This excerpt taken from the PBR 6-K filed Dec 15, 2009.
Announcement of Relevant Equity Interest
Rio de Janeiro, December 15 2009 Petróleo Brasileiro S/A - Petrobras announces that as a result of the merger of BlackRock, Inc. (BlackRock) and Barclays Global Investors, which took place on December 1 2009, BlackRock's aggregated equity interest reached approximately 6.16% of the preferred shares issued by Petrobras.
Aiming to comply with the provisions set forth by Article 12 of Comissão de Valores Mobiliários CVM (Brazilian Securities and Exchange Commission) Instruction No. 358, dated to January 03 2002, Petrobras announces that:
I. BlackRock's registered head office is located at: 40 East 52nd Street, New York, New York, 10022-5911, United States of America;
II. the aggregated equity stake held by BlackRock reached 98,489,963 preferred shares and 64,776,037 American Depositary Receipts (ADRs), equivalent to preferred shares issued by Petrobras;
III. the purpose of the mentioned equity stake is strictly one of investment; there is no intent to change the shareholding control or the administrative structure of Petrobras;
IV. BlackRock holds no debentures convertible into stock issued by Petrobras;
V. BlackRock has not signed any contracts or agreements that regulate the exercise of the right to vote or the purchase and sale of securities issued by Petrobras.
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Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.
Date: December 15, 2009
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