Joaquin Almunia, the European Union’s antitrust chief, is starting to look like a tough guy as he prepares to block a third merger in his tenure, fine Microsoft Corp. and extract concessions from Google Inc.
Derivatives exchanges would have been unable to quell the combined market power of Deutsche Boerse AG and NYSE Euronext, European Union regulators said in disclosing their reasons for blocking the duo’s plans to join forces to create a global leader.
Deutsche Boerse AG will likely face an in-depth review by European Union antitrust regulators of its $9.53 billion bid for NYSE Euronext , a deal that would create the largest owner of equities and derivatives markets, lawyers said.
Deutsche Boerse AG rivals and customers were asked by European Union regulators whether its $9.57 billion bid for NYSE Euronext would reduce competition for derivatives and equity trading and clearing.
Ryanair Holdings Plc will struggle to overcome regulatory barriers to its renewed bid for Aer Lingus Group Plc, analysts said today as shares of the target carrier traded more than 10 percent below the offer price.
U.K. antitrust regulators won’t seek their own review of News Corp.’s proposed acquisition of British Sky Broadcasting Group Plc while Business Secretary Vince Cable conducts a separate probe, lawyers and analysts said.
Regulators approved a program proposed by Bats Global Markets over the objections of CBOE Holdings Inc. and other exchanges that allows market-makers operating on Bats to give certain brokers better options prices.