27 March 2007
Transparency Obligations Directive
(Disclosure and Transparency Rules) Instrument 2006
We have today received the following notice dated 26 March 2007 from an
official of Artisan Partners Limited Partnership of 875E Wisconsin Avenue,
Suite 800, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202.
a) In compliance with the Disclosure and Transparency Rules, they confirm that
Artisan Partners Limited Partnership, Artisan Investment Corporation, ZFIC,
Inc., Andrew A Ziegler and Carlene M Ziegler no longer have a notifiable
interest in ordinary shares in Countrywide plc.
b) Artisan Partners Limited Partnership ("APLP"), a U.S. registered investment
adviser, is a limited partnership organised under the laws of the State of
Delaware on December 8, 1994. Control of APLP is vested in its general partner,
Artisan Investment Corporation, a corporation organised under the laws of the
State of Wisconsin on December 7, 1994. All of the outstanding stock of Artisan
Investment Corporation is owned by ZFIC, Inc., a corporation organised under
the laws of the State of Wisconsin. Andrew A Ziegler and Carlene M Ziegler each
own 50% of the voting stock of ZFIC, Inc. APLP, pursuant to advisory contracts,
has the power to purchase and sell securities on behalf of its clients and the
power to vote for most clients. Persons other than APLP are entitled to receive
all dividends from, and proceeds from the sale of, all of the securities
c) Artisan International Value Fund ("ARTIV"), is a series of Artisan Funds
Inc., a U.S. registered investment company. Certain officers and a director of
Artisan Funds, Inc., are employees of APLP. APLP, pursuant to its advisory
contact with ARTIV, has the power to purchase and sell securities on behalf of
ARTIV and to vote for ARTIV. ARTIV, as of 23 March 2007, was interested in 0
shares, representing 0% of the 0% disclosed above, of Countrywide plc.
Their previous holding was 14,828,979 shares, as reported on 20 March 2007.