EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT



                This EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT (the "Agreement") is entered into as
of this 30th day of April, 2001 by and between Instinet Group LLC, a Delaware
limited liability company (the "Company"), and Andre-Francois Helier Villeneuve
("Executive").

                                   WITNESSETH:

                WHEREAS, Executive is currently employed by the Company as its
Chairman;

                WHEREAS, the Company desires to continue the employment of
Executive;

                WHEREAS, the Company and Executive desire to set forth the terms
and conditions of Executive's continued employment with the Company and
Executive desires to accept such employment on the terms and conditions set
forth herein;

                WHEREAS, this form of Executive Employment Agreement has been
approved by the Compensation Committee of the Company on March 2, 2001;

                WHEREAS, each of the Company and Executive agrees that Executive
has had and will continue to have a prominent role in the management of the
business, and the development of the goodwill, of the Company and its
Affiliates, and has established and developed and will continue to establish and
develop relations and contacts with the principal customers and suppliers of the
Company and its Affiliates in the United States and Europe (collectively, the
"Restricted Territory"), all of which constitute valuable goodwill of, and could
be used by Executive to compete unfairly with, the Company and its Affiliates;
and

                WHEREAS, (i) in the course of his employment with the Company,
Executive has obtained and will continue to obtain confidential and proprietary
information and trade secrets concerning the business and operations of the
Company and its Affiliates in the Restricted Territory that could be used to
compete unfairly with the Company and its Affiliates; (ii) Executive has and
will continue to create and develop certain work products, inventions and other
intellectual property which constitute an essential portion of the property of
the Company and its Affiliates, (iii) the covenants and restrictions contained
in Sections 8 through 14, inclusive, are intended to protect the legitimate
interests of the Company and its Affiliates in their respective goodwill, trade
secrets and other confidential and proprietary information and intellectual
property; and (iv) Executive desires to be bound by such covenants and
restrictions.

                NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the premises and the mutual
covenants and promises contained herein and for other good and valuable
consideration, the Company and Executive hereby agree as follows:

                1.     Agreement to Continue Employment. Upon the terms and
subject to the conditions of this Agreement, the Company hereby continues the
employment of Executive, and Executive hereby accepts such continued employment
with the Company.


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                2.     Term; Position and Responsibilities.

                (a)    Term of Employment. Unless Executive's employment shall
sooner terminate pursuant to Section 7, the Company shall employ Executive on
the terms and subject to the conditions of this Agreement for a term commencing
on the date hereof (the "Commencement Date") and ending on the date of the 2003
Annual General Meeting of Instinet Global Services Limited or April 30, 2003,
whichever is the earlier (the "Term"). The period during which Executive is
employed by the Company pursuant to this Agreement shall be referred to as the
"Employment Period."

                (b)    Position and Responsibilities. During the Employment
Period, Executive shall serve as the executive Chairman of the Company and shall
have such duties and responsibilities as are customarily assigned to individuals
serving in such position and such other duties consistent with Executive's title
and position as the Board of Directors of the Company (the "Board") specifies
from time to time. Executive shall devote all of his skill, knowledge,
commercial efforts and working time to the conscientious and faithful
performance of his duties and responsibilities for the Company (except for (i)
vacation time as provided by Company policy and absence for sickness or similar
disability and (ii) to the extent that it does not interfere with the
performance of Executive's duties hereunder, (A) such reasonable time as may be
devoted to the fulfillment of Executive's civic responsibilities and, subject to
the prior written approval of the Board and to compliance with the provisions of
Sections 8 through 14, inclusive, service on boards of directors of other
corporations and entities and (B) such reasonable time as may be necessary from
time to time for personal financial matters).

