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EC officials 'no closer to approving Deutsche Boerse/NYSE Euronext deal'

European Commission officials have not given any indications they will allow a deal to take place between Deutsche Boerse and NYSE Euronext.

22 December 2011

Stock exchange operators Deutsche Boerse and NYSE Euronext are likely to have been relying on merger and acquisition consultants recently, as they have been trying to convince the European Commission to allow them to make a deal.

However, it has been reported antitrust officials remain opposed to the idea, which they worry could lead to a monopoly in the derivatives market.

A source told Reuters: "There are big stakes for Europe here at a time when Europe's problems are front and centre, but no one is paying attention to this deal."

More than one insider said the stock exchange operators, who are likely to suggest their proposed $9 billion (£5.7 billion) merger would be good for the currently troubled European Union, may take their case directly to antitrust commissioner Joaquin Almunia.

Sources close to the discussions were recently cited by Reuters as saying Deutsche Boerse and NYSE Euronext are considering creating a competitor to make it more likely the deal will be allowed.

Posted by Ken Hayes

Source: Reuters, December 22nd

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