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Italian finance minister Gualtieri has met Euronext boss to discuss Borsa bid - sources

ROME/LONDON, Sept 10 (Reuters) - Italy’s Finance Minister Roberto Gualtieri held talks over the future of Borsa Italiana with Euronext Chief Executive Stephane Boujnah in a private meeting in Rome on Sept. 9, two sources told Reuters.

The discussions focused on the terms of a joint bid between Italian state lender Cassa Depositi e Prestiti (CDP) and French stock market operator Euronext for the Milan Bourse, the sources said.

Euronext has offered Italy two seats on its managing board to address Italy’s demands to have a say over Borsa’s strategy going forward, the sources said.

Rome is keen to see the Euronext consortium prevail in negotiations with owner the London Stock Exchange, which has set a Sept. 11 deadline for non-binding offers, they said.

Italy’s Treasury and Euronext declined to comment. (Reporting by Giuseppe Fonte in Rome and Pamela Barbaglia in London; Editing by Jan Harvey)

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