                3.     Base Salary. As compensation for the services to be
performed by Executive during the Employment Period, the Company shall pay
Executive a base salary at an annualized rate of $511,294.50, payable in
installments on the Company's regular payroll dates. The Company shall review
Executive's base salary annually during the period of his employment hereunder
and, in its sole discretion, may adjust such base salary from time to time based
upon such factors as the Compensation Committee of the Board (the "Compensation
Committee") shall consider relevant. The annual base salary payable to Executive
under this Section 3 shall hereinafter be referred to as the "Base Salary".

                4.     Incentive Compensation Arrangements.


                (a)    Annual Incentive Bonus. During the Employment Period and
subject to the review and approval of the Compensation Committee, Executive
shall be eligible to participate in the annual bonus program maintained by the
Company for its senior executives. Provided that, except to the extent expressly
provided otherwise in Section 7(f), Executive's employment has not terminated
prior to the last day of the fiscal year of the Company in respect of which any
bonus is payable, Executive shall have the opportunity to receive an annual
bonus under such program (the "Bonus"), which may be in cash, restricted stock,
options or other noncash compensation, in an amount to be determined by the
Compensation Committee based on the achievement by the Company and Executive of
such performance objectives as may be established from time to time by the
Compensation Committee or other committee of the Board.

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                (b)    Option Grants. During the Employment Period, Executive
shall be eligible to participate in the Instinet 2000 Stock Option Plan (as the
same may be amended and in effect from time to time, the "2000 Option Plan") and
any subsequent stock option plan maintained by the Company for its senior
executives, subject to the review and approval of the Compensation Committee.
The terms and conditions of all options to purchase shares of common stock
granted to Executive under the 2000 Option Plan or under any prior or subsequent
stock option plan maintained by the Company or its Affiliates (including any
options granted to Executive prior to the Commencement Date) (collectively, the
"Options"), including the grant, vesting, exercise, payment and all other terms
of such Options, shall be governed by the terms of the stock option plan under
which such Options were granted, as such plan or plans may be amended and in
effect from time to time.

                5.     Employee Benefits. During the Employment Period,
Executive shall be eligible to participate in the employee benefit plans and
programs maintained by the Company from time to time in which senior executives
of the Company are eligible to participate, including to the extent maintained
by the Company life, medical, dental, accidental and disability insurance plans
and profit sharing, pension, retirement, deferred compensation and savings
plans, in accordance with the terms and conditions thereof as in effect from
time to time. The benefits referred to in this Section 5 shall be provided to
Executive on a basis that is commensurate with Executive's position and duties
with the Company.

                6.     Perquisites and Expenses.

                (a)    General. During the Employment Period, Executive shall be
eligible to participate in all special benefit or perquisite programs of the
Company generally available from time to time to senior executives of the
Company, on the terms and conditions thereof as in effect from time to time.

                (b)    Business Travel, Lodging. etc. During the Employment
Period, the Company shall reimburse Executive for reasonable travel, lodging,
meal and other reasonable expenses incurred by him in connection with the
performance of his duties and responsibilities hereunder upon submission of
evidence, satisfactory to the Company, of the incurrence and purpose of each
such expense and otherwise in accordance with terms and conditions of the
Company's business expense reimbursement policy applicable to its senior
executives as in effect from time to time.

                (c)    Vacation. During the Employment Period, Executive shall
be entitled to paid vacation on an annualized basis in the amount provided by
Company policy, without carryover accumulation.

                7.     Termination of Employment.


                (a)    Termination Due to Death or Disability. Executive's
employment may be terminated by the Company due to Executive's Disability (as
defined in the Company's Human Resources policies). In the event that
Executive's employment hereunder terminates due to his death or is terminated by
the Company due to Executive's Disability, no termination benefits shall be
payable to or in respect of Executive except as provided in Section 7(f) (ii).


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                  (b)      Termination by the Company for Cause. Executive's
employment may be terminated by the Company for Cause (as defined in the 2000
Option Plan). In the event of a termination of Executive's employment by the
Company for Cause, no termination benefits shall be payable to or in respect of
Executive except as provided in Section 7(f)(ii).

