CME Clearing Europe Expands its OTC Energy Offering with Two New European Natural Gas Contracts

  CME Clearing Europe Expands its OTC Energy Offering with Two New European
                            Natural Gas Contracts

PR Newswire

LONDON, Jan. 25, 2013

LONDON, Jan. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --CME Clearing Europe, CME Group's
European clearing house, today announced that it has added two new
over-the-counter (OTC) European natural gas forward contracts for clearing:
the United Kingdom (UK) National Balancing Point (NBP) Natural Gas Physically
Delivered Forward contract and the Netherlands (NL) Title Transfer Facility
(TTF) Natural Gas Physically Delivered Forward contract.

These contracts will be listed for clearing on CME ClearPort and will be
subject to the rules of CME Clearing Europe, CME Group's European clearing
house. These contracts will launch on 25 February 2013 subject to approval by
the Financial Services Authority (FSA).

"These new clearing contracts are aimed at the NBP and TTF European natural
gas markets which account for over two-thirds of all European gas trading.
Currently there is no relevant clearing option available to the market to
clear the physically settled forward contracts. We will offer within-month and
longer dated contracts," said Les Male, Senior Director, Energy Products at
CME Group. "Additionally, CME Clearing Europe contracts offer OTC
straight-through-processing."

The addition of European natural gas to CME Group's suite of global energy
products offers our customers new trading strategies that enable them to
manage counterparty credit risk in the natural gas market. These products
offer online access to straight-through-processing, which means instant trade
confirmations and real-time clearing for the natural gas market.

CME Group offers the most extensive and liquid energy complex in the world
including: Light Sweet Crude Oil (WTI); Natural Gas (Henry Hub); Brent and
electricity contracts. Volumes on the exchange averaged 10.2 million contracts
per day in December 2012 of which 1.5 million were energy contracts. These
contracts will be available through CME ClearPort, Trayport, with physical
delivery will be handled by GMSL.

CME Clearing Europe

CME Clearing Europe is an FSA recognised, multi-asset class clearing house
based in London that offers more than 200 OTC products for clearing. Its
clearing model ensures stability and increases transparency in the OTC markets
that it clears. CME Clearing Europe has its own dedicated staff, and its
governance arrangements, capital and default resources are separate from those
of CME Clearing in the US. As part of CME Group it nonetheless has full access
to the clearing and risk management expertise, systems and financial strength
of CME. More information can be found at www.cmeclearingeurope.com.

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services across asset classes for exchange-traded contracts and
over-the-counter derivatives transactions. These products and services ensure
that businesses everywhere can substantially mitigate counterparty credit
risk.

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