AMVESCAP PLC to Acquire WL Ross & Co. LLC; Financial Restructuring Leader Joins Global Investment Manager

LONDON--()--July 24, 2006--AMVESCAP PLC (NYSE:AVZ) (LSE:AVZ) (TSX:AVZ) today announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire WL Ross & Co. LLC. Based in New York, WL Ross & Co. is one of the investment industry's leading financial restructuring groups and currently manages more than $3.5 billion in assets for institutional investors in the U.S., Europe and Asia. The initial purchase price for the business is $100 million, to be paid upon closing of the transaction; in addition, the agreement calls for five annual earn-out cash payments, each capped at $55 million. Details of the transaction are described below.

"The addition of WL Ross & Co. significantly expands the range of sophisticated investments for AMVESCAP's global clients," said Martin L. Flanagan, president and chief executive officer of AMVESCAP. "Wilbur Ross is the recognized leader in financial restructuring, and we are very excited that such a distinguished investor and his experienced team are joining AMVESCAP. With his leadership of the company's direct private equity business, AMVESCAP will be uniquely positioned to deliver alternative investment strategies that provide innovative and enduring investment solutions for our clients."

WL Ross & Co. was formed in April 2000 by Wilbur Ross, Jr. as an independent organization dedicated to private investments and fund management for institutional investors and family offices across the globe. The company has sponsored alternative investments including private equity funds, co-investment vehicles and hedge funds in the steel, textile, coal, automotive and financial services industries in the U.S., U.K., France, China, Japan and Korea.

"AMVESCAP is an investment industry leader, and with its established culture of strong, separate investment groups, is an excellent strategic fit for me and my experienced team," said Mr. Ross. "Gaining access to AMVESCAP's broad range of capabilities from investment expertise to global presence will help expand the industries and geographies in which we invest, and the firm's strong marketing team will broaden our access to capital. I and the rest of our team are enthusiastic about the long-term prospects of this new relationship."

Upon completion of the acquisition, expected in the fourth quarter of 2006, AMVESCAP's direct private equity business, INVESCO Private Capital, will be combined into WL Ross & Co. and managed by Mr. Ross.

"The combination of Wilbur Ross and his team of seasoned investment professionals with our established direct private equity business brings together organizations with extensive global experience and creates compelling new opportunities for clients of both firms," said John Rogers, head of AMVESCAP's worldwide institutional business. "An increasing use of absolute return strategies by investors has resulted in a growing demand for private equity. The Ross team provides additional expertise that will expand the range of our private equity offerings."

De Guardiola Advisors and Goldman Sachs acted as financial advisors to AMVESCAP in this transaction.

    Transaction Summary

    --  The purchase price may be up to $375 million, as follows:

        --  $100 million purchase price paid in cash at the closing

        --  Five annual earn-out cash payments to seller, each capped
            at $55 million, based on the size and number of future
            fund launches. The first annual earn-out payment has a set
            minimum value of $30 million.

    --  The transaction is expected to be immediately accretive to
        AMVESCAP's earnings per share.

    --  AMVESCAP will finance the transaction using existing cash and
        borrowings under its credit facility.

AMVESCAP is a leading independent global investment manager, dedicated to helping people worldwide build their financial security. Operating under the AIM, AIM Trimark, INVESCO, Invesco Perpetual and Atlantic Trust brands, AMVESCAP strives to deliver outstanding products and services through a comprehensive array of enduring investment solutions for our retail, institutional and private wealth management clients around the world. The company is listed on the London, New York and Toronto stock exchanges under the symbol "AVZ." Additional information is available at

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      A conference call to discuss this transaction will be held
              Monday July 24 at 10:00 a.m. EDT/15:00 BST

                           and will feature:

         Martin L. Flanagan - President and CEO, AMVESCAP PLC
                 Wilbur Ross - Chairman, WL Ross & Co.
      John Rogers - head of Worldwide Institutional, AMVESCAP PLC
          Loren Starr - Chief Financial Officer, AMVESCAP PLC

                      To access the call in the:
                     U.S. and Canada: 888-455-2053
                    International: +1-517-268-4676
                          Pass Code: AMVESCAP

   To access a replay of the call (beginning at approximately 11:00
                             EDT) in the:
                     U.S. and Canada: 888-562-6892
                    International: +1-402-220-6538


Bill Hensel, 404-479-2886
On behalf of WL Ross & Co.
Tim Metz, 212-752-1044


Bill Hensel, 404-479-2886
On behalf of WL Ross & Co.
Tim Metz, 212-752-1044