                  (c)      Termination Without Cause. Executive's employment may
be terminated by the Company Without Cause (as defined below). In the event of a
termination of Executive's employment by the Company Without Cause, no
termination benefits shall be payable to or in respect of Executive except as
provided in Section 7(f)(i). For purposes of this Agreement and the Options, a
termination "Without Cause" shall mean a termination of Executive's employment
by the Company other than due to Executive's death or Disability as described in
Section 7(a) and other than for Cause as described in Section 7(b).

                  (d)      Termination by Executive. Executive may terminate his
employment for any reason, including for Good Reason (as defined below). In the
event of a termination of Executive's employment by Executive other than for
Good Reason, no termination benefits shall be payable to or in respect of
Executive except as provided in Section 7(f)(ii) and in the event of a
termination of Executive's employment by Executive for Good Reason, no
termination benefits shall be payable to or in respect of Executive except as
provided in Section 7(f)(i). For purposes of this Agreement, a termination of
employment by Executive for "Good Reason" shall mean a termination by Executive
of his employment with the Company within 30 days following the occurrence,
without Executive's consent, of any of the following events: (i) a material
diminution in the Executive duties, authority, position or responsibilities;
(ii) a material decrease in the Executive's base pay, fees, incentive
compensation opportunities, and/or employee benefits and prerequisites; or (iii)
a requirement that the Executive relocate his or her primary place of employment
or service by more that 30 miles; provided that the Executive shall have given
the Company or the relevant Affiliate of the Company notice of the event or
events constituting Good Reason and the Company or such Subsidiary shall have
failed to cure such event or events within 10 business days after receipt of
such notice.

                  (e)      Notice of Termination; Date of Termination.

                  (i)      Notice of Termination. Any termination by the Company
pursuant to Section 7(a), 7(b) or 7(c), or by Executive pursuant to Section
7(d), shall be communicated by a written Notice of Termination addressed to the
other party to this Agreement. A "Notice of Termination" shall mean a notice
stating that Executive or the Company, as the case may be, is electing to
terminate Executive's employment with the Company, stating the proposed
effective date of such termination, indicating the specific provision of this
Section 7 under which such termination is being effected and, if applicable,
setting forth in reasonable detail the circumstances claimed to provide the
basis for such termination.

                  (ii)     Date of Termination. The term "Date of Termination"
shall mean (i) if Executive's employment is terminated by his death, the date of
his death, (ii) if Executive's employment is terminated by the Company for
Cause, the date on which Notice of Termination is given or, if later, the
effective date of termination specified in such Notice of Termination, and (iii)
if Executive's employment is terminated by the Company Without Cause, due to
Executive's Disability or by Executive for any reason, the date specified in the
applicable Notice


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of Termination provided that such date shall not be less than 30 days nor more
than 60 days after the date on which Notice of Termination is given.

                  (f)      Payments Upon Certain Terminations.

                  (i)      In the event of a termination of Executive's
employment by the Company Without Cause or a termination by Executive of his
employment for Good Reason during the Employment Period, the Company shall pay
to Executive (or, following his death, to Executive's estate) within 30 days of
the Date of Termination his (x) full Base Salary through the Date of
Termination, (y) reimbursement for any unreimbursed business expenses incurred
by Executive prior to the Date of Termination that are subject to reimbursement
pursuant to Section 6(b) and (z) payment for vacation time accrued as of the
Date of Termination but unused (such amounts under clauses (x), (y) and (z),
collectively the "Accrued Obligations"). In addition, in the event of any such
termination of Executive's employment, provided Executive executes and delivers
to the Company a Release and Discharge of Claims in a form acceptable to the
Company, Executive (or, following his death, Executive's estate) shall be
entitled to the following payments and benefits, as liquidated damages:

