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Banco Santander S.A. (BNC)


Thursday 04 October, 2007

Banco Santander S.A.

Joint statement re. ABN AMRO

Banco Santander S.A.
04 October 2007

4 October 2007 - Fortis, RBS and Santander - Announcement concerning ABN AMRO
Convertible Financing Preference Shares

Fortis, RBS and Santander (collectively, the 'Banks') today announce that RFS
Holdings B.V. will offer €0.59 in cash per Depository Receipt representing ABN
AMRO Holding N.V. Convertible Financing Preference Shares.

The Banks announced in the Offer Memorandum of 20 July 2007 that RFS Holdings
B.V. intended to make appropriate proposals to the holders of Depository
Receipts issued for ABN AMRO Holding N.V. Convertible Financing Preference
Shares in due course. RFS Holdings hereby announces an offer of €0.59 in cash to
all holders of all such depository receipts (the 'Depository Receipts Offer'),
conditional upon RFS Holdings's offer for all ABN AMRO ordinary shares and ADSs
being declared unconditional.

The Depository Receipts Offer will expire at 3:00pm Amsterdam time (9:00am New
York City time) on 30 October 2007, unless it is extended or withdrawn.
Investors can obtain an information letter containing further details of the
Depository Receipts Offer from the Banks' joint website,
The information letter is also available from the Dutch exchange agent and the
global information agent, details of which are listed below.

The Dutch exchange agent:    The global information agent:
Fortis Bank (Nederland) N.V. D.F. King & Co., Inc.
Rokin 55                     2 London Wall Buildings, 2nd Floor
1012 KK Amsterdam            London Wall, London EC2M 5PP
The Netherlands              United Kingdom
Tel: +31 20 527 24 67        European Toll Free Help Line: 00 800 5464 5464
                             48 Wall Street, 22nd Floor
                             New York, NY 10005
                             United States
                             North American Toll Free Help Line: 1 (800) 848


Important Information

This announcement is made pursuant to article 9b(1) of the Dutch Decree on the
Supervision of the Securities Trade 1995.

In connection with the offer to acquire all of the issued and outstanding
ordinary shares, nominal value €0.56 per share, of ABN AMRO Holding N.V. and all
issued and outstanding American Depository shares of ABN AMRO, each of which
represents one ABN AMRO ordinary share, RBS filed with the U.S. Securities and
Exchange Commission (the 'SEC') a Registration Statement on Form F-4, which, as
amended, was declared effective by the SEC on 1 October 2007, and the Banks have
filed with the SEC a Tender Offer Statement on Schedule TO, amendments thereto
and other relevant materials. INVESTORS ARE URGED TO READ THE DOCUMENTS
obtain a copy of such documents without charge, at the SEC's website (http:// Copies of all documents filed in connection with the offer may
also be obtained from each Bank without charge.

Forward-Looking Statements

This announcement includes certain 'forward-looking statements'. These
statements are based on the current expectations of the Banks and are naturally
subject to uncertainty and changes in certain circumstances. Forward-looking
statements include any synergy statements and, without limitation, other
statements typically containing words such as 'intends', 'expects',
'anticipates', 'targets', 'plans', 'estimates' and words of similar import. By
their nature, forward-looking statements involve risk and uncertainty because
they relate to events and depend on circumstances that will occur in the future.
There are a number of factors that could cause actual results and developments
to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking
statements. These factors include, but are not limited to, the presence of a
competitive offer for ABN AMRO, whether the Banks and ABN AMRO enter into any
definitive agreement with respect to the potential acquisition of ABN AMRO,
satisfaction of any conditions to the offer for ABN AMRO, including the receipt
of required regulatory and anti-trust approvals, the successful completion of
the offer for ABN AMRO or any subsequent compulsory acquisition procedure, the
anticipated benefits of the offer for ABN AMRO (including anticipated synergies)
not being realized, the separation and integration of ABN AMRO and its assets
among the Banks being materially delayed or more costly or difficult than
expected, as well as additional factors, such as changes in economic conditions,
changes in the regulatory environment, fluctuations in interest and exchange
rates, the outcome of litigation and government actions. Other unknown or
unpredictable factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those
in the forward-looking statements. None of the Banks undertake any obligation to
update publicly or revise forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new
information, future events or otherwise, except to the extent legally required.

Fortis N.V., Archimedeslaan 6, 3584 BA Utrecht, Netherlands; Fortis S.A./N.V.,
Rue Royale 20, 1000 Brussels, Belgium

The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc, Head Office, Gogarburn, Edinburgh EH12
1HQ, UK. Registered Office, 36 St Andrew Square, Edinburgh EH2 2YB. Registered
in Scotland No 45551

Banco Santander, S.A., Ciudad Grupo Santander, Avenida de Cantabria, s/n, 28660
Boadilla del Monte, Madrid, Spain

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