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Monday 13 March, 2006

NASDAQ Stock Market


NASDAQ Stock Market, Inc. (The)
13 March 2006

13 March 2006



As a result of the announcement of an indicative offer by The Nasdaq Stock
Market, Inc. ('NASDAQ') for London Stock Exchange plc ('LSE'), market
participants are reminded that under the provisions of Rule 8.3 of the City Code
on Takeovers and Mergers (the 'Code'), if any person is, or becomes,
'interested' (directly or indirectly) in 1% or more of any class of 'relevant
securities' of LSE, all 'dealings' in any 'relevant securities' of that company
(including by means of an option in respect of, or a derivative referenced to,
any such 'relevant securities') must be publicly disclosed by no later than 3.30
pm (London time) on the London business day following the date of the relevant
transaction. This requirement will continue until the date on which the offer
becomes, or is declared, unconditional as to acceptances, lapses or is otherwise
withdrawn or on which the 'offer period' otherwise ends. If two or more persons
act together pursuant to an agreement or understanding, whether formal or
informal, to acquire an 'interest' in 'relevant securities' of LSE, they will be
deemed to be a single person for the purposes of Rule 8.3.

Under the provisions of Rule 8.1 of the Code, all 'dealings' in 'relevant
securities' of LSE by LSE or by the potential offeror, or by any of their
respective 'associates', must be disclosed by no later than 12.00 noon (London
time) on the London business day following the date of the relevant transaction.

A disclosure table, giving details of the companies in whose 'relevant
securities' 'dealings' should be disclosed, and the number of such securities in
issue, can be found on the Takeover Panel's website at

'Interests in securities' arise, in summary, when a person has long economic
exposure, whether conditional or absolute, to changes in the price of
securities. In particular, a person will be treated as having an 'interest' by
virtue of the ownership or control of securities, or by virtue of any option in
respect of, or derivative referenced to, securities.

Terms in quotation marks are defined in the Code, which can also be found on the
Panel's website. If you are in any doubt as to whether or not you are required
to disclose a 'dealing' under Rule 8, you should consult the Panel.


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

Greenhill & Co. International LLP +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 with its
potential acquisition of LSE 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 this potential

                      This information is provided by RNS
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