Euronext secures majority backing of Oslo stock exchange shareholders ahead of bid

PARIS, Dec 28 () - Pan-European exchanges group Euronext NV, which is bidding to buy Oslo Bors, said on Friday it had now secured the backing of a majority of shareholders in the Norwegian stock market operator.

Euronext said shareholders representing 50.6 percent of the capital of Oslo Bors had agreed to sell their shares ahead of the tender offer that Paris-listed Euronext plans to launch in the coming weeks.

On Monday, Euronext had said shareholders representing 49.6 percent of Oslo Bors' capital backed its bid.

Euronext seeks to build a diversified pan-European group of stock markets but opportunities in the region are scarce, either because operators already belong to industry heavyweights such as London Stock Exchange and Nasdaq Inc or because shareholders want to remain independent.

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