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					Natixis Global Asset Management Names Duncan Wilkinson EVP, Director of U.S. Affiliates BOSTON (December 20, 2007) – Natixis Global Asset Management U.S. today announced that it has named Duncan Wilkinson Executive Vice President, Director of U.S. Affiliates. He will be responsible for day-to-day management of the firm’s relationship with its 15 affiliated investment managers, as well as corporate development activities aimed at enhancing the firm’s investment offerings. It is an internal appointment. A holding company headquartered in Paris and Boston, Natixis Global Asset Management brings together a diverse line-up of autonomous investment management firms and provides centralized distribution, administration and other services. In his new role Mr. Wilkinson will focus on strengthening the bonds between the firm, its investment affiliates, and its distribution organization, Natixis Global Associates. He reports to Natixis Global Asset Management U.S. Chief Executive Officer, John T. Hailer. “As we look to grow our business globally, our ability to align product development with distribution opportunities will be critical to maintaining our relevance in the marketplace,” said Mr. Hailer. “Duncan’s unique professional experience and understanding of our corporate structure will be vitally important in helping to ensure that our affiliates have the resources and support they need to compete in the global marketplace.” In addition to managing affiliate relations, Mr. Wilkinson will serve on the board of directors at a number of affiliated firms. He will also have responsibility for the firm’s business development initiatives in the U.S., including acquisitions to expand the firm’s line-up of affiliated investment managers and efforts to enhance the capabilities of current affiliates. Mr. Wilkinson joined Natixis Global Asset Management in 2000 as Controller. Most recently he has served as Global Treasurer and as Deputy Global Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining the firm he was a Senior Manager with PricewaterhouseCoopers focusing on investment management clients. Mr. Wilkinson holds a BA from Brown University and an MBA from Boston University. He holds the designations of Certified Public Accountant and Chartered Financial Analyst. About Natixis Global Asset Management Natixis Global Asset Management is one of the 15 largest asset managers in the world(1) based on assets under management. Its affiliated asset management companies provide investment products that seek to enhance and protect the wealth and retirement assets of both institutional and individual investor clients. Its proprietary distribution network helps package and deliver its affiliates’ products around the world. Natixis Global Asset Management brings together the expertise of multiple specialized investment managers based in Europe, the United States and Asia to offer a wide spectrum of equity, fixed income and alternative investment strategies. - more -

Headquartered in Paris and Boston, Natixis Global Asset Management’s assets under management totaled $860 billion (€606 billion) as of September 30, 2007. Natixis Global Asset Management is part of Natixis, the investment and project bank of the Banque Populaire and Caisse d’Epargne groups. Its affiliated investment management firms and distribution and service groups include: AEW Capital Management; Active Investment Advisors(2); AlphaSimplex Group; Capital Growth Management; Caspian Capital Management; Hansberger Global Investors; Harris Alternatives; Harris Associates; Loomis, Sayles & Co.; Managed Portfolio Advisors(2); Natixis Global Associates; Portfolio Management Partners(2); Reich & Tang Capital Management; Snyder Capital Management; Vaughan Nelson Investment Management; and Westpeak Global Advisors. In addition to the U.S. firms, Natixis Global Asset Management includes four principal affiliates based in Paris: Natixis Asset Management, Natixis Multimanager, AEW Europe and Ecureuil Gestion. About Natixis Natixis, the “investments and projects bank,” is the jointly held bank of Caisse d’Epargne and Banque Populaire and is active in corporate and investment banking, asset management, private equity and private banking, financial services and receivables management. Backed by nearly 23,000 employees, with net banking income of €7.3bn, it is a major player in its sector in Europe. Natixis is recognized worldwide for its expertise in credit insurance (number 3 worldwide), private equity and structured finance (including real estate, commodities, assetbacked finance and leveraged finance). Natixis Global Associates includes Natixis Distributors, L.P. (member FINRA) and Natixis Asset Management Advisors, L.P. (a registered investment advisor).

(1) Cerulli Associates 2007 Global Update (2) A division of Natixis Asset Management Advisors, L.P.


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