Reuters recently reported that the European Commission would not impose tough antitrust restrictions on the proposed merger of Deutsche Boerse and NYSE Euronext because of a deal struck between the regulatory and antitrust divisions. Regulations are poised to force the exchanges to open up their markets. NYSE Euronext executive Lawrence Leibowitz said the exchange operator is not aware of any such deal. "To our knowledge, and to DG Comp's public explanation, there's no explicit deal at this point," he said.

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