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As filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on April 30, 2013

Registration No. 333-187402

 

 

 

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

 

Amendment No. 2

to

FORM S-4

REGISTRATION STATEMENT

UNDER

THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933

 

 

INTERCONTINENTALEXCHANGE GROUP, INC.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

 

 

Delaware   6200  

46-2286804

(State or other jurisdiction of

incorporation or organization)

 

(Primary Standard Industrial

Classification Code Number)

 

(I.R.S. Employer

Identification Number)

2100 RiverEdge Parkway

Suite 500

Atlanta, GA 30328

(770) 857-4700

(Address, Including Zip Code, and Telephone Number, Including Area Code, of Registrant’s Principal Executive Offices)

 

 

Johnathan H. Short, Esq.

Andrew J. Surdykowski, Esq.

IntercontinentalExchange Group, Inc.

2100 RiverEdge Parkway

Suite 500

Atlanta, GA 30328

(770) 857-4700

(Address, Including Zip Code, and Telephone Number, Including Area Code, of Agent for Service)

 

 

Copies to:

 

John Evangelakos, Esq.

Audra D. Cohen, Esq.

Catherine M. Clarkin, Esq.

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

125 Broad Street

New York, New York 10004

Phone: (212) 558-4000

 

David C. Karp, Esq.

Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

51 W. 52nd Street

New York, New York 10019

Phone: (212) 403-1000

 

 

Approximate date of commencement of proposed sale of the securities to the public: As soon as practicable after this registration statement becomes effective and upon completion of the merger.

If the securities being registered on this Form are being offered in connection with the formation of a holding company and there is compliance with General Instruction G, check the following box:  ¨

If this Form is filed to register additional securities for an offering pursuant to Rule 462(b) under the Securities Act, check the following box and list the Securities Act registration statement number of the earlier effective registration statement for the same offering.  ¨

If this Form is a post-effective amendment filed pursuant to Rule 462(d) under the Securities Act, check the following box and list the Securities Act registration statement number of the earlier effective registration statement for the same offering.  ¨


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Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller reporting company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act. (Check one):

 

Large accelerated filer   ¨     Accelerated filer    ¨
Non-accelerated filer   þ   (Do not check if a smaller reporting company)   Smaller reporting company    ¨

If applicable, place an ü in the box to designate the appropriate rule provision relied upon in conducting this transaction:

 

Exchange Act Rule 13e-4(i) (Cross-Border Issuer Tender Offer)  ¨

Exchange Act Rule 14d-1(d) (Cross-Border Third-Party Tender Offer)  ¨

 

 

CALCULATION OF REGISTRATION FEE

 

 

Title of each class of
securities to be registered
 

Amount

to be

registered

 

Proposed

maximum

offering price

per share

 

Proposed

maximum

aggregate

offering price

 

Amount of

registration fee

Common Stock, par value $0.01 per share

  114,184,266 shares(1)   N/A   $18,083,768,750(2)   $2,466,627(3)(4)

 

(1) Represents the maximum number of shares of IntercontinentalExchange Group, Inc. common stock estimated to be issuable upon the completion of the mergers described herein. The number of shares of common stock, par value $0.01 per share, of the registrant (“ICE Group common stock”) being registered is based upon the sum of (i) the product obtained by multiplying (x) 72,764,989 shares of common stock, par value $0.01 per share, of IntercontinentalExchange, Inc. (“ICE common stock”), the estimated maximum number of shares of ICE common stock that may be canceled and exchanged in the ICE merger by (y) the exchange ratio of 1.0 per share of ICE Group common stock for each share of ICE common stock, plus (ii) the product obtained by multiplying (a) 243,213,604 shares of common stock, par value $0.01 per share, of NYSE Euronext (“NYSE Euronext common stock”), the estimated maximum number of shares of NYSE Euronext common stock that may be canceled and exchanged in the NYSE Euronext merger by (b) the exchange ratio of 0.1703 per share of ICE Group common stock for each share of NYSE Euronext common stock.
(2) Pursuant to Rules 457(f)(1) and 457(c) under the Securities Act and estimated solely for the purpose of calculating the registration fee, the proposed maximum aggregate offering price is the sum of (i) the product obtained by multiplying (x) $159.71 (the average of the high and low prices of ICE common stock on March 18, 2013), by (y) 72,759,506 shares of ICE common stock (the estimated number of shares of ICE common stock that may be cancelled and exchanged in the ICE merger as of March 20, 2013), plus (ii) the product obtained by multiplying (x) $157.60 (the average of the high and low prices of ICE common stock on April 4, 2013), by (y) 3,639 shares of ICE common stock (the estimated additional number of shares of ICE common stock that may be cancelled and exchanged in connection with the ICE merger as of April 9, 2013), plus (iii) the product obtained by multiplying (x) $157.92 (the average of the high and low prices of ICE common stock on April 24, 2013), by (y) 1,844 shares of ICE common stock (the estimated additional number of shares of ICE common stock that may be cancelled and exchanged in connection with the ICE merger as of April 26, 2013), plus (iv) the product obtained by multiplying (a) $37.83 (the average of the high and low prices of NYSE Euronext common stock on March 18, 2013), by (b) 242,975,798 shares of NYSE Euronext common stock (the estimated maximum number of shares of NYSE Euronext common stock that may be canceled and exchanged in the NYSE Euronext merger as of March 20, 2013), plus (v) the product obtained by multiplying (x) $ 38.04 (the average of the high and low prices of NYSE Euronext common stock on April 24, 2013), by (y) 237,806 shares of NYSE Euronext common stock (the estimated additional number of shares of NYSE Euronext common stock that may be cancelled and exchanged in connection with the NYSE Euronext merger as of April 26, 2013), minus (vi) $2,738,337,244 (the estimated amount of cash to be paid by the registrant to NYSE Euronext stockholders in the NYSE Euronext merger).
(3) Calculated by multiplying the estimated aggregate offering price of securities to be registered by 0.00013640.
(4) $2,465,353 was previously paid.

 

 

The registrant hereby amends this registration statement on such date or dates as may be necessary to delay its effective date until the registrant shall file a further amendment which specifically states that this registration statement shall thereafter become effective in accordance with Section 8(a) of the Securities Act of 1933 or until the registration statement shall become effective on such date as the Securities and Exchange Commission, acting pursuant to said Section 8(a), may determine.

 

 

 


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Information contained herein is subject to completion or amendment. A registration statement relating to the shares of IntercontinentalExchange, Inc. common stock to be issued in the merger has been filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These securities may not be sold nor may offers to buy be accepted prior to the time the registration statement becomes effective. This joint proxy statement/prospectus shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale is not permitted or would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction.

 

PRELIMINARY JOINT PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS

DATED APRIL 30, 2013, SUBJECT TO COMPLETION

 

LOGO    LOGO

Dear Stockholders:

On December 20, 2012, IntercontinentalExchange, Inc. (“ICE”) and NYSE Euronext entered into a merger agreement, which was amended and restated on March 19, 2013, pursuant to which ICE will acquire NYSE Euronext under a newly formed holding company, IntercontinentalExchange Group, Inc. (“ICE Group”). Following successive merger transactions, ICE and NYSE Euronext will become wholly owned subsidiaries of ICE Group. The mergers combine two leading exchange groups to create a premier global exchange operator diversified across markets.

In the mergers, each share of ICE common stock owned by an ICE stockholder (except for certain shares held by ICE or Braves Merger Sub, Inc.) will be converted into the right to receive one share of ICE Group common stock. Each share of NYSE Euronext common stock owned by a NYSE Euronext stockholder (except for certain shares held by ICE, NYSE Euronext, or their subsidiaries, and shares held by NYSE Euronext stockholders who properly seek appraisal in accordance with Delaware law) will be converted into the right to receive 0.1703 of a share of ICE Group common stock and $11.27 in cash (this is referred to as the “standard election amount”). In lieu of the standard election amount, NYSE Euronext stockholders will have the right to make either a cash election to receive $33.12 in cash, or a stock election to receive 0.2581 of a share of ICE Group common stock, for each of their NYSE Euronext shares. Both the cash election and the stock election are subject to the proration and adjustment procedures to ensure that the total amount of cash paid, and the total number of shares of ICE Group common stock issued, in the merger to NYSE Euronext stockholders, as a whole, will be equal to the total amount of cash and number of shares that would have been paid and issued if all of the NYSE Euronext stockholders received the standard election amount. NYSE Euronext stockholders who fail to make a timely election or who make no election will receive the standard election amount. The precise consideration that NYSE Euronext stockholders will receive if they make the cash election or the stock election will not be known at the time that NYSE Euronext stockholders vote on the merger or make an election. For a description of the consideration that NYSE Euronext stockholders will receive if they make the cash election or the stock election, and the potential adjustments to this consideration, see “The Merger Agreement—Effect of the NYSE Euronext Merger on Shares of NYSE Euronext Common Stock and Interests of Baseball Merger Sub.” It is anticipated that ICE stockholders and NYSE Euronext stockholders, in each case as of immediately prior to the mergers, will hold approximately 64% and 36%, respectively, of the issued and outstanding shares of ICE Group common stock immediately after completion of the mergers, in each case as determined on a fully diluted basis and without giving effect to any shares of ICE common stock held by NYSE Euronext stockholders prior to the mergers. If the mergers are completed, it is currently estimated, based on the number of shares of NYSE Euronext common stock outstanding and reserved for issuance, that payment of the stock portion of the NYSE Euronext merger consideration will require ICE Group to issue or reserve for issuance approximately 42.5 million shares of ICE Group common stock in connection with the NYSE Euronext merger and that the maximum cash consideration required to be paid in the NYSE Euronext merger for the cash portion of the NYSE Euronext merger consideration will be approximately $2.7 billion. You should obtain current stock price quotations for ICE common stock and NYSE Euronext common stock. ICE common stock trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “ICE,” and NYSE Euronext common stock is dually listed and trades on the New York Stock Exchange and Euronext Paris under the symbol “NYX.” The value of the NYSE Euronext merger consideration may differ from the estimated value based on the current price per share of ICE common stock or the price per share of ICE common stock at the time of the ICE and NYSE Euronext special meetings. Upon completion of the mergers, ICE Group intends to list its common stock on the New York Stock Exchange under ICE’s current ticker symbol, “ICE,” and ICE common stock and NYSE Euronext common stock will be delisted and cease to be publicly traded.

ICE and NYSE Euronext will each hold a special meeting of stockholders to consider the proposed mergers and related matters. ICE and NYSE Euronext cannot complete the proposed mergers unless, among other things, ICE’s stockholders adopt the merger agreement and approve proposals relating to ICE Group’s certificate of incorporation, and NYSE Euronext stockholders adopt the merger agreement.

Your vote is very important. To ensure your representation at your company’s special meeting, please complete and return the enclosed proxy card or submit your proxy by telephone or through the Internet. Please vote promptly whether or not you expect to attend your company’s special meeting. Submitting a proxy now will not prevent you from being able to vote in person at your company’s special meeting. The ICE board of directors determined that the mergers and the other transactions contemplated by the merger agreement are in the best interests of the ICE stockholders, and has approved and declared advisable the merger agreement and the transactions contemplated thereby, including the mergers, and recommends that ICE stockholders vote “FOR” the adoption of the merger agreement and the transactions contemplated thereby, including the mergers, and “FOR” the approval of proposals relating to ICE Group’s certificate of incorporation. The NYSE Euronext board of directors has determined that the mergers and the other transactions contemplated by the merger agreement are in the best interests of the NYSE Euronext stockholders, and has approved and declared advisable the merger agreement and the transactions contemplated thereby, including the mergers, and recommends that NYSE Euronext stockholders vote “FOR” the adoption of the merger agreement and the transactions contemplated thereby, including the mergers.

The obligations of ICE and NYSE Euronext to complete the mergers are subject to the satisfaction or waiver of several conditions set forth in the merger agreement, a copy of which is included herein. The joint proxy statement/prospectus provides you with detailed information about the proposed mergers. It also contains or references information about ICE and NYSE Euronext and certain related matters. You are encouraged to read this document carefully. In particular, you should read the “Risk Factors” section beginning on page 36 for a discussion of the risks you should consider in evaluating the proposed transaction and how it will affect you.

Sincerely,

 

Jeffrey C. Sprecher

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

IntercontinentalExchange, Inc.

  

Duncan L. Niederauer

Chief Executive Officer

NYSE Euronext

Neither the Securities and Exchange Commission nor any state securities commission has approved or disapproved of the mergers, the issuance of the ICE Group common stock in connection with the mergers or the other transactions described in this document, or passed upon the adequacy or accuracy of the disclosure in this document. Any representation to the contrary is a criminal offense.

This document is dated April 30, 2013, and is first being mailed to stockholders of ICE and NYSE Euronext on or about May 2, 2013.


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WHERE YOU CAN FIND MORE INFORMATION

Both ICE and NYSE Euronext file annual, quarterly and special reports, proxy statements and other business and financial information with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). You may read and copy any materials that either ICE or NYSE Euronext files with the SEC at the SEC’s Public Reference Room at 100 F Street, N.E., Room 1580, Washington, D.C. 20549, at prescribed rates. Please call the SEC at (800) SEC-0330 ((800) 732-0330) for further information on the Public Reference Room. In addition, ICE and NYSE Euronext file reports and other business and financial information with the SEC electronically, and the SEC maintains a website located at http://www.sec.gov containing this information. You will also be able to obtain these documents, free of charge, from ICE at http://www.theice.com under the “About ICE” link and then under the heading “Investors & Media” or from NYSE Euronext by accessing NYSE Euronext’s website at http://www.nyx.com under the “Investor Relations” link and then under the heading “SEC Filings.”

ICE Group has filed a registration statement on Form S-4 of which this document forms a part with respect to the ICE Group common stock to be issued in the mergers. This document constitutes the prospectus of ICE Group filed as part of the registration statement. As permitted by SEC rules, this document does not contain all of the information included in the registration statement or in the exhibits or schedules to the registration statement. You may read and copy the registration statement, including any amendments, schedules and exhibits at the addresses set forth below. Statements contained in this document as to the contents of any contract or other documents referred to in this document are not necessarily complete. In each case, you should refer to the copy of the applicable contract or other document filed as an exhibit to the registration statement. This document incorporates by reference documents that ICE and NYSE Euronext have previously filed with the SEC and documents that ICE, ICE Group and NYSE Euronext may file with the SEC after the date of this document and prior to the date of the respective special meetings of the ICE stockholders and the NYSE Euronext stockholders. These documents contain important information about the companies and their financial condition. See “Incorporation of Certain Documents by Reference” on page 220. These documents are available without charge to you upon written or oral request to the applicable company’s principal executive offices. The respective addresses and telephone numbers of such principal executive offices are listed below.

 

For ICE Stockholders:   For NYSE Euronext Stockholders:

IntercontinentalExchange, Inc.

2100 RiverEdge Parkway

Suite 500

Atlanta, GA 30328
Attention: Investor Relations

(770) 857-4700

ir@theice.com

 

NYSE Euronext

11 Wall Street
New York, NY 10005

Attention: Investor Relations
(212) 656-5700

InvestorRelations@nyx.com

In addition, if you have questions about the mergers or the special meetings, or if you need to obtain copies of the accompanying joint proxy statement/prospectus, proxy cards, election forms or other documents incorporated by reference in the joint proxy statement/prospectus, you may contact the appropriate contact listed below. You will not be charged for any of the documents you request.

 

For ICE Stockholders:   For NYSE Euronext Stockholders:

D.F. King & Co., Inc.

