By Jonathan Spicer
"It's an unintended consequence, and not necessarily a positive consequence," Jeffrey Sprecher told a Futures Industry Association conference here.
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In a flurry last month, Deutsche Boerse AG
Late last year, Singapore Exchange bid for Australia's ASX Ltd
Lawmakers and regulators globally are revamping financial markets, including forcing much of the vast over-the-counter derivatives market through exchanges and similar venues, as well as clearinghouses.
"Exchanges are making the logical moves to get scale and run the business," Sprecher later told Reuters on the sidelines of the conference.
ICE, a futures-oriented exchange and clearinghouse operator, could team with Nasdaq OMX Group
(Reporting by Jonathan Spicer; Editing by James Dalgleish and Dan Grebler)