Crédit Agricole S.A. and Société Générale to create Amundi on 31 December

PARIS, France, Dec. 23 /CNW Telbec/ -

    - Having received all the regulatory approvals needed(1) to create their
      combined asset management arm, Crédit Agricole S.A. and Société
      Générale are today announcing that Amundi will be incorporated on
      31 December 2009 and start operations on 1 January 2010.

    - The Board of Directors of Crédit Agricole Asset Management Group (CAAM
      Group) met today to:

        - ratify the new entity's governance structure

            - Georges Pauget, Chief Executive Officer of Crédit Agricole S.A,
              will be Chairman of the Board of Directors.
            - Séverin Cabannes, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Société
              Générale, will be Vice-Chairman.
            - Yves Perrier, Head of Asset Management and Institutional
              Services at Crédit Agricole S.A. and Chairman and Chief
              Executive Officer of CAAM Group, will be Amundi's CEO.

      The Board comprises 15 members, two-thirds of whom are appointed by the
      Crédit Agricole Group and one-third by Société Générale.

        - approve the incorporation of Amundi Group on 31 December 2009. Once
          the capital contributions to the new entity are complete at that
          date, Amundi Group will, as planned, be 75% owned by Crédit
          Agricole S.A. and 25% by Société Générale.

    - With more than 650 billion under management(2), Amundi will rank third
      in Europe(3) and eighth worldwide(4). Backed by two powerful banking
      groups, the company will implement a two-pronged strategy:

        - supply savings solutions to the retail banking networks of the
          Crédit Agricole and Société Générale groups in France and abroad.
          With more than 50 million retail clients, the new entity will lead
          the field and will be well positioned to form partnerships with
          other firms;

        - offer a high performance asset management offering to institutional
          clients. The new company will be strongly positioned. A global
          leader in euro fixed income and European front-runner in guaranteed
          investment funds(5), it will also have solid positions in European,
          Japanese and emerging market equities and in absolute return
          products. It will benefit from an extensive marketing coverage in
          more than 30 countries.

    - The new entity will help strengthen the position of Paris as a
      financial centre.

Crédit Agricole Group

Crédit Agricole is France's No. 1 banking organisation with 28% of households and is present across the entire spectrum of banking and finance activities. It serves 58 million individual customers in the world and develops a network of 11,850 branches in more than 20 countries. Crédit Agricole is the largest retail bank in Europe in terms of income from retail banking. It is leader in France, ranks third in Europe and ninth worldwide in terms of Tier 1capital (The Banker 2009). The Group is present in 70 countries and has more than 160,000 employees worldwide.

Société Générale

Société Générale is one of the largest financial services groups in the euro-zone. The Group employs 163,000 people worldwide in three key businesses:

Retail Banking & Financial Services: Société Générale serves more than 30 million individual customers worldwide. Global Investment Management & Services: Société Générale is one of the largest banks in the euro-zone in terms of assets under custody (EUR 3 073 billion, September 2009) and under management (EUR 348 billion, September 2009). Corporate & Investment Banking: Société Générale tailors solutions for its clients across sectors by capitalising on its worldwide expertise in investment banking, global finance, and global markets.

Société Générale is included in the socially-responsible investment indexes: FTSE4Good and ASPI.

    1. In particular the Autorité des Marchés Financiers (French securities
       regulator), the Comité des Etablissements de Crédit et des Entreprises
       d'Investissement (the regulator responsible for credit institutions
       and investment firms) and the European Commission.
    2. Pro-forma data for Amundi's scope of activity at 30 September 2009.
    3. At 31 December 2008, according to the IPE Top 400 ranking published in
       July 2009.
    4. At June 2008, according to the GI 100 ranking published in September
    5. At September 2009, according to Lipper - funds sold in Europe, for the
       CAAM+SGAM scope of business (excluding Lyxor).


For further information: For further information: Crédit Agricole S.A.: Stéphane Petibon, + 33 (0)1 57 72 46 63,; Anne-Sophie Gentil, +33 (0)1 43 23 37 51,; Crédit Agricole Asset Management Group: Alain Berry, +33 (0)1 43 23 00 01,; Société Générale: Elisa O'Neill, +33 (0)1 42 14 39 24,; Jolyon Barthorpe, +33 (0)1 42 14 34 55,

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