48 Wall Street

New York, New York 10005

ice@dfking.com

ICE stockholders: 1-800-735-3591 (Toll-Free)

Bank & Brokerage Firms: (212) 269-5550

 

 

Mackenzie Partners, Inc.

105 Madison Avenue

New York, New York 10016

proxy@mackenziepartners.com

(212) 929-5500 (Collect) / (800) 322-2885 (Toll-Free)

+44 (0) 203 178 8057 (London Office)

To obtain timely delivery of these documents before ICE’s and NYSE Euronext’s special meetings of stockholders, you must request the information no later than May 24, 2013.

ICE common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “ICE,” and NYSE Euronext common stock is dually listed and trades on the New York Stock Exchange and Euronext Paris under the symbol “NYX.”


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Additional Information Related to the Offer of ICE Group Common Stock

INFORMATION FOR PROSPECTIVE INVESTORS IN THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC AREA

This document is not a prospectus for the purposes of Directive 2003/71/EC (an “EEA Prospectus”) but is an advertisement. IntercontinentalExchange Group, Inc. may publish an EEA Prospectus for the offer of its common stock to be issued in the proposed merger. Any such EEA Prospectus is likely to contain similar information to that contained in this joint proxy statement/prospectus. However, it is possible that IntercontinentalExchange Group, Inc. may be required (under applicable law, rules, regulations or guidance applicable to the public offer of securities or otherwise) to make certain changes or additions to or deletions from the description of its business, financial statements and other information contained herein. Furthermore, certain events might occur or circumstances might arise between publication of this document and of any EEA Prospectus that would require additional or different disclosure to be made in such EEA Prospectus. If the public offer referred to above is made, the EEA Prospectus will be published and made available at http://www.theice.com and at ICE’s offices at Milton Gate, Chiswell Street, London EC1Y 4SA. Potential investors to whom the offer is addressed and who are resident in the United Kingdom or other EEA jurisdictions where the EEA Prospectus is to be passported should have reference only to such EEA Prospectus (and not to this document) in arriving at their investment decision.

In relation to each member state of the EEA which has implemented the Prospectus Directive (each, a “Relevant Member State”), with effect from and including the date on which the Prospectus Directive is implemented in that Relevant Member State (the “Relevant Implementation Date”), no offer of any shares has been made to the public in that Relevant Member State other than any offer where a prospectus has been or will be published in relation to such shares that has been approved by the competent authority in that Relevant Member State or, where appropriate, approved in another Relevant Member State and notified to the relevant competent authority in that Relevant Member State in accordance with the Prospectus Directive, except that with effect from and including the Relevant Implementation Date, an offer of such shares may be made to the public in that Relevant Member State:

 

  (a) to qualified investors, as permitted under article 3(2)(a) of the Prospectus Directive;

 

  (b) to fewer than 100 or, if the Relevant Member State has implemented the relevant provision of the 2010 PD Amending Directive, 150, natural or legal persons (other than qualified investors as defined in the Prospectus Directive), as permitted under article 3(2)(b) of the Prospectus Directive; or

 

  (c) in any other circumstances falling within Article 3(2)(c), 3(2)(d) and 3(2)(e) of the Prospectus Directive, provided that no such offer of securities shall require ICE Group to publish a prospectus pursuant to Article 3 of the Prospectus Directive or supplement a prospectus pursuant to Article 16 of the Prospectus Directive.

For the purposes of this provision, the expression an “offer to the public” in relation to any shares in any Relevant Member State means the communication in any form and by any means of sufficient information on the terms of the offer and the shares to be offered so as to enable an investor to decide to purchase or subscribe the securities, as the same may be varied in that Relevant Member State by any measure implementing the Prospectus Directive in that Relevant Member State. The expression “Prospectus Directive” means Directive 2003/71/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of November 4, 2003 (and amendments thereto, including the 2010 PD Amending Directive, to the extent implemented in the Relevant Member State), and includes any relevant implementing measure in the Relevant Member State and the expression “2010 PD Amending Directive” means Directive 2010/73/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of November 24, 2010.


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Denmark

This document has not been filed with or approved by the Danish Financial Supervisory Authority or any other regulatory authority in the Kingdom of Denmark.

Spain

This document is addressed exclusively to the current shareholders of the ICE and NYSE Euronext and refers to securities of a foreign company.

Please be aware that, in connection with the offering of securities arising from the shares of ICE Group common stock to be issued in the mergers and offered to the current stockholders of NYSE Euronext, a European Economic Area prospectus approved by the competent authority of the United Kingdom (United Kingdom Listing Authority –UKLA) in accordance with Directive 2003/71/EC (the “Prospectus Directve”) may be notified to the Comisión Nacional del Mercado de Valores (CNMV) following the procedure set forth in Chapter IV of the Prospectus Directive. A translation into Spanish of the summary of any such prospectus would be available in the web page of the CNMV (www.cnmv.es).

This document has not been verified, approved or recommended by the CNMV or by any other Spanish authority, nor has such entity confirmed the adequacy or accuracy of its content. Consequently, the distribution of this document in the Spanish jurisdiction is restricted by law. Persons in possession of this document are required to inform themselves about and to observe any such restrictions.

Sweden

The shares may not be offered to the public in Sweden. This document is only directed to such recipients to whom it is directly addressed and may not be copied or, directly or indirectly, be distributed or made available to other persons without the express consent of ICE Group, ICE and NYSE Euronext. Neither ICE Group, ICE nor NYSE Euronext is supervised by the Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority (Sw. Finansinspektionen). Neither this document nor the offering of shares hereunder is subject to any registration or approval requirements in Sweden under the Swedish Financial Instruments Trading Act (1991:980). Accordingly, the document has not been, nor will it be, registered or approved by the Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority.

INFORMATION FOR PROSPECTIVE INVESTORS IN OTHER JURISDICTIONS

Bahamas

This document has not been filed with the Securities Commission of The Bahamas because this offer of securities is exempt from the requirement for such filing. No offer or sale of any securities of the issuer can be made in The Bahamas unless the offer of the securities is made by or through a firm registered with the Securities Commission of The Bahamas to carry on securities business and in compliance with the Bahamian Exchange Control Regulations. Persons who are deemed “resident” in the Bahamas for Exchange Control purposes must obtain the prior approval of the Bahamas Central Bank to purchase these securities.

British Virgin Islands

THIS DOCUMENT DOES NOT CONSTITUTE A PUBLIC OFFER OF SECURITIES IN THE BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS FOR THE PURPOSES OF THE BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS’ SECURITIES AND INVESTMENT BUSINESS ACT, 2010 (AS AMENDED FROM TIME TO TIME).

Canada

The issuance of ICE Group common stock to NYSE Euronext stockholders in Canada who make the stock election or the standard election is exempt from the prospectus and registration requirements of Canadian


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securities laws pursuant to Section 2.11 of Canadian National Instrument 45-106. The first trade by NYSE Euronext stockholders in Canada of ICE Group common stock received pursuant to such election will be free from restrictions on resale provided that ICE Group is not a reporting issuer in Canada at the date of such first trade and such trade is made through an exchange or market outside of Canada, or to a person or company outside of Canada.

China

Shares may not be marketed, offered or sold directly or indirectly to the public in the People’s Republic of China (the “PRC”) and neither this document, which has not been submitted to the Chinese Securities and Regulatory Commission, nor any offering material or information contained herein relating to the issuance of ICE Group common stock, may be supplied to the public in the PRC or used in connection with any offer for the subscription or sale of shares to the public in the PRC. Shares may only be marketed, offered or sold to Chinese institutions which are authorized to engage in foreign exchange, business and offshore investment from outside the PRC. Chinese investors may be subject to foreign exchange control approval and filing requirements under the relevant Chinese foreign exchange regulations, as well as offshore investment approval requirements.

Hong Kong

WA R N I N G

The contents of this document have not been reviewed by any regulatory authority in Hong Kong. You are advised to exercise caution in relation to the offer. If you are in any doubt about any of the contents of this document, you should obtain independent professional advice.

Neither this joint proxy statement/prospectus nor any other document constitutes an offer or sale of any ICE Group common stock in Hong Kong, and no ICE Group common stock may be offered or sold in Hong Kong by means of this joint proxy statement/prospectus or any other document other than to (a) “professional investors” as defined in the Securities and Futures Ordinance (Cap. 571) of Hong Kong (the “SFO”) and any rules made thereunder; or (b) in other circumstances which do not result in the joint proxy statement/prospectus being a “prospectus” as defined in the Companies Ordinance (Cap. 32) of Hong Kong (“CO”) or which do not constitute an offer to the public within the meaning of the CO.

No person shall issue or possess for the purposes of issue, whether in Hong Kong or elsewhere, any advertisement, invitation or document relating to the ICE Group common stock, which is directed at, or the contents of which are likely to be accessed or read by, the public of Hong Kong (except if permitted to do so under the securities laws of Hong Kong) other than with respect the shares which are or are intended to be disposed of only to persons outside Hong Kong or only to “professional investors” as defined in the SFO and any rules made thereunder.

Jersey

This document is not subject to and has not received approval from either the Jersey Financial Services Commission or the Registrar of Companies in Jersey and no statement to the contrary, explicit or implicit, is authorised to be made in this regard. The securities being offered may be offered or sold in Jersey only in compliance with the provisions of the Control of Borrowing (Jersey) Order 1958.

Republic of China (Taiwan)

The shares offered hereby have not and will not be registered under the Securities and Exchange Law of the Republic of China (Taiwan) and the shares are not being directly or indirectly offered in the Republic of China (Taiwan).


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Republic of Korea

The ICE Group common stock has not been and will not be registered with the financial services commission of Korea under the financial investment services and capital markets act of Korea. Accordingly, the shares have not been and will not be, directly or indirectly, offered, sold or delivered in Korea or to, or for the account or benefit of, any resident of Korea, or to others for reoffering or resale, directly or indirectly, in Korea or to, or for the account or benefit of, any resident of Korea, except as otherwise permitted by applicable Korean laws and regulations.

Japan

This document does not constitute or form part of, and should not be construed as, an offer for sale or subscription of, or a solicitation of any offer to buy or subscribe for, or an inducement to engage in any other investment decision with respect to, any securities of any of ICE Group, ICE, NYSE Euronext, or any other entity in Japan. The distribution of this document may nonetheless be restricted by law in certain jurisdictions including Japan. None of ICE Group, ICE or NYSE Euronext (severally or jointly) shall incur any liability for its own failure or the failure of any other person or persons to comply with the provisions of any such restrictions under the Japanese laws and regulations.

South Africa

This offer for shares in ICE Group (the “Offer for Shares”) is not an offer for shares to the public in terms of the South African Companies Act, 2008 (as amended) (the “Companies Act”). Accordingly, the Offer for Shares documents, and any appendices or enclosures thereto (collectively, the “Offer for Shares Documents”) do not, nor are they intended to, constitute a prospectus or a written statement prepared and registered under the Companies Act.

This is a commercial communication, which accordingly does not constitute legal or financial advice. If you are in any doubt about the contents of this document or the investment to which this document relates, you should consult a person who specialises in advising on the acquisition of such security. The Offer for Shares Documents are addressed solely for consideration of the addressees and should not be distributed, published or reproduced (in whole or in part) or disclosed by the recipients to any other persons in South Africa, and cannot be acted on or relied on by any person other than the addressees. Natural shareholders to whom the Offer for Shares Documents are addressed should note that they may require the approval of the South African exchange control authorities if they wish to take up their entitlements. Such natural shareholders should consult their professional advisers as to whether they require any governmental or other consents or need to observe any other formalities to enable them to take up their rights.

Whilst every care has been taken in preparing this document, no representation, warranty or any undertaking (express or implied) is given and no responsibility or liability is accepted by ICE Group, ICE, NYSE Euronext or their affiliates as to the accuracy or completeness of the information contained herein.

Switzerland

General Remarks

This Swiss Addendum contains supplementary information to this joint proxy statement/prospectus required by Swiss law. This Swiss Addendum must be read in conjunction with the remainder of this document.


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Dividend Information

The table below sets forth the dividend paid per share, for the year indicated, of ICE common stock, which trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “ICE,” and NYSE Euronext common stock, which is dually listed and trades on the New York Stock Exchange and Euronext Paris under the symbol “NYX.”

 

Year

   ICE common stock      NYSE Euronext common stock  

2008

   $ 0       $ 1.15   

2009

   $ 0       $ 1.20   

2010

   $ 0       $ 1.20   

2011

   $ 0       $ 1.20   

2012

   $ 0       $ 1.20   

Approval from the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority

The Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority will have to be informed by ICE about the merger for the following entities which are all authorized foreign exchanges under Swiss law:

 

   

NYSE Euronext Amsterdam, Amsterdam

 

   

NYSE Euronext Brussels, Bruxelles

 

   

NYSE Euronext Liffe, London

 

   

NYSE Euronext Lisbon, Lisbon

 

   

NYSE Euronext Paris, Paris Cedex 01

 

   

NYSE Liffe US LLC, New York

 

   

ICE Futures Canada, Inc. Winnipeg

 

   

ICE Futures Europe, London

 

   

ICE Futures U.S., Inc. New York


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INTERCONTINENTALEXCHANGE, INC.

2100 RIVEREDGE PARKWAY

SUITE 500

ATLANTA, GA 30328

NOTICE OF THE SPECIAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS

TO BE HELD ON JUNE 3, 2013

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a special meeting of the stockholders of IntercontinentalExchange, Inc. (“ICE”) will be held at The Meeting Room, 2100 RiverEdge Parkway, Lower Lobby, Atlanta, GA 30328 at 8:00 a.m., Eastern time, on June 3, 2013, for the following purposes:

1. to adopt the Amended and Restated Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated as of March 19, 2013, by and among NYSE Euronext, IntercontinentalExchange, Inc., IntercontinentalExchange Group, Inc., Braves Merger Sub, Inc. and Baseball Merger Sub, LLC (the “ICE Merger” proposal);

2. to approve five separate proposals relating to the ICE Group amended and restated certificate of incorporation that will be in effect after the completion of the mergers (the “ICE Group Governance-Related” proposals); and

3. to approve one or more adjournments of the ICE special meeting, if necessary or appropriate, including adjournments to permit further solicitation of proxies in favor of the ICE Merger proposal and/or the ICE Group Governance-Related proposals (the “ICE Adjournment” proposal).

The approval by ICE’s stockholders of the ICE Merger proposal and the ICE Group Governance-Related proposals is required to complete the mergers under the terms of the merger agreement. The approval by ICE stockholders of the ICE Merger proposal is the only approval of the ICE stockholders required by Delaware law to approve the adoption of the merger agreement and the transactions contemplated thereby. The approval of the ICE Group Governance-Related proposals is being sought in accordance with Rule 14a-4(b) promulgated under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”), which requires certain matters to be presented separately to stockholders for approval.

ICE will transact no other business at the special meeting, except for business properly brought before the special meeting or any adjournment or postponement thereof.

The ICE Merger proposal and the ICE Group Governance-Related proposals are described in more detail in the accompanying joint proxy statement/prospectus, which you should read carefully in its entirety before you vote. A copy of the merger agreement is attached as Appendix A to the joint proxy statement/prospectus. A copy of the form of ICE Group’s amended and restated certificate of incorporation and form of ICE Group’s amended and restated bylaws based on ICE’s current understanding of the provisions to be in effect upon the completion of the mergers are attached as Appendix B and Appendix C, respectively, to this joint proxy statement/prospectus.

