News Release

NYMEX Continues to Move Forward With General Atlantic, Plans to File Definitive Proxy Statement Shortly

Wed Jan 25 2006

NEW YORK, N.Y., January 25, 2006 -- NYMEX Holdings, Inc., today announced that its Board of Directors continues to move forward with General Atlantic LLC on a proposed 10% equity investment by General Atlantic in NYMEX.

 

NYMEX plans to file a definitive proxy statement related to the General Atlantic transaction with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) shortly. The definitive proxy, once it is filed, also will be mailed to all NYMEX stockholders, who will have the opportunity to vote on the General Atlantic transaction at a Special Meeting that will be held at least 30 days after the definitive proxy is filed with the SEC.

 

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Statement Regarding Information That Will Become Available
Please note this is not intended to be a solicitation for proxy. In connection with the proposed private placement, NYMEX will file with the Securities and Exchange Commission and distribute to its stockholders a proxy statement. NYMEX's stockholders are urged to read the proxy statement in its entirety when it becomes available, and any other related documents NYMEX may issue, because they will contain important information about NYMEX, the transaction, the persons soliciting proxies in connection with the transaction and the interests of these persons in the transaction and related matters. When these documents are filed, they can be obtained for free at the SEC's website (www.sec.gov). Additional information on how to obtain these documents from NYMEX will be made available to stockholders.

NYMEX, and its directors and executive officers, may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from NYMEX's stockholders in connection with the proposed private placement. Information about the directors and executive officers of NYMEX and their ownership of NYMEX stock is set forth in the proxy statement for NYMEX's 2005 annual meeting. Information regarding the interests of NYMEX's directors and executive officers in the proposed private placement will be included in the proxy statement when it becomes available.

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