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NYSE Euronext Accelerates Growth in Asia with Strategic Acquisition of Metabit, a Leading Provider of Market Access Products

– Strategically complements NYSE Technologies’ product portfolio and Asian offerings

– Addresses growing customer interest and expanding Asian financial marketplace

– In-line with NYSE Technologies’ strategy of building a global liquidity network

 New York and Tokyo – August 1, 2011 – NYSE Euronext (NYX) announced today it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Metabit, a leading Tokyo-based provider of high performance market access products throughout Japan and Asia. Metabit will operate as a product line within the NYSE Technologies portfolio. The transaction is expected to close in third quarter of 2011. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

Skilled with in-depth experience and understanding of financial markets in Asia, Metabit specializes in streamlined, low-latency technology solutions that enable industry-leading access to financial markets across Asia. Metabit’s products connect buy-side order flow with sell-side exchange participants and are designed exclusively for low latency direct market access (DMA) and exchange connectivity to markets through-out Asia. The company is headquartered in Tokyo, with offices in Australia and Hong Kong. Metabit has built a trading community of more than 140 trading firms in Asia.

“Metabit’s products are built in Asia for Asia, and this combination fits our strategy, our connectivity business and our customer interests,” said Stanley Young, CEO of NYSE Technologies. “Metabit has a highly experienced and respected management team, and we recognize and value the success Metabit has had in Asia, especially in Japan. We will continue the further development of this local focus while also maximizing the value of the NYSE Euronext brand and relationships.”

Mr. Young continued: “Furthermore, Japan and Asia are priorities for NYSE Euronext and we believe this is absolutely the right time to further invest in the region. We fully expect this transaction to accelerate our efforts as a leading technology provider across the Asia-Pacific region. We look forward to welcoming Metabit and its customers to NYSE Euronext, and to delivering the benefits of Metabit to our customer community.”

Daniel Burgin, CEO of Metabit, said: “Our combination with NYSE Technologies will be highly beneficial to delivering innovative solutions to our customers and to accelerate achieving our long-term business goals. We remain committed to our local business focus and service quality in Japan and throughout Asia, whilst being strengthened by NYSE Technologies’ product suite that is highly synergetic to our local solutions. The people and products of our combined companies will provide significant expertise and scale to NYSE Technologies’ business in the region. Joining forces represents a truly exceptional opportunity to build on our local success in order to increase our value proposition to our Japan and Asia customer base. We now have the opportunity to leverage our assets with NYSE Technologies and move to the next level. For the benefit of Asia-based customers, we will now expand our reach and capabilities globally.”

 Metabit’s Asia franchise has seen excellent growth as a result of a persistent product and client strategy and investments into Asia. Today, Metabit covers all DMA sectors outside Japan, ranging from China (“B” shares), India, Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Pakistan, Australia and New Zealand. Metabit’s products, being built in Asia for Asia, focus to connect the local broker community in each country, in combination with the traditional group of global trading firms. Metabit will continue to resell and provide support to users of CameronFIX as they have since 2002.

 Upon closing, Mr. Burgin will head the NYSE Technologies Asia business and report to Mr. Young. Peter Tierney, Managing Director of NYSE Technologies will become the Chief Operating Officer of the combined business in Asia, and together they will lead the business operations.

Source; NYSE Tech, 01.08.2011

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Metabit Expands Asian Trade Connectivity

Tokyo/Hong Kong, 29 March 2011: In the past year, Tokyo-based Metabit has concentrated on building its connectivity across Asia.  The company aims to be the local face of execution destinations in Asia and over the past eight months, it has added an extra 13 domestic DMA destinations, expanding domestic and cross-border access to Asian markets.

“Metabit is at the heart of  connectivity in Asia” comments Daniel Burgin, CEO of Metabit, “not just for providing access to Asia for global players, but also in particular for the local and domestic  industry in this region.”

“For example, in India we have 20 execution destinations of which 10 are domestic Indian brokers.  We are similarly successful with increased connectivity in other countries such as Korea and Taiwan.”

Overall, Metabit’s trading access has been extended to many markets ranging from Indonesia to Pakistan and Mainland China to Australia.  The company now has access to over 250 execution destinations, across all active DMA markets in Asia, including Japan.

“We want to maximise connectivity to and within Asia for our client base, who can directly access all execution destinations across the major and emerging markets in Asia either through Metabit’s intuitive XiliX trading platform, or through our MLH via a single FIX connection.”

Burgin adds a final comment, “Situated where we are in Tokyo, with offices in Hong Kong, Dalian and Sydney, we understand the needs of Asia market players, whether they want to trade globally or locally. You could say the mindset of Asia is in our blood – we think Asia, so our clients can trade Asia.”

About Metabit

Uniquely placed in Asia, with global experience and a real knowledge of Asian markets, Metabit provides the technology and support to help clients trade and connect effortlessly and efficiently.  The company delivers an intuitive trading platform that encompasses a well-established trading community and unrivalled exchange connectivity solutions.

Metabit provides ultra low latency DMA trading solutions for Asian markets, serving buy side and sell side clients.  It specialises in comprehensive compliance controls, whilst reducing transaction times and facilitating trading opportunities across all major markets across 14 Asian countries, including Japan.

Metabit’s flagship solutions are XiliX intuitive buy side trading platform and MLH a vendor neutral Market Liquidity Hub.  Alpha provides ultra-low latency exchange connectivity and Exsim simulates Asian and Japanese exchanges.  All Metabit’s products are powered by the CameronFIX engine.

Source: Metabit, 29.03.2011

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Dow Jones and South Asian Federation of Exchanges launch indexes

Dow Jones Indexes, a leading global index provider, and the South Asian Federation of Exchanges (SAFE) today launched the Dow Jones SAFE 100 Index and the Dow Jones SAFE Pakistan Index.

This is the first time indexes are created to measure the performance of blue-chip companies in five of the eight member states of SAFE.

The five member states included in the Dow Jones SAFE 100 Index are: India, Bangladesh, Mauritius, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

The Dow Jones SAFE Indexes are designed to underlie index-linked investment products such as funds, exchange-traded funds, structured products, futures and options.

The Dow Jones SAFE Pakistan Index has been licensed to Arif Habib Investment Management Ltd., the premier Pakistani asset management company, to serve as the basis of an index tracker fund. “South Asia is home to some of the most rapidly evolving financial markets worldwide.

By further developing securities markets and aiming at their regional and international integration the South Asian Federation of Exchanges has been contributing significantly to these developments. The Dow Jones SAFE Indexes now provide market participants with accurate, transparent and reliable performance measures of leading companies in this region. These indexes are yet another example of Dow Jones Indexes’ commitment to index excellence, particularly in so-called frontier markets,” said Michael A. Petronella, president, Dow Jones Indexes. “We are very delighted to launch the Dow Jones SAFE 100 index jointly with Dow Jones Indexes, well-known for reliable and world-class indexes.

As a representative body of South Asian Exchanges, our effort had been to present the entire region as one investment destination and the launch of the Dow Jones SAFE 100 Index is an effort in the same direction. The index showcases the region as one asset class and can thanks to its superior methodology be used as an underlying tool for investment products on national and international level alike,” said Aftab Ahmad Ch., managing director and CEO, Islamabad Stock Exchange & secretary general SAFE.

The Dow Jones SAFE 100 Index measures the performance of the 50 largest Indian stocks and the 50 largest stocks trading in Bangladesh, Mauritius, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

Thus, the index includes 3 Bangladeshi, 5 Mauritian, 39 Pakistani and 3 Sri Lankan stocks and was down -35.5% from its base date on December 31, 2005 as of March 9, 2009.

The Dow Jones SAFE Pakistan Index measures the performance of the Pakistani stocks in the Dow Jones SAFE 100 Index. As of March 9, 2009, the index contains 39 components. The Dow Jones SAFE Pakistan Index was, on March 9, 2009, down -46.36% from its base of 1000 on December 31, 2005 as of March 9, 2009. The Dow Jones SAFE 100 Index is calculated in U.S. dollars. The index is weighted by float-adjusted market capitalization. The weighting of each country in the index is capped at 50%, each component is capped at 10% subsequently.

The Dow Jones SAFE Pakistan Index is calculated in Pakistan rupees. Its component weights reflect the relative float-adjusted market capitalization weights of Pakistani stocks in the Dow Jones SAFE 100 Index. The Dow Jones SAFE Indexes are rebalanced annually in March. Their free-float factors, shares and weight factors are reviewed quarterly in March, June, September and December.

Source: Dow Jones Indexes, 11 March 2009

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