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Thursday 17 January, 2008

Goldman Sach Ast Mnt

Rule 8.3- (Whatman PLC)

Goldman Sachs Asset Management Intl
17 January 2008

                                                                        FORM 8.3





    DEALINGS BY PERSONS WITH INTERESTS IN SECURITIES REPRESENTING 1% OR MORE

                        (Rule 8.3 of the Takeover Code)





1.         KEY INFORMATION


Name of person dealing  (Note 1)               (GS) GOLDMAN SACHS ASSET MANAGEMENT INTERNATIONAL
Company dealt in                               WHATMAN PLC
Class of relevant security to which the        Ordinary Shares
dealings being disclosed relate (Note 2)

Date of dealing                                16 January 2008






2.         INTERESTS, SHORT POSITIONS AND RIGHTS TO SUBSCRIBE



(a)        Interests and short positions (following dealing) in the class of
relevant security dealt in (Note 3)


                                                            Long                                Short


                                            Number (%)                           Number (%)


(1) Relevant securities                     3476017 (2.63%)                      0 (0%)
(2) Derivatives (other than options)
(3) Options and agreements to purchase/sell
Total                                       3476017 (2.63%)                      0 (0%)



(b)        Interests and short positions in relevant securities of the company,
other than the class dealt in (Note 3)


Class of relevant security:                                 Long                                Short


                                            Number  (%)                          Number (%)


(1) Relevant securities
(2) Derivatives (other than options)
(3) Options and agreements to purchase/sell
Total



(c)        Rights to subscribe (Note 3)


Class of relevant security:                    Details









3.         DEALINGS (Note 4)



(a)        Purchases and sales


Security       Product Type     Purchase/sale             Number of securities        Price per unit (Note 5)
Identifier

GB0006066574   ORD / CMN            Sale                           4454                      2.4862 GBP
GB0006066574   ORD / CMN            Sale                          27596                      2.4862 GBP
GB0006066574   ORD / CMN            Sale                          29185                      2.4862 GBP
GB0006066574   ORD / CMN            Sale                           6142                      2.4862 GBP
GB0006066574   ORD / CMN            Sale                         223245                      2.4862 GBP
GB0006066574   ORD / CMN            Sale                           6185                      2.4862 GBP
GB0006066574   ORD / CMN            Sale                           3193                      2.4862 GBP





(b)        Derivatives transactions (other than options)


Product name,         Long/short (Note 6)       Number of securities (Note 7)        Price per unit (Note 5)

e.g. CFD







(c)        Options transactions in respect of existing securities

(i)         Writing, selling, purchasing or varying


Product name,        Writing, selling, Number of securities Exercise   Type, e.g.     Expiry     Option money
                       purchasing,     to which the option             American,
e.g. call option     varying etc.      relates (Note 7)     price      European etc.  date       paid/received per
                                                                                                 unit (Note 5)






(ii)        Exercising


Product name, e.g. call option         Number of securities                  Exercise price per unit (Note 5)





(d)        Other dealings (including new securities) (Note 4)


Nature of transaction (Note 8)         Details                               Price per unit (if applicable) (Note 5)









4.         OTHER INFORMATION



Agreements, arrangements or understandings relating to options or derivatives


Full details of any agreement, arrangement or understanding between the person disclosing and any other person relating
to the voting rights of any relevant securities under any option referred to on this form or relating to the voting
rights or future acquisition or disposal of any relevant securities to which any derivative referred to on this form is
referenced. If none, this should be stated.


None







Is a Supplemental Form 8 attached? (Note 9)
            NO




Date of disclosure                                                17 January 2008

Contact name                                                      Peter Highton


Telephone number                                                  +44-207-774-1935

If a connected EFM, name of offeree/offeror with which connected  WHATMAN PLC
If a connected EFM, state nature of connection (Note 10)          Advisor






Notes



The Notes on Form 8.3 can be viewed on the Takeover Panel's website at
www.thetakeoverpanel.org.uk




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