TAX SHARING AGREEMENT,

                            DATED AS OF MAY 17, 2001

                                  BY AND AMONG

                         REUTERS AMERICA HOLDINGS, INC.,

                          INSTINET GROUP INCORPORATED,

                                       AND

                         INSTINET GLOBAL HOLDINGS, INC.



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                                TABLE OF CONTENTS
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SECTION 1.      DEFINITIONS .....................................................       2

SECTION 2.      PREPARATION AND FILING OF TAX RETURNS ...........................       8

  2.1   IN GENERAL ...............................................................      8

  2.2   MANNER OF PREPARING AND FILING TAX RETURNS ...............................      8

SECTION 3. PAYMENT OF TAXES TO TAX AUTHORITIES ..................................      10

  3.1   FEDERAL INCOME TAXES .....................................................     10

  3.2   NON-FEDERAL COMBINED TAXES ...............................................     10

  3.3   NON-FEDERAL SEPARATE TAXES ...............................................     10

  3.4   OTHER FEDERAL TAXES ......................................................     10

SECTION 4. ALLOCATION OF TAXES ..................................................      10

  4.1   INSTINET LIABILITY FOR FEDERAL INCOME TAXES AND NON-FEDERAL COMBINED TAXES     10

  4.2   INSTINET GROUP FEDERAL INCOME TAX LIABILITY ..............................     10

  4.3   INSTINET GROUP COMBINED TAX LIABILITY ....................................     11

  4.4   COOPERATION ..............................................................     11

  4.5   TAX SHARING INSTALLMENT PAYMENTS .........................................     12

  4.6   TAX SHARING TRUE-UP PAYMENTS .............................................     12

  4.7   REDETERMINATION AMOUNTS ..................................................     13

  4.8   PAYMENT OF TAXES FOR POST-DECONSOLIDATION PERIODS ........................     13

SECTION 5. TAX ATTRIBUTES .......................................................      13

  5.1   ALLOCATION OF TAX ITEMS ..................................................     13

  5.2   POST DECONSOLIDATION .....................................................     14

SECTION 6.   ADDITIONAL OBLIGATIONS ........................................... .      14

  6.1   PROVISION OF INFORMATION AND MUTUAL COOPERATION ..........................     14

  6.2   INDEMNIFICATION ..........................................................     15

  6.3   TAX CONSEQUENCES OF PAYMENTS .............................................     15

  6.4   INTEREST .................................................................     17

SECTION 7. AUDITS ...............................................................      17

  7.1   IN GENERAL ...............................................................     17


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  7.2   NOTICE ...................................................................     17

  7.3   PARTICIPATION RIGHTS .....................................................     18

  7.4   SETTLEMENT ...............................................................     19

  7.5   AFFIRMATIVE CLAIMS .......................................................     19

SECTION 8. LIABILITY FOR RESTRUCTURING TAXES AND DECONSOLIDATION TAXES ..........      20

SECTION 9. MISCELLANEOUS .......................................................       21

  9.1   EFFECTIVENESS ............................................................     21

  9.2   NOTICES ..................................................................     21

  9.3   CHANGES IN LAW ...........................................................     21

  9.4   SUCCESSORS AND ASSIGNS ...................................................     21

  9.5   AUTHORIZATION, ETC .......................................................     21

  9.6   COMPLETE AGREEMENT .......................................................     22

  9.7   INTERPRETATION ...........................................................     22

  9.8   GOVERNING LAW ............................................................     22

  9.9   COUNTERPARTS .............................................................     22

 9.10   LEGAL ENFORCEABILITY ................................................ ...      22

 9.11   NO THIRD PARTY BENEFICIARIES ........................................ ...      22

 9.12   JURISDICTION; FORUM ................................................. ....     22

 9.13   AMENDMENT AND MODIFICATION ..............................................      23


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                              TAX SHARING AGREEMENT

         TAX SHARING AGREEMENT (this "Agreement"), dated as of May 17, 2001, by
and among Reuters America Holdings, Inc. ("Reuters"), a Delaware corporation,
Instinet Group Incorporated, a Delaware corporation, and Instinet Global
Holdings, Inc., a Delaware corporation (Instinet Group Incorporated and Instinet
Global Holdings, Inc., collectively, "Instinet").

                                    RECITALS

                  WHEREAS, Reuters is the common parent corporation of an
affiliated group of corporations within the meaning of Section 1504(a) of the
Code (as defined herein) and of consolidated, combined, unitary and other
similar groups as defined under similar laws of other jurisdictions;

                  WHEREAS, prior to the Restructuring (as defined herein),
certain Instinet Affiliates (as defined herein) were members of such affiliated,
consolidated, combined, unitary or other similar groups, and joined in filing
Reuters Consolidated Returns and Reuters Combined Returns (as defined herein);

                  WHEREAS, Reuters, Instinet Group LLC, a Delaware limited
liability company (the predecessor to Instinet Group Incorporated) and their
respective affiliates effected the Restructuring (as defined herein) through a
series of transactions;

                  WHEREAS, with respect to tax periods beginning on or after the
date of the Restructuring, Instinet and the Instinet Affiliates have not and
will not join in filing Reuters Consolidated Returns;

                  WHEREAS, with respect to tax periods beginning on or after the
date of the Restructuring, Instinet and the Instinet Affiliates have not and
will not join in filing Reuters Combined Returns in most jurisdictions, but may
continue to join in the filing of Reuters Combined Returns in some
jurisdictions;

                  WHEREAS, Instinet Global Holdings, Inc. became the new parent
of a Consolidated Group including the Instinet Affiliates until Instinet Group
LLC converted to corporate form (and became Instinet Group Incorporated) at
which time Instinet Group Incorporated became the new common parent of an
affiliated group of corporations within the meaning of Section 1504(a) of the
Code consisting of Instinet Group Incorporated and its includible affiliates;

                  WHEREAS, it is appropriate and desirable to set forth the
principles and responsibilities of the parties to this Agreement regarding the
allocation of Taxes (as defined herein) and other related liabilities and
adjustments with respect to Taxes, Audits (as defined herein) and other related
Tax matters.
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                  NOW THEREFORE, in consideration of the promises and the mutual
covenants contained herein and intending to be legally bound hereby, the parties
hereto hereby agree as follows:

         Section 1. DEFINITIONS - As used in this Agreement, capitalized terms
shall have the following meanings (such meanings to be equally applicable to
both the singular and plural forms of the terms defined).

                  "AUDIT" includes any audit, assessment of Taxes, other
examination by any Tax Authority, proceeding, or appeal of such a proceeding
relating to Taxes, whether administrative or judicial.

                  "CODE" means the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, or
any successor statute.

                  "COMBINED GROUP" means a group of corporations or other
entities that files (i) a Reuters Combined Return or (ii) an Instinet Combined
Return.

                  "CONSOLIDATED GROUP" means an affiliated group of corporations
within the meaning of Section 1504(a) of the Code.

                  "CONTROLLING PARTY" means with respect to a particular Tax
Return, the party entitled to control, contest, and represent the interests of
the parties in any Audit relating to a particular Tax Return under Section 7.1
of the Agreement.

                  "DECONSOLIDATION" means with respect to each Tax Return (i)
the event pursuant to which Instinet Global Holdings, Inc. and any Instinet
Affiliate ceased to be a subsidiary corporation includable in the Reuters
Consolidated Return, (ii) the event pursuant to which Instinet Global Holdings
Inc. and any Instinet Affiliate ceased to be included in a Reuters Combined
Return, (iii) the event pursuant to which Reuters and any Reuters Affiliate
ceased to be included in an Instinet Combined Return, (iv) any event (including
as a result of transactions contemplated by the Restructuring) pursuant to which
Tax Items relating to, or arising from, both the Transferred Business and the
Retained Business are no longer included on a Reuters Combined Return or an
Instinet Combined Return or (v) any event pursuant to which a Reuters Combined
Return or an Instinet Combined Return no longer includes Tax Items or Tax Assets
of both Reuters (or any Reuters Affiliate) and Instinet (or any Instinet
Affiliate).

                  "DECONSOLIDATION DATE" means with respect to each Tax Return
the day on which the Deconsolidation occurred.

