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Tuesday 11 April, 2006

NASDAQ Stock Market

Acquisition of shares in LSE

NASDAQ Stock Market, Inc. (The)
11 April 2006

11 April 2006

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NOT FOR RELEASE, PUBLICATION OR DISTRIBUTION IN OR INTO AUSTRALIA, CANADA, JAPAN
OR THE UNITED STATES


               ACQUISITION OF SHARES IN LONDON STOCK EXCHANGE PLC

The Nasdaq Stock Market, Inc. ('NASDAQ') announces that it has acquired
35,404,265 shares in London Stock Exchange plc ('LSE') from Threadneedle Asset
Management Limited (representing Threadneedle's entire holding in LSE) and with
a further purchase of 2,695,735 shares took its holding to 38,100,000 shares or
14.99% of the issued share capital of the LSE, at a price of 1,175 pence per
share. The total consideration represents approximately GBP 447.7 million (c.
US$781.7 million).

Enquiries:
NASDAQ corporate communications           Tel: + 1 (212) 401-8714
Bethany Sherman

Gavin Anderson & Company                  Tel: + 44 (0)20 7554 1403/1405
Richard Constant

Greenhill & Co. International LLP         Tel: + 44 (0)20 7440 0400
Simon Borrows


Greenhill & Co. International LLP ('Greenhill & Co.'), which is regulated by the
Financial Services Authority, is acting for NASDAQ in connection the transaction
and for no one else and will not be responsible to anyone other than NASDAQ for
providing the protections afforded to customers of Greenhill & Co. nor for
providing advice in relation to the transaction.

Dealing Disclosure Requirements

Under the provisions of Rule 8.3 of the City Code, any person who, alone or
acting together with any other person(s) pursuant to an agreement or
understanding (whether formal or informal) to acquire or control relevant
securities of the London Stock Exchange, owns or controls, or becomes the owner
or controller, directly or indirectly, of one per cent. or more of any class of
securities of the London Stock Exchange is required to disclose, by not later
than 12.00 noon (London time) on the London business day following the date of
the relevant transaction, dealings in such securities of that company (or in any
option in respect of, or derivative referenced to, any such securities) during
the period to the date on which the offer becomes or is declared unconditional
as to acceptances or lapses or is otherwise withdrawn.

If you are in any doubt as to the application of Rule 8, to you, please contact
an independent financial adviser authorised under the Financial Services and
Markets Act 2000, consult the Panel's website at www.thetakeoverpanel.org.uk or
contact the Panel on telephone number +44 20 7638 0129; fax +44 20 7236 7013.


                                


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