NEW YORK (Reuters) - Nasdaq OMX Group
Nasdaq Chief Executive Robert Greifeld and ICE CEO Jeffrey Sprecher, who faulted NYSE's board for rebuffing their offer last week without meeting them, said in a joint statement that they hope the board will engage in talks now.
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Nasdaq and ICE made an unsolicited $11.3 billion bid on April 1 for NYSE Euronext
Nasdaq and ICE said they have lined up commitments for financing of $3.8 billion from leading lenders and also offered to pay NYSE $350 million if the deal fails to get through anti-trust scrutiny.
Sources had told Reuters on Sunday that NYSE's board would likely demand a massive fee to guarantee that Nasdaq's bid offer would pass antitrust regulatory muster, before the NYSE would be willing to engage in deal talks.
Representatives for NYSE Euronext in Paris and Deutsche Boerse declined to comment.
(Reporting by Phil Wahba, editing by Gerald E. McCormick, Dave Zimmerman)