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Watchdog sets high bar for Maple's TMX takeover Add to ...

The fate of the $3.8-billion deal to buy TMX Group Inc. now rests in large part on the answer to one question: What does Melanie Aitken want?

Ms. Aitken, the federal Competition Commissioner, has expressed “serious concerns” about the plan by a consortium of banks and financial institutions, known as Maple Group Acquisition Corp., to buy the parent company of the Toronto Stock Exchange. Some within the group remain hopeful they can find a way to address those problems. But there are also growing fears that her demands may kill the deal by making it uneconomical.


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