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Euronext takes over Liffe

The Liffe derivative exchange has been bought by Euronext, the group formed by the Paris, Amsterdam and Brussels stock exchanges, in a £555m cash takeover.

The deal, which saw Euronext fight off bids from the London Stock Exchange and Germany&#39s Deutsche Bourse has led analysts to suggest the LSE is now itself vulnerable to a takeover bid.

The acquisition will see London as the base for all of Euronext&#39s derivative business.

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