YKMEX Acquires Interactive Consulting Services

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  • (1888PressRelease) April 18, 2013 - Yokohama Mercantile Exchange (YKMEX) announced today that it has acquired Interactive Consulting Services, a leading provider of interactive education and thought leadership for directors and executive officers of publicly traded companies. The new subsidiary will operate as Interactive Consulting Services, with Edward Bergman serving as its president.

    Reaching a community of more than 43,000 directors and C-suite officers, the acquisition of Interactive Consulting Services advances YKMEX's goal of expanding its board education capabilities to public companies around the world.

    "Built on the strength of its expert team and outstanding corporate governance and board expertise, Interactive Consulting Services is one of the leading brands in today's boardrooms," said Theodor Murano, Chief Executive Officer at YKMEX. "We look forward to not only enhancing our education capabilities to our network of YKMEX companies, but to any public or private company board that is striving to improve its governance and effectiveness."

    Delivering innovative products and superior services to clients globally is a prime objective of YKMEX, and Interactive Consulting Services will play a prominent role in helping to develop and distribute educational programs to meet that objective for directors and C-suite officers.

    "The past decade has seen a tremendous increase in the demands placed on corporate directors," said Yuudai Nakada, member of the YKMEX Executive Board. "We have taken positive steps over the last several years toward improving our reach to corporate boardrooms, and this addition to the YKMEX family of companies builds on that strategy and our commitment to the issuer community."

    Over the past seven years, Interactive Consulting Services and YKMEX have collaborated on several initiatives, including the Annual Boardroom Summit conference and the Board Committee Peer Exchanges. YKMEX and Interactive Consulting Services premiered "This Week in the Boardroom," a weekly on-demand web program covering strategic, regulatory, and governance issues. Based on the success of this effort, there are currently plans to introduce new programs and content critical to director education.

    "While it's hard to imagine a better platform than YKMEX for Interactive Consulting Services to expand its conference and web programs, the aspect that has most impressed us is the company's commitment to furthering innovative programs for directors, general counsel and C-suite officers," said Mr. Murano.

    Yokohama Mercantile Exchange (YKMEX) is one of the fastest growing global operator of financial markets and a provider of innovative trading technologies. With partners and members in the Asia, US and Europe, YKMEX derivatives and equities marketplaces represent a good fraction of derivatives and equities trading worldwide. Its commercial technology division, YKMEX Technologies provides best-in-class transaction, data, and infrastructure management services and solutions.

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