The ICE board of directors has set April 26, 2013 as the record date for the ICE special meeting. Only holders of record of shares of ICE common stock at the close of business on April 26, 2013 will be entitled to notice of and to vote at the ICE special meeting and any adjournments or postponements thereof. Any stockholder entitled to attend and vote at the ICE special meeting is entitled to appoint a proxy to attend and vote on such stockholder’s behalf. Such proxy need not be a holder of shares of ICE common stock.

Your vote is very important. To ensure your representation at the ICE special meeting, please complete and return the enclosed proxy card or submit your proxy by telephone or through the Internet. Please vote promptly whether or not you expect to attend the ICE special meeting. Submitting a proxy now will not prevent you from being able to vote in person at the ICE special meeting.

The ICE board of directors has approved and declared advisable the merger agreement and the transactions contemplated thereby, including the mergers, and recommends that you vote “FOR” the ICE Merger proposal, “FOR” the ICE Group Governance-Related proposals and “FOR” the ICE Adjournment proposal.

BY ORDER OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Jeffrey C. Sprecher

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Atlanta, Georgia

April 30, 2013

PLEASE VOTE YOUR SHARES OF ICE COMMON STOCK PROMPTLY. YOU CAN FIND INSTRUCTIONS FOR VOTING ON THE ENCLOSED PROXY CARD. IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT THE PROPOSALS OR ABOUT VOTING YOUR SHARES, PLEASE CALL 1 (800) 735-3591.


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NYSE EURONEXT

11 WALL STREET

NEW YORK, NEW YORK 10005

NOTICE OF THE SPECIAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS

TO BE HELD ON JUNE 3, 2013

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a special meeting of the stockholders of NYSE Euronext will be held at 11 Wall Street, New York, NY 10005 at 9:30 a.m., Eastern time, on June 3, 2013, for the following purposes:

1. to adopt the Amended and Restated Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated as of March 19, 2013, by and among NYSE Euronext, IntercontinentalExchange, Inc., IntercontinentalExchange Group, Inc., Braves Merger Sub, Inc. and Baseball Merger Sub, LLC (the “NYSE Euronext Merger” proposal);

2. to approve, on a non-binding, advisory basis, the compensation to be paid to NYSE Euronext’s named executive officers that is based on or otherwise relates to the NYSE Euronext merger, discussed in the section of this document entitled “The Mergers—Interests of NYSE Euronext Directors and Executive Officers in the NYSE Euronext Merger” (the “Merger-Related Named Executive Officer Compensation” proposal); and

3. to approve one or more adjournments of the NYSE Euronext special meeting, if necessary or appropriate, including adjournments to permit further solicitation of proxies in favor of the NYSE Euronext Merger proposal (the “NYSE Euronext Adjournment” proposal).

The approval by NYSE Euronext stockholders of the NYSE Euronext Merger proposal is required to complete the merger described in the accompanying joint proxy statement/prospectus.

NYSE Euronext will transact no other business at the special meeting, except for business properly brought before the special meeting or any adjournment or postponement thereof.

The NYSE Euronext Merger proposal is described in more detail in the accompanying joint proxy statement/prospectus, which you should read carefully in its entirety before you vote. A copy of the merger agreement is attached as Appendix A to this document.

The NYSE Euronext board of directors has set April 26, 2013 as the record date for the NYSE Euronext special meeting. Only holders of record of shares of NYSE Euronext common stock at the close of business on April 26, 2013 will be entitled to notice of and to vote at the NYSE Euronext special meeting and any adjournments or postponements thereof. Any stockholder entitled to attend and vote at the NYSE Euronext special meeting is entitled to appoint a proxy to attend and vote on such stockholder’s behalf. Such proxy need not be a holder of shares of NYSE Euronext common stock.

Your vote is very important. To ensure your representation at the NYSE Euronext special meeting, please complete and return the enclosed proxy card or submit your proxy by telephone or through the Internet. Please vote promptly whether or not you expect to attend the NYSE Euronext special meeting. Submitting a proxy now will not prevent you from being able to vote in person at the NYSE Euronext special meeting.

The NYSE Euronext board of directors has approved and declared advisable the merger agreement and the transactions contemplated thereby, including the mergers, and recommends that you vote “FOR” the NYSE Euronext Merger proposal, “FOR” the Merger-Related Named Executive Officer Compensation proposal and “FOR” the NYSE Euronext Adjournment proposal.

BY ORDER OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Janet L. McGinness

Executive Vice President & Corporate Secretary

New York, New York

April 30, 2013

PLEASE VOTE YOUR SHARES OF NYSE EURONEXT COMMON STOCK PROMPTLY. YOU CAN FIND INSTRUCTIONS FOR VOTING ON THE ENCLOSED PROXY CARD. IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT THE PROPOSALS OR ABOUT VOTING YOUR SHARES, PLEASE CALL 1 (800) 322-2885 or 1 (212) 929-5500.


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QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT THE SPECIAL MEETINGS

    1   

SUMMARY

    11   

The Mergers and the Merger Agreement (pages 76 and 130)

    11   

NYSE Euronext Merger Consideration (page 76)

    12   

Recommendation of the NYSE Euronext Board of Directors (page 86)

    12   

Recommendation of the ICE Board of Directors (page 99)

    13   

Opinions of Financial Advisors (pages 90 and 104)

    13   

NYSE Euronext Special Meeting of Stockholders (page 47)

    15   

ICE Special Meeting of Stockholders (page 57)

    15   

Interests of NYSE Euronext Directors and Executive Officers in the NYSE Euronext Merger (page 117)

    16   

Effect of the NYSE Euronext Merger on NYSE Euronext Stock Options and Other Stock-Based Awards (page  135)

    16   

Effect of the ICE Merger on ICE Stock Options and Awards (page 131)

    17   

Regulatory Approvals Required for the Mergers (page 122)

    18   

Appraisal Rights (page 216)

    19   

Conditions to the Mergers (page 150)

    19   

No Solicitation (page 143)

    20   

Change of Recommendation (page 145)

    21   

Termination Rights (page 154)

    21   

Termination Fees (page 155)

    21   

Litigation Related to the NYSE Euronext Merger (page 160)

    23   

Accounting Treatment (page 127)

    23   

Material United States Federal Income Tax Consequences of the Mergers (page 162)

    23   

Comparison of Stockholders’ Rights (page 178)

    24   

The Parties (page 68)

    24   

SELECTED HISTORICAL CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL DATA

    26   

Selected Historical Consolidated Financial Data of ICE

    26   

Selected Historical Consolidated Financial Data of NYSE Euronext

    27   

SELECTED UNAUDITED PRO FORMA CONDENSED COMBINED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL DATA

    30   

COMPARATIVE HISTORICAL AND UNAUDITED PRO FORMA PER SHARE FINANCIAL DATA

    32   

COMPARATIVE PER SHARE MARKET PRICE AND DIVIDEND INFORMATION

    33   

CAUTIONARY STATEMENT REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

    34   

RISK FACTORS

    36   

Risks Related to the Mergers

    36   

Risks Related to the Business of ICE Upon Completion of the Mergers

    41   

Risks Related to ICE’s Business

    46   

Risks Related to NYSE Euronext’s Business

    46   

NYSE EURONEXT SPECIAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS

    47   

Date, Time and Place

    47   

Purpose of NYSE Euronext Special Meeting

    47   

Recommendation of the NYSE Euronext Board of Directors

    47   

NYSE Euronext Record Date and Quorum

    47   

Required Vote

    48   

Voting Limitations

    48   

Treatment of Abstentions; Failure to Vote

    51   

Voting on Proxies; Incomplete Proxies

    51   

Shares Held in Street Name

    52   

Revocability of Proxies and Changes to a NYSE Euronext Stockholder’s Vote

    53   

Solicitation of Proxies

    53   

Attending the NYSE Euronext Special Meeting

    53   

NYSE EURONEXT PROPOSALS

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NYSE Euronext Merger Proposal

    54   

Merger-Related Named Executive Officer Compensation Proposal

    54   

NYSE Euronext Adjournment Proposal

    55   

Other Matters to Come Before the NYSE Euronext Special Meeting

    56   

ICE SPECIAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS

    57   

Date, Time and Place

    57   

Purpose of ICE Special Meeting

    57   

Recommendation of the ICE Board of Directors

    57   

ICE Record Date and Quorum

    57   

Required Vote

    58   

Treatment of Abstentions; Failure to Vote

    58   

Voting on Proxies; Incomplete Proxies

    59   

Shares Held in Street Name

    59   

Revocability of Proxies and Changes to an ICE Stockholder’s Vote

    60   

Solicitation of Proxies

    60   

Attending the ICE Special Meeting

    60   

ICE PROPOSALS

    61   

ICE Merger Proposal

    61   

ICE Group Governance-Related Proposals

    61   

ICE Adjournment Proposal

    67   

Other Matters to Come Before the ICE Special Meeting

    67   

INFORMATION ABOUT THE COMPANIES

    68   

CURRENT DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS OF ICE GROUP

    70   

DIRECTORS OF ICE GROUP FOLLOWING THE MERGERS

    71   

THE MERGERS

    76   

Transaction Structure

    76   

NYSE Euronext Merger Consideration

    76   

Background of the Mergers

    77   

Recommendation of the NYSE Euronext Board of Directors and Reasons for the NYSE Euronext Merger

    86   

Opinion of Perella Weinberg, Financial Advisor to NYSE Euronext

    90   

Recommendation of the ICE Board of Directors and Reasons for the Mergers

    99   

Opinion of Morgan Stanley, Financial Advisor to ICE

    104   

NYSE Euronext Unaudited Prospective Financial Information

    113   

ICE Unaudited Prospective Financial Information

    115   

Management and Board of Directors of ICE Group After the Mergers

    117   

Interests of NYSE Euronext Directors and Executive Officers in the NYSE Euronext Merger

    117   

Regulatory Approvals Required for the Mergers

    122   

Regulatory Authorities

    123   

Accounting Treatment

    127   

Public Trading Markets

    127   

Resale of ICE Group Common Stock

    128   

The Clearing Services Agreement

    128   

Potential Initial Public Offering of the Euronext Businesses

    129   

THE MERGER AGREEMENT

    130   

Explanatory Note Regarding the Merger Agreement

    130   

The Mergers

    130   

Closing and Effective Times of the Mergers

    131   

Effect of the ICE Merger on Shares of ICE Common Stock and Shares of Braves Merger Sub

    131   

Effect of the ICE Merger on ICE Stock Options and Awards

    131   

Effect of the NYSE Euronext Merger on Shares of NYSE Euronext Common Stock and Interests of Baseball Merger Sub

    132   

Effect of the NYSE Euronext Merger on NYSE Euronext Stock Options and Awards

    135   

Procedures for Converting Shares of NYSE Euronext Common Stock into Merger Consideration and ICE Common Stock into ICE Group Common Stock

    136   

Managers and Officers; Limited Liability Company Agreement

    138   

Dividends and Distributions on Shares of ICE Group Common Stock

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No Fractional Shares

    139   

Withholding

    139   

Representations and Warranties

    139   

Conduct of the Business Pending the Mergers

    141   

Third-Party Acquisition Proposals

    143   

Changes in Recommendation

    145   

Definition of Acquisition Proposal

    145   

Definition of Superior Proposal

    146   

Miscellaneous

    146   

NYSE Euronext Stockholders Meeting

    147   

ICE Stockholders Meeting

    147   

Stockholders Meetings

    147   

Recommendation of the NYSE Euronext Board of Directors

    147   

Recommendation of the ICE Board of Directors

    148   

Reasonable Best Efforts; Regulatory Filings and Other Actions

    148   

Employee Matters

    148   

Transaction Litigation

    149   

Appointment to ICE Group Board of Directors; Governance

    149   

Credit Facility

    150   

Conditions to the Consummation of the Mergers

    150   

Termination Rights

    154   

Termination Fees

    155   

Limitation on Remedies

    157   

Fees and Expenses

    158   

Indemnification; Directors’ and Officers’ Insurance

    158   

Amendment and Waiver

    159   

Specific Performance

    159   

LITIGATION RELATED TO THE MERGERS

    160   

MATERIAL UNITED STATES FEDERAL INCOME TAX CONSEQUENCES OF THE MERGERS

    162   

UNAUDITED PRO FORMA CONDENSED COMBINED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

    168   

NOTES TO THE UNAUDITED PRO FORMA CONDENSED COMBINED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

    170   

COMPARISON OF STOCKHOLDERS’ RIGHTS

    178   

DESCRIPTION OF ICE GROUP CAPITAL STOCK

    204   

CERTAIN BENEFICIAL OWNERS OF NYSE EURONEXT COMMON STOCK

    209   

CERTAIN BENEFICIAL OWNERS OF ICE COMMON STOCK

    211   

EXPERTS

    213   

VALIDITY OF COMMON STOCK

    213   

LEGAL OPINIONS

    213   

OTHER MATTERS

    213   

NYSE EURONEXT ANNUAL MEETING STOCKHOLDER PROPOSALS

    214   

ICE ANNUAL MEETING STOCKHOLDER PROPOSALS

    215   

APPRAISAL RIGHTS

    216   

INCORPORATION OF CERTAIN DOCUMENTS BY REFERENCE

    220   

 

Appendix A  

Amended and Restated Agreement and Plan of Merger

     A-1   
Appendix B  

Form of IntercontinentalExchange Group, Inc. Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation

     B-1   
Appendix C  

Form of IntercontinentalExchange Group, Inc. Amended and Restated Bylaws

     C-1   
Appendix D  

Opinion of Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC

     D-1   
Appendix E  

Opinion of Perella Weinberg Partners LLP

     E-1   
Appendix F  

Section 262 of the General Corporation Law of the State of Delaware

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QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT THE SPECIAL MEETINGS

The following are answers to certain questions that you may have regarding the special meetings. We urge you to read carefully the remainder of this document because the information in this section may not provide all of the information that might be important to you in determining how to vote. Additional important information is also contained in the appendices to, and the documents incorporated by reference into, this document.

 

Q: WHAT IS THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION FOR WHICH I AM BEING ASKED TO VOTE?

 

A: ICE and NYSE Euronext are proposing a transaction in which ICE will acquire NYSE Euronext under a newly formed holding company, ICE Group. In a series of merger transactions, Braves Merger Sub will merge with and into ICE (the “ICE merger”) and, immediately following the ICE merger, NYSE Euronext will merge with and into Baseball Merger Sub. In the event that certain legal opinions that are a condition to each party’s obligation to consummate the mergers cannot be obtained, the merger agreement provides that the NYSE Euronext merger will be restructured such that Baseball Merger Sub will merge with and into NYSE Euronext (in either case, the “NYSE Euronext merger”). Following the ICE merger and the NYSE Euronext merger (together, the “mergers”), each of ICE and NYSE Euronext will be direct wholly owned subsidiaries of ICE Group and the former ICE and NYSE Euronext stockholders will become holders of shares of ICE Group common stock. Upon the completion of the mergers, ICE Group’s common stock is expected to be listed for trading on the New York Stock Exchange under ICE’s current ticker symbol, “ICE”, and NYSE Euronext common stock will be delisted from the New York Stock Exchange and Euronext Paris, deregistered under the Securities Exchange Act of 1943 (the “Exchange Act”) and cease to be publicly traded. ICE common stock will be delisted from the New York Stock Exchange, deregistered under the Exchange Act and cease to be publicly traded.

 

Q: WHY AM I RECEIVING THIS DOCUMENT?

