Partnership with NCB Capital strengthens Fidessa's MENA operations

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia - 12 July 2010

Fidessa steps into the retail spotlight as Saudi Arabia's largest investment company adopts its sell-side trading platform

Fidessa group plc (LSE:FDSA) provider of award-winning trading systems, market data and global connectivity to buy-sides and sell-sides globally, today announced that NCB Capital (NCBC), the Saudi Arabian investment company and asset manager, has selected Fidessa’s sell-side trading platform to support its retail and institutional client operations on the Saudi stock market, as well as its global trading activities.

This move underpins Fidessa’s commitment to the Middle East and, with more than one million retail customers, NCBC represents Fidessa’s largest client in the region.

Rajiv Shah, Director of Enterprise Services for Fidessa in EMEA, states: ‘We are delighted to expand our footprint in the region with such a leading player and pioneer in the financial markets. The structure of the MENA markets, with their vast array of high net worth, retail and institutional investors, demands a powerful and adaptable core technology architecture. Our flexible and high performance platform provides a sophisticated and robust solution that can seamlessly integrate all of NCBC's trading operations and so provide a best-of-breed service to both their retail and institutional clients."

The agreement incorporates Fidessa’s world-class order management and exchange trading infrastructure as well as its global connectivity network across which NCBC will route its international order flow. Fidessa will now support NCBC's existing member trading requirements on local MENA markets as well as allowing them to trade global markets through the 530 brokers that are already a part of the Fidessa network community.

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