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Three More Major Market Participants Agree To Invest In Nasdaq Europe

Date 13/11/2001

Nasdaq Europe S.A/N.V SM today announces that three major financial institutions and market participants have agreed to take equity stakes in the company. ABM Merchant & Venture Capital, Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein, and Berliner Effektengesellschaft AG have all agreed to become investors in the pan-European stock exchange. Nasdaq Europe expects further key investors to join this group.

These investors join Bernard L. Madoff, BNP Paribas, CSFB, Fortis Bank, Goldman Sachs, Lehman Brothers, Schroder Salomon Smith Barney and Santander Central Hispano Investment which took equity stakes in Nasdaq Europe in June, joining Knight Trading Group which was an existing investor.

Michael Sanderson, CEO of Nasdaq Europe said: "The backing of these companies represents a huge vote of confidence in our market. Our over-riding objective is to provide financial institutions with the best possible pan-European trading platform. The support of these major firms further endorses our business model. We look forward to working with them during this exciting time in Nasdaq Europe's development."

Alberto Rigotti, CEO of ABM Merchant & Venture Capital commented "ABM Network believe that Nasdaq Europe is becoming an important part of the European financial community. We are pleased to invest in a market that will ultimately allow enterprises and investors, particularly the Geocommunity Companies that represent the Euregio's vitality and value, to participate in the opportunities created by a truly global market."

Jörg Franke, CEO of Berliner Effektengesellschaft AG stated "German investors and institutions have already demonstrated their appetite for international equities and we believe that Nasdaq Europe will play a leading role in ensuring it is easier, cheaper and faster to access and research these investments. We are very pleased to be a part of this rapidly developing market."

"Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein has a strong pan-European equity trading, cash and derivatives market service. Participation in Nasdaq Europe offers US trading in the European time zone and an attractive platform for future European IPOs," added Martin Korbmacher, Head of Global Equities, Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein.