NEW YORK/TEL AVIV, 30 JUNE 2008 – NYSE Euronext (NYSE Euronext: NYX) CEO Duncan L. Niederauer and Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE) Chief Executive Officer Ester Levanon today signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that establishes enhanced cooperation between the two exchange companies, in particular in the area of cross-listings.
“We welcome this opportunity to further strengthen our partnership with the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange,” said Mr. Niederauer today during a signing ceremony at the NYSE. “We are committed to the success of this alliance, which will benefit and create growth opportunities for both markets and their respective customers.”
“The signing of the MOU with NYSE Euronext is another very important step forward in the globalization of the Israeli capital market,” said Ms. Levanon. “The Israeli capital market is performing very well and there is a high level of investor confidence. We look forward to working closely with NYSE Euronext over the coming years.”
Areas of possible cooperation:
Under the terms of the NYX-TASE MOU signed today, areas of possible cooperation involve encouraging NYSE Euronext-listed companies (listed on NYSE or Euronext markets) to cross-list their securities on the TASE, and encouraging TASE-listed companies to cross-list their securities on NYSE Euronext markets. The MOU also outlines a commitment by both exchange companies to explore holding joint conferences to enhance the visibility of corporate issuers and provide market participant education.
NYSE Euronext-Israel recent background:
Tel Aviv Stock Exchange
Established in 1935, The Tel Aviv Stock Exchange is a fully-automated exchange with a central order book trading system. With approximately 633 listed companies and a total market capitalization of US$208 billion, the Exchange is a 'one-stop shop' for capital market activity in Israel, with an increasingly sophisticated range of products available to investors, including 120 ETFs (Index Products). The state-of-the-art Exchange is also home to the local investment community and securities sector. Today the market has become an advanced, top of the line venue for trading in securities of all types. For more information about the Exchange, visit the website at www.tase.co.il.
About NYSE Euronext
NYSE Euronext (NYX) operates the world’s leading and most liquid exchange group, and seeks to provide the highest levels of quality, customer choice and innovation. Its family of exchanges, located in six countries, includes the New York Stock Exchange, the world's largest cash equities market; Euronext, the Eurozone's largest cash equities market; Liffe, Europe's leading derivatives exchange by value of trading; and NYSE Arca Options, one of the fastest growing U.S. options trading platforms. NYSE Euronext offers a diverse array of financial products and services for issuers, investors and financial institutions in cash equities, options and derivatives, ETFs, bonds, market data, and commercial technology solutions. NYSE Euronext's nearly 4,000 listed companies represent a combined $28.5 / 18.4€ trillion (as of May 31, 2008), in total global market capitalization more than four times that of any other exchange group. NYSE Euronext's equity exchanges transact an average daily trading value of approximately 157.5 /103.4 billion (as of May 31, 2008), which represents more than one-third of the world's cash equities trading. NYSE Euronext is part of the S&P 500 index and the only exchange operator in the S&P 100 index. For more information, please visit www.nyx.com.
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