FRANKFURT Jan 12 Top executives from Deutsche
Boerse and LSE are planning to meet German
policy makers with veto powers next week as they seek to resolve
a stumbling block to the exchanges' planned merger, three people
close to the matter said.
At the centre of the discussions between the groups' chief
executives and chairmen as well as German state of Hesse's prime
minister and economy minister will be the issue of where a
merged group will be headquartered, the people added.
Deutsche Boerse declined to comment, while LSE and Hesse
were not immediately available for comment.
The unresolved headquarters issue is seen as the last major
obstacle next to the antitrust clearance by the EU commission,
whose decision is expected by March 13.
The owner of the Frankfurt stock exchange is obliged by law
to support the development of Frankfurt as a centre for
securities trading and Hesse's market watchdog has yet to give
its view on the planned merger.
The Wiesbaden, Hesse-based watchdog fears to lose regulatory
sway on the merged company if it were based outside Germany, the
So far, Deutsche Boerse and LSE had planned to set up joint
headquarters in London. A potential compromise would be a
structure with dual headquarters in London and Frankfurt, the
The meeting will be used to get a better understanding of
each others positions and discuss possible solutions, one of the
people said, adding that decisions on the topic were not yet
(Reporting by Andreas Kroener; Additional reporting by Arno
Schuetze; Editing by Harro ten Wolde)