                  "DECONSOLIDATION TAX" means any Tax, resulting from the
Deconsolidation, taken into account under Section 1.1502-13 or Section 1.1502-19
or any predecessor provision of the Treasury Regulations (or any similar
provision under Non-Federal Tax law).



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                  "ESTIMATED TAX INSTALLMENT DATE" means the installments due
dates prescribed in Section 6655(c) of the Code (presently April 15, June 15,
September 15 and December 15).

                  "FEDERAL INCOME TAX" means any Tax imposed under Subtitle A of
the Code or any other provision of United States federal Income Tax law
(including the Taxes imposed by Sections 11, 55, 59A, and 1201(a) of the Code),
and any interest, additions to Tax or penalties applicable or related thereto.

                  "FEDERAL TAX" means any Tax imposed under the Code or
otherwise under United States federal Tax law.

                  "FINAL DETERMINATION" means the final resolution of any Tax
(or other matter) for a taxable period, including related interest or penalties,
that, under applicable law, is not subject to further appeal, review or
modification through proceedings or otherwise, including (1) by the expiration
of a statute of limitations or a period for the filing of claims for refunds,
amending Tax Returns, appealing from adverse determinations, or recovering any
refund (including by offset), (2) by a decision, judgment, decree, or other
order by a court of competent jurisdiction, which has become final and
unappealable, (3) by a closing agreement or an accepted offer in compromise
under Section 7121 or 7122 of the Code, or comparable agreements under laws of
other jurisdictions, (4) by execution of an Internal Revenue Service Form 870 or
870AD, or by a comparable form under the laws of other jurisdictions (excluding,
however, with respect to a particular Tax Item for a particular taxable period
any such form that reserves (whether by its terms or by operation of law) the
right of the taxpayer to file a claim for refund and/or the right of the Tax
Authority to assert a further deficiency with respect to such Tax Item for such
period), or (5) by any allowance of a refund or credit, but only after the
expiration of all periods during which such refund or credit may be recovered
(including by way of offset).

                  "INCOME TAX" means (a) any Tax based upon, measured by, or
calculated with respect to (1) net income or profits (including, without
limitation, any capital gains Tax, minimum Tax and any Tax on items of Tax
preference, but not including sales, use, real or personal property, gross or
net receipts, transfer or similar Taxes) or (2) multiple bases if one or more of
the bases upon which such Tax may be based, measured by, or calculated with
respect to, is described in clause (1) above, or (b) any United States state or
local franchise Tax.

                  "INDEMNIFIABLE LOSS DEDUCTION" has the meaning set forth in
Section 6.3(b) of this Agreement.

                  "INDEMNIFIED LOSS" has the meaning set forth in Section 6.3(b)
of this Agreement.

                  "INDEMNITEE" has the meaning set forth in Section 6.3(b) of
this Agreement.

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                  "INDEMNITOR" has the meaning set forth in Section 6.3(b) of
this Agreement.

                  "INDEPENDENT FIRM" has the meaning set forth in Section 4.4(b)
of this Agreement.

                  "INTEREST ACCRUAL PERIOD" has the meaning set forth in Section
6.4 of this Agreement.

                  "INSTINET AFFILIATE" means with respect to Instinet, any
corporation or other entity that directly, or indirectly through one or more
intermediaries, is controlled by, Instinet or any successor thereto. For
purposes of this definition, "control" means ownership, directly or indirectly,
of more than a fifty percent (50%) interest in such corporation or entity by
vote or value.

                  "INSTINET COMBINED RETURN" means any Tax Return with respect
to Non-Federal Taxes of Instinet (or any Instinet Affiliate) pursuant to which
Tax Items or Tax Assets of Reuters (or any Reuters Affiliate) or Tax Items
relating to or arising from both the Transferred Business and the Retained
Business, are included on a Tax Return of Instinet (or any Instinet Affiliate).

                  "INSTINET GROUP" means the affiliated group of corporations as
defined in Section 1504(a) of the Code, or similar group of entities as defined
under corresponding provisions of the laws of other jurisdictions following the
completion of the Restructuring, of which Instinet Global Holdings, Inc. or
Instinet Group Incorporated is or was the common parent. Instinet Fixed Income,
Inc. shall be treated as if it were a member of the Instinet Group at all times
prior to the date of this agreement. Similarly, Reuters C Corp will be treated
as if it were a member of the Instinet Group for all periods ending on or prior
to July 31, 2001.

                  "INSTINET GROUP COMBINED TAX LIABILITY" means, with respect to
any taxable period, the Instinet Group's liability for Non-Federal Combined
Taxes as determined under Section 4.3 of this Agreement.

                  "INSTINET GROUP FEDERAL INCOME TAX LIABILITY" means, with
respect to any taxable period, the Instinet Group's liability for Federal Income
Taxes as determined under Section 4.2 of this Agreement.

                  "INSTINET NON-FEDERAL COMBINED TAX" means any Non-Federal Tax
with respect to which an Instinet Combined Return is filed.

                  "INSTINET SEPARATE RETURN" means any Separate Return filed by
Instinet or any Instinet Affiliate.

                  "NON-CONTROLLING PARTY" means with respect to a particular Tax
Return, the party not entitled to control, contest, and represent the interests
of the parties in any Audit relating to any Tax Return under Section 7.1 of the
Agreement.

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                  "NON-FEDERAL COMBINED TAX" means any Non-Federal Tax with
respect to which a Reuters Combined Return or Instinet Combined Return is filed.

                  "NON-FEDERAL SEPARATE TAX" means any Non-Federal Tax other
than a Reuters Non-Federal Combined Tax or an Instinet Non-Federal Combined Tax.

                  "NON-FEDERAL TAX" means any Tax other than a Federal Tax.

                   "PAYMENT PERIOD" has the meaning set forth in Section 6.4 of
this Agreement.

                  "POST-DECONSOLIDATION PERIOD" means any taxable period with
respect to a Reuters Consolidated Return, Reuters Combined Return, or Instinet
Combined Return as the case may be, beginning after the applicable
Deconsolidation Date.

                  "PRE-DECONSOLIDATION PERIOD" means any taxable period with
respect to a Reuters Consolidated Return, Reuters Combined Return, or Instinet
Combined Return as the case may be, beginning on or before the close of business
on the applicable Deconsolidation Date.

                  "PRIVILEGE" means any privilege that may be asserted under
applicable law including, any privilege arising under or relating to the
attorney-client relationship (including the attorney-client and work product
privileges), the accountant-client privilege, and any privilege relating to
internal evaluation processes.

                  "PRO FORMA INSTINET GROUP COMBINED RETURN" means a pro forma
Non-Federal Combined Tax return or other schedule prepared pursuant to Section
4.3 of this Agreement.

                  "PRO FORMA INSTINET GROUP CONSOLIDATED RETURN" means a pro
forma consolidated Federal Income Tax return or other schedule prepared pursuant
to Section 4.2 of this Agreement.

                  "RESTATED TAX SAVING AMOUNT" has the meaning set forth in
Section 6.3(c) of this Agreement.

                  "RESTRUCTURING" means the series of transactions carried out
under (i) the Contribution Agreement between Reuters C Corp and Instinet Group
LLC, dated September 29, 2000, (ii) the Contribution Agreements between Reuters
Holdings Switzerland SA and Instinet Group LLC dated September 29, 2000, (iii)
the Asset Contribution Agreement between Instinet Corporation and Instinet Group
LLC dated July 31, 2000, and (iv) the Contribution Agreement between Instinet
Corporation and Instinet Group LLC dated July 25, 2000.

                  "RESTRUCTURING TAX" means any Tax (net of any current benefit
arising from any Tax Asset) resulting from the Restructuring imposed upon
Reuters or

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any Reuters Affiliate or Instinet or any Instinet Affiliate; provided that, such
term shall not refer to the collateral Tax effects of the Restructuring
(including, without limitation, relating to the tax basis of assets comprising
the Transferred Business or the amount, if any, of Tax Assets or earnings and
profits of Instinet or any Instinet Affiliate following the Restructuring).

                  "RETAINED BUSINESS" means all businesses retained by Reuters
or any Reuters Affiliate after the Restructuring.

