RNS Number : 6042U
3i Group PLC
15 May 2008

THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS NOT FOR PUBLICATION ORDISTRIBUTION IN OR INTO THE UNITEDSTATES,CANADA,JAPANORAUSTRALIA


15May 2008


Euro 550,000,000 1.375 per cent Convertible Bonds due 2008 convertible into ordinary shares of 3i Group plc (the "Bonds"): Common Code: 017271709; ISIN: XSO172717091


3iGroupplc ("3i"), a leading international private equitycompany, annnouncesthat it haspurchased ?110,000,000of its 1.375% Convertible Bondsdue 2008(the "Convertible Bonds") which mature on 1 August 2008, representing20% of the total principal amount originally issued. ConvertibleBonds representing an aggregate principal amount of ?439,998,000remain outstanding.


The Convertible Bonds were purchasedviafinancial intermediarieson15 May2008. ThepurchasedConvertibleBonds will be cancelled.


Enquiries:

3iGroup plcMaureen Rawlins (Group Treasurer)Tel: 020 7975 3115


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