Operating exchanges, ICE acts as a financial eBay, matching potential buyers and sellers of various financial products. It also has a PayPal-like component, to ensure that people get paid after those matches are made.
In addition to the stock exchange, ICE will acquire a European exchange called Liffe, where interest rate futures are traded. Liffe is the largest financial products exchange in London.
The combined NYSE Euronext and ICE will operate global exchanges and service transactions involving agricultural and energy commodities, credit derivatives, equities and equity derivatives, foreign exchange, and interest rates. NYSE Euronext will cease to exist today.
The deal was originally expected to close Nov. 4, but it was delayed due to slow regulator approval.
Shareholders in NYSE Euronext were offered either cash or stock for their shares, but “substantially oversubscribed” the stock option, ICE said in a statement.