London Stock Exchange chief executive talks up prospect of "industry-defining combination" with Deutsche Boerse

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LSE's chief executive Xavier Rolet talked up his firm's “global aspirations” today (Source: Getty)

London Stock Exchange Group's chief executive has talked up the “industry-defining combination” a potential merger with Deutsche Boerse would create.

In a conference call this morning following the release of LSEG’s preliminary 2015 results, Xavier Rolet spoke of the company’s “global aspirations”.

But he said he was unable to answer questions about a potential offer from New York Stock Exchange owner Intercontinental Exchange.

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On the proposed merger with Deutsche Boerse, Rolet said: "The European-based global markets infrastructure group offers significant benefits for our customers. We’re still in detailed discussions and we will update the market in due course.”

Rolet spoke of there being a “global industry” and said customers “are looking for further efficiencies”.

He said: “It’s quite clear that if you position yourself from the customer’s standpoint there are still further efficiencies that they expect from infrastructure groups - particularly a group like ours, which will remain London-based."

Rolet added that given "London's global financial reach" the group has "global aspirations to service a global client base".

The company today reported a gross profit rise of 40 per cent to £1.8bn and revenue up 78 per cent to £2.3bn.

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Rolet, who will step down from his position if and when the Deutsche Boerse merger is completed, also spoke about the potential impact of a Brexit on LSE.

London Stock Exchange Group is a global company. Whether you look at our Eurozone, UK, North American, South American, Asian, revenues, emerging markets - we do have global infrastructure…

"If decisions are made of a political nature, that gives an incentive to clients to do their business in a different way.”

He added: "We are today in a position to service them in the way that they require."

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