 

A: Each of ICE and NYSE Euronext is sending these materials to its respective stockholders to help them decide how to vote their shares of ICE common stock or NYSE Euronext common stock, as the case may be, with respect to matters to be considered at their respective special meetings.

Completion of the mergers requires the approval of both the ICE stockholders and NYSE Euronext stockholders. To obtain these required approvals, ICE and NYSE Euronext will each hold a special meeting of stockholders, at which each company will ask its respective stockholders to approve the adoption of the merger agreement (and consider any other matters properly brought before the special meetings), and ICE will ask its stockholders to approve five separate proposals relating to ICE Group’s amended and restated certificate of incorporation that will be in effect after the completion of the mergers. Information about these special meetings, the mergers and the other business to be considered by stockholders at each of the special meetings is contained in this document.

This document constitutes both a joint proxy statement of ICE and NYSE Euronext and a prospectus of ICE Group. It is a joint proxy statement because each of the boards of directors of ICE and NYSE Euronext is soliciting proxies from its respective stockholders using this document. It is a prospectus because ICE Group, in connection with the mergers, is offering shares of its common stock in exchange for the outstanding shares of ICE common stock and partial exchange for the outstanding shares of NYSE Euronext common stock in the mergers.

 

Q: WHAT WILL ICE STOCKHOLDERS RECEIVE IN THE ICE MERGER?

 

A: In the ICE merger, each share of ICE common stock owned by an ICE stockholder (other than ICE or Braves Merger Sub) will be converted into the right to receive one share of ICE Group common stock. If the ICE merger is completed, it is currently estimated that ICE Group will issue or reserve for issuance approximately 74.8 million shares of ICE Group common stock in connection with the ICE merger.

 

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Q: WHAT WILL NYSE EURONEXT STOCKHOLDERS RECEIVE IN THE NYSE EURONEXT MERGER?

 

A: In the NYSE Euronext merger, each share of NYSE Euronext common stock owned by a NYSE Euronext stockholder (except for excluded shares and dissenting shares) will be converted into the right to receive 0.1703 of a share of ICE Group common stock and $11.27 in cash (this is referred to as the “standard election amount”). In lieu of the standard election amount, NYSE Euronext stockholders will have the right to make either a cash election to receive $33.12 in cash, or a stock election to receive 0.2581 of a share of ICE Group common stock, for each of their NYSE Euronext shares, in each case without interest. Both the cash election and the stock election are subject to the proration and adjustment procedures set forth in the merger agreement. Under the proration and adjustment procedures, the total amount of cash paid, and the total number of shares of ICE Group common stock issued, in the NYSE Euronext merger to the NYSE Euronext stockholders, as a whole, will be equal to the total amount of cash and number of shares that would have been paid and issued if all of the NYSE Euronext stockholders received the standard election amount. NYSE Euronext stockholders (other than holders of excluded shares and dissenting shares) who fail to make a timely election or who make no election will receive the standard election amount for each share of NYSE Euronext common stock they hold. It is anticipated that ICE stockholders and NYSE Euronext stockholders, in each case as of immediately prior to the mergers, will hold approximately 64% and 36%, respectively, of the issued and outstanding shares of ICE Group common stock immediately after completion of the mergers, in each case as determined on a fully diluted basis and without giving effect to any shares of ICE common stock held by NYSE Euronext stockholders prior to the mergers.

 

Q: WILL NYSE EURONEXT STOCKHOLDERS RECEIVE THE FORM OF CONSIDERATION THEY ELECT?

 

A: Each NYSE Euronext stockholder that elects to receive something other than the standard election amount may not receive the exact form of consideration that such stockholder elects in the NYSE Euronext merger. If the mergers are completed, it is currently estimated that payment of the stock portion of the merger consideration will require ICE Group to issue or reserve for issuance approximately 42.5 million shares of ICE Group common stock in connection with the NYSE Euronext merger and that the maximum cash consideration required to be paid for the cash portion of the merger consideration will be approximately $2.7 billion. Under the proration and adjustment procedures, the total amount of cash paid, and the total number of shares of ICE Group common stock issued, in the merger to the NYSE Euronext stockholders, as a whole, will be equal to the total amount of cash and number of shares that would have been paid and issued if all of the NYSE Euronext stockholders received the standard election amount. NYSE Euronext stockholders (other than holders of excluded shares and dissenting shares) who fail to make a timely election or who make no election will receive the standard election amount for each share of NYSE Euronext common stock they hold. The allocation of the mix of consideration payable to NYSE Euronext stockholders in the NYSE Euronext merger will not be known until ICE Group tallies the results of the elections made by NYSE Euronext stockholders, which will not occur until near or after the closing of the mergers. The greater the oversubscription of the cash election, the less cash and more stock a NYSE Euronext stockholder making the cash election will receive. Reciprocally, the greater the oversubscription of the stock election, the less stock and more cash a NYSE Euronext stockholder making the stock election will receive. However, in no event will a NYSE Euronext stockholder who makes the cash election or the stock election receive less cash and more shares of ICE Group common, or fewer shares of ICE Group common stock and more cash, respectively, than a stockholder who makes the standard election. See “The Mergers—NYSE Euronext Merger Consideration” and, for illustrative examples of how the proration and adjustment procedures would work in the event there is an oversubscription of the cash election or stock election in the NYSE Euronext merger, see “The Merger Agreement—Effect of the NYSE Euronext Merger on Shares of NYSE Euronext Common Stock and Interests of Baseball Merger Sub.”

 

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Q: HOW DO NYSE EURONEXT STOCKHOLDERS MAKE THEIR ELECTION TO RECEIVE CASH, SHARES OF ICE GROUP COMMON STOCK OR A COMBINATION OF BOTH?

 

A: An election form and transmittal materials will be mailed prior to the anticipated closing date of the mergers to each holder of record of shares of NYSE Euronext common stock. ICE Group will also make an election form available, if requested, to each person that subsequently becomes a holder of shares of NYSE Euronext common stock. Each NYSE Euronext stockholder should complete and return the election form, along with proper transfer documentation for NYSE Euronext book-entry interests (or a properly completed notice of guaranteed delivery), according to the instructions included with the form. The election form will be provided to NYSE Euronext stockholders under separate cover and is not being provided with this document. The election deadline will be 5:00 p.m., New York time, on the business day that is two trading days prior to the expected completion date of the mergers unless ICE publicly announces a different date or time. This date will be publicly announced by ICE Group as soon as practicable but at least four business days prior to the expected completion date of the mergers.

If you own shares of NYSE Euronext common stock in “street name” through a bank, broker or other nominee and you wish to make an election, you should seek instructions from the bank, broker or other nominee holding your shares concerning how to make an election.

If you do not send in the election form together with proper transfer documentation for your NYSE Euronext book-entry interests by the election deadline, you will be treated as though you had not made an election, and you will receive the standard election amount for each share of NYSE Euronext common stock you hold.

 

Q: WHAT HAPPENS IF A NYSE EURONEXT STOCKHOLDER DOES NOT MAKE A VALID ELECTION TO RECEIVE CASH OR ICE COMMON STOCK?

 

A: If a NYSE Euronext stockholder does not return a properly completed election form by the election deadline specified in the election form, such stockholder will be deemed to have made the standard election described above, and his or her shares of NYSE Euronext common stock (other than excluded shares and dissenting shares) will be converted into the right to receive 0.1703 shares of ICE Group common stock per share of NYSE Euronext common stock plus $11.27 in cash per share of NYSE Euronext common stock. See “The Merger Agreement—Effect of the NYSE Euronext Merger on Shares of NYSE Euronext Common Stock and Interests of Baseball Merger Sub” beginning on page 132.

 

Q: WHEN WILL THE MERGERS BE COMPLETED?

 

A: The parties currently expect that the mergers will be completed during the second half of 2013. Neither ICE nor NYSE Euronext can predict, however, the actual date on which the mergers will be completed, or whether they will be completed, because they are subject to factors beyond each company’s control, including whether or when the required regulatory approvals will be received. See “The Merger Agreement—Conditions to the Consummation of the Mergers” beginning on page 150.

 

Q: WHAT ARE NYSE EURONEXT STOCKHOLDERS BEING ASKED TO VOTE ON AND WHY IS THIS APPROVAL NECESSARY?

 

A: NYSE Euronext stockholders are being asked to vote on the following proposals:

 

  1. to adopt the merger agreement, a copy of which is attached as Appendix A to this document, which is referred to as the NYSE Euronext Merger proposal;

 

  2. to approve, on a non-binding, advisory basis, the compensation to be paid to NYSE Euronext’s named executive officers that is based on or otherwise relates to the NYSE Euronext merger, discussed under the section entitled “The Mergers—Interests of NYSE Euronext Directors and Executive Officers in the NYSE Euronext Merger” beginning on page 117, which is referred to as the Merger-Related Named Executive Officer Compensation proposal; and

 

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  3. to approve one or more adjournments of the NYSE Euronext special meeting, if necessary or appropriate, including adjournments to permit further solicitation of proxies in favor of the NYSE Euronext Merger proposal, which is referred to as the NYSE Euronext Adjournment proposal.

Stockholder approval of the NYSE Euronext Merger proposal is required for completion of the NYSE Euronext merger. NYSE Euronext will transact no other business at the NYSE Euronext special meeting, except for business properly brought before the NYSE Euronext special meeting or any adjournment or postponement thereof.

 

Q: WHAT VOTE IS REQUIRED TO APPROVE EACH PROPOSAL AT THE NYSE EURONEXT SPECIAL MEETING?

 

A: The NYSE Euronext Merger proposal: The affirmative vote of a majority of the outstanding shares of NYSE Euronext common stock entitled to vote on the proposal at the NYSE Euronext special meeting is required to approve the NYSE Euronext Merger proposal. If you are a NYSE Euronext stockholder and you abstain from voting or fail to vote, or fail to instruct your broker, bank or other nominee how to vote on the NYSE Euronext Merger proposal, it will have the same effect as a vote cast “AGAINST” the NYSE Euronext Merger proposal.

The Merger-Related Named Executive Officer Compensation proposal: The affirmative vote of a majority of the votes cast by stockholders entitled to vote on the proposal at the NYSE Euronext special meeting is required to approve the Merger-Related Named Executive Officer Compensation proposal. The stockholders’ vote regarding the Merger-Related Named Executive Officer Compensation proposal is an advisory vote, and therefore is not binding on NYSE Euronext or on ICE or the boards of directors or the compensation committees of NYSE Euronext or ICE. Since compensation and benefits to be paid or provided in connection with the NYSE Euronext merger are based on contractual arrangements with the named executive officers, the outcome of this advisory vote will not affect the obligation to make these payments.

The NYSE Euronext Adjournment proposal: The affirmative vote of a majority of the votes cast by stockholders entitled to vote on the proposal at the NYSE Euronext special meeting is required to approve the NYSE Euronext Adjournment proposal.

 

Q: HOW DOES THE NYSE EURONEXT BOARD OF DIRECTORS RECOMMEND I VOTE?

 

A: The NYSE Euronext board of directors recommends that you vote your shares of NYSE Euronext common stock:

 

  1. “FOR” the NYSE Euronext Merger proposal;

 

  2. “FOR” the Merger-Related Named Executive Officer Compensation proposal; and

 

  3. “FOR” the NYSE Euronext Adjournment proposal.

 

Q: WHAT ARE ICE STOCKHOLDERS BEING ASKED TO VOTE ON AND WHY IS THIS APPROVAL NECESSARY?

 

A: ICE stockholders are being asked to vote on the following proposals:

 

  1. to adopt the merger agreement, a copy of which is attached as Appendix A to this document, which is referred to as the ICE Merger proposal;

 

  2.

to approve five separate proposals relating to ICE Group’s amended and restated certificate of incorporation that will be in effect upon completion of the mergers, which are referred to as the ICE Group Governance-Related proposals (each proposal is described below); and

 

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  3. to approve one or more adjournments of the ICE special meeting, if necessary or appropriate, including adjournments to permit further solicitation of proxies in favor of the ICE Merger proposal and/or the ICE Group Governance-Related proposals, which is referred to as the ICE Adjournment proposal.

The ICE Group Governance-Related proposals consist of provisions in ICE Group’s amended and restated certificate of incorporation that will be in effect upon completion of the mergers that: (i) grant ICE Group authority to issue five hundred million (500,000,000) shares of common stock, par value $0.01 per share, and one hundred million (100,000,000) shares of preferred stock, par value $0.01 per share; (ii) impose limitations on ownership and voting of shares of ICE Group common stock; (iii) disqualify any person who is a U.S. Disqualified Person or a European Disqualified Person (each term is defined in the ICE Group bylaws) from acting as a director or officer of ICE Group; (iv) incorporate a set of considerations that the ICE Group board of directors may consider when it takes any action; and (v) require regulatory review of and impose new stockholder approval requirements on certain amendments to ICE Group’s certificate of incorporation. These proposals are described in more detail under “ICE Proposals—ICE Group Governance-Related Proposals.”

Stockholder approval of the ICE Merger proposal and the ICE Group Governance-Related proposals is required to complete the mergers under the terms of the merger agreement. The approval by ICE stockholders of the ICE Merger proposal is the only approval of the ICE stockholders required by Delaware law to approve the adoption of the merger agreement and the transactions contemplated thereby. The approval of the ICE Group Governance-Related proposals is being sought in accordance with Rule 14a-4(b) promulgated under the Exchange Act of 1934, which requires certain matters to be presented separately to stockholders for approval. ICE will transact no other business at the ICE special meeting, except for business properly brought before the ICE special meeting or any adjournment or postponement thereof.

 

Q: WHAT VOTE IS REQUIRED TO APPROVE EACH PROPOSAL AT THE ICE SPECIAL MEETING?

 

A: The ICE Merger proposal: The affirmative vote of a majority of the outstanding shares of ICE common stock entitled to vote on the proposal at the ICE special meeting is required to approve the ICE Merger proposal. If you are an ICE stockholder and you abstain from voting or fail to vote, or fail to instruct your broker, bank or other nominee how to vote on the ICE Merger proposal, it will have the same effect as a vote cast “AGAINST” the ICE Merger proposal.

ICE Group Governance-Related proposals: The vote of a majority of the votes cast affirmatively and negatively by stockholders entitled to vote on the ICE Governance-Related proposals at the ICE special meeting is required to approve each ICE Group Governance-Related proposal.

The ICE Adjournment proposal: The vote of a majority of the votes cast affirmatively and negatively by stockholders entitled to vote on the proposal at the ICE special meeting is required to approve the ICE Adjournment proposal.

 

Q: HOW DOES THE ICE BOARD OF DIRECTORS RECOMMEND I VOTE?

 

A: The ICE board of directors recommends that you vote your shares of ICE common stock:

 

  1. “FOR” the ICE Merger proposal;

 

  2. “FOR” the ICE Group Governance-Related proposals; and

 

  3. “FOR” the ICE Adjournment proposal.

 

Q: WHAT DO I NEED TO DO NOW?

 

A: After carefully reading and considering the information contained in this joint proxy statement/prospectus, please vote your shares as soon as possible so that your shares will be represented at your respective company’s special meeting. Please follow the instructions set forth on the proxy card or on the voting instruction form provided by the record holder if your shares are held in the name of your broker, bank or other nominee.

 

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Q: HOW DO I VOTE?

