The Deutsche Boerse / NYSE Euronext merge will also benefit to Luxembourg

Jeffrey Tessler will be Head of Settlement & Custody, based in […]

February 16, 2011

Jeffrey Tessler will be Head of Settlement & Custody, based in Luxembourg of the NewCo.


Deutsche Boerse AG and NYSE Euronext have entered into a business combination agreement following approval from both companies’ Boards. Under the agreement, the companies will combine to create the world’s premier global exchange group, creating the world leader in derivatives trading and risk management, and the largest, most well known venue for capital raising and equities trading. The combined group will offer clients global scale, product innovation, operational and capital efficiencies, and an enhanced range of technology and market information solutions. 

The transaction will strengthen Frankfurt and New York as key financial centers, while benefiting Paris and London as well as Luxembourg. The combined group will have 2010 combined net revenues of EUR 4.1 billion/US$ 5.4 billion, and 2010 EBITDA of EUR 2.1 billion /US$ 2.7 billion, thus becoming the world’s largest exchange group by revenues and EBITDA. Based on 2010 net revenues, the combined group will earn approximately 37% of total revenues in derivatives trading & clearing, 29% in cash listings, trading & clearing, 20% in settlement & custody, and 14% in market data, index & technology services.

Reto Francioni, Chief Executive Officer of Deutsche Boerse, said: “Clients will have unparalleled access to markets, products, information, world-class technology, clearing services and settlement – globally and around the clock. From a regulatory perspective, we are committed to remaining the world’s most transparent and best regulated platform. This combination positions the group for a unique growth opportunity as clients seek more transparency, greater confidence in pricing and premier quality execution. In addition, we expect that the combined group will be a highly attractive partner for capital markets in Asia-Pacific and other parts of the world.”

The group will have dual headquarters, in Deutsche Boerse’s newly built green tower near Frankfurt and in New York. Reto Francioni will be Chairman, and will also be responsible for group strategy and global relationship management. Duncan Niederauer will be Chief Executive Officer and will lead an Executive Committee with an equal number of current Deutsche Boerse and NYSE Euronext executives. The four NYSE Euronext executives are Duncan Niederauer as CEO, based in New York, Dominique Cerutti as Head of Technology Services & IT, based in Paris, Lawrence Leibowitz as Head of Cash Trading and Listings and John K. Halvey as General Counsel, both based in New York. The four executives coming from Deutsche Boerse are Andreas Preuss as Head of Derivatives, based in Frankfurt, Jeffrey Tessler as Head of Settlement & Custody, based in Luxembourg, Frank Gerstenschlaeger as Head of Market Data & Analytics and Gregor Pottmeyer as Chief Financial Officer of the combined group, both based in Frankfurt. The transaction is structured as a combination of Deutsche Boerse and NYSE Euronext under a newly created Dutch holding company, which is expected to be listed in Frankfurt, New York and Paris.

Cost savings in technology 

The combination is expected to generate annual cost savings of some EUR 300 million, principally from information technology, clearing, and market operations, as well as from corporate administration and support functions. The combined group will provide highly attractive development opportunities for employees in all markets and geographies. In addition, it is expected that the combination will lead to at least EUR 100 million of annual revenue synergies through cross selling and distribution opportunities, increased turnover from liquidity pool consolidation and new products, a progressive introduction of Deutsche Boerse’s clearing capabilities and expanded scope for technology services and market data offerings.

The cost synergies are expected to be realized at an annual run rate of 25% by the end of year 1, 50% by the end of year 2, and 100% by the end of the 3rd year following consummation of the transaction. Implementation and restructuring costs are estimated to be approximately 1.5-2.0x the expected full run-rate cost synergies. The transaction is immediately accretive to adjusted earnings for both NYSE Euronext and Deutsche Boerse shareholders.

An Ideal Strategic and Operating Fit

The combination of the derivatives businesses of Eurex (Deutsche Boerse) and NYSE Liffe (NYSE Euronext) will create a clear global market leader trading more than 19 million derivatives contracts per day, including more than 6 million U.S. options contracts per day. The combined Cash Trading & Listings business will create an exchange group with the deepest pool of liquidity for U.S. and European equities. The combination of Euronext and the Frankfurt Stock Exchange will deliver a truly pan-European regulated and transparent equities exchange, while preserving the strong national roles of our five locations.

The combination also brings together high growth market data & analytics, index, and technology services businesses, and will create a broad portfolio of multi-asset class pre-and post-trade data, the internationally recognized STOXX indices, and a fast-growing technology services and trading infrastructure provider. The combined group will offer clients a broader and richer range of information products, analytical and trading tools as well as global connectivity and access.

On the post trade side, the successful Clearstream business of Deutsche Boerse with its strong and growing presence in Asia would be even better positioned for future growth, as the combined group will have an enlarged and truly global customer base.

The combined group would also serve as a benchmark regulatory model, facilitating transparency and standardization in capital markets globally, while continuing to operate all national exchanges under local regulatory frameworks and respective brand names.

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