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NASDAQ OMX Nordic Welcomes Aktia Plc - Second company be listed on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki this year


Helsinki, September 25, 2009 - NASDAQ OMX Nordic, part of the NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:NDAQ) today announced that Aktia Plc (Aktia), a Mid Cap company within the Regional Banking industry, starts trading on the Main Market of NASDAQ OMX Helsinki on September 29. Aktia is one of the largest Finnish-owned finance groups. Aktia Group provides a broad range of products within banking, asset management, insurance and real estate agency. Aktia operates mainly in coastal areas and inland growth areas. Aktia has about 300,000 customers who are served by nearly 1,400 employees at 73 branch offices and via Internet and telephone services. “I am happy to welcome Aktia to NASDAQ OMX Helsinki. A listing of another well known company this year on the Main Market is a positive signal after a turbulent period, and I believe it reflects the importance of well-functioning securities markets for both companies and investors. Through a listing on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki, Finnish companies of all sizes and their owners are able to take advantage of the liquidity and global capital raising opportunities that NASDAQ OMX offers", says Lauri Rosendahl, President of NASDAQ OMX Helsinki. “We are happy to provide our more than 50,000 shareholders a marketplace for trading with our shares when Aktia's shares are listed on the Stock Exchange”, says Aktia's Managing Director Jussi Laitinen. “Equity markets typically, but not always, anticipate changes in the state of the economy. In this context, the health of the IPO market is particularly noteworthy, and we are happy to see a growing interest in listing among companies. Aktia will make a great contribution to the financial sector for our investors, who comprise of a global investment community as well as a strong segment of retail investors. Through NASDAQ OMX, Aktia also gains access to innovative products and services that facilitate transparency and inspire better investor relations. We are committed to help Aktia maximize the value of the listing”, says Jenny Rosberg, Senior Vice President, Corporate Client Group at NASDAQ OMX. 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 over 3,700 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 Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements The matters described herein contain forward-looking statements that are made under the Safe Harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements include, but are not limited to, statements about NASDAQ OMX's products and offerings. We caution that these statements are not guarantees of future performance. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve a number of risks, uncertainties or other factors beyond NASDAQ OMX's control. These factors include, but are not limited to factors detailed in NASDAQ OMX's annual report on Form 10-K, and periodic reports filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. We undertake no obligation to release any revisions to any forward-looking statements. - # - CONTACTS: The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. Anu Ilvonen +358 9 6166 7206

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