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20 February 2013
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  • SIX signals interest in NYSE Euronext's European markets
    SIX Group CEO Urs Rueegsegger says that if NYSE Euronext's European markets go on sale, the operator of the Swiss stock exchange might be interested. "We will take a look; everyone will take a look," Rueegsegger said. "If Euronext attracts many potential buyers and they get the valuation they want, then that will be the next step in the consolidation process and encourage others. Euronext is about twice our size in trading volume, which means there will be significant synergy potential." Bloomberg (19 Feb.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Regulatory Roundup 
  • EU fails to reach agreement on banker-bonus cap
    European officials have been unable to agree on adding a cap on bankers' bonuses to Basel III rules. One sticking point is a proposal to make the cap triple the salary amount. Talks are scheduled to resume next week. Reuters (19 Feb.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ESMA encourages code of conduct for proxy advisers
    The European Securities and Markets Authority doesn't think proxy advisers need regulation but says such advisers, who help institutional investors decide how to vote with their shares, could use a voluntary code of conduct. Industry leaders support the idea, ESMA says. Reuters (19 Feb.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Sweden argues against uniform regulation
    Officials in Sweden, where banking rules are stricter than those being considered by the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, say a unified code does not make sense for Europe's diverse financial challenges. "It would be silly, and negative, to have exactly the same rules in all countries," Financial Supervisory Authority Director General Martin Andersson said. Bloomberg (19 Feb.) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  AFME News 
  • AFME inaugural flagship conference is announced: "Financing Growth"
    AFME is pleased to announce its inaugural flagship conference, "Financing Growth: What the new world of regulation means for banks, capital markets and their users", scheduled on 24 September in London. The invitation-only conference will bring together as many as 500 senior decision-makers from Europe's financial industry, along with regulators and politicians, to discuss what needs to be done to enable capital markets to support growth and investment. Further details will be announced in February, including VIP speakers and the historic conference venue. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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