It's being billed as a merger of equals - even if Deutsche Börse will hold over 54 percent of the new company. But the board will be evenly split between them.
Brussels has prohibited the planned merger of the London Stock Exchange and Deutsche Börse, vetoing a union that has been plunged in doubt following Britain's vote to leave the European Union.
The London Stock Exchange has said a merger with Germany's Deutsche Börse is unlikely to meet EU anti-trust demands. But the London Stock Exchange said it has not given up and would still continue to pursue a merger.
Will it be third time the charm? Deutsche Börse, which operates the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, is hoping to merge with the London Stock Exchange - but accusations of insider trading threaten to scupper the deal.
Solid results and a big dividend for its shareholders - all could be well for the London Stock Exchange. But plans to merge with Germany's Deutsche Börse are ever more likely to collapse.
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