On February 15, 2011, we entered into a Business Combination Agreement (the "Business Combination Agreement") with Deutsche Börse AG ("Deutsche Börse"), pursuant to which the two companies agreed to combine their respective businesses and become subsidiaries of a newly formed Dutch holding company (the "Proposed Business Combination").
Completion of the Proposed Business Combination was subject to the satisfaction of several conditions, including, among others, approvals by the relevant competition and financial, securities and other regulatory authorities in the United States and Europe.
On February 1, 2012, the EU Competition Commission issued a formal decision disapproving the Proposed Business Combination. In light of the EU Commission's decision, on February 2, 2012, NYSE Euronext and Deutsche Börse announced that they mutually agreed to terminate the Business Combination Agreement. For the year ended December 31, 2011, NYSE Euronext incurred approximately $85 million of legal, investment banking and other professional fees and costs related to the terminated business combination, which are recorded in "Merger expenses and exit costs" in the consolidated statement of operations. NYSE Euronext also incurred additional indirect costs associated with management's significant time and focus negotiating and preparing to close the Proposed Business Combination, instead of pursuing other business opportunities that could have been beneficial to the Company.