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ICE to CBOT: We Can Make That CBOE Problem Go Away

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IntercontinentalExchange poured a little extra honey on its bid for the Chicago Board of Trade today, throwing a settlement over a longstanding dispute with the Chicago Board Options Exchange on top of its bid. ICE has been locked in a bidding war with the Chicago Mercantile Exchange for the Board of Trade.
Since its first days in the Nixon administration, Board of Trade has been battling the CBOE over exchange rights that allow members of the Board of Trade to trade options at the CBOE without having to buy a membership. The CBOE has been threatening to attempt to terminate those rights if the Board of Trade is taken over.
In the settlement announced today, ICE would pay Board of Trade members a total of $666.6 million for the the rights. Needless to say, the settlement offer only applies if ICE succeeds in its bid for the Board of Trade.
ICE and CBOE reach deal on exercise rights [Reuters]