Fortis and Deutsche Börse to cooperate on network use

Wednesday, 18. January 2006 10:30

Fortis will offer trading and clearing services to customers
worldwide using Deutsche Börse Group's global communications network
with immediate effect.

Under the agreement Deutsche Börse will act as the network provider
to Fortis. The move marks the expansion of Deutsche Börse's IT
managed services into network operations. Fortis will benefit from
over 3000 existing connections to financial services firms currently
provided by Deutsche Börse's global network.

Trading firms connected to Deutsche Börse's network can now directly
access Fortis' services for trading and clearing on leading
derivatives and stock exchanges. All other trading firms can simply
hook into the nearest local Deutsche Börse hub in 13 locations
worldwide.

"With today's emphasis on efficiency and fast connectivity for
electronic market access, we are excited to announce an exclusive
deal with Deutsche Börse to provide access over a network with proven
speed, reliability and performance. This is a huge step in market
access connectivity" says Chris Lee, Global Head of Screen Based
Trading for Fortis. "The cost benefits to clients are obvious and
the fact that the Deutsche Börse has something in the region of 3000
existing connections worldwide makes for a fantastic deal. This
Global Deal builds on our strategy of being a major force in third
party clearing and market access".

"Deutsche Börse is a leading service provider to the global
securities industry. With this agreement we expand our IT managed
services for third parties to the area of network services," said
Michael Kuhn, CIO of Deutsche Börse and CEO of Deutsche Börse
Systems. "Continuous development has resulted in a global network
with unrivalled features and performance allowing for fast provision
of new services. We greatly appreciate the opportunity to expand our
relationship with Fortis providing high quality network services,"
Kuhn concluded.

Highest service availability for customers choosing redundant
connectivity is based on Deutsche Börse's elaborate network
architecture and optimized network infrastructures exceeding overall
connection availabilities of 99.999 percent. Fortis will rely on
Deutsche Börse's 24/7 follow-the-sun operational centres managing the
network at all times.
Customers will benefit from Deutsche Börse's adherence to strictest
network and communication security standards proven in many years of
operating mission critical platforms for the financial markets.

Notes to the editors:

About Fortis
Fortis is an international financial services provider engaged in
banking and insurance. We offer our personal, business and
institutional customers a comprehensive package of products and
services through our own channels, in collaboration with
intermediaries and through other distribution partners.With a market
capitalization of EUR 35.00 billion (31/12/2005), Fortis ranks among
the twenty largest financial institutions in Europe. Our sound
solvency position, our presence in 44 countries and our dedicated,
professional workforce of 56,000 enable us to combine global strength
with local flexibility and provide our clients with optimum support.
More information is available on www.fortis.com

Merchant Banking is a division of Fortis Bank and manages the global
relationships with banks, institutional investors and large
international corporate accounts. Merchant Banking offers a wide
range of financial products, advisory services and other customized
solutions.
Fortis Bank Global Clearing is part of the Merchant Banking division
of Fortis. It is one of the largest independent third party clearers
in Europe, Asia/Pacific and the U.S. and offers clearing services for
the derivatives, equities, bonds and commodities markets. Fortis Bank
Global Clearing has offices in Amsterdam, Brussels, Chicago,
Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London, San Francisco, Singapore, Summit and
Sydney with more than 500 employees worldwide. It has General
Clearing Memberships at more than 45 exchanges and access to other
major exchanges through third party relationships.

About Deutsche Börse Group:
Deutsche Börse Group is a leading service provider to the global
securities industry with products and services for issuers,
investors, intermediaries and data vendors. The Group covers the
entire securities process chain from trading over clearing all the
way to settlement and custody. Deutsche Börse Group is also a
provider of IT solutions and an insourcing partner for the global
securities industry as well as a leading provider of market data and
analytics.

Deutsche Börse Systems is a 100 percent subsidiary of Deutsche Börse
AG. It maintains the world's largest exchange network and builds,
maintains and operates all of Deutsche Börse Group's trading,
clearing and settlement systems including Xetra and Eurex. With its
high performance network, the Group connects some 2,000 market
participants worldwide. More information is available on
www.deutsche-boerse.com.

Media Contacts:

Deutsche Börse Walter Allwicher/Susanne Kreutzer +49 69 21
11 15

Fortis


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