                  (A)      continued payments of the Base Salary, payable in
         installments in accordance with the Company's regular payroll policies,
         for the period beginning on the Date of Termination and ending on the
         second anniversary of the Date of Termination or when Executive reaches
         the age of 60 years, whichever is earlier (the "Severance Period");

                  (B)      a portion of Executive's Bonus for the fiscal year of
         the Company that includes the Date of Termination, such portion to
         equal the product (such product, the "Pro Rata Bonus") of (1) the Bonus
         that would have been payable to Executive for such year had he remained
         employed for the entire fiscal year and had Executive and the Company
         each achieved (but not exceeded) the target performance objectives for
         such year established by the Board or a committee thereof, multiplied
         by (2) a fraction, the numerator of which is equal to the number of
         days in such fiscal year that precede the Date of Termination and the
         denominator of which is equal to 365, such amount to be payable to
         Executive within five business days following the date (the "Bonus
         Payment Date") annual bonuses for such fiscal year are actually paid by
         the Company to its active executives;

                  (C)      payment of an amount equal to 200% of the Average
         Bonus (as defined below) multiplied, in the event that the Date of
         Termination falls on a date after Executive reaches the age of 58
         years, by a fraction, the numerator of which is equal to the total
         number of days (working or non-working) between the day Executive
         reaches the age of 58 and the Date of Termination and the denominator
         of which is equal to 730, such amount to be paid within five business
         days following the Bonus Payment Date for the fiscal year of the
         Company that includes the Date of Termination;

                  (D)      continued coverage during the Severance Period under
         the Company's medical and health insurance plans referred to in Section
         5 (the "Continued Benefits") for Executive and his eligible dependents
         participating in such plans immediately prior to the



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          Date of Termination, subject to timely payment by Executive of all
          premiums, contributions and other co-payments required to be paid by
          senior executives of the Company under the terms of such plans as in
          effect from time to time.

                  The term "Average Annual Bonus" means the average of the
annual cash bonuses plus the value at the time of award of any non-cash bonuses
paid to Executive for each of the three complete fiscal years of the Company
ending immediately prior to the Date of Termination during which Executive was
employed by the Company or, if Executive has been employed by the Company for an
aggregate period of less than three fiscal years, the average of the annual
bonuses paid to Executive by the Company for Executive's period of employment.

                  Executive shall not have a duty to mitigate the costs to the
Company under this Section 7 (f) (i), nor shall any payments from Company to
Executive of Base Salary, Average Annual Bonus and Pro Rata Bonus be reduced,
offset or canceled by any compensation or fees earned by (whether or not paid
currently) or offered to Executive during the Severance Period by a subsequent
employer or other Person (as defined below) for which Executive performs
services, including but not limited to consulting services. The foregoing
notwithstanding, should Executive receive benefits coverage by a subsequent
employer during the Severance Period, all health and medical benefits coverage
provided by the Company to Executive shall immediately terminate.

                  (ii)     If Executive's employment shall terminate upon his
death or Disability or if the Company shall terminate Executive's employment for
Cause or Executive shall terminate his employment without Good Reason in any
such case during the Employment Period, the Company shall pay to Executive (or,
in the event of Executive's death, to his estate) the Accrued Obligations within
30 days following the Date of Termination. In addition, if Executive's
employment shall terminate upon his death or Disability during the Employment
Period, the Company shall pay to Executive (or, in the event of Executive's
death, to his estate) the Pro Rata Bonus, if any, in one lump sum within five
business days following the Bonus Payment Date for the fiscal year of the
Company that includes the Date of Termination.

                  (iii)    Except as specifically set forth in this Section
7(f), no benefits payable to Executive under any otherwise applicable plan,
policy, program or practice of the Company or its Affiliates in which Executive
was a participant during his employment with the Company or its Affiliates shall
be limited by this Section 7(f), provided that Executive shall not be entitled
to receive any payments or benefits under any such plan, policy, program or
practice providing any bonus or incentive compensation or severance compensation
or benefits (and the provisions of this Section 7(f) shall supersede the
provisions of any such plan, policy, program or practice).

