U.S. Department Of Justice Clears NYSE Euronext Merger With Deutsche Börse

NEW YORK--()--NYSE Euronext (NYSE:NYX) announced today that the Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) has cleared the proposed combination between NYSE Euronext and Deutsche Börse AG (XETRA: DB1).

The DOJ has entered into a consent decree with NYSE Euronext and Deutsche Börse that allows the combination to proceed, while requiring the sale of the International Securities Exchange’s (ISE) minority stake in the Direct Edge Holdings, LLC. ISE is wholly owned by Eurex, the derivatives exchange of Deutsche Börse. ISE has held its 31.54% minority stake in Direct Edge since 2008, and according to the consent decree, the parties will have at least two years from the date of closing their combination to complete this sale.

“We are very pleased to have received the approval of the DOJ, an important milestone on our path to completing our compelling Trans-Atlantic combination,” said Duncan L. Niederauer, CEO, NYSE Euronext. “On behalf of our Company, we are grateful to the DOJ staff for their efforts and for the diligence and thoroughness of their review.”

Completion of the transaction is subject to further closing conditions, including approvals by the European Commission and other relevant national stock exchange supervisory authorities.

Safe Harbour Statement

In connection with the proposed business combination transaction between NYSE Euronext and Deutsche Börse AG, Alpha Beta Netherlands Holding N.V. (“Holding”), a newly formed holding company, filed, and the SEC declared effective on May 3, 2011, a Registration Statement on Form F-4 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) that includes (1) a proxy statement of NYSE Euronext that also constitutes a prospectus for Holding used in connection with NYSE Euronext special meeting of stockholders held on July 7, 2011 and (2) an offering prospectus used in connection with Holding’s offer to acquire Deutsche Börse AG shares held by U.S. holders. Holding has also filed an offer document with the German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (Bundesanstalt fuer Finanzdienstleistungsaufsicht) (“BaFin”), which was approved by the BaFin for publication pursuant to the German Takeover Act (Wertpapiererwerbs-und Übernahmegesetz), and was published on May 4, 2011.

Investors and security holders are urged to read the definitive proxy statement/prospectus, the offering prospectus, the offer document, as amended, and published additional accompanying information in connection with the exchange offer regarding the proposed business combination transaction because they contain important information. You may obtain a free copy of the definitive proxy statement/prospectus, the offering prospectus and other related documents filed by NYSE Euronext and Holding with the SEC on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. The definitive proxy statement/prospectus and other documents relating thereto may also be obtained for free by accessing NYSE Euronext’s website at www.nyse.com. The offer document, as amended, and published additional accompanying information in connection with the exchange offer are available at Holding’s website at www.global-exchange-operator.com.

This document is neither an offer to purchase nor a solicitation of an offer to sell shares of Holding, Deutsche Börse AG or NYSE Euronext. The final terms and further provisions regarding the public offer are disclosed in the offer document that has been approved by the BaFin and in documents that have been filed with the SEC.

No offering of securities shall be made except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and applicable European regulations. The exchange offer and the exchange offer document as amended, shall not constitute an issuance, publication or public advertising of an offer pursuant to laws and regulations of jurisdictions other than those of Germany, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the United States of America. The relevant final terms of the proposed business combination transaction will be disclosed in the information documents reviewed by the competent European market authorities.

Subject to certain exceptions, in particular with respect to qualified institutional investors (tekikaku kikan toshika) as defined in Article 2 para. 3 (i) of the Financial Instruments and Exchange Act of Japan (Law No. 25 of 1948, as amended), the exchange offer will not be made directly or indirectly in or into Japan, or by use of the mails or by any means or instrumentality (including without limitation, facsimile transmission, telephone and the internet) of interstate or foreign commerce or any facility of a national securities exchange of Japan. Accordingly, copies of this announcement or any accompanying documents may not be, directly or indirectly, mailed or otherwise distributed, forwarded or transmitted in, into or from Japan.

The shares of Holding have not been, and will not be, registered under the applicable securities laws of Japan. Accordingly, subject to certain exceptions, in particular with respect to qualified institutional investors (tekikaku kikan toshika) as defined in Article 2 para. 3 (i) of the Financial Instruments and Exchange Act of Japan (Law No. 25 of 1948, as amended), the shares of Holding may not be offered or sold within Japan, or to or for the account or benefit of any person in Japan.

Contacts

Media Contacts
NYSE Euronext
Robert Rendine, +1-212-656-2180
Rich Adamonis, +1-212-656-2140
or
NYSE Euronext Investor Relations
Stephen Davidson, +1-212-656-2183

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Contacts

Media Contacts
NYSE Euronext
Robert Rendine, +1-212-656-2180
Rich Adamonis, +1-212-656-2140
or
NYSE Euronext Investor Relations
Stephen Davidson, +1-212-656-2183