Reuters Buy Will Face Regulatory Hurdles

Market speculation is that Thomson would offer 600 pence per share for the London-based data giant, though Friday's buying frenzy quickly pushed the price well above this mark. If the bidder is forced to revise an offer upwards, Reuters investors can look forward to even more returns.

How would Thomson fund such a deal, which could cost the vendor anything from $13 billion to $17 billion at least?

In his presentation of the latest Inside Market Data Reference report at the North American Fin