                  (g)      Resignation upon Termination. Effective as of any
Date of Termination under this Section 7 or otherwise as of the date of
Executive's termination of employment with the Company, Executive shall resign,
in writing, from all Board memberships and other positions then held by him with
the Company and its Affiliates.

                  8.       Unauthorized Disclosure. During the period of
Executive's employment with the Company and following any termination of such
employment, without the prior written consent of the Board or its authorized
representative, except to the extent required by an order of


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a court having jurisdiction or under subpoena from an appropriate government
agency, in which event, Executive shall use his best efforts to consult with the
Board prior to responding to any such order or subpoena, and except as required
in the appropriate performance of his duties hereunder, Executive shall not
disclose any confidential or proprietary trade secrets, customer lists,
drawings, designs, programs, software, protocols, information regarding product
development, marketing plans, sales plans, manufacturing plans, management
organization information (including but not limited to data and other
information relating to members of the Board of Directors of the Company or any
of its Affiliates or to management of the Company or any of its Affiliates),
operating policies or manuals, business plans, financial records, packaging
design or other financial, commercial, business or technical information (a)
relating to the Company or any of its Affiliates or (b) that the Company or any
of its Affiliates may receive belonging to suppliers, customers or others who do
business with the Company or any of its Affiliates (collectively, "Confidential
Information") to any third person unless such Confidential Information has been
previously disclosed to the public or is in the public domain (other than by
reason of Executive's breach of this Section 8).

              9. Non-Competition. During the period of Executive's employment
with the Company and, following any termination thereof, the period ending on
the later of (a) six months after the Date of Termination and (b) the last day
of the Severance Period (such periods, collectively, the "Restriction Period"),
Executive shall not, directly or indirectly, become employed by, engage in
business with, serve as an agent or consultant to, or become a partner, member,
principal, stockholder or other owner (other than a holder of less than 1% of
the outstanding voting shares of any publicly held company) of, any Person that
competes or has a reasonable potential for competing, anywhere in the Restricted
Territory, with the Business (as defined below).

              10. Non-Solicitation of Employees. During the Restriction Period,
Executive shall not, directly or indirectly, for his own account or for the
account of any other Person, anywhere in the Restricted Territory, (i) solicit
for employment, employ or otherwise interfere with the relationship of the
Company or any of its Affiliates with any natural person throughout the world
who is or was employed by or otherwise engaged to perform services for the
Company or any of its Affiliates at any time during which Executive was employed
by the Company or (in the case of any such activity during the period of
Executive's employment with the Company) or during the six-month period
preceding such solicitation, employment or interference (in the case of any such
activity after the date of Executive's termination of employment), other than
any such solicitation or employment on behalf of the Company or its Affiliates
during Executive's employment with the Company, or (ii) induce any employee of
the Company or its Affiliates who is a member of management to engage in any
activity which Executive is prohibited from engaging in under any of Sections
8, 9, 10 or 11 or to terminate his employment with the Company. For purposes of
this Section 10 and Section 11, the terms "solicit" and "solicitation" mean any
communication of any kind whatsoever, regardless of by whom initiated, inviting,
encouraging or requesting any person or entity to take or refrain from taking
any action.

              11. Non-Solicitation of Customers. During the Restriction Period,
Executive shall not, directly or indirectly, for his own account or for the
account of any other Person, anywhere in the Restricted Territory, solicit or
otherwise attempt to establish any business relationship of a nature that is
competitive with the business or relationship of the Company or

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any of its Affiliates with any Person which is or was a customer, client or
distributor of the Company or any of its Affiliates at any time during which
Executive was employed by the Company (in the case of any such activity during
the period of Executive's employment with the Company) or during the
twelve-month period preceding the Date of Termination (in the case of any such
activity after the date of Executive's termination of employment), other than
any such solicitation on behalf of the Company or any of its Affiliates during
Executive's employment with the Company.