                  "REUTERS AFFILIATE" means with respect to Reuters, any
corporation or other entity that directly, or indirectly through one or more
intermediaries, controls, is controlled by, or is under common control with
Reuters other than Instinet or any Instinet Affiliate. For purposes of this
definition, "control" means ownership, directly or indirectly, of more than a
fifty percent (50%) interest in such corporation or entity by vote or value.

                  "REUTERS COMBINED RETURN" means any Tax Return with respect to
Non-Federal Taxes (i) filed on a consolidated, combined (including nexus
combination, worldwide combination, domestic combination, line of business
combination or any other form of combination) or unitary basis wherein Instinet
or one or more Instinet Affiliates join in the filing of such Tax Return (for
any taxable period or portion thereof) with Reuters or one or more Reuters
Affiliates, or (ii) pursuant to which Tax Items or Tax Assets of Instinet (or
any Instinet Affiliate) or Tax Items relating to or arising from both the
Transferred Business and the Retained Business, are included on a Tax Return of
Reuters (or any Reuters Affiliate).

                  "REUTERS CONSOLIDATED GROUP" means an affiliated group of
corporations within the meaning of Section 1504(a) of the Code that files a
Reuters Consolidated Return.

                  "REUTERS CONSOLIDATED RETURN" means any Tax Return with
respect to Federal Income Taxes filed on a consolidated basis wherein Instinet
or one or more Instinet Affiliates join in the filing of such Tax Return (for
any taxable period or portion thereof) with Reuters or one or more Reuters
Affiliates.

                  "REUTERS GROUP" means the affiliated group of corporations as
defined in Section 1504(a) of the Code, or similar group of entities as defined
under corresponding provisions of the laws of other jurisdictions, of which
Reuters is the common parent, and any corporation or other entity which is a
member of such group for the relevant taxable period or portion thereof, but
excluding any member of the Instinet Group.

                  "REUTERS NON-FEDERAL COMBINED TAX" means any Non-Federal Tax
with respect to which a Reuters Combined Return is filed.

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                  "REUTERS SEPARATE RETURN" means any Separate Return filed by
Reuters or any Reuters Affiliate.

                  "SEPARATE RETURN" means any Tax Return with respect to
Non-Federal Separate Taxes filed by Reuters, Instinet, or any of their
respective Affiliates.

                  "SERVICE" means the Internal Revenue Service or any successor
agency or authority.

                  "STRADDLE PERIOD" means any taxable period with respect to a
Reuters Consolidated Return, Reuters Combined Return, or Instinet Combined
Return as the case may be, beginning on or before the applicable Deconsolidation
Date and ending after the applicable Deconsolidation Date.

                  "TAX" means any charges, fees, levies, imposts, duties, or
other assessments of a similar nature, including income, alternative or add-on
minimum, gross receipts, profits, lease, service, service use, wage, wage
withholding, employment, workers compensation, business occupation, premiums,
environmental, estimated, excise, sales, use, transfer, license, payroll,
franchise, severance, stamp, occupation, windfall profits, withholding, social
security, unemployment, disability, ad valorem, highway use, commercial rent,
capital stock, paid up capital, recording, registration, property, real property
gains, value added, business license, custom duties, or other tax or
governmental fee of any kind whatsoever, imposed or required to be withheld by
any Tax Authority including any interest, additions to tax, or penalties
applicable or related thereto.

                  "TAX ASSET" means any Tax Item that could reduce a Tax,
including a net operating loss, net capital loss, investment tax credit, foreign
tax credit, charitable deduction or credit related to alternative minimum tax or
any other Tax credit.

                  "TAX AUTHORITY" means a governmental authority in the United
States or any subdivision, agency, commission or authority thereof or any
quasi-governmental or private body in the United States having jurisdiction over
the assessment, determination, collection or imposition of any Tax (including,
without limitation, the Service).

                  "TAX DETRIMENT" means an increase in the Tax liability of a
taxpayer (or of the affiliated group of which it is a member) for any taxable
period. Except as otherwise provided in this Agreement, a Tax Detriment shall be
deemed to have been realized or received from a Tax Item in a taxable period
only if and to the extent that the Tax liability of the taxpayer (or of the
affiliated group of which it is a member) for such period, after taking into
account the effect of the Tax Item on the Tax liability of such taxpayer in all
prior periods, is more than it would have been if such Tax liability were
determined without regard to such tax item.

                  "TAX ITEM" means any item of income, gain, loss, deduction or
credit, or other attribute that may have the effect of increasing or decreasing
any Tax.

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                  "TAX LAW" means any federal, state, local or foreign law with
respect to Taxes, including the Code and Treasury Regulations.

                  "TAX RETURN" means any return, report, certificate, form or
similar statement or document (including, any related or supporting information
or schedule attached thereto and any information return, amended tax return,
claim for refund or declaration of estimated tax) required to be supplied to, or
filed with, a Tax Authority in connection with the determination, assessment or
collection of any Tax or the administration of any laws, regulations or
administrative requirements relating to any Tax.

                  "TAX SAVING AMOUNT" has the meaning set forth in Section
6.3(b) of this Agreement.

                  "TRANSFERRED BUSINESS" means all assets, businesses, and
entities transferred under the control of the Instinet Group as a result of the
Restructuring.

                  "TRANSFER TAXES" means all Restructuring Taxes other than
Income Taxes that result from the transfer of any entities or assets under
Instinet or any Instinet Affiliate for purposes of effectuating the
Restructuring.

                  "TREASURY REGULATIONS" means the final, temporary and proposed
income tax regulations promulgated under the Code, as such regulations may be
amended from time to time (including corresponding provisions of succeeding
regulations).

SECTION  2. PREPARATION AND FILING OF TAX RETURNS.

    2.1 IN GENERAL. (a) Reuters shall have the sole and exclusive responsibility
for the preparation (except to the extent provided in Section 2.2 of this
Agreement) and filing of: all Reuters Consolidated Returns, all Reuters Combined
Returns and all Reuters Separate Returns.

        (b) Instinet shall, (subject to Section 2.2 of this Agreement) be
responsible for preparing and filing all Instinet Combined Returns and all
Instinet Separate Returns.

    2.2 MANNER OF PREPARING AND FILING TAX RETURNS. (a) All Tax Returns filed
after the date of this Agreement by Reuters, any Reuters Affiliate, Instinet or
any Instinet Affiliate shall be (1) prepared in a manner that is consistent with
Section 5 of this Agreement and the Code, and (2) filed on a timely basis
(taking into account applicable extensions) by the party responsible for such
filing under Section 2.1 of this Agreement.

        (b) Reuters shall have the exclusive right, in its sole discretion with
respect to any Reuters Consolidated Return or Reuters Combined Return to
determine (1) the manner in which such Tax Return shall be prepared and filed,
including the elections, methods of accounting, positions, conventions and
principles of taxation to be used and

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the manner in which any Tax Item shall be reported, (2) whether any extensions
may be requested, (3) the elections that will be made by Reuters, any Reuters
Affiliate, Instinet and any Instinet Affiliate on such Tax Return, (4) whether
any amended Tax Returns shall be filed, (5) whether any claims for refund shall
be made, (6) whether any refunds shall be paid by way of refund or credited
against any liability for the related Tax, and (7) whether to retain outside
firms to prepare or review such Tax Return. To the extent that any Tax Items of
Reuters are included on any Instinet Combined Return, Reuters shall also have
the right to determine the manner of reporting of such Tax Item.

