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NASDAQ OMX, Realty Capital Securities and American Realty Capital Host REIT IPO Conference

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NEW YORK, Dec. 5, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:NDAQ) and Realty Capital Securities and American Realty Capital today announced that they have set the date for their 2012 Real Estate Investment Trust IPO Conference, entitled "The Modern REIT IPO: Dream it. Do it." This is the first conference hosted by NASDAQ that focuses on the Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) industry.

The event, to be held January 9-10, 2012, will take place at the NASDAQ MarketSite in Times Square. Senior executives from more than 125 real estate operating and investment and advisory firms have been invited to attend the conference, which will feature speakers from a variety of disciplines, including capital markets, investment banking, research, legal and accounting providing insights on strategies for REIT initial public offerings in the current market.

A series of panels will explore a range of issues, including the current state of the real estate capital markets, performance of past REIT IPOs, structuring and preparing for an IPO, and legal and accounting hot topics. In addition to industry speakers, the Honorable Governor Edward Rendell (R – PA) will provide the luncheon keynote address.

"NASDAQ is proud to partner with American Realty Capital to host our first ever REIT Conference," said Bob McCooey, Senior Vice President, NASDAQ OMX Global Corporate Client Group, "NASDAQ is home to innovation in all forms, and we look forward to offering this community a platform to share insight, exchange ideas and continue to assist and propel Real Estate Investment Trusts towards their future IPO plans."

Added American Realty Capital Chairman and CEO Nicholas S. Schorsch, "We are extremely pleased to work with NASDAQ to create a dialogue for real estate companies seeking innovative approaches to initial public offerings. In challenging market conditions, high quality offerings can still succeed when properly structured."

For information regarding the 2012 REIT IPO Conference, please contact Brian Jones, Head of Investment Banking – American Realty Capital at 212-415-6559.

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 3,500 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/pages/NASDAQ-OMX/108167527653) and Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/nasdaqomx). 

About American Realty Capital:

American Realty Capital ("ARC") is a full-service real estate advisory firm providing institutional investment management to individual investors. ARC sponsors a variety of securities offerings including American Realty Capital Trust, Inc., a non-traded, publicly-registered real estate investment trust ("REIT") as well as fixed income note offerings and growth funds. ARC maintains a 1031 platform for customized TIC and multi-property DST solutions.

About Realty Capital Securities:

Realty Capital Securities ("RCS"), member FINRA/SIPC, and a subsidiary of American Realty Capital, is a purpose-built open architecture wholesale broker dealer focused exclusively on the distribution of public and private direct investment programs. The products offered on RCS' platform target specific real estate sectors with varying investment strategies and have been expanded to now include a non-traded business development company. RCS' sales, operations, compliance and executive management teams provide expertise in investment program distribution as well as marketing and educational initiatives designed for the broker dealer community. To learn more about the RCS organization please call the company at 877-373-2522.

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CONTACT: American Realty Capital: Brian Jones (212) 415-6559 bjones@arlcap.com NASDAQ OMX: Jennifer Knapp (212) 401-8916 Jennifer.knapp@nasdaqomx.com

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