              12. Return of Documents. In the event of the termination of
Executive's employment for any reason, Executive shall deliver to the Company
all of the property of the Company and its Affiliates and the non-personal
documents and data of any nature and in whatever medium of each of the Company
and its Affiliates, and he shall not take with him any such property, documents
or data or any reproduction thereof, or any documents containing or pertaining
to any Confidential Information.

              13. Work Product. Executive agrees to disclose in confidence to
the Company any and all inventions, improvements, designs, original works of
authorship, formulas, processes, computer software programs, databases and trade
secrets (including, but not limited to, market information and marketing
designs, proposals and concepts) (all taken together, the "Developments") that
Executive makes, conceives, first reduces to practice, or creates, either alone
or jointly with others while Executive is employed by the Company and that: (a)
result from any work performed by Executive for the Company, whether or not in
the normal course of Executive's duties or during normal business hours; (b)
reasonably relate to the actual or anticipated business, services, products,
research or development of Executive; or (c) are developed with the use of the
Company time, equipment, supplies or facilities. Executive must promptly
disclose Developments to the Company whether or not such Developments are
patentable, copyrightable or protectible as trade secrets. Executive understands
and agrees that all Developments shall be the sole and exclusive property of the
Company and shall constitute "work made for hire" (as that term is defined under
Section 101 of the U.S. Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C. Section 101) with the Company
being the person for whom the work was prepared and that all intellectual
property rights therein shall be the sole and exclusive property of the Company,
and that in the event that any such Development is deemed not to be a "work made
for hire," Executive hereby irrevocably assigns, transfers and conveys to the
Company, exclusively and perpetually, all right, title and interest which
Executive may have or acquire in and to such Development throughout the world,
including without limitation any copyrights and patents, and the right to secure
registrations, renewals, reissues, and extensions thereof. Executive agrees to
sign any documents and to do all things necessary, without additional
compensation, whether during Executive's employment or after, to assist the
Company to register, perfect, maintain and/or enforce the Company's rights in
any Development, including without limitation any patent, copyright, trade
secret or other right or interest.

              14.   Injunctive Relief with Respect to Covenants: Forum, Venue
and Jurisdiction. Executive acknowledges and agrees that the covenants,
obligations and agreements of Executive contained in Sections 8, 9, 10, 11, 12,
13 and 14 relate to special, unique and extraordinary matters and that a
violation of any of the terms of such covenants, obligations or agreements will
cause the Company irreparable injury for which adequate remedies are not
available at law. Therefore, Executive agrees that the Company shall be entitled
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restraining order or such other equitable relief (without the requirement to
post bond) as a court of competent jurisdiction may deem necessary or
appropriate to restrain Executive from committing any violation of such
covenants, obligations or agreements. These injunctive remedies are cumulative
and in addition to any other rights and remedies the Company may have. The
Company and Executive hereby irrevocably submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of
the courts of New York, and the Federal courts of the United States of America,
in each case located in New York City in respect of the injunctive remedies set
forth in this Section 14 and the interpretation and enforcement of Sections 8,
9, 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14 insofar as such interpretation and enforcement relate
to any request or application for injunctive relief in accordance with the
provisions of this Section 14, and the parties hereto hereby irrevocably agree
that (a) the sole and exclusive appropriate venue for any suit or proceeding
relating solely to such injunctive relief shall be in such a court, (b) all
claims with respect to any request or application for such injunctive relief
shall be heard and determined exclusively in such a court, (c) any such court
shall have exclusive jurisdiction over the person of such parties and over the
subject matter of any dispute relating to any request or application for such
injunctive relief, and (d) each hereby waives any and all objections and
defenses based on forum, venue or personal or subject matter jurisdiction as
they may relate to an application for such injunctive relief in a suit or
proceeding brought before such a court in accordance with the provisions of this
Section 14. All disputes not relating to any request or application for
injunctive relief in accordance with this Section 14 shall be resolved by
arbitration in accordance with Section 17 (b).

