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EU: LSE still working on Deutsche Boerse merger

 |  March 5, 2017

London Stock Exchange said Friday that it will continue to work on its proposed merger with Deutsche Boerse as it posted solid full-year earnings and boosted its annual dividend.

That view is a modest contrast to the group’s statement earlier this week, when it revealed it was unlikely to meet a demand from the EU to sell 60% of its MTS government bond trading platform in order to comply with concerns that the $30.1 billion merger with the Deutsche Boerse could hamper competition in the region’s financial services sector.

“Taking all relevant factors into account, and acting in the best interests of shareholders, the LSEG Board (Sunday) concluded that it could not commit to the divestment of MTS. LSEG will therefore not be submitting a remedy proposal with respect to MTS,” the statement continued. “Based on the Commission’s current position, LSEG believes that the Commission is unlikely to provide clearance for the Merger.”

Full Content: Bloomberg

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