ThomasLloyd announces sale of its German subsidiary

ThomasLloyd Group plc ("ThomasLloyd", or the "Group"), a global financial services company, today announces the sale of its 80% owned subsidiary, SCHNIGGE Wertpapierhandelsbank AG ("SCHNIGGE"), a leading German securities trading bank quoted on all of the main German stock exchanges, to a private equity fund of Augur Capital, a European private equity firm specializing in financial services. The parties agreed not to disclose the terms of the transaction which involves an initial cash payment as well as potential further payments based on SCHNIGGE's future business performance. The sale completes the strategic review, which ThomasLloyd started at the beginning of 2007. Going forward, ThomasLloyd will focus on its core asset management, merchant banking and capital markets businesses as it continues to develop its client base throughout Europe, America and Asia. The sale proceeds will be used to fund both organic growth and acquisitions. While the sale marks the end of ThomasLloyd's stake in SCHNIGGE, the Group will continue to remain closely involved with the business for the next two years. Tony Coveney, Executive Director of ThomasLloyd, will continue to serve on SCHNIGGE's supervisory board and remain active in helping to maximise the growth potential evident in the scalability of SCHNIGGE's business model. Based on the success story in funds and pre-IPO stock trading SCHNIGGE will further develop the online broking business, and capitalise on opportunities presented by the implementation of MIFID [1], which came into effect on November 1, 2007, to extend SCHNIGGE's activities beyond the German borders. Michael Sieg, Chairman & CEO of ThomasLloyd Group plc, commented: "We are pleased to be announcing our successful sale of our stake in SCHNIGGE and look forward to working with Augur Capital in unlocking further value in the business, building on the significant progress SCHNIGGE has made over the last two years in Germany. We remain confident in its growth potential and we look forward to working in partnership with Augur Capital to develop the business further in the future." Günther Skrzypek, Managing Partner of Augur Capital AG, which is advising the fund in Germany, added: "We are delighted that we can strengthen our position as a leading German private equity investor in financial services businesses in Germany with this investment." Herax Partners LLP acted as financial adviser to ThomasLloyd on the sale. - Ends - Enquiries: ThomasLloyd Group plc +41 44 213 6767 Michael Sieg, Chairman & CEO Tony Coveney, Executive Director Herax Partners Angus MacPherson +44 20 7355 9980 Andres Reig-Schmidt Financial Dynamics Ivo Lingnau (Frankfurt) +49 69 9203 7133 Carolin Amann (Frankfurt) +49 69 9203 7132 Paul Marriott (London) +44 20 7269 7252 - Notes to Editors - About SCHNIGGE Wertpapierhandelsbank AG SCHNIGGE is one of the leading independent securities trading houses in Germany. It makes markets in over 5,600 stocks, funds and bonds on the Düsseldorf, Hamburg and Frankfurt stock exchanges, where it acts as Skontroführer or specialist market-maker. SCHNIGGE is a market innovator and established exchange trading in mutual funds in partnership with the Hamburg Stock Exchange in August 2002. This revolutionized the distribution model within the fund industry by bringing a significant cost reduction to investors in their purchase of mutual funds. From its Düsseldorf headquarters, SCHNIGGE has extended this activity across other exchanges nationwide. Founded in 1991, SCHNIGGE has built a reputation for efficiency, innovation and excellent customer service. Its activities, as an order book specialist and a market maker, are designed to fulfill the most demanding of customer requirements. Leveraging its state-of-the-art IT infrastructure, SCHNIGGE provides direct market access for banks, institutional investors and professional traders. SCHNIGGE's execution capabilities handle complex orders and trading strategies. It also acts as designated sponsor for a number of corporate mandates - services which are crucial for clients issuing securities. SCHNIGGE is the sole equity and a major fund broker on the Düsseldorf Stock Exchange, where it makes markets in 1,500 stocks and 1,500 funds. Given its leading unique position, SCHNIGGE works closely with the Düsseldorf Stock Exchange, particularly in marketing and product development. ThomasLloyd acquired its initial stake in SCHNIGGE, then known as Börsenmakler Schnigge AG, in December 2004. Following this, and under the guidance of Michael Sieg, the business underwent a management restructuring. In 2005, ThomasLloyd increased its stake to 80% and the business was renamed DKM Wertpapierhandelsbank AG. The AGM in August 2007 voted to change the name to SCHNIGGE Wertpapierhandelsbank AG. About ThomasLloyd Group plc ThomasLloyd is a rapidly growing financial services business with fee-generating assets of $1.8bn. From its four integrated businesses of Asset Management, Investment Services, Merchant Banking and Capital Markets, ThomasLloyd provides its institutional and individual clients with independent advice and execution across a wide spread of financial markets and asset classes. ThomasLloyd employs more than 70 professionals internationally. It has offices throughout Europe and North America. It has recently opened its first office in Asia, based in Beijing. Having recruited senior staff, many with more than 20 years' experience in their chosen fields, ThomasLloyd prides itself on the level of direct contact and attention that clients are afforded. [1] Markets in Financial Instruments Directive