 

A: If you are a stockholder of record of ICE as of April 26, 2013, which is referred to as the ICE record date, or a stockholder of record of NYSE Euronext as of April 26, 2013, which is referred to as the NYSE Euronext record date, you may submit your proxy before your respective company’s special meeting in one of the following ways:

 

   

visit the website shown on your proxy card to vote via the Internet;

 

   

call the toll-free number shown on your proxy card; or

 

   

complete, sign, date and return the enclosed proxy card in the enclosed postage-paid envelope.

You may also cast your vote in person at your respective company’s special meeting.

If your shares are held in “street name,” through a broker, bank or other nominee, that institution will send you separate instructions describing the procedure for voting your shares. “Street name” stockholders who wish to vote at the meeting will need to obtain a proxy form from their broker, bank or other nominee.

 

Q: WHEN AND WHERE ARE THE ICE AND NYSE EURONEXT SPECIAL MEETINGS OF STOCKHOLDERS?

 

A: The special meeting of NYSE Euronext stockholders will be held at 11 Wall Street, New York, NY 10005 at 9:30 a.m., Eastern time, on June 3, 2013. Subject to space availability, all NYSE Euronext stockholders as of the NYSE Euronext record date, or their duly appointed proxies, may attend the NYSE Euronext special meeting. Since seating is limited, admission to the meeting will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration and seating will begin at 8:30 a.m., Eastern time. You must present the admission ticket included in this joint proxy statement/prospectus in order to attend the NYSE Euronext special meeting, space permitting.

The special meeting of ICE stockholders will be held at The Meeting Room, 2100 RiverEdge Parkway, Lower Lobby, Atlanta, GA 30328 at 8:00 a.m., Eastern time, on June 3, 2013. Subject to space availability, all ICE stockholders as of the ICE record date, or their duly appointed proxies, may attend the ICE special meeting. Since seating is limited, admission to the meeting will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration and seating will begin at 7:30 a.m., Eastern time. You must present the admission ticket included in this joint proxy statement/prospectus in order to attend the ICE special meeting, space permitting.

 

Q: IF MY SHARES ARE HELD IN “STREET NAME” BY A BROKER, BANK OR OTHER NOMINEE, WILL MY BROKER, BANK OR OTHER NOMINEE VOTE MY SHARES FOR ME?

 

A: If your shares are held in “street name” in a stock brokerage account or by a bank or other nominee, you must provide the record holder of your shares with instructions on how to vote your shares. Please follow the voting instructions provided by your broker, bank or other nominee. Please note that you may not vote shares held in street name by returning a proxy card directly to ICE or NYSE Euronext or by voting in person at your respective company’s special meeting unless you obtain a “legal proxy,” which you must obtain from your broker, bank or other nominee.

Under the rules of the New York Stock Exchange, brokers who hold shares in street name for a beneficial owner of those shares typically have the authority to vote in their discretion on “routine” proposals when they have not received instructions from beneficial owners. However, brokers are not allowed to exercise their voting discretion with respect to the approval of matters that the New York Stock Exchange determines to be “non-routine” without specific instructions from the beneficial owner. It is expected that all proposals to be voted on at the ICE special meeting and the NYSE Euronext special meeting are such “non-routine” matters. Broker non-votes occur when a broker or nominee is not instructed by the beneficial owner of shares how to vote on a particular proposal for which the broker does not have discretionary voting power.

 

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If you are a NYSE Euronext stockholder and you do not instruct your broker, bank or other nominee on how to vote your shares:

 

   

your broker, bank or other nominee may not vote your shares on the NYSE Euronext Merger proposal, which broker non-votes will have the same effect as a vote “AGAINST” such proposal;

 

   

your broker, bank or other nominee may not vote your shares on the Merger-Related Named Executive Officer Compensation proposal or the NYSE Euronext Adjournment proposal, which broker non-votes will have no effect on the vote count for each such proposal (assuming a quorum is present); and

 

   

your broker, bank or other nominee may not vote your shares on the NYSE Euronext Adjournment proposal, which broker non-votes will have no effect on the vote count for this proposal (assuming a quorum is present).

If you are an ICE stockholder and you do not instruct your broker, bank or other nominee on how to vote your shares:

 

   

your broker, bank or other nominee may not vote your shares on the ICE Merger proposal, which broker non-votes will have the same effect as a vote “AGAINST” such proposal;

 

   

your broker, bank or other nominee may not vote your shares on the ICE Group Governance-Related proposals, which broker non-votes will have no effect on the vote count for any of these proposals (assuming a quorum is present); and

 

   

your broker, bank or other nominee may not vote your shares on the ICE Adjournment proposal, which broker non-votes will have no effect on the vote count for this proposal (assuming a quorum is present).

 

Q: WHAT IF I DO NOT VOTE OR I ABSTAIN?

 

A: For purposes of each of the ICE special meeting and the NYSE Euronext special meeting, an abstention occurs when a stockholder attends the applicable special meeting in person and does not vote or returns a proxy with an “abstain” vote.

If you are a NYSE Euronext stockholder and you fail to vote or fail to instruct your broker, bank or other nominee how to vote on the NYSE Euronext Merger proposal, your proxy will have the same effect as a vote cast “AGAINST” the NYSE Euronext Merger proposal. If you respond with an “abstain” vote on the NYSE Euronext Merger proposal, your proxy will have the same effect as a vote cast “AGAINST” the NYSE Euronext Merger proposal.

If you are a NYSE Euronext stockholder and you fail to vote or fail to instruct your broker, bank or other nominee how to vote on the Merger-Related Named Executive Officer Compensation proposal or the NYSE Euronext Adjournment proposal, your proxy will have no effect on the vote count for such proposal (assuming a quorum is present). If you respond with an “abstain” vote on the Merger-Related Named Executive Officer Compensation proposal or the NYSE Euronext Adjournment proposal, your proxy will have no effect on the vote count for such proposal.

If you are an ICE stockholder and you fail to vote or fail to instruct your broker, bank or other nominee how to vote on the ICE Merger proposal, your proxy will have the same effect as a vote cast “AGAINST” the ICE Merger proposal. If you respond with an “abstain” vote on the ICE Merger proposal, your proxy will have the same effect as a vote cast “AGAINST” the ICE Merger proposal.

If you are an ICE stockholder and you fail to vote or fail to instruct your broker, bank or other nominee how to vote on any of the ICE Group Governance-Related proposals, your proxy will have no effect on the vote count for each such proposal (assuming a quorum is present). If you respond with an “abstain” vote on any of the ICE Group Governance-Related proposals, your proxy will have no effect on the vote count for each such proposal.

 

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If you are an ICE stockholder and you fail to vote or fail to instruct your broker, bank or other nominee how to vote on the ICE Adjournment proposal, your proxy will have no effect on the vote count for such proposal (assuming a quorum is present). If you respond with an “abstain” vote on the ICE Adjournment proposal, your proxy will have no effect on the vote count for such proposal.

 

Q: WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF I RETURN MY PROXY OR VOTING INSTRUCTION CARD WITHOUT INDICATING HOW TO VOTE?

 

A: If you sign and return your proxy or voting instruction card without indicating how to vote on any particular proposal, the shares of ICE common stock represented by your proxy will be voted “FOR” each proposal in accordance with the recommendation of the ICE board of directors with respect to each proposal or the shares of NYSE Euronext common stock represented by your proxy will be voted “FOR” each proposal in accordance with the recommendation of the NYSE Euronext board of directors with respect to each proposal. Unless an ICE stockholder or a NYSE Euronext stockholder, as applicable, checks the box on its proxy card to withhold discretionary authority, the proxyholders may use their discretion to vote on the proposals relating to the ICE special meeting or NYSE Euronext special meeting, as applicable.

 

Q: MAY I CHANGE MY VOTE AFTER I HAVE DELIVERED MY PROXY OR VOTING INSTRUCTION CARD?

 

A: Yes. ICE stockholders may change their vote or revoke a proxy at any time before it is exercised by:

 

   

filing a written revocation with the corporate secretary of ICE,

 

   

submitting a new proxy bearing a later date (by Internet, telephone or mail) that is received no later than the deadline specified on the proxy card, or

 

   

voting in person at the ICE special meeting.

NYSE Euronext stockholders may change their vote or revoke a proxy at any time before it is exercised by:

 

   

filing a written revocation with the corporate secretary of NYSE Euronext,

 

   

submitting a new proxy bearing a later date (by Internet, telephone or mail) that is received no later than the deadline specified on the proxy card, or

 

   

voting in person at the NYSE Euronext special meeting.

Please note, however, that under the rules of the New York Stock Exchange, any beneficial owner of ICE common stock or NYSE Euronext common stock whose shares are held in street name by a New York Stock Exchange member brokerage firm may revoke its proxy and vote its shares in person at the ICE special meeting or the NYSE Euronext special meeting only in accordance with applicable rules and procedures as employed by such beneficial owner’s brokerage firm. If your shares are held in an account at a broker, bank or other nominee, you should contact your broker, bank or other nominee to change your vote.

If you hold shares indirectly in the ICE benefit plans or NYSE Euronext benefits plans, you should contact the trustee of your plan, as applicable, to change your vote of the shares allocated to your benefit plan.

Attending the ICE special meeting or the NYSE Euronext special meeting will not automatically revoke a proxy that was submitted through the Internet or by telephone or mail.

 

Q: WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I RECEIVE MORE THAN ONE SET OF VOTING MATERIALS?

 

A:

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  than one brokerage account, you will receive a separate voting instruction card for each brokerage account in which you hold such shares. If you are a holder of record of NYSE Euronext common stock or ICE common stock and your shares are registered in more than one name, you will receive more than one proxy card. In addition, if you are a holder of both NYSE Euronext common stock and ICE common stock, you will receive one or more separate proxy cards or voting instruction cards for each company. Please complete, sign, date and return each proxy card and voting instruction card that you receive or otherwise follow the voting instructions set forth in this joint proxy statement/prospectus to ensure that you vote every share of ICE common stock and/or NYSE Euronext common stock that you own.

 

Q: ARE NYSE EURONEXT STOCKHOLDERS ENTITLED TO APPRAISAL RIGHTS?

 

A: Yes. NYSE Euronext stockholders are entitled to appraisal rights under Section 262 of the General Corporation Law of the State of Delaware, which is referred to as Delaware law, provided they satisfy the special criteria and conditions set forth in Section 262 of Delaware law. More information regarding these appraisal rights is provided in this document, and the provisions of Delaware law that grant appraisal rights and govern such procedures are attached as Appendix F to this document. You should read these provisions carefully and in their entirety. See “Appraisal Rights” beginning on page 216.

 

Q: ARE ICE STOCKHOLDERS ENTITLED TO APPRAISAL RIGHTS?

 

A: No. ICE stockholders are not entitled to appraisal rights under Delaware law. At the effective time of the ICE merger, each share of ICE common stock owned by an ICE stockholder (other than ICE or Braves Merger Sub) will be converted into the right to receive one share of ICE Group common stock.

 

Q: WHAT ARE THE MATERIAL UNITED STATES FEDERAL INCOME TAX CONSEQUENCES OF THE MERGERS TO ICE STOCKHOLDERS AND NYSE EURONEXT STOCKHOLDERS?

 

A: The obligation of ICE to complete the mergers is conditioned upon the receipt of a legal opinion from its counsel to the effect that each merger will qualify as a reorganization within the meaning of Section 368(a) of the Internal Revenue Code. Additionally, the obligation of NYSE Euronext to complete the NYSE Euronext merger is conditioned upon the receipt of a legal opinion from its counsel to the effect that the NYSE Euronext merger will qualify as a reorganization within the meaning of Section 368(a) of the Internal Revenue Code. In the event that legal counsel to either ICE or NYSE Euronext is unable to render the legal opinion described above with respect to the NYSE Euronext merger, the NYSE Euronext merger will be restructured and the obligation of each of ICE and NYSE Euronext to complete the mergers will be conditioned upon the receipt of alternative opinions from their respective counsel, as discussed further in “Material United States Federal Income Tax Consequences of the Mergers” beginning on page 162.

Assuming the receipt and accuracy of the opinions described above, U.S. holders of ICE common stock will not recognize gain or loss for U.S. federal income tax purposes upon the receipt of ICE Group common stock in exchange for ICE common stock pursuant to the ICE merger and the U.S. federal income tax consequences of the NYSE Euronext merger (or, in the event the NYSE Euronext merger is restructured, the NYSE Euronext merger and the ICE merger, taken together) to U.S. holders of NYSE Euronext common stock are as follows:

 

   

If you receive shares of ICE Group common stock (and no cash other than cash received instead of a fractional share of ICE Group common stock) in exchange for your NYSE Euronext common stock, then you generally will not recognize any gain or loss, except with respect to cash received instead of a fractional share of ICE Group common stock.

 

   

If you receive solely cash, you generally will recognize gain or loss equal to the difference between the amount of cash you receive and your tax basis in your NYSE Euronext common stock. Generally, any gain recognized upon the exchange will be capital gain, and any such capital gain will be long-term capital gain if you have established a holding period of more than one year for your shares of NYSE Euronext common stock.

 

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If you receive a combination of ICE Group common stock and cash (other than cash received instead of a fractional share of ICE Group common stock), in exchange for your NYSE Euronext common stock, you generally will recognize gain, but not loss, upon the exchange of your shares of NYSE Euronext common stock for shares of ICE Group common stock and cash. If the sum of the fair market value of the ICE Group common stock and the amount of cash you receive in exchange for your shares of NYSE Euronext common stock exceeds the tax basis of your shares of NYSE Euronext common stock, you generally will recognize taxable gain equal to the lesser of the amount of such excess or the amount of cash you receive in the exchange. Generally, any gain recognized upon the exchange will be capital gain, and any such capital gain will be long-term capital gain if you have established a holding period of more than one year for your shares of NYSE Euronext common stock.

Any gain recognized could also be subject to the additional 3.8% Medicare tax on net investment income, depending on your individual circumstances.

For a more detailed discussion of the material United States federal income tax consequences of the mergers, see “Material United States Federal Income Tax Consequences of the Mergers” beginning on page 162.

The tax consequences of the mergers to any particular stockholder will depend on that stockholder’s particular facts and circumstances. Accordingly, please consult your tax advisor to determine the tax consequences to you from the mergers.

 

Q: WHAT HAPPENS IF THE MERGERS ARE NOT COMPLETED?

 

A: If the mergers are not completed, NYSE Euronext stockholders will not receive any consideration for their shares of NYSE Euronext common stock in connection with the mergers. Instead, NYSE Euronext will remain an independent public company and its common stock will continue to be dually listed and traded on the New York Stock Exchange and Euronext Paris. Similarly, if the mergers are not completed, ICE stockholders will not receive any shares of ICE Group common stock in connection with the mergers. Instead, ICE will remain an independent public company and its common stock will continue to be listed and traded on the New York Stock Exchange. Under specified circumstances, NYSE Euronext or ICE may be required to pay to, or be entitled to receive from, the other party a fee with respect to the termination of the merger agreement, as described under “The Merger Agreement—Termination Rights” beginning on page 154 and “The Merger Agreement—Termination Fees” beginning on page 155.

 

Q: WHOM SHOULD I CONTACT IF I HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT THE PROXY MATERIALS OR VOTING?

 

A: If you have any questions about the proxy materials or if you need assistance submitting your proxy or voting your shares or need additional copies of this document or the enclosed proxy card, you should contact the proxy solicitation agent for the company in which you hold shares.

