Surrender of Licence by HSBC International Funds SICAV plc in respect of the Far East Equity Fund, Pan American General Fund and the UK General Fund
OCTOBER 19, 2006

This notice is to make the general public aware that following a restructuring exercise in the HSBC International Funds SICAV plc (“the Scheme”), the Scheme recently requested the Malta Financial Services Authority (“MFSA”) to accept surrender of the collective investment scheme licences granted in relation to three of its sub-funds, namely the “Far East Equity Fund”, “Pan American General Fund” and the “UK General Fund” (collectively referred to as “the Sub-Funds”). The MFSA has accepted the Scheme’s request. This surrender is entirely voluntary and does not arise as a result of any regulatory action taken by the MFSA. Accordingly, with effect from 19th October, 2006, the Sub-Funds ceased to be licensed by the MFSA.