantage.

RZBs Jersey office is located in St. Helier, the capital of the British Channel Island, and is managed by Richard Buchanan. He has more than 30 years experience in the offshore financial services industry, and has held senior Jersey-based sales and marketing roles with AbbeyInternational, R A Rossborough (Life and Pensions) and the Royal Bank of Scotland Group.

The British Crown Dependency Jersey is one of Europes most important financial centres. In 2006 the Net Asset Value of funds under management in Jersey amounted to more than 170 billion British Pounds (more than 255 billion euros).

Raiffeisen Zentralbank Osterreich AG (RZB) is the central institution ofthe Austrian Raiffeisen Banking Group, the country''s largest bankinggroup. It is a leading corporate and investment bank in Austria and alsoconsiders Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) as its home market. Vialisted subsidiary Raiffeisen International Bank-Holding AG, it operatesone of the leading banking networks in CEE with subsidiary banks andfinance leasing companies in 16 markets. More than 11.7 millioncustomers are attended to through more than 2,775 business outlets.Representative offices in Lithuania and Moldova complement the group''spresence in the region.

For further information please contact Andreas Ecker-Nakamura (+43-1-71707-1753, or Wilfried Peter Stockl (+43-1-71707-1959,


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