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VIRT-XPan-European Blue Chip Exchange
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Bearer shares of Serono S.A., the holding company, are traded on the virt-x (SEO) and its American Depositary Shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (SRA).
Hunziker had served as chairman of the SWX group since December 2000 and as CEO of the pan-European blue chip market, virt-x, since February 2001.
But market insiders claimed yesterday that they would be "extremely surprised'' had Virt-X boss Antoinette Hunziker-Ebneter and Liffe chief Williamson not met to discuss whether a tie-up was possible.
The British-based Tradepoint Consortium, which is teaming up with the Swiss Stock Exchange in the new venture, said it would inject pounds 38.76 million into virt-x in the form of both equity and debt and would have a 38.9 per cent stake.
virt-x is the home exchange for Swiss blue chip stocks including such international companies as Novartis, Roche, Nestle, UBS, Credit Suisse Group, Swiss Re, Zurich Financial Services and ABB, according to NeoNet.
Because a lot of the best deals are on Virt-X itself, this is rather good news for the company, backed by major banks.
virt-x will pull out all the stops and there will be no holds barred as they plan to trade Euro blue chips, the 600 most important stocks in Europe, right from the beginning.
NeoNet also said that it had plans to add connections to the New York Stock Exchange and Virt-x.
MUCH yodelling in the city yesterday as traders anticipate the June 25th party to celebrate the launch of Virt-X's new trading systems.
Tobacco company Philip Morris International Inc (PMI) (Euronext:PM) (virt-x:PMI) today announced that its affiliate Philip Morris Philippines Manufacturing Inc (PMPMI) and Fortune Tobacco Corporation (FTC), a tobacco company based in Philippines, have signed an agreement to merge their respective business activities.
Swiss private banking group Julius Baer Group Ltd (virt-x:BAER) today announced that Claire Giraut has been nominated for election as a new member of the company's board at its Annual General Meeting, to be held on 8 April 2010.
Hearing systems provider Sonova Holding AG (virt-x:SOON) ( Zurich:SOON) reported on Thursday that the company expects an organic sales growth of 17-18% for the business year 2009-2010, barring unforeseen events.