CC: LSE Suitors Face Clearing Snag

NEWS ANALYSIS

LONDON—The Competition Com mission (CC), the U.K.'s anti-trust authority, recently issued a report about the proposed takeovers of the London Stock Exchange (LSE) by the Deutsche Boerse and Euronext.

The CC found that any proposed merger could reduce competition because of the possibility for either potential acquirer to pursue a vertically integrated business model. Specifically, CC officials say, "Ownership or control over the future provision of clearing services to LSE," would be a cause

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