              Notwithstanding any other provision hereof, the Company's
obligations to pay Executive any amount or provide Executive with any benefit or
right pursuant to Section 7(f) is subject to Executive's compliance with his
obligations under Sections 8 through 14, inclusive.

              15. Assumption of Agreement. The Company shall require any
Successor thereto, by agreement in form and substance reasonably satisfactory to
Executive, to expressly assume and agree to perform this Agreement in the same
manner and to the same extent that the Company would be required to perform it
if no such succession had taken place. Failure of the Company to obtain such
agreement prior to the effectiveness of any such succession shall be a breach of
this Agreement and shall entitle Executive to compensation from the Company in
the same amount and on the same terms as Executive would be entitled hereunder
if the Company had terminated Executive's employment Without Cause as described
in Section 7, except that for purposes of implementing the foregoing, the date
on which any such succession becomes effective shall be deemed the Date of
Termination.

              16. Entire Agreement. This Agreement (including the Exhibit
hereto) constitutes the entire agreement among the parties hereto with respect
to the subject matter hereof. All prior correspondence and proposals (including
but not limited to summaries of proposed terms) and all prior promises,
representations, understandings, arrangements and agreements relating to such
subject matter (including but not limited to those made to or with Executive by
any other Person and those contained in any prior employment, consulting or
similar agreement entered into by Executive and the Company or any predecessor
thereto or Affiliate thereof) are merged herein and superseded hereby.




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                17.    Miscellaneous.


                (a)    Binding Effect; Assignment. This Agreement shall be
binding on and inure to the benefit of the Company and its successors and
permitted assigns. This Agreement shall also be binding on and inure to the
benefit of Executive and his heirs, executors, administrators and legal
representatives. This Agreement shall not be assignable by any party hereto
without the prior written consent of the other parties hereto, except as
provided pursuant to this Section 17(a). The Company may effect such an
assignment without prior written approval of Executive upon the transfer of all
or substantially all of its business and/or assets (by whatever means), provided
that the Successor to the Company shall expressly assume and agree to perform
this Agreement in accordance with the provisions of Section 15.

                (b)    Arbitration. Any dispute or controversy arising under or
in connection with this Agreement (except in connection with any request or
application for injunctive relief in accordance with Section 14) shall be
resolved by binding arbitration. The arbitration shall be held in New York City
and, except to the extent inconsistent with this Agreement, shall be conducted
in accordance with the Commercial Arbitration Rules of the American Arbitration
Association then in effect at the time of the arbitration, and otherwise in
accordance with principles which would be applied by a court of law or equity.
The arbitrator shall be acceptable to both the Company and Executive. If the
parties cannot agree on an acceptable arbitrator, the dispute shall be heard by
a panel of three arbitrators, one appointed by the Company, one appointed by
Executive, and the third appointed by the other two arbitrators. All expenses of
arbitration shall be borne by the party who incurs the expense, or, in the case
of joint expenses, by both parties in equal portions.

                (c)    Governing Law. This Agreement shall be governed by and
construed in accordance with the laws of the State of New York without reference
to principles of conflicts of laws.

                (d)    Taxes. The Company may withhold from any payments made
under this Agreement all applicable taxes, including but not limited to income,
employment and social insurance taxes, as shall be required by law.

                (e)    Amendments. No provision of this Agreement may be
modified, waived or discharged unless such modification, waiver or discharge is
approved by the Board or a Person authorized thereby and is agreed to in writing
by Executive. No waiver by any party hereto at any time of any breach by any
other party hereto of, or compliance with, any condition or provision of this
Agreement to be performed by such other party shall be deemed a waiver of
similar or dissimilar provisions or conditions at the same or at any prior or
subsequent time. No waiver of any provision of this Agreement shall be implied
from any course of dealing between or among the parties hereto or from any
failure by any party hereto to assert its rights hereunder on any occasion or
series of occasions.

