LSE responds to Deutsche Boerse's proposal for a lower vote threshold as deadline looms

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The London Stock Exchange response to bidder Deutsche Boerse's proposal for a lower acceptance threshold that will ensure the deal goes through.

"No decision has been made in this regard yet," LSE said in a statement today. The decision will be made today when the facts "will be finally evaluated by the parties involved", it added.

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The German stock exchange wants to cut the shareholder voting target to 60 per cent, down from 75 per cent, to allow index funds to participate.

LSE shareholders about a week ago voted almost unanimously in favour of the tie-up.

Deutsche Boerse shareholders have until midnight on 12 July to approve the deal, but it would still face several regulatory hurdles before it can complete.

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Sources have warned City A.M. that the merger could see the headquarters of the newly created business leave the UK, despite previous pledges that a joint HQ would remain in London.

Spokesmen for the London Stock Exchange and Deutsche Boerse declined to comment.

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