NYSE Euronext and MICROFIS team up to create a market segment dedicated to Microfinance

Listing and trading of bonds based on debt from international microfinance institutions and Solidarity businesses

Launch planned for the last quarter of 2010

NYSE Euronext and MICROFIS today announced plans to set up the world’s first organized market for listing and trading of bonds based on debt from international microfinance institutions and solidarity businesses as defined by the Economic Modernisation Act (LME).nyse microfis euronext

This new and specialized NYSE Euronext(http://www.nyse.com) market segment will offer investors a unique range of products in an environment that is at once secure and transparent. The exchange operator enforces strict standards of supervision and will guarantee very efficient operation. MICROFIS(http://microfis.com) will handle origination, analysis and tracking of high-quality assets, as well as their transformation into tradable securities and their syndication.

Scheduled for launch in the last quarter of 2010, this market segment dedicated to Responsible Finance breaks new ground and will reinforce the attractiveness of Paris as an international financial centre. Paris EUROPLACE, the organization that promotes the Paris financial marketplace, has backed the initiative by granting MICROFIS the label of its worldscale competitiveness cluster Finance Innovation*.

“Developing a new class of assets based on solidarity is a means of taking part in inclusive growth and contributing to greater economic and financial stability, says Dominique Cerutti, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of NYSE Euronext. This initiative testifies to NYSE Euronext’s ongoing commitment to strengthening the different communities in which we work through concrete, innovative responses to the challenge of financing.”

“MICROFIS was set up to meet needs exacerbated by the current crisis of returning finance to its true role: matching savings with real economy’s investment needs. By working together to provide the technical resources to create a new class of assets in Paris, NYSE Euronext and MICROFIS are meeting this ambitious goal, and the creation of a special market segment represents a major step ahead. It should lead to a substantial rise in the resources available to microfinance institutions worldwide and to French solidarity businesses,” adds Cyrille Parant, Chairman of MICROFIS.

For Arnaud de Bresson, Managing Director of Paris EUROPLACE: “The Finance Innovation cluster is delighted to lend its support to industrial initiatives, notably in responsible and solidarity-oriented finance, which is one focus of growth for Paris financial marketplace.”

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