AvW Invest AG

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AvW group AG orders inquiry into suspected breach of trust AvW Invest AG not affected

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Disclosure announcement transmitted by euro adhoc. The issuer is responsible for the content of this announcement. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 17.10.2008 As became clear over the past few days, an authorized signatory of AvW carried out security transactions for AvW group AG but not AvW Invest AG without the knowledge and approval of the board of directors. This employee has been reported to the authorities and is currently under investigation by the Economic Offence Police Department. The transactions in question are very complex in nature such that a possible involvement of the banks concerned is examined. AvW Invest AG, which is listed on the stock exchange, is not affected by these transactions. It is important to strictly distinguish between the incidents that are currently being examined and that occurred within AvW group AG which issues participating certificates and the assets of AvW Invest AG, which is listed on the stock exchange and whose securities have not been affected by the malpractice as far as is known so far. AvW has already reported this fact to the General Attorney and has entered into talks with the Financial Market Supervising Authority. The facts of the instant case are being carefully scrutinized by both legal experts and auditors in order to clarify the situation as quickly as possible in the interest of any investors and other parties concerned. "My prime concern now is to shed light on this unfortunate affair as fast as possible. I will inform you on any new developments", emphasizes Wolfgang Auer von Welsbach, chairman of the board of directors About AvW INVEST AG AvW INVEST AG, which is domiciled in Krumpendorf at Lake Wörthersee, is active in three core business areas: financial services, equity participations and real estate. AvW´s shares are listed on the Vienna Stock Exchange on the ATX Prime Market (ISIN number: AT0000930409, Reuters: AVWI.VI, XETRA Vienna: AWS). end of announcement euro adhoc -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ots Originaltext: AvW Invest AG Im Internet recherchierbar: http://www.presseportal.ch Further inquiry note: AvW INVEST AG Brigitte Burger Tel.: 04229/3621-24 0676/3357622 mailto:b.burger@avw.eu Branche: Financial & Business Services ISIN: AT0000930409 WKN: 892661 Index: Prime.market Börsen: Börse Frankfurt / free trade Börse Stuttgart / free trade Wiener Börse AG / official dealing

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