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CBOT Holdings Receives Unsolicited Proposal from ICE

Thu Mar 15 2007

For Immediate Release

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CBOT Holdings Receives Unsolicited Proposal from ICE

CHICAGO, March 15, 2007 – CBOT Holdings, Inc., holding company for the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT®) (NYSE: BOT), one of the leading global derivatives exchanges, today confirmed that it has received an unsolicited, non-binding proposal letter from Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. (ICE). The letter states that ICE proposes to merge with CBOT Holdings in a transaction in which holders of CBOT Holdings Class A common stock would receive 1.42 shares of ICE Class A common stock for each share of CBOT Holdings Class A common stock.

CBOT Holdings also said that its Board of Directors, its Special Transaction Committee and CBOT’s Board of Directors will review the proposal as soon as practicable in a manner consistent with their duties and the merger agreement with Chicago Mercantile Exchange Holdings Inc. (CME). Until this review is complete, CBOT Holdings does not intend to comment further on the ICE proposal. The special meetings of CBOT Holdings stockholders and CBOT members remain scheduled to be convened on April 4, 2007. CBOT Holdings will file a current report on Form 8-K with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) containing a copy of the proposal letter from ICE. The current report on Form 8-K will be available on the SEC’s website,, and on CBOT Holdings’ website,

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Important Merger Information

In connection with the proposed merger of CBOT Holdings, Inc. (“CBOT”) and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Holdings Inc. (“CME”), the parties have filed relevant materials with the Securities Exchange Commission (“SEC”), including a joint proxy statement/prospectus regarding the proposed transaction.

INVESTORS ARE URGED TO READ THE JOINT PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS REGARDING THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION, BECAUSE IT CONTAINS IMPORTANT INFORMATION. Investors are able to obtain a free copy of the joint proxy statement/prospectus, as well as other filings containing information about CBOT and CME without charge, at the SEC’s website ( Copies of the joint proxy statement/prospectus can also be obtained without charge by directing a request to CBOT Holdings, Inc., Attention: Investor Relations, at 141 West Jackson, Chicago, Illinois 60604 or calling (312) 435-3500.

CBOT, CME and their respective directors and executive officers and other members of management and employees may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from CBOT stockholders in respect of the proposed transaction. Information regarding CBOT directors and executive officers is available in CBOT’s proxy statement for its 2006 annual meeting of stockholders, dated March 29, 2006. Additional information regarding the interests of such potential participants is included in the joint proxy statement/prospectus and the other relevant documents filed with the SEC. This document shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities, nor shall there be any sale of securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction. No offering of securities shall be made except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this document and its attachments, if any, may contain forward-looking information regarding CBOT, CME and the combined company after the completion of the transactions that are intended to be covered by the safe harbor for “forward-looking statements” provided by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements include, but are not limited to, the benefits of the business combination transaction involving CBOT and CME including future financial and operating results, the combined company’s plans, objectives, expectations and intentions and other statements that are not historical facts. Such statements are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of the management of CBOT and CME and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ from those set forth in the forward-looking statements.

The following factors, among others, could cause actual results to differ from those set forth in the forward-looking statements: the ability to obtain governmental approvals of the transaction on the proposed terms and schedule; the failure of CBOT Stockholders or CME Stockholders to approve the transaction; the risk that the businesses will not be integrated successfully; the risk that the cost savings and any other synergies from the transaction may not be fully realized or may take longer to realize than expected; disruption from the transaction making it more difficult to maintain relationships with customers, employees or suppliers; competition and its effect on pricing, spending, third-party relationships and revenues; social and political conditions such as war, political unrest or terrorism; general economic conditions and normal business uncertainty. Additional risks and factors are identified in CBOT’s filings with the SEC, including its Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2006 which is available on CBOT’s website at

You should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this document. Except for any obligation to disclose material information under the Federal securities laws, CBOT undertakes no obligation to release publicly any revisions to any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this document.

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