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3i Group PLC
31 July 2008

31July 2008

3i Group plc

Purchase and cancellation of B Shares

On 28 July 2008, 3i Group plc ("3i") announced that Dresdner Kleinwort

Securities Limited (the "Broker") hadagreed to purchase, acting as principal,7,260,201B Shares (the "Offer Shares") under the Broker's Offer (as defined intheletter sent to holders of BShares dated 12June 2008(the "Booklet")).

3i has today completed its purchase of all the Offer Shares from the Brokerfor the same consideration as that paid by the Broker(127p per Offer Share). 3i confirms that all the Offer Shares have today been cancelled.

Following the cancellation of the Offer Shares, 3i has9,305,993B Shares

remaining in issue.


All defined terms not otherwise defined in this announcement shall bear the

meanings given in Part5(Definitions) of theBooklet.

Further information and copies of theBookletcan be found on 3i's investor

relations website at http://www.3igroup.com.

For further information:

Patrick Dunne, 3i Groupplc 020 7975 3283

Dresdner Kleinwort Securities Limited, whichisauthorised and regulated by the Financial ServicesAuthority,isacting for 3i Group plc and for no-one else in connection with the contents of this document and will not be responsible to anyone other than3i Group plc for providing the protections afforded to customers of DresdnerKleinwort Securities Limited, or for

affording advice in relation to the contents of this announcement or any matters referred to herein.

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