        (c) Instinet shall have the exclusive right with respect to any Instinet
Separate Returns or any Instinet Combined Return (subject to the last sentence
of Section 2.2(b) above) to determine (1) the manner in which such Tax Return or
Tax Items shall be prepared and filed, including the elections, methods of
accounting, positions, conventions and principles of taxation to be used and the
manner in which any Tax Item shall be reported, (2) whether any extensions may
be requested, (3) the elections that will be made by Instinet and any Instinet
Affiliate on such Tax Return or with respect to such Tax Items, (4) whether any
amended Tax Returns shall be filed, (5) whether any claims for refund shall be
made, (6) whether any refunds shall be paid by way of refund or credited against
any liability for the related Tax, and (7) whether to retain outside firms to
prepare or review such Tax Return or Tax Items; provided that, if Reuters and
any Reuters Affiliates together own directly or indirectly fifty percent (50%)
or more of the outstanding stock (by vote or value) of Instinet: (i) Reuters
shall, by the end of the relevant tax period, designate and notify Instinet of
the Instinet Separate Returns that it wishes to review and approve and Instinet
shall submit such Tax Returns to Reuters no later than fifteen (15) business
days prior to the due date for the filing of such Tax Returns (taking into
account applicable extensions) for Reuters review and approval, which approval
shall not be unreasonably withheld and (ii) Reuters shall have the right to
redetermine the manner of reporting of any Tax Item of Instinet included in such
Tax Returns including any of the matters listed in items 1 through 7 of this
Section 2.2(c), if the proposed reporting of such Tax Item would have a
meaningful adverse effect with respect to the Taxes of Reuters or any Reuters
Affiliate, provided that the revised treatment of such Tax Item could not result
in the imposition of penalties on Instinet or any Instinet Affiliate.

        (d) In the event that a Tax Item on a Tax Return described in Section
2.1(a) of this Agreement corresponds to a Tax Item on a Tax Return described in
Section 2.1(b) of this Agreement that is filed after the date of this Agreement,
Instinet or the Instinet Affiliate preparing, or causing the preparation of,
such Tax Return under Section 2.1(b) of this Agreement shall conform the
treatment of such Tax Item in such Tax Return described in Section 2.1(b) of
this Agreement to the treatment of such Tax Item in the applicable Tax Return
described in Section 2.1(a) of this Agreement, provided that the revised
treatment of such Tax Item could not result in the imposition of penalties on
Instinet or any Instinet Affiliate and further provided that Reuters and any
Reuters Affiliate together own directly or indirectly fifty percent (50%) or
more of the outstanding stock (by vote or value) of Instinet.

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(e) Instinet shall provide all reasonable and necessary information to Reuters
or its agents in order to facilitate the preparation of the portions of the
Reuters Consolidated Returns and Reuters Combined Returns filed after the date
of this Agreement by Reuters (including making any related elections) that
relate exclusively to Instinet or any Instinet Affiliate or the Transferred
Business. Instinet shall submit this information to Reuters at least forty-five
(45) business days (or such shorter period as agreed to by Reuters) prior to the
due date for the filing of such Tax Returns (taking into account applicable
extensions). Instinet shall bear its pro rata share of the costs associated with
the preparation of such Tax Returns.

                  (f) Reuters shall provide all reasonable and necessary
information to Instinet or its agents in order to facilitate the preparation of
the portions of any Instinet Combined Returns (including making any related
elections) that relate exclusively to Reuters or any Reuters Affiliate. Reuters
shall submit this information to Instinet at least forty-five (45) business days
(or such shorter period as agreed to by Instinet) prior to the due date for the
filing of such Tax Returns (taking into account applicable extensions).

SECTION 3.  PAYMENT OF TAXES TO TAX AUTHORITIES.

    3.1 FEDERAL INCOME TAXES. Reuters shall pay (or cause to be paid) to the
Service, all Federal Income Taxes with respect to any Reuters Consolidated
Return due and payable for all Pre-Deconsolidation Periods.

    3.2 NON-FEDERAL COMBINED TAXES. Reuters shall pay (or cause to be paid) to
the appropriate Tax Authorities all Reuters Non-Federal Combined Taxes due and
payable for all Pre-Deconsolidation Periods. Instinet shall pay (or cause to be
paid) to the appropriate Tax Authorities all Instinet Non-Federal Combined Taxes
due and payable for all Pre-Deconsolidation Periods.

    3.3 NON-FEDERAL SEPARATE TAXES. The parties shall each pay (or cause to be
paid) to the appropriate Tax Authorities all of their respective Non-Federal
Separate Taxes.

    3.4 OTHER FEDERAL TAXES. The parties shall each pay (or cause to be paid) to
the appropriate Tax Authorities all of their respective Federal Taxes (excluding
Federal Income Taxes for Pre-Deconsolidation Periods which are governed by
Section 3.1 of this Agreement).

SECTION 4. ALLOCATION OF TAXES.

    4.1 INSTINET LIABILITY FOR FEDERAL INCOME TAXES AND NON-FEDERAL COMBINED
TAXES. For each Pre-Deconsolidation Period, Instinet shall be liable for and
shall pay to Reuters an amount equal to the sum of the Instinet Group Federal
Income Tax Liability and the Instinet Group Combined Tax Liability for such
taxable period.

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    4.2 INSTINET GROUP FEDERAL INCOME TAX LIABILITY. With respect to each
Pre-Deconsolidation Period, the Instinet Group Federal Income Tax Liability for
such taxable period shall be the Instinet Group's liability for Federal Income
Taxes and any interest, penalties and other additions to such taxes, for such
taxable period, as determined on a Pro Forma Instinet Group Consolidated Return
prepared:

        (a) on a basis consistent with the preparation of the Reuters
Consolidated Return for such period (including whether regular Tax or federal
alternative minimum Tax applies with respect to the Reuters Consolidated
Return), determined by including only Tax Items of members of the Instinet Group
which are included in the Reuters Consolidated Return and by allocating Tax
Assets to the Instinet Group to the extent that the Tax Asset was created by a
member of the Instinet Group and such Tax Asset was actually utilized on the
relevant Reuters Consolidated Return; and

        (b) applying the highest statutory marginal corporate income Tax rate in
effect for such taxable period (or portion thereof); provided that, in the event
that the federal alternative minimum Tax applies to the Reuters Consolidated
Return, the Instinet Group Federal Income Tax Liability shall equal the lesser
of (i) the alternative minimum Tax liability with respect to the Reuters
Consolidated Return that would result by including only Tax Items and Tax Assets
of members of the Instinet Group included in the Reuters Consolidated Return or
(ii) the aggregate Tax liability payable with respect to such Reuters
Consolidated Return.

        (c) The Instinet Group Federal Income Tax Liability for a Straddle
Period shall be calculated based solely on the portion of such Straddle Period
during which Instinet was included in the Reuters Consolidated Group.

    4.3 INSTINET GROUP COMBINED TAX LIABILITY. With respect to any
Pre-Deconsolidation Period, the Instinet Group Combined Tax Liability shall be
the sum for such taxable period of the Instinet Group's liability for each
Non-Federal Combined Tax, as determined on Pro Forma Instinet Group Combined
Returns prepared in a manner consistent with the principles and procedures set
forth in Section 4.2 hereof.

    4.4 COOPERATION.

        (a) Reuters and Instinet shall prepare jointly any Pro Forma Instinet
Group Consolidated Returns and Pro Forma Instinet Group Combined Returns.
Reuters and Instinet agree to cooperate in good faith in connection with the
preparation of such pro forma tax returns and agree to make reasonably available
any documents, information or employees in connection therewith.

        (b) The Pro Forma Instinet Group Consolidated Returns and Pro Forma
Instinet Group Combined Returns shall be completed no later than sixty (60)
business days following the date on which the related Reuters Consolidated
Return, Reuters Combined Return or Instinet Combined Return, as the case may be,
is filed with the appropriate Tax Authority. In the event there are any disputes
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any Tax Item on the pro forma tax returns, Reuters and Instinet shall in good
faith attempt to resolve their disagreement. If such dispute is not resolved
within sixty (60) business days following the commencement of the dispute,
Reuters and Instinet shall jointly retain a tax attorney that is a member of a
nationally recognized law firm or "big five" accounting firm, which firm is
independent of both parties (the "Independent Firm"), to resolve the dispute.
The Independent Firm shall act as an arbitrator to resolve all points of
disagreement and its decision shall be final and binding upon all parties
involved. Following the decision of the Independent Firm, Reuters and Instinet
shall each take or cause to be taken any action necessary to implement the
decision of the Independent Firm. The fees and expenses relating to the
Independent Firm shall be borne equally by Reuters and Instinet.

