Deutsche Boerse clinches $9.7 billion NYSE Euronext deal

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Posted: Jul 14, 2011 11:04 AM
Deutsche Boerse clinches $9.7 billion NYSE Euronext deal

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Germany's Deutsche Boerse AG pulled off a $9.7 billion takeover of NYSE Euronext as shareholders approved a deal to create the world's largest exchange operator amid resistance in Frankfurt.

The tie-up between NYSE and the German exchange is the latest mega-deal among exchange operators not to collapse, but faces formidable anti-trust hurdles on both sides of the Atlantic.

More than 80 percent of Deutsche Boerse shareholders tendered their stock as part of the deal, the company said in a regulatory statement on Thursday based on a preliminary count.

It said it would publish the final number of shares tendered at a later point.

The deal was first announced in February amid a flurry of cross-border deal attempts by exchanges eager to cut costs and diversify in the face of fast-eroding market shares in their traditional stock-trading businesses.

(Reporting by Edward Taylor)