D.Boerse-NYSE ask EU Commission for deal approval

Reuters

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Deutsche Boerse <DB1Gn.DE> and NYSE Euronext <NYX.N> formally asked the European Commission's competition regulators on Wednesday to approve their planned $9 billion tie-up.

The two exchanges struck a deal in February to create the world's No. 1 exchange operator, trading in almost every asset class and with operations on both sides of the Atlantic.

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"Deutsche Boerse AG and NYSE Euronext confirm that they have today formally notified their planned business combination to the European Commission's Directorate-General for Competition, thereby triggering the formal start of the anti-trust review process in Europe," the exchanges said in a statement.

(Reporting by Foo Yun Chee)