NOT FOR RELEASE, DISTRIBUTION OR PUBLICATION, IN WHOLE OR IN PART, IN OR INTO THE UNITED STATES *** BOARD OF DIRECTORS APPOINT JAMES GILLIGAN AS INDEPENDENT NON-EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN St Peter Port, Guernsey - 31 March 2010 - The Board of Volta Finance Limited (Euronext: VTA) today announces that at its meeting held on 23 March 2010, Volta Finance Limited's Board of Directors unanimously agreed to appoint James Gilligan as independent non-executive Chairman of the Board effective from 30 April 2010 to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Peter Crook. This appointment will be placed on the agenda for shareholder approval at the next Annual General Meeting. Mr Gilligan began his career with the Civil Service in his native Scotland then moved to Guernsey in 1970 joining the Guernsey Income tax office. In 1974 he joined the Private Bank Kleinwort Benson in Guernsey. He undertook various roles during his long career at the bank and he was Managing Director of the Guernsey Branch at the time of his retirement at the end of 2006. Mr Gilligan is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers and an Ex-President of the Guernsey Centre of the Chartered Institute of Bankers. He was also an Ex-Chairman of the Association of Guernsey Banks. He is a member of The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (retired). Mr Gilligan is Chairman of Guernsey Finance LBG the entity charged with the promotion of Guernsey as an International Finance Centre and also in this capacity he sits on the Finance Sector Group dealing with the strategic development of the finance sector in Guernsey. ***** ABOUT VOLTA FINANCE LIMITED Volta Finance Limited is incorporated in Guernsey under the Companies (Guernsey) Laws, 1994 to 1996 (as amended) and listed on Euronext Amsterdam. Its investment objectives are to preserve capital and to provide a stable stream of income to its shareholders through dividends. For this purpose, it pursues a multi-asset investment strategy targeting various underlying assets. The assets that the Company may invest in either directly or indirectly include, but are not limited to: corporate credits; sovereign and quasi-sovereign debt; residential mortgage loans; automobile loans. Volta Finance Limited's basic approach to its underlying assets is through vehicles and arrangements that provide leveraged exposure to some of those underlying assets. Volta Finance Limited has appointed AXA Investment Managers Paris, an investment management company with a division specialised in structured credit, for the investment management of all its assets. ABOUT AXA INVESTMENT MANAGERS AXA Investment Managers (AXA IM) is a multi-expert asset management company within the AXA Group, a global leader in financial protection and wealth management. AXA IM is one of the largest European-based asset managers with nearly ?500 billion in assets under management as of the end of December 2009. AXA IM employs approximately 2,857 people around the world and operates out of 21 countries. CONTACTS Company Secretary Mourant Guernsey Limited volta.finance@mourant.com +44 (0) 1481 715601 Portfolio Administrator Deutsche Bank voltaadmin@list.db.com For the Investment Manager AXA Investment Managers Paris Serge Demay serge.demay@axa-im.com +33 (0) 1 44 45 84 47 ***** This press release is for information only and does not constitute an invitation or inducement to acquire shares in Volta Finance. Its circulation may be prohibited in certain jurisdictions and no recipient may circulate copies of this document in breach of such limitations or restrictions. This press release is not an offer of securities for sale in the United States. Securities may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission or an exemption from registration under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act").  Volta Finance has not registered, and does not intend to register, any portion of any offering of its securities in the United States or to conduct a public offering of any securities in the United States. ***** This document is being distributed by Volta Finance Limited in the United Kingdom only to investment professionals falling within article 19(5) of the Financial Services and Market Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) Order 2005 (the "Order") or high net worth companies and other persons to whom it may lawfully be communicated, falling within article 49(2)(A) to (E) of the Order ("Relevant persons"). The shares are only available to, and any invitation, offer or agreement to subscribe, purchase or otherwise acquire the shares will be engaged only with, relevant persons. Any person who is not a relevant person should not act or rely on this document or any of its contents. Past performance cannot be relied on as a guide to future performance. ***** This press release contains statements that are, or may deemed to be, "forward-looking statements". These forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology, including the terms "believes", "anticipated", "expects", "intends", "is/are expected", "may", "will" or "should". They include the statements regarding the level of the dividend, the current market context and its impact on the long-term return of Volta's investments. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties and readers are cautioned that any such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance. Volta Finance's actual results, portfolio composition and performance may differ materially from the impression created by the forward-looking statements. Volta Finance does not undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise forward-looking statements. Any target information is based on certain assumptions as to future events which may not prove to be realised. Due to the uncertainty surrounding these future events, the targets are not intended to be and should not be regarded as profits or earnings or any other type of forecasts. There can be no assurance that any of these targets will be achieved. In addition, no assurance can be given that the investment objective will be achieved. ***** [HUG#1399661]