Nasdaq OMX buys market surveillance company

NEW YORK and SYDNEY, Australia, Jul 27, 2010 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX News Network) -- The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:NDAQ) has signed an agreement to acquire SMARTS Group, the world-leading technology provider of market surveillance solutions to exchanges, regulators and brokers. This acquisition is part of NASDAQ OMX's strategy to diversify its commercial technology business and enter the broker surveillance and compliance market. SMARTS will be part of the NASDAQ OMX Market Technology business, which delivers technology to over 70 marketplaces in more than 50 countries.

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Under the agreement NASDAQ OMX will acquire 100 percent of the shares in privately held SMARTS Group Holdings. The transaction is expected to be concluded within Q3 2010. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Marlin & Associates acted as exclusive financial and strategic advisor to SMARTS.

Australia-based SMARTS has set the benchmark for surveillance systems, with the most proven and widely adopted surveillance solutions in the world.

Anna Ewing, Chief Information Officer of NASDAQ OMX, said, "The acquisition of SMARTS is a strategic fit with NASDAQ OMX's commercial technology business. Efficient surveillance operations are imperative to ensure integrity in today's financial markets, and SMARTS allows us to capitalize on the growing demand for surveillance technology products in exchange, regulator and broker markets worldwide. We are also excited about expanding our presence in Australia and look forward to leveraging SMARTS' center of excellence and innovation in the region."

Dr. Andreas Furche, CEO of SMARTS Group Holdings, said, "We are proud to have been chosen by NASDAQ OMX. This acquisition is recognition of the strength of our solutions, Australian innovation and the talent and professionalism of the SMARTS team. Being part of NASDAQ OMX provides enormous growth opportunities for SMARTS surveillance technologies and provides us with the direct connection to the U.S. markets that we have been seeking. Moreover, the SMARTS customer base will benefit from the added confidence of working with a world-leading company that has a similar customer base and therefore understands the business and requirements of SMARTS' customers."

About SMARTS Group

SMARTS Group is an Australian-based financial technology company with over 30 national exchange and regulatory customers as well as 50 broking firm clients in more than 30 countries. With over 130 employees, SMARTS Group is the leading provider of market surveillance solutions worldwide. SMARTS has delivered surveillance technology solutions since 1994 and in 2009 received the Australian Export Award in the information and communications technology category.

For more information about SMARTS Group visit http://www.smartsgroup.com.

About NASDAQ OMX

The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. is the world's largest exchange company. It delivers trading, exchange technology and public company services across six continents, with more than 3,600 listed companies. NASDAQ OMX offers multiple capital raising solutions to companies around the globe, including its U.S. listings market, NASDAQ OMX Nordic, NASDAQ OMX Baltic, NASDAQ OMX First North, and the U.S. 144A sector. The company offers trading across multiple asset classes including equities, derivatives, debt, commodities, structured products and exchange-traded funds. NASDAQ OMX technology supports the operations of over 70 exchanges, clearing organizations and central securities depositories in more than 50 countries. NASDAQ OMX Nordic and NASDAQ OMX Baltic are not legal entities but describe the common offering from NASDAQ OMX exchanges in Helsinki, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Iceland, Tallinn, Riga, and Vilnius. For more information about NASDAQ OMX, visit http://www.nasdaqomx.com. Please follow NASDAQ OMX on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/nasdaqomx) and Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/nasdaqomx).

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