If you are an ICE stockholder, you should contact D.F. King & Co., Inc., the proxy solicitation agent for ICE, at 1 (800) 735-3591 or by email at ice@dfking.com. Banks and brokerage firms should contact D.F. King & Co., Inc. at (212) 269-5550 or by email at ice@dfking.com. If you are a NYSE Euronext stockholder and you hold your shares in a street name, you should follow the instructions provided by your bank or broker or you may contact NYSE Euronext’s U.S. solicitation agent, MacKenzie Partners, Inc. (telephone: +1 (800) 322-2885 or +1 (212) 929-5500; email: proxy@mackenziepartners.com) with any questions. If you hold your shares in registered format, you may also contact MacKenzie Partners with any questions.

If you are a NYSE Euronext stockholder and you hold your shares through EuroClear or Clearstream, you may contact NYSE Euronext’s proxy solicitor, MacKenzie Partners, Inc. (London office) (telephone +44 (0) 203 178 8057; email: proxy@mackenziepartners.com).

 

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SUMMARY

This summary highlights selected information included in this document and does not contain all of the information that may be important to you. You should read this entire document and its appendices and the other documents to which we refer before you decide how to vote with respect to the merger-related proposals. In addition, we incorporate by reference important business and financial information about NYSE Euronext and ICE into this document. For a description of this information, see “Incorporation of Certain Documents by Reference” on page 220. You may obtain the information incorporated by reference into this document without charge by following the instructions in the section entitled “Where You Can Find More Information” in the forepart of this document. Each item in this summary includes a page reference directing you to a more complete description of that item.

All references in this joint proxy statement/prospectus to “ICE” refer to IntercontinentalExchange, Inc., a Delaware corporation; all references in this joint proxy statement/prospectus to “NYSE Euronext” refer to NYSE Euronext, a Delaware corporation; all references in this joint proxy statement/prospectus to “ICE Group” refer to IntercontinentalExchange Group, Inc., a Delaware corporation and a direct, wholly owned subsidiary of ICE; all references in this joint proxy statement/prospectus to “Braves Merger Sub” refer to Braves Merger Sub, Inc., a Delaware corporation and a direct, wholly owned subsidiary of ICE Group; all references in this joint proxy statement/prospectus to “Baseball Merger Sub” refer to Baseball Merger Sub, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company and a direct, wholly owned subsidiary of ICE Group; all references in this joint proxy statement/prospectus to the “Merger Subs” refer to the Braves Merger Sub and the Baseball Merger Sub, collectively; unless otherwise indicated or as the context requires, all references in this joint proxy statement/prospectus to “we,” “us,” and “our” refer to ICE and NYSE Euronext, collectively; and all references to the “merger agreement” refer to the Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated as of December 20, 2012, as amended and restated by the Amended and Restated Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated as of March 19, 2013, and as it may be amended from time to time, by and among ICE, NYSE Euronext, ICE Group, Braves Merger Sub and Baseball Merger Sub.

The Mergers and the Merger Agreement (pages 76 and 130)

The terms and conditions of the mergers are contained in the merger agreement, which is attached to this document as Appendix A. We encourage you to read the merger agreement carefully, as it is the legal document that governs the mergers.

Pursuant to the merger agreement, ICE will acquire NYSE Euronext under a newly formed holding company, ICE Group. In a series of merger transactions, Braves Merger Sub will merge with and into ICE (the “ICE merger”) and, immediately following the ICE merger, NYSE Euronext will merge with and into Baseball Merger Sub. In the event that certain legal opinions that are a condition to each party’s obligation to consummate the mergers cannot be obtained, the merger agreement provides that the NYSE Euronext merger will be restructured such that Baseball Merger Sub will merge with and into NYSE Euronext (in either case, the “NYSE Euronext merger”). Following the ICE merger and the NYSE Euronext merger (together, the “mergers”), each of ICE and NYSE Euronext will be direct wholly owned subsidiaries of ICE Group and the former ICE and NYSE Euronext stockholders will become holders of shares of ICE Group common stock. Following the completion of the mergers, ICE Group’s common stock is expected to be listed for trading on the New York Stock Exchange under ICE’s current ticker symbol, “ICE”, and NYSE Euronext common stock will be delisted from the New York Stock Exchange and Euronext Paris, deregistered under the Securities Exchange Act of 1943 (the “Exchange Act”) and cease to be publicly traded. ICE common stock will be delisted from the New York Stock Exchange, deregistered under the Exchange Act and cease to be publicly traded.

 

 

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NYSE Euronext Merger Consideration (page 76)

In the NYSE Euronext merger, each share of NYSE Euronext common stock owned by a NYSE Euronext stockholder (except for excluded shares and dissenting shares) will be converted into the right to receive 0.1703 of a share of ICE Group common stock and $11.27 in cash. In lieu of the standard election amount described in the previous sentence, NYSE Euronext stockholders will have the right to make either a cash election to receive $33.12 in cash, or a stock election to receive 0.2581 of a share of ICE Group common stock, for each of their NYSE Euronext shares. Both the cash election and the stock election are subject to the proration and adjustment procedures to ensure that the total amount of cash paid, and the total number of shares of ICE Group common stock issued, in the NYSE Euronext merger to the NYSE Euronext stockholders, as a whole, will be equal to the total amount of cash and number of shares that would have been paid and issued if all of the NYSE Euronext stockholders received the standard election amount. NYSE Euronext stockholders (other than holders of excluded shares and dissenting shares) who make no election or an untimely election will receive the standard election amount for each share of NYSE Euronext common stock they hold.

It is anticipated that ICE stockholders and NYSE Euronext stockholders, in each case as of immediately prior to the mergers, will hold approximately 64% and 36%, respectively, of the issued and outstanding shares of ICE Group common stock immediately after completion of the mergers, in each case as determined on a fully diluted basis and without giving effect to any shares of ICE common stock held by NYSE Euronext stockholders prior to the mergers. If the NYSE Euronext merger is completed, it is currently estimated that payment of the stock portion of the NYSE Euronext merger consideration will require ICE Group to issue or reserve for issuance approximately 42.5 million shares of ICE Group common stock in connection with the NYSE Euronext merger and that the maximum cash consideration required to be paid in the NYSE Euronext merger for the cash portion of the NYSE Euronext merger consideration will be approximately $2.7 billion.

Recommendation of the NYSE Euronext Board of Directors (page 86)

After careful consideration, the NYSE Euronext board of directors recommends that NYSE Euronext stockholders vote “FOR” the NYSE Eurnoext Merger proposal, “FOR” the Merger-Related Named Executive Officer Compensation proposal and “FOR” the NYSE Euronext Adjournment proposal.

In reaching its decision, the NYSE Euronext board of directors considered a number of factors as generally supporting its decision to enter into the merger agreement, including, among others, the NYSE Euronext merger consideration and associated premium, strategic opportunities created by the combination, realization of anticipated synergies (including approximately $450 million in combined annual cost synergies expected), the benefits, risks and uncertainties of the combination as compared to those of other potential strategic alternatives that might be available to NYSE Euronext, and favorable terms under the merger agreement, including the absence of any financing condition. The NYSE Euronext board of directors also considered a variety of risks and other potentially negative factors concerning the combination, including, among others, risks and costs to NYSE Euronext if the combination is not completed or the potential benefits of the combination are not fully realized, risks related to the diversion of management and employee focus and restrictions on NYSE Euronext’s business leading up to the combination, challenges and costs related to integrating the operations of NYSE Euronext and ICE and achieving identified synergies, the risk that the value of the consideration to NYSE Euronext stockholders in the combination could fluctuate along with the price of ICE common stock, and fees and expenses associated with completing the transaction itself. For a more complete description of NYSE Euronext’s reasons for the combination and the recommendations of the NYSE Euronext board of directors, see “The Mergers—Recommendation of the NYSE Euronext Board of Directors and Reasons for the NYSE Euronext Merger.”

 

 

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Recommendation of the ICE Board of Directors (page 99)

After careful consideration, the ICE board of directors recommends that ICE stockholders vote “FOR” the ICE Merger proposal, “FOR” the ICE Group Governance-Related proposals and “FOR” the ICE Adjournment proposal.

In reaching its decision, the ICE board of directors considered a number of factors as generally supporting its decision to enter into the merger agreement, including, among others, strategic considerations (including the expectation that the combination of ICE and NYSE Euronext would create a leading operator of global exchanges and clearing houses), regulatory and market factors, realization of anticipated synergies (including approximately $450 million in combined annual cost synergies within three years of closing), favorable terms for ICE under the merger agreement and other financial considerations. The ICE board of directors also considered a variety of risks and other potentially negative factors concerning the combination, including, among others, the risk that the combination with NYSE Euronext might not be completed in a timely manner or at all, risks related to regulatory approvals necessary to complete the combination, risks related to certain terms of the merger agreement (including restrictions on the conduct of ICE’s business prior to the completion of the combination and the requirement that ICE pay NYSE Euronext a termination fee in certain cumstances), risks related to the diversion of management and resources from other strategic opportunities and challenges and difficulties relating to integrating the operations of ICE and NYSE Euronext. For a more complete description of ICE’s reasons for the combination and the recommendations of the ICE board of directors, see “The Mergers—Recommendation of the ICE Board of Directors and Reasons for the Mergers.”

Opinions of Financial Advisors (pages 90 and 104)

ICE Financial Advisor

The ICE board of directors received the written opinion dated December 20, 2012 from ICE’s financial advisor, Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, referred to as Morgan Stanley, that the consideration to be paid by ICE pursuant to the merger agreement dated December 20, 2012 was fair, from a financial point of view and as of the date of such opinion, to ICE.

In connection with delivering its opinion, Morgan Stanley reviewed a draft of the merger agreement entered into on December 20, 2012 (which we refer to as the “original merger agreement”) pursuant to which NYSE Euronext would have merged with and into Baseball Merger Sub, LLC, a direct, wholly owned subsidiary of ICE and upon which the merged entity would have been a wholly owned subsidiary of ICE (which we refer to as the “original merger”). As further described in “The Mergers—Opinion of Perella Weinberg, Financial Advisor to NYSE Euronext,” other than the substitution of shares of ICE Group common stock for shares of ICE common stock, the merger consideration that NYSE Euronext stockholders will receive in the transaction pursuant to the amended and restated merger agreement is the same as was contemplated in the original merger agreement. Accordingly, ICE did not request an opinion from Morgan Stanley with respect to the combination.

All references to the merger agreement and the consideration to be paid by ICE, when used in this discussion of Morgan Stanley’s opinion, refer to the original merger agreement and such consideration to be paid by ICE pursuant to the original merger agreement, respectively.

The full text of Morgan Stanley’s written opinion is attached to this document as Appendix D. This written opinion sets forth the assumptions made, procedures followed, matters considered and qualifications and limitations on the review undertaken by Morgan Stanley in connection with such opinion. The opinion was directed to the ICE board of directors (in its capacity as such) and addressed only the fairness from a financial point of view to ICE of the consideration to be paid by ICE pursuant to the merger agreement dated December 20, 2012 as of the date of the opinion and did not address any other aspect of the

 

 

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combination. In addition, the opinion did not in any manner address the prices at which shares of ICE common stock or NYSE Euronext common stock would trade at any time, or any compensation or compensation agreements arising from (or otherwise relating to) the combination which benefit any officer, director or employee of NYSE Euronext, or any class of such persons. The opinion is addressed to the ICE board of directors and does not constitute advice or a recommendation to any stockholder of either ICE or NYSE Euronext as to how to vote at any stockholders’ meeting to be held in connection with the transactions contemplated by the merger agreement or take any other action with respect to the combination. For a description of the opinion that ICE received from Morgan Stanley, see “The Mergers—Opinion of Morgan Stanley, Financial Advisor to ICE.”

NYSE Euronext Financial Advisor

Perella Weinberg Partners LP, referred to as Perella Weinberg, rendered its oral opinion, subsequently confirmed in writing, to the NYSE Euronext board of directors that, on December 20, 2012, and based upon and subject to the various assumptions made, procedures followed, matters considered and qualifications and limitations set forth in the opinion, the aggregate consideration to be received by the holders of NYSE Euronext common stock (other than ICE or any of its affiliates) pursuant to the merger agreement dated December 20, 2012 was fair, from a financial point of view, to such holders.

In connection with delivering its opinion, Perella Weinberg reviewed a draft of the merger agreement entered into on December 20, 2012 (which we refer to as the “original merger agreement”) pursuant to which NYSE Euronext would have merged with and into Baseball Merger Sub, LLC, a direct, wholly owned subsidiary of ICE and upon which the merged entity would have been a wholly-owned subsidiary of ICE (which we refer to as the “original merger”). In the original merger, each share of NYSE Euronext common stock owned by a NYSE Euronext stockholder (except for certain shares held by ICE, NYSE Euronext, or their subsidiaries, and shares held by NYSE Euronext stockholders who properly sought appraisal in accordance with Delaware law) would have been converted into the right to receive 0.1703 of a share of ICE common stock and $11.27 in cash. In lieu of this election to receive a mix of cash and shares of ICE common stock, NYSE Euronext stockholders would have had the right to make either a cash election to receive $33.12 in cash, or a stock election to receive 0.2581 of a share of ICE common stock, for each of their NYSE Euronext shares. Both the cash election and the stock election were subject to the adjustment and proration procedures set forth in the original merger agreement to ensure that the total amount of cash paid, and the total number of shares of ICE common stock issued, in the merger to NYSE Euronext stockholders, as a whole, would have been equal to the total amount of cash and number of shares that would have been paid and issued if all of the NYSE Euronext stockholders received 0.1703 of a share of ICE common stock and $11.27 in cash (which we refer to as the “aggregate consideration”). Perella Weinberg’s opinion was issued prior to the amendment and restatement of the merger agreement and without regard thereto. Other than the substitution of shares of ICE Group common stock for shares of ICE common stock, the merger consideration that NYSE Euronext stockholders will receive in the transaction pursuant to the amended and restated merger agreement will not change. Accordingly, NYSE Euronext did not request an opinion from Perella Weinberg with respect to the combination.

All references to the merger agreement and the aggregate consideration to be received by the holders of NYSE Euronext common stock (other than ICE or any of its affiliates), when used in this discussion of Perella Weinberg’s opinion, refer to the original merger agreement and such aggregate consideration to be received by shareholders of NYSE Euronext pursuant to the original merger agreement, respectively.

The full text of Perella Weinberg’s written opinion, dated December 20, 2012, which sets forth, among other things, the assumptions made, procedures followed, matters considered and qualifications and limitations on the review undertaken by Perella Weinberg, is attached as Appendix E and is incorporated by reference herein. Holders of NYSE Euronext common stock are urged to read Perella Weinberg’s opinion carefully and

 

 

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in its entirety. The opinion does not address NYSE Euronext’s underlying business decision to enter into the original merger or the mergers or the relative merits of the original merger or the mergers as compared with any other strategic alternative that may have been available to NYSE Euronext. The opinion does not constitute a recommendation to any holder of NYSE Euronext common stock or ICE common stock as to how such holders should vote, make any election or otherwise act with respect to the original merger or the mergers or any other matter and does not in any manner address the prices at which NYSE Euronext common stock or ICE common stock will trade at any time. In addition, Perella Weinberg expressed no opinion as to the fairness of the original merger or the mergers to, or of any consideration to, the holders of any other class of securities, creditors or other constituencies of NYSE Euronext. Perella Weinberg provided its opinion for the information and assistance of the NYSE Euronext board of directors in connection with, and for the purposes of its evaluation of, the original merger. This summary is qualified in its entirety by reference to the full text of the opinion. For a description of the opinion that NYSE Euronext received from Perella Weinberg, see “The Mergers—Opinion of Perella Weinberg, Financial Advisor to NYSE Euronext.”

