Political Pressure May Doom Exchange Megadeals

Law360, New York (February 10, 2011, 6:25 PM EST) -- If either the Deutsche Boerse AG-NYSE Euronext or the London Stock Exchange Group PLC-TMX Group Inc. deal gets killed, look for politicians in the U.S. and Canada — not antitrust regulators — to be holding the smoking gun, experts say.

Frankfurt-based Deutsche Boerse and New York's NYSE confirmed Wednesday they were engaged in advanced discussions regarding a merger that would create a $24 billion global trading behemoth. Deutsche Boerse shareholders would hold 60 percent of the combined company's shares, they said.

Separately London-based LSEG and Toronto's...
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