    4.5 TAX SHARING INSTALLMENT PAYMENTS. (a) FEDERAL INCOME TAXES. Not later
than 2 business days prior to each Estimated Tax Installment Date with respect
to any Pre-Deconsolidation Period, the parties shall, consistent with past
practice, determine under the principles of Section 6655 of the Code the
estimated amount of the related installment of the Instinet Group Federal Income
Tax Liability. Instinet shall pay to Reuters no later than five (5) business
days after such Estimated Tax Installment Date the amount thus determined.

        (b) NON-FEDERAL COMBINED TAXES. (1) REUTERS TAX RETURNS. Reuters shall,
in connection with any installment payment (payable with respect to any Reuters
Combined Return) with respect to Non-Federal Combined Taxes for any
Pre-Deconsolidation Period, consistent with past practice, determine the
estimated amount of the related installment of the Instinet Group Combined Tax
Liability. Within the first ten (10) business days of any month, Reuters may
provide Instinet with a written statement setting forth amounts owed by Instinet
in connection with any installment payments with respect to Non-Federal Combined
Taxes made by Reuters for the immediately preceding month and any other month
for which a statement has not previously been provided by Reuters. Instinet
shall pay the amounts set forth on any statement within seven (7) business days
following the receipt of such statement.

                  (2) INSTINET TAX RETURNS. Instinet shall, in connection with
any installment payment (payable with respect to any Instinet Combined Return)
with respect to Non-Federal Combined Taxes for any Pre-Deconsolidation Period,
consistent with past practice, determine the estimated amount of the related
installment of the Instinet Group Combined Tax Liability. Within the first ten
(10) business days of any month, Instinet may provide Reuters with a written
statement setting forth amounts owed by Reuters in connection with any
installment payments with respect to Non-Federal Combined Taxes made by Instinet
for the immediately preceding month and any other month for which a statement
has not previously been provided by Instinet. The amount payable by Reuters
pursuant to the immediately preceding sentence shall equal the aggregate amount
of the installment payment made by Instinet less the estimated amount of the
Instinet Group Combined Tax Liability related to such installment as determined
in the first sentence of this Section 4.5(b). Reuters shall pay the amounts set
forth on any statement within seven (7) business days following the receipt of
such statement.

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    4.6 TAX SHARING TRUE-UP PAYMENTS. (a) FEDERAL INCOME TAXES. Not later than
fifteen (15) business days following the completion of any Pro Forma Instinet
Group Consolidated Return, Instinet shall pay to Reuters, or Reuters shall pay
to Instinet, as appropriate, an amount equal to the difference, if any, between
the Instinet Group Federal Income Tax Liability for the Pre-Deconsolidation
Period and the aggregate amount paid by Instinet with respect to such period
under Section 4.5(a) of this Agreement.

        (b) NON-FEDERAL COMBINED TAXES. Not later than fifteen (15) business
days following the completion of any Pro Forma Instinet Group Combined Return,
Instinet shall pay to Reuters, or Reuters shall pay to Instinet, as appropriate,
an amount equal to the difference, if any, between the Instinet Group Combined
Tax Liability for the Pre-Deconsolidation Period and the amounts paid by
Instinet with respect to such period under Sections 4.5(b)(1) and (b)(2) of this
Agreement. For purposes of this Section 4.6(b), the amounts paid by Instinet
under (i) Section 4.5(b)(1) shall be the amounts paid to Reuters and (ii)
Section 4.5(b)(2) shall be the amounts paid to the relevant Tax Authority less
any amounts received from Reuters.

    4.7 REDETERMINATION AMOUNTS. For any Pre-Deconsolidation Period, in the
event of (i) a redetermination of any Tax Item as a result of a Final
Determination, (ii) the filing of a Tax refund claim, or (iii) the filing of an
amended Tax Return pursuant to which Taxes are paid to a Tax Authority or a
refund of Taxes is received from a Tax Authority, Reuters and Instinet shall
prepare jointly, in accordance with the principles and procedures set forth in
this Section 4, Pro Forma Instinet Group Consolidated Returns and Pro Forma
Instinet Group Combined Returns, as appropriate, both without regard to the
redetermined Tax Item and with regard to the redetermined Tax Item. Instinet
shall pay to Reuters the amount by which the Tax liability reflected on the pro
forma tax return with regard to the redetermined Tax Item exceeds the Tax
liability reflected on the pro forma tax return without regard to the
redetermined Tax Item, and Reuters shall pay to Instinet the amount by which the
Tax liability reflected on the pro forma tax return without regard to the
redetermined Tax Item exceeds the Tax liability reflected on the pro forma tax
return with regard to the redetermined Tax Item.

    4.8 PAYMENT OF TAXES FOR POST-DECONSOLIDATION PERIODS. Except as otherwise
provided in this Agreement, Reuters shall pay or cause to be paid all Taxes and
shall be entitled to receive and retain all refunds of Taxes with respect to Tax
Returns relating to Post-Deconsolidation Periods for which Reuters has filing
responsibility, including under this Agreement. Except as otherwise provided in
this Agreement, Instinet shall pay or cause to be paid all Taxes and shall be
entitled to receive and retain all refunds of Taxes with respect to Tax Returns
relating to Post- Deconsolidation Periods for which Instinet has filing
responsibility, including under this Agreement. All refunds of Taxes with
respect to any Straddle Period shall be allocated to the party generating such
refund in accordance with the principles upon which the pro forma amounts of
Taxes are allocated to the parties under this Section 4.

SECTION 5.  TAX ATTRIBUTES.

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    5.1 ALLOCATION OF TAX ITEMS. All Tax computations for (i) any
Pre-Deconsolidation Period ending on the Deconsolidation Date, (ii) the
immediately following taxable period of Instinet or any Instinet Affiliate and
(iii) any Straddle Period, shall be made pursuant to the principles of Section
1.1502-76(b) of the Treasury Regulations or of a corresponding provision under
the laws of other jurisdictions and, to the extent possible, in a manner
consistent with the principles set forth in Section 4.2(a) of this Agreement.

    5.2 POST DECONSOLIDATION. To the extent permitted by applicable law,
following the Deconsolidation, the relevant Tax Assets with respect to the
Reuters Consolidated Group or Reuters Combined Group, as the case may be, shall
be allocated to the corporation or entity that created or generated the Tax
Asset.

SECTION 6. ADDITIONAL OBLIGATIONS.

    6.1 PROVISION OF INFORMATION AND MUTUAL COOPERATION. (a) Reuters and
Instinet shall, and shall cause their respective affiliates to, (1) furnish to
the other in a timely manner such information, documents and other materials as
the other may reasonably request for purposes of (i) preparing any Tax Return
(or pro forma tax return prepared in accordance with Section 4 hereof) or
portion thereof for which the other has responsibility for preparing under this
Agreement, (ii) contesting or defending any Audit, and (iii) making any
determination or computation necessary or appropriate under this Agreement, (2)
make its employees reasonably available to the other to provide explanations of
documents and materials and such other information as the other may reasonably
request in connection with any of the matters described in subclauses (i), (ii)
and (iii) of clause (1) above, (3) reasonably cooperate in connection with any
Audit. With respect to any taxable period in which Reuters and any Reuters
Affiliates together own directly or indirectly, 50% or more of the outstanding
stock (by vote or value) of Instinet, Instinet shall, at Reuters request,
provide Reuters with copies of any Instinet Separate Returns and Instinet
Combined Returns.

                  (b) Reuters and Instinet shall, and shall cause their
respective affiliates to, retain books, records, documentation or other
information relating to any Tax Return or Audit, with respect to any taxable
period in which Reuters and any Reuters Affiliates together own, directly or
indirectly, 50% or more of the outstanding stock (by vote or value) of Instinet,
until the later of (i) the expiration of the applicable statute of limitations
(after giving effect to any extension, waiver, or mitigation thereof) and (ii)
in the event any claim is made under this Agreement or by any Tax Authority for
which such information is relevant, until a Final Determination is reached with
respect to such claim. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary included in this
Agreement, the parties will comply in all respects with the requirements of any
applicable record retention agreement with the Service or other Tax Authority.