NYSE Euronext Special Meeting of Stockholders (page 47)

The NYSE Euronext special meeting will be held at 9:30 a.m., Eastern time, on June 3, 2013, at 11 Wall Street, New York, NY 10005. At the NYSE Euronext special meeting, NYSE Euronext stockholders will be asked to approve the NYSE Euronext Merger proposal, the Merger-Related Named Executive Officer Compensation proposal and the NYSE Euronext Adjournment proposal.

NYSE Euronext’s board of directors has fixed the close of business on April 26, 2013 as the record date for determining the holders of shares of NYSE Euronext common stock entitled to receive notice of and to vote at the NYSE Euronext special meeting. Only holders of record of shares of NYSE Euronext common stock at the close of business on the NYSE Euronext record date will be entitled to notice of and to vote at the NYSE Euronext special meeting and any adjournment or postponement thereof. As of the NYSE Euronext record date, there were 243,213,604 shares of NYSE Euronext common stock outstanding and entitled to vote at the NYSE Euronext special meeting held by 598 holders of record. Each share of NYSE Euronext common stock entitles the holder to one vote on each proposal to be considered at the NYSE Euronext special meeting. As of the record date, directors and executive officers of NYSE Euronext and their affiliates owned and were entitled to vote 1,277,368 shares of NYSE Euronext common stock, representing approximately 0.53% of the shares of NYSE Euronext common stock outstanding on that date. NYSE Euronext currently expects that NYSE Euronext’s directors and executive officers will vote their shares in favor of the NYSE Euronext Merger proposal, the Merger-Related Named Executive Officer Compensation proposal and the NYSE Euronext Adjournment proposal, although none of them has entered into any agreements obligating them to do so.

Approval of the NYSE Euronext Merger proposal requires the affirmative vote of a majority of the outstanding shares of NYSE Euronext common stock entitled to vote on the proposal at the NYSE Euronext special meeting. Approval of the Merger-Related Named Executive Officer Compensation proposal and the NYSE Euronext Adjournment proposal each require the affirmative vote of a majority of the votes cast by stockholders entitled to vote on the proposal at the NYSE Euronext special meeting.

ICE Special Meeting of Stockholders (page 57)

The ICE special meeting will be held at 8:00 a.m., Eastern Time, on June 3, 2013, at The Meeting Room, 2100 RiverEdge Parkway, Lower Lobby, Atlanta, GA 30328. At the ICE special meeting, ICE stockholders will be asked to approve the ICE Merger proposal, the ICE Group Governance-Related proposals and the ICE Adjournment proposal.

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As of the ICE record date, there were 72,764,989 shares of ICE common stock outstanding and entitled to vote at the ICE special meeting held by 341 holders of record. Each share of ICE common stock entitles the holder to one vote on each proposal to be considered at the ICE special meeting. As of the record date, directors and executive officers of ICE and their affiliates owned and were entitled to vote 1,500,294 shares of ICE common stock, representing approximately 2.1% of the shares of ICE common stock outstanding on that date. ICE currently expects that ICE’s directors and executive officers will vote their shares in favor of the ICE Merger proposal, the ICE Group Governance-Related proposals and the ICE Adjournment proposal, although none of them has entered into any agreements obligating them to do so.

Approval of the ICE Merger proposal requires the affirmative vote of a majority of the outstanding shares of ICE common stock entitled to vote on the proposal at the ICE special meeting. Approval of the ICE Group Governance-Related proposals and the ICE Adjournment proposal requires the vote of a majority of the votes cast affirmatively and negatively by stockholders entitled to vote on the proposal at the ICE special meeting.

Interests of NYSE Euronext Directors and Executive Officers in the NYSE Euronext Merger (page 117)

NYSE Euronext’s executive officers and directors have interests in the NYSE Euronext merger that are different from, or in addition to, the interests of NYSE Euronext’s stockholders. These interests include, but are not limited to, the treatment in the merger agreement of restricted stock units, stock options and other rights held by these executive officers and directors which, upon the consummation of the NYSE Euronext merger, will be converted into substantially equivalent rights denominated in shares of common stock of ICE Group and/or may vest at a sooner date than had the NYSE Euronext merger not occurred. In addition, certain executive officers of NYSE Euronext are, by reason of their respective employment agreements with NYSE Euronext, entitled to change-of-control or severance benefits upon termination of their employment in connection with a change of control or within a certain period of time thereafter. The members of the NYSE Euronext board of directors were aware of and considered these interests, among other matters, when they approved the merger agreement and recommended that NYSE Euronext stockholders approve the NYSE Euronext Merger proposal. These interests are described in more detail in the section of this document entitled “The Mergers—Interests of NYSE Euronext Directors and Executive Officers in the NYSE Euronext Merger.”

Effect of the NYSE Euronext Merger on NYSE Euronext Stock Options and Other Stock-Based Awards (page 135)

At the effective time of the NYSE Euronext merger, each option to acquire and stock appreciation right denominated in shares of NYSE Euronext common stock granted under the employee and director stock plans of NYSE Euronext, whether vested or unvested, that is outstanding immediately prior to the effective time of the NYSE Euronext merger, will be converted into a stock option to acquire or stock appreciation right denominated in shares of ICE Group common stock, as applicable, on the same terms and conditions as were applicable to it prior to such conversion, except that (i) each converted stock option and stock appreciation right will be exercisable for the number of shares of ICE Group common stock (rounded down to the nearest whole share) equal to the number of shares of NYSE Euronext common stock that it was exercisable for prior to conversion multiplied by the equity exchange factor, which equals the sum of (A) 0.1703 and (B) the quotient obtained by dividing (x) $11.27 by (y) the 10-day aggregate volume-weighted average per share price of a share of ICE common stock for the 10 consecutive trading days ending on the second-to-last full trading day prior to the date of the closing of the mergers, and (ii) the per-share exercise price (rounded up to the nearest penny) for each converted stock option and stock appreciation right will be equal to the per-share exercise price that was applicable to it prior to its conversion divided by the equity exchange factor.

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or unvested, that is outstanding immediately prior to the effective time of the NYSE Euronext merger will be converted into a restricted stock unit or deferred stock unit denominated in shares of ICE Group common stock on substantially the same terms and conditions as were applicable to it prior to such conversion, except that the number of shares of ICE Group common stock subject to each such restricted stock unit or deferred stock unit (rounded down to the nearest whole share) will be equal to the number of shares of NYSE Euronext common stock subject to the restricted stock unit or deferred stock unit prior to conversion, multiplied by the equity exchange factor. Restricted stock units (other than performance stock units) granted under NYSE Euronext’s Omnibus Incentive Plan or 2006 Stock Incentive Plan either (i) prior to December 20, 2012 or (ii) on or after December 20, 2012 pursuant to NYSE Euronext’s annual bonus program (to the extent permitted by certain terms of the merger agreement) that are outstanding immediately prior to the effective time of the NYSE Euronext merger will, to the extent unvested, vest as of the effective time of the NYSE Euronext merger and be settled as of the effective time of the NYSE Euronext merger. All other restricted stock units (other than performance stock units) granted after December 20, 2012 (to the extent permitted by certain terms of the merger agreement) that are outstanding immediately prior to the effective time of the NYSE Euronext merger, if any, will be subject to a three-year cliff vesting schedule and the vesting of these restricted stock units will not accelerate upon the effective time of the NYSE Euronext merger. However, any such restricted stock units will vest upon an earlier termination of employment with NYSE Euronext and its subsidiaries without cause or a resignation from NYSE Euronext and its subsidiaries for good reason.

Additionally, at the effective time of the NYSE Euronext merger, each performance stock unit measured in shares of NYSE Euronext common stock granted under NYSE Euronext’s Omnibus Incentive Plan, whether vested or unvested, that is outstanding immediately prior to the effective time of the NYSE Euronext merger will be converted into a performance stock unit denominated in shares of ICE Group common stock, on substantially the same terms and conditions as were applicable to it prior to such conversion, except that the number of shares of ICE Group common stock subject to each such performance stock unit (rounded down to the nearest whole share) will be equal to the number of shares of NYSE Euronext common stock subject to the performance stock unit (based on the following two sentences) multiplied by the equity exchange factor. The performance-based vesting condition applicable to each outstanding performance stock unit granted prior to December 20, 2012 (i.e., NYSE Euronext total shareholder return relative to S&P 500 total shareholder return over the applicable performance period) will be deemed satisfied at the effective time of the NYSE Euronext merger, measured as of the closing date of the NYSE Euronext merger with NYSE Euronext total shareholder return determined based on the value of the NYSE Euronext merger consideration, but the service-based vesting condition applicable to each such performance stock unit will remain unchanged and will not be deemed satisfied as of the effective time of the mergers, and the original measurement date in respect of the service condition will continue to apply for purposes of continued service-based vesting after the closing. The performance-based vesting condition applicable to each outstanding performance stock unit granted on or after December 20, 2012 (to the extent permitted by certain terms of the merger agreement) will be deemed satisfied at the effective time of the NYSE Euronext merger at the greater of 100% or the level based on actual attainment of the applicable performance criteria as of the month ending prior to the month in which the effective time of the NYSE Euronext merger occurs, but the service-based vesting condition applicable to each such performance stock unit will remain unchanged and will not be deemed satisfied as of the effective time of the NYSE Euronext merger, and the original measurement date in respect of the service condition will continue to apply for purposes of continued service-based vesting after the closing.

Effect of the ICE Merger on ICE Stock Options and Awards (page 131)

Each ICE stock option, whether vested or unvested, that is outstanding immediately prior to the effective time of the ICE merger will cease to represent a right to acquire shares of ICE common stock and will be converted into an ICE Group stock option on the same terms and conditions (including vesting schedule and per share exercise price) as applied to such ICE stock option immediately prior to the effective time of the ICE

 

 

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merger. The number of shares of ICE Group common stock subject to each such ICE Group stock option will be equal to the number of shares of ICE common stock subject to each such ICE stock option immediately prior to the effective time of the ICE merger, and each such ICE Group stock option will have an exercise price per share equal to the per-share exercise price applicable to each such ICE stock option immediately prior to the effective time of the ICE merger.

In addition, each ICE restricted stock unit and ICE deferred stock unit, whether vested or unvested, that is outstanding immediately prior to the effective time of the ICE merger will cease to represent an ICE restricted stock unit or deferred stock unit, as applicable, and will be converted automatically into an ICE Group restricted stock unit or ICE Group deferred stock unit, as applicable, on substantially the same terms and conditions (including vesting schedule) as applied to such ICE restricted stock unit or deferred stock unit immediately prior to the effective time of the ICE merger. The number of shares of ICE Group common stock subject to each such ICE Group restricted stock unit or ICE Group deferred stock unit will be equal to the number of shares of ICE common stock subject to each such ICE restricted stock unit or ICE deferred stock unit, respectively, immediately prior to the effective time of the ICE merger.

Additionally, at the effective time of the ICE merger, each ICE performance stock award, whether vested or unvested, that is outstanding will cease to represent a performance stock award with respect to shares of ICE common stock and will be converted automatically into an ICE Group performance stock award on substantially the same terms and conditions as applied to such ICE performance award immediately prior to the effective time of the ICE merger. The number of shares of ICE Group common stock subject to each such ICE Group performance stock award shall be equal to the number of shares of ICE common stock subject to the ICE performance stock award immediately prior to the effective time of the ICE merger.

Regulatory Approvals Required for the Mergers (page 122)

Consummation of the mergers is subject to the receipt of various regulatory approvals, including from the SEC, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the Dutch Minister of Finance (with the advice of the Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets (Autoriteit Financiële Markten) (the “AFM”)) or the AFM on behalf of the Dutch Minister of Finance with respect to various aspects of the transaction, the Dutch Central Bank, the Euronext College of Regulators, the French Banking Regulatory Authority (Autorité de contrôle prudentiel), the French Minister of the Economy, the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”), the Belgian Financial Services and Markets Authority (Autoriteit voor Financiële Diensten en Markten/Autorité des services et marchés financiers), the Belgian Ministry of Finance, the Portuguese Minister of Finance and the Portuguese Commisão do Mercado de Valores Mobiliários. The completion of the mergers is also subject to the receipt of competition and antitrust clearances in the United States and the EU. Under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended (which is referred to in this document as the “HSR Act”), and the rules promulgated thereunder, the mergers may not be completed until notification and report forms have been filed with the Federal Trade Commission, or the FTC, and the Department of Justice, or the DOJ, and the applicable waiting periods have expired. On January 16, 2013, ICE and NYSE Euronext each filed a notification and report form under the HSR Act with the FTC and the DOJ. The waiting period under the HSR Act expired on February 15, 2013. In the EU, the mergers are subject to the merger control jurisdiction of the national competition authorities in Portugal, Spain and the UK. ICE and NYSE Euronext requested a referral of the mergers to the European Commission pursuant to Article 4(5) of Council Regulation (EC) No. 139/2004 (which is referred to in this document as the “EU Merger Regulation”), such that merger clearance is required from only the European Commission in the EU. ICE and NYSE Euronext submitted the request by means of a reasoned submission (on “Form RS”) to the European Commission on March 18, 2013 and received notice on April 23, 2013 that none of the national competition authorities objected to the request. Therefore, the European Commission has jurisdiction to review the mergers.

 

 

 

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ICE and NYSE Euronext have filed, or are in the process of filing, notices and applications to obtain the necessary regulatory approvals. Although ICE and NYSE Euronext currently believe they should be able to obtain all required regulatory approvals in a timely manner, they cannot be certain when or if they will obtain them or, if obtained, whether they will contain terms, conditions or restrictions not currently contemplated that will be detrimental to or have a material adverse effect on ICE Group or its subsidiaries after the completion of the mergers. The regulatory approvals to which completion of the mergers is subject are described in more detail in the section of this document entitled “The Mergers—Regulatory Approvals Required for the Mergers.”

Appraisal Rights (page 216)

Section 262 of Delaware law provides holders of shares of NYSE Euronext common stock with the right to dissent from the NYSE Euronext merger and seek appraisal of their shares of NYSE Euronext common stock in accordance with Delaware law. A holder of shares of NYSE Euronext common stock who properly seeks appraisal and complies with the applicable requirements under Delaware law, which is referred to as a dissenting stockholder, will forego the NYSE Euronext merger consideration and instead receive a cash payment equal to the fair value of his, her or its shares of NYSE Euronext common stock in connection with the NYSE Euronext merger. Fair value will be determined by the Delaware Court of Chancery following an appraisal proceeding. Dissenting stockholders will not know the appraised fair value at the time such holders must elect whether to seek appraisal. The ultimate amount dissenting stockholders receive in an appraisal proceeding may be more or less than, or the same as, the amount such holders would have received under the merger agreement. To seek appraisal, a NYSE Euronext stockholder must strictly comply with all of the procedures required under Delaware law, including delivering a written demand for appraisal to NYSE Euronext before the vote is taken on the merger agreement at the NYSE Euronext special meeting, not voting in favor of the NYSE Euronext Merger proposal and continuing to hold its shares of common stock through the effective time of the NYSE Euronext merger. Failure to follow exactly the procedures specified under Delaware law will result in the loss of appraisal rights.

