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From WELLS FARGO & COMPANY FORM S-4 REGISTRATION STATEMENT, by Perella Weinberg Partners on the fairness of the merger Exchange Ratio

"...Neither the mailing of this document to Wachovia shareholders nor the issuance by Wells Fargo of its common stock in the merger will create any implication to the contrary.

Wachovia has supplied all information relating to Wachovia contained or incorporated by reference in this document, and Wells Fargo has supplied all information relating to Wells Fargo contained or incorporated by reference in this document."
"3.12 Opinion. The Board of Directors of Company has received the opinions of Goldman Sachs & Co. and Perella Weinberg Partners, to the effect that, as of the date hereof, and based upon and subject to the factors and assumptions set forth therein, the Merger Consideration is fair from a financial point of view to the holders of Company Common Stock.

...Wachovia’s financial advisors, Goldman, Sachs & Co. and Perella Weinberg Partners LP, referred to as Goldman Sachs and Perella Weinberg respectively, each rendered an opinion dated October 3, 2008, to the board of directors of Wachovia

Pursuant to engagement letters dated September 28, 2008 and October 1, 2008, Goldman Sachs is entitled to receive a transaction fee of $25 million for its services in connection with the merger, of which $20 million is contingent upon consummation of the merger. Pursuant to an engagement letter dated September 28, 2008, Perella Weinberg is entitled to receive fees for its services, of which $5 million was payable upon the execution of the merger agreement, and $20 million is contingent upon the closing of the merger.
Certain of Wachovia’s executive officers and directors have interests in the merger as individuals that are different from, or in addition to, the interests of Wachovia shareholders generally. The Wachovia board of directors was aware of these interests and considered them, among other matters, in adopting the merger agreement and the transactions contemplated by the merger agreement.

The Wachovia stock incentive plans generally provide for the vesting of equity-based awards following a change in control. The merger will constitute such a change in control of Wachovia. In addition, certain executives have employment agreements with Wachovia that provide for severance payments in connection with a qualifying termination of employment following a change in control."
APPENDIX C states;

Letterhead of Perella Weinberg Partners

October 3, 2008

We understand that Wachovia Corporation, a North Carolina corporation (the “Company”), is considering a transaction whereby Wells Fargo & Company (“Parent”) will effect a merger involving the Company.

For purposes of the opinion set forth herein, we have, among other things:

...reviewed certain internal financial statements, analyses and forecasts, and other financial and operating data relating to the business of the Company, in each case, prepared by the Company’s management;

discussed the past and current operations, financial condition and future prospects of the Company with senior executives of the Company;

reviewed estimates by the Company’s management as to the Company’s liquidity, as well as certain analyses prepared by the Company’s management with respect to the Company’s leverage and capital adequacy;

reviewed the Merger Agreement; and

conducted such other financial studies, analyses and investigations, and considered such other factors, as we have deemed appropriate.

In particular, you have informed us that:

the Company’s liquidity position is severely strained due in large part to declining customer and counterparty confidence, and that the Company may have insufficient unrestricted cash on hand to meet its needs in the near term;

the Company and its principal operating subsidiaries have a limited amount of unencumbered assets available as collateral for any financings that the Company may seek to obtain on an immediate basis;

the United States banking regulators have not offered financial assistance to the Company on a stand-alone basis to adequately address the financial situation of the Company, including its immediate and long term liquidity needs;

absent immediately entering into a definitive transaction (such as the Merger) that would provide the Company with sources of substantial ongoing liquidity and funding or that would relieve the Company of the need for such liquidity and funding, the Company and its subsidiaries would face intervention by the United States federal banking regulators and/or be required to seek protection under applicable bankruptcy laws.

...we also considered recent instances where concerns regarding the liquidity of a bank or financial institution triggered a rapid deterioration of the institution’s financial condition, necessitating government intervention or bankruptcy protection, and as a result of which the common equity holders of the institution are likely to receive substantially diminished value, if any at all, for their equity.

...In arriving at our opinion, we have assumed and relied upon, without independent verification, the accuracy and completeness of the financial and other information supplied or otherwise made available to us (including information that is available from generally recognized public sources) for purposes of this opinion and have further assumed that the information furnished by the management of the Company for purposes of our analysis does not contain any material omissions or misstatements of material fact.

...We note, however, that, under the ownership of a company with adequate liquidity and capital, such as Parent, the value of the Company and its subsidiaries could substantially improve, resulting in significant returns to Parent if the Merger is consummated.

...We have acted as financial advisor to the Board of Directors of the Company in connection with the Merger and will receive fees for our services, a portion of which is payable upon the execution of definitive agreements in respect of the Merger and a substantial portion of which is contingent upon the closing of the Merger.

...The issuance of this opinion was approved by a fairness committee of Perella Weinberg Partners LP.

...Based upon and subject to the foregoing, including the various assumptions and limitations set forth herein, as well as the extraordinary circumstances facing the Company described herein, we are of the opinion that, on the date hereof, the Exchange Ratio is fair from a financial point of view to the Holders.

Very truly yours,

/s/  Perella Weinberg Partners LP

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