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Wednesday 10 May, 2006

NASDAQ Stock Market

Acquisition of Shares in LSE

NASDAQ Stock Market, Inc. (The)
10 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


Following on the earlier announcement The Nasdaq Stock Market, Inc. ('NASDAQ')
announces that it has acquired a further 3,500,000 shares in London Stock
Exchange plc ('LSE') for a price of 1,248 pence per share. The consideration
represents approximately GBP 43.7 million (c. US$81.4 million).

In addition to the 58,181,720 shares previously purchased, this acquisition
takes NASDAQ's holding in LSE to 61,681,720 shares or c.24.1% of the issued
share capital of LSE.


Enquiries

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

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

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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