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Wednesday 03 May, 2006

NASDAQ Stock Market

Acquisition of shares in LSE

NASDAQ Stock Market, Inc. (The)
03 May 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
9,790,280 shares in London Stock Exchange plc ('LSE') for a price of 1,218 pence
per share. The consideration represents approximately GBP 119.2 million (c. US$
219.4 million).

In addition to the 38,100,000 shares acquired on 11 April 2006, this acquisition
takes NASDAQ's holding in LSE to 47,890,280 shares or c. 18.7% of the issued
share capital of LSE.


Enquiries:

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

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

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

Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein Securities Limited (Broker to NASDAQ) 
Angus Kerr
Tel: + 44 (0)20 7623 8000


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.

Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein Securities Limited, which is authorized and
regulated by the Financial Services Authority, is acting in the capacity of
corporate broker 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 Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein Securities
Limited nor for providing advice in relation to the transaction.




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