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FRANKFURT Feb 7 Deutsche Boerse and
London Stock Exchange expect their planned merger to
cost more than 350 million euros ($375 million) in fees for
bankers, lawyers, accountants and public relations, according to
a regulatory filing made while doubts swirl about the 25 billion
LSE is facing a bill of 175 million pounds ($216 million),
while Deutsche Boerse will incur costs of about 150 million
euros, plus taxes for each -- both figures above original
The two exchanges have also offered concessions to allay
competition concerns about their planned merger, the European
Commission said on Tuesday.
Although widely trailed by the exchanges, the pledge to spin
off the French arm of clearing house LCH Clearnet is the first
concrete offer to appease EU antitrust authorities. The groups
had said last month they would sell the unit, LCH.Clearnet SA,
to Euronext for 510 million euros.
Whether more follows will depend on how the European
Commission, rivals and customers respond. However, the exchanges
are positive that the remedies they offered will suffice, two
people close to the deal said.
The European Commission has expressed antitrust concerns
about the merger and the impact on the clearing of derivatives
contracts in particular. The Commission has said it will decide
whether to approve the deal by April 3.
The exchanges also need green light from German state of
Hesse, which has called for the combined headquarters to be
located in Frankfurt rather than London.
While regulatory approval is still pending, allegations
concerning Deutsche Boerse Chief Executive Carsten Kengeter are
also weighing on the future of the deal.
Deutsche Boerse said on Tuesday that its supervisory board
backed Kengeter, who is the focus of an insider trading
investigation for allegedly buying Deutsche Boerse stock in
anticipation of a deal with LSE.
Deutsche Boerse stock had spiked once the merger plans
German police and prosecutors have searched Kengeter's
office and apartment as they investigate whether secret merger
talks with LSE were under way when Kengeter bought shares in his
company in December 2015.
Deutsche Boerse's supervisory board said it had no
indication of wrongdoing on Kengeter's part as talks with the
London Stock Exchange had not yet started in 2015, adding the
board unanimously expressed its full confidence in him.
German financial watchdog said on Tuesday that it has shared
its finding on the investigation of Deutsche Boerse equities
trades with the German prosecutor.
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(Reporting by Arno Schuetze, Andreas Kröner and Maria Sheahan;
Editing by Kim Coghill/Keith Weir)