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Banco Sntndr Central (BNC)


Monday 06 August, 2007

Banco Sntndr Central

Joint Statement re. ABN AMRO

Banco Santander Central Hispano SA
05 August 2007

5 August 2007 - Joint statement ABN AMRO and Consortium of RBS, Santander and

Joint statement ABN AMRO and Consortium of RBS, Santander, Fortis.

ABN AMRO and the consortium of RBS, Santander and Fortis have noted and
discussed the recent media reports about the current offer situation. The
consortium accepts the assurances by ABN AMRO that Mr Groenink was misquoted as
having given advice how to vote to Fortis Shareholders which in fact he did not.

Furthermore ABN AMRO and the consortium have agreed to continue a constructive
dialogue to resolve any outstanding questions regarding the offer of the
consortium for ABN AMRO, and to maintain a level playing field.

Further meetings will be organised for the Consortium with the appropriate
people within ABN AMRO to discuss specific business matters.

The consortium and ABN AMRO both confirm that there is no dispute about the
profitability of the Business Unit The Netherlands.

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 potential transaction involving ABN AMRO, the Banks
expect to file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the 'SEC') a
Registration Statement on Form F-4, which will constitute a prospectus, as well
as a Tender Offer Statement on Schedule TO and other relevant materials. In
addition, the Banks expect ABN AMRO to file with the SEC a Solicitation /
Recommendation Statement on Schedule 14D-9 and other relevant materials. Such
documents, however, are not currently available. INVESTORS ARE URGED TO READ ANY
obtain a copy of such documents without charge, at the SEC's website 
( once such documents are filed with the SEC. Copies of such
documents may also be obtained from each Bank, without charge, once they are
filed with the SEC.

This communication shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of
an offer to buy any securities, nor shall there be any sale of securities in any
jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior
to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any
such jurisdiction. This press release is not an offer of securities for sale
into the United States. No offering of securities shall be made in the United
States except pursuant to registration under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as
amended, or an exemption therefrom.

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 or
the potential acquisition of LaSalle, satisfaction of any pre-conditions or
conditions to the potential transaction, including the successful acquisition of
LaSalle and receipt of required regulatory and anti-trust approvals, the
successful completion of the offer or any subsequent compulsory acquisition
procedure, the anticipated benefits of the potential transaction (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

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1HQ, UK. Registered

Office, 36 St Andrew Square, Edinburgh EH2 2YB. Registered in Scotland No 45551

Banco Santander Central Hispano, S.A., Ciudad Grupo Santander, Avenida de
Cantabria, s/n, 28660

Boadilla del Monte, Madrid, Spain

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