CONSENT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM
We hereby consent to the incorporation by reference in this Amendment No. 2 to the Registration Statement on Form S-3 of our reports dated March 28, 2011 relating to the financial statements of Merrill Lynch Preferred Capital Trust III and of Merrill Lynch Preferred Funding III, L.P., which appear in Merrill Lynch Preferred Capital Trust III and Merrill Lynch Preferred Funding III, L.P.s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010. We also consent to the reference to us under the heading Experts in such Registration Statement.
/s/ PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
New York, New York
February 10, 2012