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Deutsche Borse - NYSE Euronext merger could require greater scrutiny

Proposals for a merger of Deutsche Borse and NYSE Euronext could be subjected to greater scrutiny.

23 March 2011

A proposed merger between Deutsche Borse and NYSE Euronext could require greater scrutiny.

This is according to EU competition commissioner Joaquin Almunia, who hinted at his disapproval in a recent parliamentary hearing.

He revealed that he took issue with the proposals, which would see the formation of the world's largest exchange operator, due to his objections to 'vertical silo' business models, where stock exchanges also control their clearing houses.

"More open competition, more opportunities, this more open business model, together with interoperability from the competition point of view, is preferred," Mr Almunia said.

In a move that could prompt a need for merger and acquisition consultants, the commissioner claimed that a high degree of coordination would be required between EU governments and lawmakers in regard to the analysis of the merger.

Proposals for News Corp and BSkyB to combine also attracted criticism earlier in the month, as an alliance of media organisations petitioned policymakers to take action on the move.

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