WASHINGTON, D.C. – February 27, 2009 – The Securities Investor Protection Corporation (SIPC), which is chartered by the U.S. Congress to maintain a special reserve fund to protect the customers of insolvent brokerage firms, and its Egyptian counterpart, the Egypt Investor Protection Fund (EIPF), today signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in order to work together more closely in the event of the insolvency of a brokerage firm doing business in both the United States and Egypt.

SIPC President Stephen Harbeck said: "SIPC and the EIPF are laying the foundation for a strong working relationship. The new Memorandum of Understanding gives a structure to that relationship and that will work to the benefit of investors. The MOU provides for cooperation and efficient handling of claims from investors where there are cross border issues. We will also exchange information on a regular basis."

The MOU was signed on behalf of EIPF by Dr. Ahmed Saad, chairman, Capital Market Authority, Egypt.

Dr. Saad said: "The Egypt Investor Protection Fund is pleased to be a party to the MOU with SIPC. With the globalization of the investment industry, EIPF considers it essential to collaborate across borders with other compensation funds to ensure that investor claims will be dealt with expeditiously on an equitable basis."

The SIPC-EIPF Memorandum of Understanding is the fifth such agreement for SIPC. In February 2004, SIPC executed a similar accord with the Financial Services Compensation Scheme, a SIPC-like entity that provides protection to investors in the United Kingdom. In April 2005, a MOU was signed by SIPC and the Canadian Investor Protection Fund (CIPF). SIPC entered into a MOU in June 2006 with the Securities and Futures Investor Protection Center (SFIPC) of Taiwan. Most recently, SIPC and the Korea Deposit Insurance Corporation (KDIC) signed a memorandum of understanding in October 2007.