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Nasdaq, SharesPost to set up exchange for unlisted stock

The stock exchange operator will own a majority of the venture, Nasdaq Private Market. Specific terms were not disclosed.

Nasdaq OMX Group Inc. said it will form a marketplace for trading in shares in unlisted companies in a joint venture with SharesPost Inc., whose private trading platform has run into regulatory trouble.

The stock exchange operator will own a majority of the venture, Nasdaq Private Market. Specific terms were not disclosed.

SharesPost's online trading platform, which matched buyers and sellers of unlisted shares, began in 2009 and its fortunes rose in step with technology startups such as Facebook Inc. and LinkedIn, which traded on the market before they went public.

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The new market, to be based in San Francisco, will launch later this year, pending regulatory approvals, and will be led by SharesPost founder Greg Brogger.

SharesPost was charged by the Securities and Exchange Commission last March for failing to register as a broker-dealer before offering securities.

SharesPost's broker dealer and investment advisory business will continue to operate separately from the joint venture, the companies said in a statement.

Recent legislation, the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act, has boosted opportunities for trading of unlisted companies. Under the act, an unlisted company can have 2,000 shareholders, up from 500.

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