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Thursday 20 September, 2007

Qatar Holding LLC

INVESTMENT IN THE LSE

Qatar Holding LLC
20 September 2007

STATEMENT BY THE QATAR INVESTMENT AUTHORITY



QATAR HOLDING LLC, A WHOLLY-OWNED SUBSIDIARY OF THE QATAR INVESTMENT AUTHORITY,
INVESTS IN THE LONDON STOCK EXCHANGE





Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) today announces that its wholly-owned
subsidiary, Qatar Holding LLC (Qatar Holding), has purchased a 20 per cent stake
in the London Stock Exchange (LSE).



The purchase forms part of QIA's overall strategy to build long term investments
in high quality businesses and infrastructure assets around the world. QIA
believes that the LSE has excellent growth prospects based on its leading-edge
technology and its attractiveness as a market to both issuers and investors.
Neither QIA nor Qatar Holding currently intends to make an offer for the LSE but
reserves its position in the event that a third party announces a firm intention
to make an offer.



This is a key investment for Qatar Holding and QIA, and one that it intends to
hold for the long term. The QIA group sees itself as a shareholder that will
provide stability and support for the Board's strategy of developing further its
business and thereby reinforce the City of London's position as the world's top
global capital market.





NOTES TO EDITORS:



QATAR INVESTMENT AUTHORITY

Qatar Investment Authority was originally founded by the State of Qatar in 2005
to strengthen the country's economy by diversifying into new asset classes.
Building upon the heritage of investments dating back more than three decades,
its growing portfolio of long-term strategic investments complement the State of
Qatar's wealth in natural resources.



Headquartered in Doha, QIA benefits from being a central part of the State of
Qatar's economic vision which allows it to invest in a manner which transcends
the cyclicality of economic cycles and fluctuations of the financial markets.
QIA's ability to take a long-term view in its investment strategy offers the
benefits of stability to all stakeholders.



QATAR HOLDING LLC

Qatar Holding LLC was incorporated in April 2006 within the jurisdiction of
Qatar Financial Centre as the prime vehicle for strategic and direct investments
by the State of Qatar. With the vision of becoming a world class investment
corporation and the preferred partner of choice for investors, financiers and
other stakeholders, it is envisaged that the already significant investment
portfolio of Qatar Holding will continue to grow.



Headquartered in the Qatar Financial Centre, Qatar Holding is structured to
operate at the very highest levels of global investing, with a planned presence
in all major capital markets. As a world class investor, Qatar Holding applies
the best practices in corporate governance, financial management and stakeholder
consideration in order to demonstrate its shared values of focus, integrity and
professionalism.



For further information, contact:

Qatar Investment Authority / Qatar Holding LLC:       [email protected]
Citigate Dewe Rogerson:                               0207 638 9571
Patrick Donovan / Chris Barrie / Toby Moore


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