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‘The merger between Deutsche Boerse and NYSE Euronext would have led to a near-monopoly in European financial derivatives worldwide’ – Joaquin Almunia, competition commissioner

EU blocks merger of NYSE and Deutsche Boerse

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The European Commission has blocked a 9 billion dollar merger between Deutsche Börse and NYSE Euronext stock exchanges, saying that it would have stifled competition and created a monopoly in derivatives trading.

‘Despite the remedies offered by the companies, the European Commission concluded that the combination would significantly impede effective competition and declared the concentration to be incompatible with the Common Market,’ Deutsche Boerse’s statement said.

‘The merger between Deutsche Boerse and NYSE Euronext would have led to a near-monopoly in European financial derivatives worldwide,’ said competition commissioner Joaquin Almunia.

‘These markets are at the heart of the financial system and it is crucial for the whole European economy that they remain competitive. We tried to find a solution, but the remedies offered fell far short of resolving the concerns.’

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