The EU Commission opens an in-depth investigation concerning a merger on financial markets (Deutsche Börse / LSE)

Mergers: Commission opens in-depth investigation into proposed Deutsche Börse/LSE merger* The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to assess, under the EU Merger Regulation, whether the proposed merger between Deutsche Börse AG (DB) and London Stock Exchange Group (LSE) would reduce competition in several financial market infrastructure areas. The proposed merger would combine the activities of DB and LSE. By combining the exchanges of Germany, the United Kingdom and Italy, as well as several of the largest European clearing houses, it would create by far the largest European exchange operator. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “Financial markets provide an essential function for the European economy. We must ensure that market

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European Commission, The EU Commission opens an in-depth investigation concerning a merger on financial markets (Deutsche Börse / LSE), 28 September 2016, e-Competitions Bulletin September 2016, Art. N° 81692

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