Goldman Sachs invests in CMC Markets Plc



    LONDON, Nov. 22 /CNW/ - CMC Markets Plc ("CMC"), the market leading
global retail CFD company, today announces that Goldman Sachs has agreed to
purchase a 10% stake in the company, subject to regulatory approvals and other
pre-completion conditions.
    Commenting on today's announcement, Peter Cruddas, Executive Chairman of
CMC, said:
    "I am delighted to welcome Goldman Sachs as an investor and partner in
CMC who shares our vision and drive to grow the business over the coming
years. We have been growing at 40% per annum and have expanded our presence to
22 offices globally but there are considerable opportunities still to realise.
    Having Goldman Sachs as a global strategic partner providing operational
cooperation will be a major advantage for us going forward. There are exciting
synergies for the business that would be difficult to match from any other
investor, and by bringing together the liquidity and technological expertise
of both parties we will be able to deliver real benefits to our customers and
create new and exciting opportunities for CMC globally."
    Cruddas continues:
    "Over the last 18 months, CMC Markets has been fully committed to growing
its active customer base through the development of its award winning trading
platform and overseas offices. This focus has resulted in CMC being one of the
fastest growing online financial trading companies in the world, delivering a
68%(1) increase in active clients, a 97%(1) increase in number of trades and a
61%(1) increase in trade volume."
    Jan Boomaars, a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs, commented:
    "We are looking forward to working with Peter and CMC Markets in the
coming years to capture the significant opportunities in the global retail
derivatives market."

    (1) Growth figures correspond to period 1 April 2006 to 28 September 2007

    Notes to editors:

    About CMC Markets Plc

    CMC Markets handled over 16.2 million trades during the period Nov 06 -
Oct 07 with the trades executed having a total value of over $1.1 trillion US
across the full CFD product range (including Foreign Exchange and Financial
Spread Betting). Since April 2006, CMC Markets has opened offices in
Stockholm, Tokyo, Singapore and Vienna, adding to the company's existing
presence in the major global financial centres. Furthermore, CMC Markets is
engaged in a series of partner relationships, offering its services through
local banks, brokers and intermediaries in a growing number of overseas
markets. The company now operates a total of 22 offices worldwide, employs in
excess of 900 staff and represents clients in over 70 countries.
    CMC Markets was founded in 1989 by Peter Cruddas. The company is
authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority in London and the
respective financial regulatory bodies in each of the countries where it
operates.
    CMC Markets UK Plc and CMC Spreadbet Plc are authorised and regulated by
the Financial Services Authority.
    For further media announcements from CMC Markets, please visit the
virtual press office at: http://www.cmcmarketsplc.com/en/main/press_office.jsp

    About Goldman Sachs

    Goldman Sachs is a global investment banking, securities and investment
management firm. It provides a wide range of services to a substantial and
diversified client base that includes corporations, institutional investors,
governments, non-profit organisations and high net worth individuals. Its
headquarters is in New York and it maintains significant offices in London,
Frankfurt, Tokyo, Hong Kong and other financial centres around the world.





For further information:

For further information: Finsbury: Matthew Newton, Alex Simmons, 020
7251 3801; Goldman Sachs: Paul Kafka, 020 7774 4667; In Canada: Jayne Banks,
CMC Markets, (416) 682-5041, (866) 884-2608, j.banks@cmcmarkets.com

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