Placing a stop on exchange mergers

The likely block of a merger between Deutsche Börse and NYSE Euronext highlights policymakers' unease with stock exchange consolidation and that won't change anytime soon.

It is possible to lump the European Commission’s looming recommendation to block the proposed merger of Deutsche Brse and NYSE Euronext – a deal that would form the world’s largest securities exchange – in with the string of similar failed stock exchange deals around the world last year.

On that interpretation the long journey towards consolidation of the world’s bigger exchanges has effectively ended because regulators have come to the conclusion that they don’t want any further concentration.

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