                (f)    Severability. In the event that any one or more of the
provisions of this Agreement shall be or become invalid, illegal or
unenforceable in any respect, the validity, legality and enforceability of the
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                (g)    Notices. Any notice or other communication required or
permitted to be delivered under this Agreement shall be (i) in writing, (ii)
delivered personally, by courier service or by certified or registered mail,
first-class postage prepaid and return receipt requested, (iii) deemed to have
been received on the date of delivery or, if so mailed, on the third business
day after the mailing thereof, and (iv) addressed as follows (or to such other
address as the party entitled to notice shall hereafter designate in accordance
with the terms hereof):

                (A)    If to the Company, to it at:

                       Office of the General Counsel
                       Instinet Corporation
                       3 Times Square
                       New York, New York 10036

                (B)    if to Executive, to him at his residential address as
                       currently on file with the Company.

                (h)    Voluntary Agreement; No Conflicts. Executive represents
that he is entering into this Agreement voluntarily and that Executive's
employment hereunder and compliance with the terms and conditions of this
Agreement will not conflict with or result in the breach by Executive of any
agreement to which he is a party or by which he or his properties or assets may
be bound.

                (i)    Counterparts. This Agreement may be executed in
counterparts, each of which shall be deemed an original and all of which
together shall constitute one and the same instrument.

                (j)    Headings. The section and other headings contained in
this Agreement are for the convenience of the parties only and are not intended
to be a part hereof or to affect the meaning or interpretation hereof.

                (k)    Certain Definitions.

                "Affiliate": with respect to any Person, means any other Person
that, directly or indirectly through one or more intermediaries, Controls, is
Controlled by, or is under common Control with the first Person, including but
not limited to a Subsidiary of the first Person, a Person of which the first
Person is a Subsidiary, or another Subsidiary of a Person of which the first
Person is also a Subsidiary.

                "Business": means the creation and delivery of transactional
products and products related to the financial services sector and brokerage
services related thereto delivered largely, but not exclusively, through
advanced technology, that permit or aid the Company's customers to invest in,
purchase and sell securities (whether fixed income or equity, both during normal
market hours and after hours), and any and all other businesses that after the
date hereof, and from time to time during the Employment Period, are material
with respect to the Company's and its Affiliates' businesses.

                "Control": with respect to any Person, means the possession,
directly or indirectly, severally or jointly, of the power to direct or cause
the direction of the management


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policies of such Person, whether through the ownership of voting securities, by
contract or credit arrangement, as trustee or executor, or otherwise.

                "Person": any natural person, firm, partnership, limited
liability company, association, corporation, company, trust, business trust,
governmental authority or other entity.

                "Subsidiary": with respect to any Person, each corporation or
other Person in which the first Person owns or Controls, directly or indirectly,
capital stock or other ownership interests representing 50% or more of the
combined voting power of the outstanding voting stock or other ownership
interests of such corporation or other Person.

                "Successor": of a Person means a Person that succeeds to the
first Person's assets and liabilities by merger, liquidation, dissolution or
otherwise by operation of law, or a Person to which all or substantially all the
assets and/or business of the first Person are transferred.

                IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Company has duly executed this Agreement
by its authorized representatives, and Executive has hereunto set his hand, in
each case effective as of the date first above written.

                                      INSTINET GROUP LLC

                                      By: /s/ KENNETH MARSHALL
                                         -------------------------------
                                         Name: KENNETH MARSHALL
                                         Title: CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER


                                      Executive:

                                      ANDRE-FRANCOIS HELIER VILLENEUVE
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                                      ANDRE-FRANCOIS HELIER VILLENEUVE











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Source: OneCLE Business Contracts.