WisdomTree Investments, Inc.: WisdomTree to Expand Into Europe

        WisdomTree Investments, Inc.: WisdomTree to Expand Into Europe

 To Enter Europe Through Majority Stake in U.K. ETP Group Boost

 ETF Market Veterans Hector McNeil and Nik Bienkowski to Lead Build-Out of
 WisdomTree Europe
 WisdomTree and Boost Product Ranges to Serve European Investors, Largest ETP
 Market After U.S. With More Than $400 Billion in AUM

 NEW YORK and LONDON, Jan. 31, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --WisdomTree
 Investments, Inc. (Nasdaq:WETF), an exchange-traded fund ("ETF") sponsor and
 asset manager with $34 billion in assets under management, announced today
 it will expand into Europe through a majority investment in U.K. based ETP
 provider Boost.WisdomTree will invest $20 million in working capital to
 fund the build-out of a local European platform and operations to be led by
 ETF industry veterans Hector McNeil and Nik Bienkowski.Through this
 platform, WisdomTree intends to launch a select range of UCITS ETFs under
 the WisdomTree brand and continue to manage and grow the Boost lineup of
 short and leveraged fully collateralized ETPs under the Boost brand.

 Leading independent ETP group to provide local European solutions

 WisdomTree launched its first U.S. listed ETFs in June of 2006 and is the
 only publicly traded asset manager exclusively focused on the ETF
 industry.WisdomTree's range of 61 ETFs across Equities, Fixed Income,
 Currency Income and Alternatives asset classes has approximately $34 billion
 in assets under management. WisdomTree is a market leader in fundamentally
 weighted ETFs, currency hedged equity ETFs and actively managed ETFs.In
 seven years, WisdomTree has become the fifth largest ETF provider in the
 U.S. and the eighth largest globally.

 "We continue to successfully execute our growth plans in the U.S., the
 world's largest ETF market, and today's announcement marks the latest in a
 series of measured steps we have taken to participate in global ETF market
 growth," said WisdomTree CEO and President Jonathan Steinberg."We have an
 important marketing relationship with the Compass Group to serve Latin
 America and we have made some of our ETFs available for sale in Mexico and
 Japan.As the second largest ETP market after the U.S., Europe is a
 strategically important market and is the next natural step given our stage
 of development.Europe will represent our most significant international
 effort to date, and we are pleased to enter this market with an accomplished
 team."

 WisdomTree's Vice Chairman, Bruce Lavine, formerly the Head of iShares'
 European ETF business, added, "We believe Europe is poised for continued and
 significant ETF growth fueled by constructive regulatory changes and growing
 customer appreciation of the benefits of the structure.For WisdomTree
 specifically, the demand for smart beta has never been stronger.The
 decision for us to expand in Europe is a natural one, and we look forward to
 working with Hector and Nik to provide clients with thoughtful local
 solutions."

 Boost and WisdomTree - a shared culture of innovation

 Prior to founding Boost, Europe's only specialized provider of short and
 leveraged ETPs, in late 2011, Hector McNeil and Nik Bienkowski held senior
 leadership positions at ETF Securities Limited - one of the world's leading,
 independent ETP providers and a pioneer in commodity investments - which
 they helped grow from the company's start-up to 70 employees globally and
 $22 billion in AUM by 2010.

 Hector McNeil and Nik Bienkowski added, "WisdomTree is an ETF success story
 and precisely the kind of innovative and entrepreneurial company we are
 excited to join.We look forward to continuing to grow the Boost ETP family
 under WisdomTree and we are pleased to lead the platform for WisdomTree's
 European ETF plans."

 Agreement summary

 -- Platform formation: WisdomTree to acquire Boost; form WisdomTree Europe
 to house WisdomTree and Boost product families

 -- Ownership: WisdomTree to hold 75% ownership stake of new WisdomTree
 Europe entity; existing Boost shareholders to hold 25% combined ownership

 -- Leadership: McNeil and Bienkowski to be named Co-CEOs of WisdomTree
 Europe

 -- Working capital infusion: WisdomTree to provide $20 million cash
 investment to fund European expansion over four years

 -- Deferred payout: WisdomTree to acquire remaining 25% ownership from
 existing Boost shareholders at the end of four years.Payout formula:

   *Based on European AUM at the end of four years
   *Tied to WisdomTree's enterprise value over global AUM at the time of
     payout, and affected by profitability of European business
   *Payment over two years

 -- Transaction close: Subject to regulatory approval and other customary
 closing conditions, the transaction is expected to close in the first half
 of 2014

 About WisdomTree

 WisdomTree Investments, Inc. is a New York-based exchange-traded fund
 ("ETF") sponsor and asset manager. WisdomTree currently offers 61 ETFs
 across Equities, Fixed Income, Currency Income and Alternatives asset
 classes. WisdomTree also licenses its indexes to third parties for
 proprietary products and promotes the use of WisdomTree ETFs in 401(k)
 plans. WisdomTree currently has approximately $34 billion in ETF assets
 under management. For more information, please visit www.wisdomtree.com.

 WisdomTree(R) is the marketing name for WisdomTree Investments, Inc. and its
 wholly owned subsidiary WisdomTree Asset Management, Inc. WisdomTree Asset
 Management, Inc. is a registered investment advisor and is the investment
 advisor to the WisdomTree Trust and the WisdomTree ETFs. The WisdomTree
 Trust is a registered open-end investment company. Each WisdomTree ETF is a
 series of the WisdomTree Trust.

CONTACT: WisdomTree Investments, Inc.
                   Stuart Bell / Jessica Zaloom
                   +1.917.267.3702 / +1.917.267.3735
                   sbell@wisdomtree.com / jzaloom@wisdomtree.com

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