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Thursday 01 February, 2007

NASDAQ Stock Market

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NASDAQ Stock Market, Inc. (The)
01 February 2007



CARPENTER MOORE AND USI SOUTHWEST ENTER STRATEGIC ALLIANCE TO PROVIDE EXECUTIVE
                     LIABILITY COVERAGE TO PUBLIC COMPANIES

Houston, TX, January 29, 2007 -- USI Southwest and Carpenter Moore, a wholly
owned subsidiary of The Nasdaq Stock Market, Inc. (NASDAQ: NDAQ), today
announced an agreement to partner and provide executive liability services to
public companies in Texas, Louisiana and New Mexico.  The combined expertise and
resources of these two leading insurance entities will assist business leaders
and their boards in navigating complex liability issues.

The strategic alliance will focus on providing an array of professional services
to publicly traded companies in the areas of executive liability; directors and
officers liability; errors and omissions insurance; employment practices
insurance and related management liability coverage, such as M&A and loss
mitigation coverage.

'Typical insurance strategies are not adequate and do not resolve the many
complex liabilities that key executives at today's companies face,' commented
Keith Martinsen, Executive Vice President for Carpenter Moore.  'Business
leaders and their boards need and expect advisors who can provide expert counsel
regarding coverage, limit levels and allocation, corporate governance, and
claims management in order to avoid unexpected liability.'

Jack Wagner, President, USI Southwest, added, 'We know our clients deserve and
expect highly experienced business advisors.  This unique alliance connects a
team of dedicated, skilled individuals who put client needs first with resources
that are best in class.  At USI we know that if we understand our clients'
business, we can anticipate and avoid potential pitfalls. By working closely
with our clients, we can deliver custom-tailored, cutting-edge solutions that
the institutional brokers are missing.'

For additional information, please contact Jack Wagner of USI Southwest at
214-443-3160 or [email protected] or Keith Martinsen of Carpenter Moore at
212-381-6457 or [email protected]

About USI Southwest

USI Southwest is the regional hub for USI Insurance Services Corporation. USI is
the 9th largest insurance brokerage in the United States and the top employee
benefits broker in the nation. USI Southwest is a diversified insurance and
financial services firm focused on a fully integrated delivery of general and
specialty property and casualty insurance, risk management consulting, financial
services such as employee benefits outsourcing, third party administration, and
related consulting, and specialty lines to meet all insurance and financial
service need of our clients.

About Carpenter Moore

Carpenter Moore Insurance Services, Inc is a wholly owned subsidiary of The
NASDAQ Stock Market, Inc. and provides Executive Liability Products and Risk
Management Services to publicly traded companies.  Using a highly data-centric
and methodical approach, Carpenter Moore is a top provider of executive risk
management solutions, counting as clients over 300 public companies
internationally, including more than ten percent of the companies in the
NASDAQ-100 Index(R).

Contacts:

Maria Slippen 
Director, Corporate Comms, USI Southwest
1-914-749-8511
[email protected]

Mark D. Harrop
RF|Binder for Carpenter Moore
1-212-994-7533
[email protected]




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