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BANCO DE CHILE
REPORT ON FORM 6-K
Attached is an English translation of a letter sent today to the Chilean Superintendency of Banks, the Chilean Superintendency of Securities and Insurance and Chilean stock exchanges, informing developments with respect to the ongoing supervisory
proceedings in the U.S..
Santiago, August 12, 2005Mr.
According to Articles 9 and 10 of the Securities Law N° 18,045 the Bank hereby informs you of the following essential information regarding Banco de Chile:
On August 9, 2005 and as a continuation of the ongoing supervisory proceedings in the U.S., the Banks New York Branch was advised by the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), a Bureau of the United States Department of the Treasury, that as the administrator of the Bank Secrecy Act, it is evaluating whether it is appropriate to assess a civil monetary penalty and/or take additional enforcement action against the Banks New York and Miami Branches for alleged violations of the Bank Secrecy Act. It was also stated that the Bank may submit the reasons why such enforcement actions should not be assessed. FinCEN has stated that it plans to coordinate with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency with respect to the New York branch. Banco de Chile will make the requested submission and will cooperate fully with FinCEN, as it has with its banking supervisors. At this time Banco de Chile cannot predict whether a civil money penalty and/or additional enforcement actions will be assessed against it by FinCEN or the U.S. banking supervisors or the potential size of such a penalty, if one is assessed.
Sincerely,Pablo Granifo Lavin
Banco de Chile
/S/ Pablo Granifo
By: Pablo Granifo