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NYSE Euronext and Deutsche Boerse merger 'could be blocked'

Competition authorities in Europe could stop a merger taking place, it has been claimed.

06 December 2011

International business negotiation advisors may be taken on by stock exchange operators NYSE Euronext and Deutsche Boerse following reports a merger deal could be blocked by the European Commission.

French news provider Le Monde said the companies have been asked to sell assets so any integration agreement will not result in a duopoly on the derivatives and clearing market.

Spokespeople for both companies declined to comment on the article, with an official from Deutsche Boerse describing the report as "highly speculative" when asked by Reuters, but another source provided information on the situation.

"Negotiations are ongoing and we're still in the process of bluff and counterbluff," a person close to Deutsche Boerse told Reuters.

Dow Jones Newswire noted the EU will not make a decision on whether the deal can go ahead until January 23rd.

At 13:16 in Frankfurt, shares in Deutsche Boerse were up 1.3 per cent at 44.304.

Posted by Ken Hayes

Source: Reuters and Dow Jones Newswires, December 6th

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