                  (c) Notwithstanding any other provision of this Agreement, no
member of the Reuters Group shall be required to provide Instinet or any
Instinet Affiliate access to or copies of (1) any Tax information that relates
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member of the Reuters Group, (2) any Tax information as to which any member of
the Reuters Group is entitled to assert the protection of any Privilege, or (3)
any Tax information as to which any member of the Reuters Group is subject to an
obligation to maintain the confidentiality of such information. Reuters shall
use reasonable efforts to separate any such information from any other
information to which Instinet is entitled to access or to which Instinet is
entitled to copy under this Agreement, to the extent consistent with preserving
its rights under this Section 6.1(c).

                  (d) Notwithstanding any other provision of this Agreement,
with respect to Tax information that relates to any taxable period in which
Instinet is no longer included in the Reuters Consolidated Group and no Reuters
Combined Return or Instinet Combined Return is filed, and during which period
Reuters and any Reuters Affiliate together do not own directly or indirectly,
50% or more of the outstanding stock (by vote or value) of Instinet, no member
of the Instinet Group shall be required to provide Reuters or any Reuters
Affiliate access to or copies of (1) any Tax information that relates
exclusively to any member of the Instinet Group (2) any Tax information as to
which any member of the Instinet Group is entitled to assert the protection of
any Privilege or (3) any Tax information as to which any member of the Instinet
Group is subject to an obligation to maintain the confidentiality of such
information. Instinet shall use reasonable efforts to separate any such
information from any other information to which Reuters is entitled to access or
to which Reuters is entitled to copy under this Agreement, to the extent
consistent with preserving its rights under this Section 6.1(d).

    6.2 INDEMNIFICATION. FAILURE TO PAY. Reuters and each Reuters Affiliate
shall jointly and severally indemnify Instinet, each Instinet Affiliate and
their respective directors, officers and employees, and hold them harmless from
and against any Tax or any loss, liability, claim, damage or expense
(collectively, a "Loss") that is attributable to, or results from the failure of
Reuters or any Reuters Affiliate to make any payment required to be made under
this Agreement. Instinet and each Instinet Affiliate shall jointly and severally
indemnify Reuters, each Reuters Affiliate and their respective directors,
officers and employees, and hold them harmless from and against any Tax or Loss
that is attributable to, or results from, the failure of Instinet or any
Instinet Affiliate to make any payment required to be made under this Agreement.

        (a) INACCURATE OR INCOMPLETE INFORMATION. Reuters and each Reuters
Affiliate shall jointly and severally indemnify Instinet, each Instinet
Affiliate and their respective directors, officers and employees, and hold them
harmless from and against any Tax or Loss attributable to the negligence of
Reuters or any Reuters Affiliate in supplying Instinet or any Instinet Affiliate
with inaccurate or incomplete information, in connection with the preparation of
any Tax Return or any Audit. Instinet and each Instinet Affiliate shall jointly
and severally indemnify Reuters, each Reuters Affiliate and their respective
directors, officers and employees, and hold them harmless from and against any
Tax or Loss attributable to the negligence of Instinet or any Instinet Affiliate
in supplying Reuters or any Reuters Affiliate with inaccurate or incomplete
information, in connection with the preparation of any Tax Return or any Audit.

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    6.3 TAX CONSEQUENCES OF PAYMENTS. (a) TAX CHARACTERIZATION OF PAYMENTS. For
all Tax purposes and notwithstanding any other provision of this Agreement, to
the extent permitted by applicable law, the parties hereto shall treat any
payment made pursuant to this Agreement (other than any payment made in
satisfaction of an intercompany obligation) as a capital contribution or
dividend distribution, as the case may be, immediately prior to the applicable
Deconsolidation Date and, accordingly, as not includible in the taxable income
of the recipient. If, as a result of a Final Determination, it is determined
that the receipt or accrual of any payment made under this Agreement is taxable
to the Indemnitee (as defined in Section 6.3(b) of this Agreement), the
Indemnitor (as defined in Section 6.3(b) of this Agreement) shall pay to the
Indemnitee an amount equal to any increase in the Income Taxes of the Indemnitee
as a result of receiving the payment from the Indemnitor (grossed up to take
into account such payment, if applicable).

        (b) ADJUSTMENTS TO PAYMENTS. Any party that has received a payment
("Indemnitee") under this Agreement from another party ("Indemnitor") with
respect to any Losses or Taxes suffered or incurred by the Indemnitee
("Indemnified Loss") shall pay to such Indemnitor an amount equal to any "Tax
Saving Amount" realized by the Indemnitee promptly upon its receipt. For
purposes of this Section 6.3(b), the Tax Saving Amount shall equal the amount by
which the Income Taxes of the Indemnitee or any of its affiliates are reduced
(including, without limitation, through the receipt of a refund, credit or
otherwise), plus any related interest received from a Tax Authority, as a result
of claiming as a deduction or offset on any relevant Tax Return amounts
attributable to an Indemnified Loss (the "Indemnifiable Loss Deduction").

        (c) REPORTING OF INDEMNIFIABLE LOSS. In the event that an Indemnitee
incurs an Indemnified Loss, such Indemnitee shall claim as a deduction or offset
on any relevant Tax Return (including, without limitation, any claim for refund)
such Indemnified Loss to the extent such position is supported by "substantial
authority" (within the meaning of Section 1.6662-4(d) of the Treasury
Regulations) with respect to United States federal, state and local Tax Returns
or has similar appropriate authoritative support with respect to any Tax Return
other than United States federal, state and local Tax Returns. The Indemnitee
shall have primary responsibility for the preparation of its Tax Returns and
reporting thereon such Indemnifiable Loss Deduction; provided, that the
Indemnitee shall consult with, and provide the Indemnitor with a reasonable
opportunity to review and comment on the portion of the Indemnitee's Tax Return
relating to the Indemnified Loss. If a dispute arises between the Indemnitee and
the Indemnitor as to whether there is "substantial authority" (with respect to
United States federal, state and local Tax Returns) or similar appropriate
authoritative support (with respect to any Tax Return other than United States
federal, state and local Tax Returns) for the claiming of an Indemnifiable Loss
Deduction, such dispute shall be resolved in accordance with the principles and
procedures set forth in Section 4.4(b) of this Agreement. Both Reuters and
Instinet shall act in good faith to coordinate their Tax Return filing positions
with respect to the taxable periods that include an Indemnifiable Loss
Deduction. There shall be an adjustment to any Tax Saving Amount calculated
under Section 6.3(b) hereof in the event of an Audit which results in a Final
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of the Indemnifiable Loss Deduction reported on any relevant Tax Return of the
Indemnitee. The Indemnitee shall promptly inform the Indemnifying Party of any
such Audit and shall attempt in good faith to sustain the Indemnifiable Loss
Deduction at issue in the Audit. Upon receiving a written notice of a Final
Determination in respect of an Indemnifiable Loss Deduction, the Indemnitee
shall redetermine the Tax Saving Amount attributable to the Indemnifiable Loss
Deduction under Section 6.3(b) hereof, taking into account the Final
Determination (the "Restated Tax Saving Amount"). If the Restated Tax Saving
Amount is greater than the Tax Saving Amount, the Indemnitee shall promptly pay
the Indemnitor an amount equal to the difference between such amounts. If the
Restated Tax Saving Amount is less than the Tax Saving Amount, then the
Indemnitor shall promptly pay the Indemnitee an amount equal to the difference
between such amounts.

    6.4 INTEREST. Payments pursuant to this Agreement that are not made within
the period prescribed in this Agreement or, if no period is prescribed, within
fifteen (15) business days after demand for payment is made (the "Payment
Period") shall bear interest for the period from and including the date
immediately following the last date of the Payment Period through and including
the date of payment (the "Interest Accrual Period") at a per annum rate equal to
the long-term applicable federal rate ("AFR") in effect on the last day of such
Payment Period, plus 200 basis points. Such interest will be payable at the same
time as the payment to which it relates and shall be calculated on the basis of
a year of 365 days and the actual number of days for which due.

SECTION 7. AUDITS.

    7.1 IN GENERAL. (a) Reuters shall have the exclusive right, in its sole
discretion, to control, contest, and represent the interests of Reuters, any
Reuters Affiliate, Instinet or any Instinet Affiliate in any Audit relating to
any Reuters Consolidated Return, any Reuters Combined Return, or any Reuters
Separate Return and to resolve, settle or agree to any deficiency, claim or
adjustment proposed, asserted or assessed in connection with or as a result of
any such Audit.

