RNS Number : 1099V
3i Group PLC
22 May 2008

NOTIFICATION OF MAJOR INTERESTS IN SHARES


On21 May 20083i Group plc ("the Issuer") was notified of the following details relating to a major interest in its shares.


1. Identity of the issuer or the underlying issuer of existing shares to which voting rights are attached:


3i Group plc


2. Reason for the notification:


An acquisition or disposal of voting rights


3. Full name of person(s) subject to the notification obligation:


AXAS.A, 25 Avenue Matignon, 75008 Paris and its group of companies

4. Full name of shareholder(s) (if different from 3):

5. Date of the transaction (and date on which the threshold is crossed or reached if different):


19/05/2008

6. Date on which issuer notified:


21/05/2008

7. Threshold(s) that is/are crossed or reached:


11%

8. Notified details:


A: Voting rights attached to shares

Class/type of shares

Situation previous to the triggering transaction

Resulting situation after the triggering transaction

if possible using the ISIN CODE

Number of Shares

Number of Voting Rights

Number of shares

Number of voting rights

% of voting rights

Direct

Direct

Indirect

Direct

Indirect

GB00B1YW4409


42,252,939

42,252,939

7,060,678

7,060,678

34,867,425

1.84

9.11



B: Financial Instruments

Resulting situation after the triggering transaction

Type of financial instrument

Expiration date

Exercise/ Conversion Period/ Date

Number of voting rights that may be acquired if the instrument is exercised/ converted.

% of voting rights







Total (A+B)

Number of voting rights

% of voting rights

41,928,103

10.95%



9. Chain of controlled undertakings through which the voting rights and/or the financial instruments are effectively held, if applicable:


Name of Company/Fund

Number of Shares

% of issued share capital

AXASun Life plc

(fmly Axa Equity & Law Life Assurance Society plc)

214,397

0.05601

Sun Life Unit Assurance Ltd A/c X

74,460

0.01945

Sun Life Unit Assurance Ltd A/c X

2,235,499

0.58400

Sun Life Unit Assurance Ltd A/c X

338,460

0.08842

PPPHealthcare Group plc

20,700

0.00541

Sun Life Pensions Management Ltd

50,000

0.01306

Sun Life Pensions Management Ltd A/c

875,500

0.22871

Sun Life Assurance Society Plc

135,004

0.03527

AXAInsuranceUK

52,240

0.01365

AXAFinancial, Inc*

3,145,956

0.82185

AXAColonia Konzern

1,771,608

0.46281

AXAFrance*

311,534

0.08138

AXARosenberg*

2,381,824

0.62222

AXAFinancial, Inc*

29,020,592

7.58131

Sun Life Pensions Management Ltd

31,428

0.00821

Sun Life Pensions Management Ltd

3,647

0.00095

Sun Life Unit Assurance Ltd

LTAVUKEquity

75,000

0.01959

Sun Life Unit Assurance Ltd

FTSE All Share Tracker

61,675

0.01611

Sun Life Pensions Management

LTAVUKEquity

290,000

0.07576

Sun Life Pensions Management

FTSE All Share Tracker

339,841

0.08878

Framlington onshore private clients*

7,519

0.00196

AXAWinterthur

99,820

0.02608

Axa Sun Life With Profits Passive

254,123

0.06639

Axa Sun Life With Profits Passive

137,276

0.03586

Total Direct

7,060,678

1.84452

Total Indirect

34,867,425

9.10873

Total

41,928,103

10.95325

* Indirect holding





Proxy Voting:


10. Name of the proxy holder:

11. Number of voting rights proxy holder will cease to hold:

12. Date on which proxy holder will cease to hold voting rights:


13. Additional information:


Issuer contact details:

Jackie Harper, Group Secretariat

Telephone: 020 7975 3530

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