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May 31, 2000

CIVC Partners Sells Its Interest in Affinity Development Group to EMAP USA

CIVC Partners, LLC, a private equity investment firm affiliated with Bank of America Corporation (NYSE: BAC) announced today that it has sold its interest in San Diego, Ca. based Affinity Development Group, to EMAP USA, a division of EMAP, Plc. Affinity Development Group, formed in 1997, develops and operates membership based affinity clubs and operates an auto buying service. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

"We are pleased to have completed this transaction with EMAP USA, our partner in this investment for the past year," said Marcus Wedner, a partner with CIVC Partners. "The Affinity management team, led by Jeff Skeen and Gary Drean, has done an outstanding job building this business over the past three years."

CIVC Partners manages over $700 million of private equity capital on behalf of Bank of America. CIVC Partners, with 30 years of experience in private equity investing, provides growth capital to middle market companies with a focus on business services, financial services, media and communications, and industrial growth.

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