        (b) Instinet shall have the exclusive right, in its sole discretion, to
control, contest, and represent the interests of Instinet or any Instinet
Affiliate in any Audit relating to any Instinet Separate Return or any Instinet
Combined Return and to resolve, settle, or agree to any deficiency, claim or
adjustment proposed, asserted or assessed in connection with or as a result of
any such Audit; provided that, so long as Reuters and any Reuters Affiliates
together own fifty percent (50%) or more of the outstanding stock (by vote or
value) of Instinet, Instinet or the relevant Instinet Affiliate shall keep
Reuters apprised of any significant contact with the relevant Tax Authority and,
at the request of Reuters, provide copies of any notices, correspondence or
documents provided to or received from the relevant Tax Authority. All positions
taken by Instinet in such Audit shall be consistent with the position reported
on the relevant Instinet Tax Return; provided that, if Instinet wishes to take
any position contrary to the position previously taken on such Tax Return,
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of such change in position and if such position would have a meaningful adverse
effect on Reuters, then Reuters shall have the right to require Instinet to
follow its prior reporting position or any other position in connection with
such Audit.

        (c) Reuters' and Instinet's rights shall extend to any matter pertaining
to the management and control of an Audit, including, without limitation,
execution of waivers, choice of forum, scheduling of conferences and the
resolution of any Tax Item.

    7.2 NOTICE. If after the date of this Agreement, Reuters (or any Reuters
Affiliate) or Instinet (or any Instinet Affiliate) receives written notice of,
or relating to, an Audit from a Tax Authority that asserts, proposes or
recommends a deficiency, claim or adjustment that, if sustained, could result in
Taxes for which the other party is responsible under this Agreement, then the
party receiving such notice shall provide a copy of such notice to such other
party within ten (10) days of receipt thereof.

    7.3 PARTICIPATION RIGHTS. (a) If a Tax Authority asserts, proposes or
recommends a deficiency, claim or adjustment that, if sustained, would result in
Taxes for which the Non-Controlling Party is responsible under this Agreement,
then the Controlling Party shall keep the Non-Controlling Party informed in a
timely manner of all material actions taken or proposed to be taken by the
Controlling Party in connection with such deficiency, claim or adjustment.

        (b) in the case of an Audit with respect to a Tax Item for which the
Non-Controlling Party would be primarily responsible under this Agreement, the
Controlling Party shall, if it is reasonably satisfied that it will not
adversely affect the Controlling Party:

                  (i) in the case of any material correspondence or filing
submitted to the Tax Authority or any judicial authority that relates to the
merits of such deficiency, claim or adjustment (1) reasonably in advance of such
submission, but subject to applicable time constraints imposed by such Tax
Authority or judicial authority, provide the Non-Controlling Party with a draft
copy of the portion of such correspondence or filing that relates to such
deficiency, claim or adjustment, (2) incorporate, subject to applicable time
constraints imposed by such Tax Authority or judicial authority, the
Non-Controlling Party's acceptable comments and changes on such draft copy of
such correspondence or filing, and (3) provide the Non-Controlling Party with a
final copy of the portion of such correspondence or filing that relates to such
deficiency, claim or adjustment; and

                  (ii) provide the Non-Controlling Party with notice reasonably
in advance of, and the Non-Controlling Party shall have the right to attend, any
meetings with the Tax Authority (including meetings with examiners) or hearings
or proceedings before any judicial authority to the extent they relate to such
deficiency, claim or adjustment.

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         (c) If the Controlling Party is reasonably satisfied that it will not
adversely affect the Controlling Party:

                 (i) the Controlling Party shall accept any reasonable
suggestions made by the Non-Controlling Party with respect to the resolution or
settlement of, or agreement to, any deficiency, claim or adjustment proposed,
asserted or assessed in connection with or as a result of any Audit with respect
to a Tax Item for which the Non-Controlling Party would be primarily responsible
under this Agreement; and

                 (ii) the Controlling Party shall accept any reasonable request
of the Non-Controlling Party to contest or continue to contest any deficiency,
claim or adjustment proposed, asserted or assessed in connection with or as a
result of any Audit with respect to any Tax Item for which the Non-Controlling
Party would be primarily responsible under this Agreement provided that (A) the
Non-Controlling Party shall have agreed to pay, and shall be currently paying,
all reasonable out of pockets costs and expenses incurred by the Controlling
Party to contest such deficiency, claim or assessment including reasonable
outside attorney's, accountant's and investigatory fees and disbursements, (B)
the Non-Controlling Party agrees to make provision satisfactory to the
Controlling Party for the proposed deficiency, and (C) the Non-Controlling Party
agrees to indemnify the Controlling Party for any increased Tax liability that
may result from the continued contest of such Tax Item.

         (d) At the Controlling Party's reasonable request (or upon the
Controlling Party's consent to a request by the Non-Controlling Party, which
consent shall not be unreasonably withheld), the Non-Controlling Party shall
assume responsibility for (1) presenting the merits with respect to (A) any
deficiency, claim or adjustment that, if sustained, would result in Taxes for
which the Non-Controlling Party is responsible under this Agreement, or (B)
subject to Section 7.5 of this Agreement, any affirmative claim relating to a
Tax Item of the Non-Controlling Party, or (2) resolving, settling or agreeing to
any such deficiency, claim or adjustment with the express consent of the
Controlling Party. Any such request (or consent) by the Controlling Party shall
be subject to the Non-Controlling Party's continued compliance with the
conditions of Section 7.4 of this Agreement and to such other conditions as the
Controlling Party reasonably determines to be appropriate to preserve the
Controlling Party's rights described in Section 7.1(a) or (b) of this Agreement.

    7.4 SETTLEMENT. The Controlling Party may resolve, settle or agree to any
deficiency, claim or adjustment proposed, asserted or assessed in connection
with any Audit of any Tax Return that it controls under Section 7.1 of this
Agreement without the Non-Controlling Party's consent unless:

                  (i) such resolution, settlement or agreement relates to (A)
Tax Items that in the aggregate exceed two hundred and fifty thousand dollars
($250,000) for which the Non-Controlling Party could be liable, and,

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                  (iii) the Non-Controlling Party delivers to the Controlling
Party, within thirty (30) days of a reasonable request by the Controlling Party,
a written opinion of nationally recognized tax counsel, to the effect that the
Non-Controlling Party's position with respect to such deficiency, claim or
adjustment would more likely than not prevail upon appeal in a manner favorable
to the Non-Controlling Party.

    7.5 AFFIRMATIVE CLAIMS. (a) IN GENERAL. Subject to the principles of
Sections 7.3 and 7.4 of this Agreement, Reuters shall assert any affirmative
claim (including, without limitation, by filing an amended return or claim for
refund) relating to a Tax Item of a member of the Instinet Group to the relevant
Tax Authority provided that (1) Instinet agrees in advance to provide full
compensation to Reuters for any cost or detriment, including any additional Tax
liability resulting from the filing of such amended return or claim for refund,
to Reuters or a Reuters Affiliate that would result from successfully asserting
such claim, and (2) Instinet reasonably requests that such claim be asserted
within the applicable time period set forth in Section 7.5(b) or 7.5(c) of this
Agreement. Reuters may, in its sole discretion, assert any affirmative claim
that does not satisfy the foregoing conditions or that it is not described in
Section 7.5(b) or 7.5(c) of this Agreement. Subject to the principles of
Sections 7.3 and 7.4 of this Agreement, Instinet shall assert any affirmative
claim (including, without limitation, by filing an amended return or claim for
refund) relating to a Tax Item of a member of the Reuters Group to the relevant
Tax Authority provided that (1) Reuters agrees in advance to provide full
compensation to Instinet for any cost or detriment, including any additional Tax
liability resulting from the filing of such amended return or claim for refund,
to Instinet or an Instinet Affiliate that would result from successfully
asserting such claim, and (2) Reuters reasonably requests that such claim be
asserted within the applicable time period set forth in Section 7.5(d) of this
Agreement. Instinet may, in its sole discretion, assert any affirmative claim
that does not satisfy the foregoing conditions or that it is not described in
Section 7.5(d) of this Agreement.

