Possible Counter-Bid May Put LSE-Deutsche Börse Merger ‘on ICE'

An ICE takeover would end plans to create the world's largest index provider.

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However, an ICE-LSE takeover would reunite FTSE with Interactive Data under common ownership: Before FTSE's sale to the LSE and Interactive Data's sale to private equity firms Warburg Pincus and Silver Lake Partners in 2010 (and re-sale to ICE last year), both were owned by publisher Pearson, which some sources say missed an opportunity to create closer ties between the index company and data provider.

In a statement released today, March 1, ICE officials said the exchange has not yet made any f

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