         (b) REUTERS CONSOLIDATED RETURNS. Instinet shall request that Reuters
assert any affirmative claims relating to a Tax Item of a member of the Instinet
Group for a Reuters Consolidated Return no later than the date that is one
hundred eighty (180) days after the date on which Reuters delivers written
notice to Instinet that an examination of the Reuters Consolidated Return for
the applicable year is to begin.

         (c) REUTERS COMBINED RETURNS. Instinet shall request that Reuters
assert any affirmative claims relating to a Tax Item of a member of the Instinet
Group for a Pre-Deconsolidation Period for which a Reuters Combined Return has
been filed no later than the date that is one hundred eighty (180) days (but
subject to applicable time constraints imposed by the Tax Authority) after the
date on which Reuters delivers written notice to Instinet that an examination of
the Reuters Combined Return for the applicable Pre-Deconsolidation Period has
begun or is to begin.

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         (d) INSTINET COMBINED RETURNS. Reuters shall request that Instinet
assert any affirmative claims relating to a Tax Item of a member of the Reuters
Group for a Pre-Deconsolidation Period for which an Instinet Combined Return has
been filed no later than the date that is one hundred eighty (180) days (but
subject to applicable time constraints imposed by the Tax Authority) after the
date on which Instinet delivers written notice to Reuters that an examination of
the Instinet Combined Return for the applicable Pre-Deconsolidation Period has
begun or is to begin.

    SECTION 8. LIABILITY FOR RESTRUCTURING TAXES AND DECONSOLIDATION TAXES.
Notwithstanding any other provision of this Agreement Instinet shall be
responsible for the payment of and shall indemnify and hold Reuters harmless
from and against any Restructuring Taxes or Deconsolidation Taxes in the nature
of Transfer Taxes, and Reuters shall be responsible for the payment of, and
shall indemnify and hold Instinet harmless from and against, any Restructuring
Taxes or Deconsolidation Taxes in the nature of Income Taxes imposed upon
Reuters.

SECTION 9. MISCELLANEOUS.

    9.1 EFFECTIVENESS. This Agreement shall become effective upon execution by
both parties hereto.

    9.2 NOTICES. All notices, requests, demands and other communications under
this Agreement shall be in writing and, unless otherwise provided herein, shall
be deemed to have been duly given (i) on the date of service if served
personally on the party to whom notice is given, (ii) on the day of transmission
if sent via facsimile transmission to the facsimile number given below;
provided, telephonic confirmation of receipt is obtained promptly after
completion of transmission, (iii) on the business day after delivery to an
overnight courier service or the Express mail service maintained by the United
States Postal Service; provided, receipt of delivery has been confirmed, or (iv)
on the fifth day after mailing; provided, receipt of delivery is confirmed, if
mailed to the party to whom notice is to be given, by first class mail,
registered or certified, postage prepaid, properly addressed and return-receipt
requested, to the party as follows:

                  If to Reuters or any Reuters Affiliate, to:

                  Vice President, Tax
                  Reuters America Holdings LLC
                  3 Times Square
                  New York, NY 10036

                  If to Instinet or any Instinet Affiliate to:

                  Vice President, Taxes
                  Instinet Group Incorporated
                  850 Third Avenue
                  New York, New York 10022

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                  Any party may change its address or fax number by giving the
other party written notice of its new address or fax number in the manner set
forth above.

    9.3 CHANGES IN LAW. Any reference to a provision of the Code or a law of
another jurisdiction shall include a reference to any applicable successor
provision or law.

    9.4 SUCCESSORS AND ASSIGNS. This Agreement and all of the provisions hereof
shall be binding upon and inure to the benefit of the parties and their
respective successors and permitted assigns, but neither this Agreement nor any
of the rights, interests or obligations hereunder shall be assigned by either
party without the prior written consent of the other party.

    9.5 AUTHORIZATION, ETC. Each of the parties hereto hereby represents and
warrants that it has the power and authority to execute, deliver and perform
this Agreement, that this Agreement has been duly authorized by all necessary
corporate action on the part of such party, that this Agreement constitutes a
legal, valid and binding obligation of each such party and that the execution,
delivery and performance of this Agreement by such party does not contravene or
conflict with any provision of law or of its charter or bylaws or any agreement,
instrument or order binding on such party.

    9.6 COMPLETE AGREEMENT. This Agreement shall constitute the entire agreement
between Reuters or any Reuters Affiliate and Instinet or any Instinet Affiliate
with respect to the subject matter hereof and shall supersede all previous
negotiations, commitments and writings with respect to such subject matter.
Unless the context indicates otherwise, any reference to Instinet in this
Agreement shall refer to Instinet and the Instinet Affiliates and any reference
to Reuters in this Agreement shall refer to Reuters and the Reuters Affiliates.

    9.7 INTERPRETATION. The Section headings contained in this Agreement are
solely for the purpose of reference, are not part of the agreement of the
parties and shall not in any way affect the meaning or interpretation of this
Agreement. Whenever any words are used herein in the masculine gender, they
shall be construed as though they were also used in the feminine gender in all
cases where they would so apply.

    9.8 GOVERNING LAW. This Agreement shall be governed by and construed and
enforced in accordance with the laws of the State of New York (regardless of the
laws that might otherwise govern under applicable principles of conflicts law)
as to all matters, including, without limitation, matters of validity,
construction, effect, performance and remedies.

    9.9 COUNTERPARTS. This Agreement may be executed in two or more
counterparts, each of which shall be deemed an original, but all of which
together shall constitute one and the same instrument.

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    9.10 LEGAL ENFORCEABILITY. Any provision of this Agreement which is
prohibited or unenforceable in any jurisdiction shall, as to such jurisdiction,
be ineffective to the extent of such prohibition or unenforceability without
invalidating the remaining provisions hereof. Any such prohibition or
unenforceability in any jurisdiction shall not invalidate or render
unenforceable such provision in any other jurisdiction.

    9.11 NO THIRD PARTY BENEFICIARIES. This Agreement is solely for the benefit
of Reuters, the Reuters Affiliates, Instinet and the Instinet Affiliates, and is
not intended to confer upon any other person any rights or remedies hereunder.

    9.12 JURISDICTION; FORUM.

         (a) By the execution and delivery of this Agreement, Reuters and
Instinet submit and agree to cause the Reuters Affiliates and Instinet
Affiliates, respectively, to submit to the personal jurisdiction of any state or
federal court in the State of New York in any suit or proceeding arising out of
or relating to this Agreement.

         (b) To the extent that Reuters, Instinet, any Reuters Affiliate or any
Instinet Affiliate has or hereafter may acquire any immunity from jurisdiction
of any New York court or from any legal process (whether through service or
notice, attachment prior to judgment, attachment in aid of execution, execution
or otherwise) with respect to itself or its property, Reuters or Instinet, as
the case may be, hereby irrevocably waives, and agrees to cause the Reuters
Affiliates and the Instinet Affiliates, respectively, to waive such immunity in
respect of its obligations with respect to this Agreement.

         (c) The parties hereto agree that an appropriate and convenient,
non-exclusive forum for any disputes between any of the parties hereto or the
Reuters Affiliates and the Instinet Affiliates arising out of this Agreement
shall be in any state or federal court in the State of New York.

    9.13 AMENDMENT AND MODIFICATION. This Agreement may be amended, modified or
supplemented only by written agreement of the parties.

         IN WITNESS WHEREOF, each of the parties hereto has caused this
Agreement to be executed by a duly authorized officer as of the date first above
written.

                                     REUTERS AMERICA HOLDINGS, INC.

                                     By:  /s/  Douglas F. Curtis
                                        --------------------------------------
                                     Name:  Douglas F. Curtis
                                     Title:    Director

                                     INSTINET GROUP INCORPORATED

                                     By:  /s/ Paul A. Merolla
                                        --------------------------------------
                                     Name:  Paul A. Merolla
                                     Title:    Secretary and General Counsel

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                                     INSTINET GLOBAL HOLDINGS, INC.

                                     By:  /s/  Michael Clancy
                                        --------------------------------------
                                     Name:  Michael Clancy
                                     Title:    SVP - Finance





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Source: OneCLE Business Contracts.