For a further description of the appraisal rights available to NYSE Euronext stockholders and procedures required to exercise appraisal rights, see the section entitled “Appraisal Rights” and the provisions of Delaware law that grant appraisal rights and govern such procedures which are attached as Appendix F to this document. If a NYSE Euronext stockholder holds shares of NYSE Euronext common stock through a bank, brokerage firm or other nominee and the NYSE Euronext stockholder wishes to exercise appraisal rights, such stockholder should consult with such stockholder’s bank, brokerage firm or nominee. In view of the complexity of Delaware law, NYSE Euronext stockholders who may wish to pursue appraisal rights should consult their legal and financial advisors promptly.

ICE stockholders are not entitled to appraisal rights under Delaware law. At the effective time of the ICE merger, each share of ICE common stock owned by an ICE stockholder (other than ICE or Braves Merger Sub) will be converted into the right to receive one share of ICE Group common stock.

Conditions to the Mergers (page 150)

The obligations of ICE and NYSE Euronext to complete the mergers are each subject to the satisfaction (or waiver by all parties) of the following conditions:

 

   

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absence of any injunction or other legal prohibition or restraint against the mergers;

 

   

termination or expiration of the waiting period under the HSR Act and receipt of required European competition clearances in Europe;

 

   

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the effectiveness of the Registration Statement on Form S-4 of which this document forms a part and the absence of a stop order suspending the effectiveness of the registration statement or proceedings initiated or threatened by the SEC for that purpose;

 

   

receipt of required regulatory approvals;

 

   

accuracy of the other party’s representations and warranties in the merger agreement as of the closing date of the mergers, subject to applicable materiality qualifiers;

 

   

the prior performance by the other party, in all material respects, of its obligations under the merger agreement;

 

   

receipt of a legal opinion from ICE’s counsel either to the effect that each merger will qualify as a “reorganization” within the meaning of Section 368(a) of the Internal Revenue Code, or, if the NYSE Euronext merger is restructured, to the effect that the ICE merger will qualify as a “reorganization” within the meaning of Section 368(a) of the Internal Revenue Code; and

 

   

receipt of a legal opinion from NYSE Euronext’s counsel either to the effect that the NYSE Euronext merger will qualify as a “reorganization” within the meaning of Section 368(a) of the Internal Revenue Code, or, if the NYSE Euronext merger is restructured, to the effect that the mergers, taken together, will qualify as a transaction described in Section 351 of the Internal Revenue Code.

No Solicitation (page 143)

Under the terms of the merger agreement, NYSE Euronext and ICE have agreed not to initiate, solicit, knowingly encourage, facilitate or induce inquiries, proposals or offers with respect to, or have any discussions with any person relating to, or engage or participate in any negotiations concerning, or provide any confidential information or data to, any person relating to, approve or recommend, or propose publicly to approve or recommend, any acquisition proposal or any letter of intent, agreement in principle, merger agreement, business combination agreement, option agreement or other similar agreement relating to, an acquisition proposal. Notwithstanding these restrictions, the merger agreement provides that if NYSE Euronext receives an unsolicited bona fide written acquisition proposal prior to adoption of the NYSE Euronext Merger proposal, or ICE receives a bona fide written acquisition proposal prior to the approval of the ICE Merger proposal and/or the ICE Group Governance-Related proposals, the party receiving the proposal may engage in discussions or negotiations with, or provide information or data to, the person or entity making the acquisition proposal if and only to the extent that the NYSE Euronext board of directors (in the case of a proposal for NYSE Euronext), or the ICE board of directors (in the case of a proposal for ICE), conclude in good faith, after consultation with outside legal counsel and financial advisors, that:

 

   

the acquisition proposal is reasonably likely to result in a superior proposal;

 

   

the failure to take such action would be inconsistent with its fiduciary duties under applicable law;

 

   

prior to providing any information to any person or entity in connection with the acquisition proposal, the NYSE Euronext board of directors or the ICE board of directors, as applicable, receives from the person or entity making the acquisition proposal an executed confidentiality agreement with confidentiality terms that are no less restrictive, in the aggregate, than those contained in the confidentiality agreement between NYSE Euronext and ICE; and

 

   

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Change of Recommendation (page 145)

The NYSE Euronext board of directors is entitled to make no recommendation for the NYSE Euronext merger or to withdraw, modify or qualify its recommendation for the NYSE Euronext merger in a manner that is adverse to either ICE, ICE Group, Braves Merger Sub or Baseball Merger Sub prior to the adoption of the NYSE Euronext Merger proposal, and the ICE board of directors is entitled to make no recommendation for the ICE merger, or to withdraw, modify or qualify its recommendation for the ICE merger in a manner that is adverse to NYSE Euronext prior to the approval of the ICE Merger proposal and/or the ICE Group Governance-Related proposals, if:

 

   

the change in recommendation is made in response to an unsolicited bona fide written acquisition proposal from a third party, and such board of directors concludes in good faith, after consultation with outside legal counsel and financial advisors, that the acquisition proposal constitutes a superior proposal; or

 

   

the change in recommendation is not made in response to an acquisition proposal, but in response to, or as a result of, an event, development, occurrence or change in circumstances or facts, occurring or arising after the date of the merger agreement (other than those that are reasonably foreseeable or arising from any action or omission required to be taken or omitted by the merger agreement), which did not exist or was not actually known, appreciated or understood by such board of directors, as of the date of the merger agreement, and such board of directors, after consultation with outside legal counsel, determines in good faith that the failure to make such change in recommendation would be inconsistent with its fiduciary duties under applicable law.

However, during the five-business-day period prior to making the NYSE Euronext Merger proposal change in recommendation or the ICE Merger proposal change in recommendation, as applicable, such party will be required to negotiate in good faith with the other party with respect to any modifications to the terms of the transactions contemplated by the merger agreement that are proposed by the other party, and it will be required to consider any such modifications agreed by the other party in determining whether the third party’s acquisition proposal still constitutes a superior proposal, and, in the event of any amendment to the financial or other material terms of such acquisition proposal determined to be a superior proposal, the negotiation period will be extended by an additional three business days.

Termination Rights (page 154)

ICE and NYSE Euronext may mutually agree at any time to terminate the merger agreement prior to the effective time of the NYSE Euronext merger, even if the NYSE Euronext stockholders have adopted the merger agreement and the ICE stockholders have adopted the merger agreement and approved the related governance proposals, with the approval of the ICE board of directors and the NYSE Euronext board of directors. Either NYSE Euronext or ICE may also terminate the merger agreement at any time prior to the effective time of the mergers in various additional circumstances, including, but not limited to, failure to consummate the mergers by December 31, 2013 (subject to extension to March 31, 2014 by either party in certain circumstances), failure to obtain the necessary NYSE Euronext or ICE stockholder approvals, failure to obtain a necessary governmental or competition approval, an order permanently prohibiting the mergers becomes final and non-appealable, the ICE board of directors changes its recommendation in favor of the ICE Merger proposal or the ICE Group Governance-Related proposals, the NYSE Euronext board of directors changes its recommendation in favor of the NYSE Euronext Merger proposal and/or upon the breach by the other party of certain of its obligations under the merger agreement.

Termination Fees (page 155)

Termination Fees Payable by NYSE Euronext

Subject to certain limitations, NYSE Euronext is required to pay ICE a termination fee of $300 million if:

 

   

an acquisition proposal is made for NYSE Euronext after the date of the merger agreement and prior to the NYSE Euronext stockholders meeting, and either (i) ICE terminates the merger agreement because

 

 

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the NYSE Euronext board of directors has changed its recommendation or because NYSE Euronext has failed to perform in any material respect certain of its obligations under the merger agreement or (ii) NYSE Euronext or ICE terminates the merger agreement because NYSE Euronext fails to receive the necessary NYSE Euronext stockholder approval and the NYSE Euronext board of directors has changed its recommendation; or

 

   

an acquisition proposal is made for NYSE Euronext after the date of the merger agreement and prior to the NYSE Euronext stockholders meeting, the NYSE Euronext stockholders do not approve the NYSE Euronext Merger proposal, NYSE Euronext or ICE terminates the merger agreement because NYSE Euronext failed to receive the necessary NYSE Euronext stockholder approval, and, within nine months of such termination of the merger agreement, NYSE Euronext engages in an alternative transaction with a third party involving 50% or more of NYSE Euronext’s equity, assets or revenues.

Under other circumstances, NYSE Euronext is required to pay ICE a termination fee of:

 

   

$450 million, if the NYSE Euronext board of directors determines to make a change of recommendation not in response to an acquisition proposal, but in response to, or as a result of, an intervening event arising after the date of the merger agreement; or

 

   

$100 million, if the merger agreement is terminated due to the failure of NYSE Euronext stockholders to approve the NYSE Euronext Merger proposal (other than in cases where the merger agreement is terminated and NYSE Euronext must pay any of the other termination fees).

Termination Fees Payable by ICE

Subject to certain limitations set forth in the merger agreement, ICE is required to pay NYSE Euronext a termination fee of $300 million if:

 

   

an acquisition proposal is made for ICE after the date of the merger agreement and prior to the ICE stockholders meeting, and either (i) NYSE Euronext terminates the merger agreement because the ICE board of directors has changed its recommendation or because ICE has failed to perform in any material respect certain of its obligations under the merger agreement or (ii) NYSE Euronext or ICE terminates the merger agreement because ICE fails to receive the necessary ICE stockholder approval and the ICE board of directors has changed its recommendation; or

 

   

an acquisition proposal is made for ICE after the date of the merger agreement and prior to the ICE stockholders meeting, ICE fails to receive the necessary ICE stockholder approval, either NYSE Euronext or ICE terminates the merger agreement because ICE failed to receive the necessary ICE stockholder approval, and, within nine months of such termination of the merger agreement, ICE engages in an alternative transaction with a third party involving 50% or more of ICE’s equity, assets or revenues.

Under other circumstances, ICE is required to pay NYSE Euronext a termination fee of:

 

   

$450 million, if NYSE Euronext terminates the merger agreement because the ICE board of directors determines to make a change of recommendation not in response to an acquisition proposal, but in response to, or as a result of, an intervening event arising after the date of the merger agreement;

 

   

$750 million, if there is a failure to receive a required governmental or competition approval or either a law or final and non-appealable order that prohibits the merger; or

 

   

$100 million, if the merger is terminated due to the failure of ICE stockholders to adopt the merger agreement and/or approve the related governance proposals (other than in cases where the merger agreement is terminated and ICE must pay any of the other termination fees).

 

 

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Litigation Related to the NYSE Euronext Merger (page 160)

Since the announcement of the transaction on December 20, 2012, 12 putative stockholder class action complaints have been filed in New York and Delaware courts against NYSE Euronext, the members of its board of directors, ICE and, in some cases, Baseball Merger Sub challenging the proposed combination. The actions allege that members of the NYSE Euronext board of directors breached their fiduciary duties by agreeing to a merger agreement that undervalues NYSE Euronext. Among other remedies, the plaintiffs seek to enjoin the combination. ICE and NYSE Euronext believe the allegations in the complaints are without merit, and intend to defend them vigorously. See “Litigation Related to the Mergers.”

Accounting Treatment (page 127)

ICE prepares its financial statements in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“GAAP”). The mergers will be accounted for by applying the acquisition method of accounting for business combinations with ICE treated as the acquirer. See “The Mergers—Accounting Treatment.”

Material United States Federal Income Tax Consequences of the Mergers (page 162)

The obligation of ICE to complete the mergers is conditioned upon the receipt of a legal opinion from its counsel to the effect that each merger will qualify as a reorganization within the meaning of Section 368(a) of the Internal Revenue Code. Additionally, the obligation of NYSE Euronext to complete the NYSE Euronext merger is conditioned upon the receipt of a legal opinion from its counsel to the effect that the NYSE Euronext merger will qualify as a reorganization within the meaning of Section 368(a) of the Internal Revenue Code. In the event that legal counsel to either ICE or NYSE Euronext is unable to render the legal opinion described above with respect to the NYSE Euronext merger, the NYSE Euronext merger will be restructured and the obligation of each of ICE and NYSE Euronext to complete the mergers will be conditioned upon the receipt of alternative opinions from their respective counsel, as discussed further in “Material United States Federal Income Tax Consequences of the Mergers” beginning on page 162.

Assuming the receipt and accuracy of the opinions described above, U.S. holders of ICE common stock will not recognize gain or loss for U.S. federal income tax purposes upon the receipt of ICE Group common stock in exchange for ICE common stock pursuant to the ICE merger and the U.S. federal income tax consequences of the NYSE Euronext merger (or, in the event the NYSE Euronext merger is restructured, the NYSE Euronext merger and the ICE merger, taken together) to U.S. holders of NYSE Euronext common stock are as follows:

 

   

If you receive solely shares of ICE Group common stock (and no cash other than cash received instead of a fractional share of ICE Group common stock) in exchange for your NYSE Euronext common stock, then you generally will not recognize any gain or loss, except with respect to cash received instead of a fractional share of ICE Group common stock.

 

   

If you receive solely cash, you generally will recognize gain or loss equal to the difference between the amount of cash you receive and your tax basis in your NYSE Euronext common stock. Generally, any gain recognized upon the exchange will be capital gain, and any such capital gain will be long-term capital gain if you have established a holding period of more than one year for your shares of NYSE Euronext common stock.

 

   

If you receive a combination of ICE Group common stock and cash (other than cash received instead of a fractional share of ICE Group common stock), in exchange for your NYSE Euronext common stock, you generally will recognize gain, but not loss, upon the exchange of your shares of NYSE Euronext common stock for shares of ICE Group common stock and cash. If the sum of the fair market value of the ICE Group common stock and the amount of cash you receive in exchange for your shares of NYSE Euronext common stock exceeds the tax basis of your shares of NYSE Euronext common stock, you generally will recognize taxable gain equal to the lesser of the amount of such excess or the

 

 

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amount of cash you receive in the exchange. Generally, any gain recognized upon the exchange will be capital gain, and any such capital gain will be long-term capital gain if you have established a holding period of more than one year for your shares of NYSE Euronext common stock.

Any gain recognized could also be subject to the additional 3.8% Medicare tax on net investment income, depending on your individual circumstances.

For a more detailed discussion of the material United States federal income tax consequences of the mergers, see “Material United States Federal Income Tax Consequences of the Mergers” beginning on page 162.

The tax consequences of the mergers to any particular stockholder will depend on that stockholder’s particular facts and circumstances. Accordingly, please consult your tax advisor to determine the tax consequences to you from the mergers.

Comparison of Stockholders’ Rights (page 178)

The rights of ICE and NYSE Euronext stockholders who continue as ICE Group stockholders after the mergers will be governed by the certificate of incorporation and bylaws of ICE Group rather than by the certificate of incorporation and bylaws of ICE and NYSE Euronext, respectively. As a result, these ICE and NYSE Euronext stockholders will have different rights once they become stockholders of ICE Group due to the differences in the governing documents of NYSE Euronext, ICE and ICE Group. ICE Group’s certificate of incorporation in effect upon the completion of the mergers will include limitations on voting and ownership of ICE Group common stock comparable to the voting and ownership limitations included in the current certificate of incorporation of NYSE Euronext. No voting and stock ownership limitations are currently in ICE’s certificate of incorporation. ICE Group’s certificate of incorporation and bylaws in effect upon the completion of the mergers will include provisions related to certain powers of the board and provisions that describe certain considerations the board of directors may consider in taking any action, but, unlike the current NYSE Euronext governance documents, will not impose requirements as to minimum European and maximum U.S. directors. The ICE Group certificate of incorporation and bylaws will include regulatory approval requirements with respect to amendments of the ICE Group certificate of incorporation and bylaws, approvals required for extraordinary transactions, including mergers and certain large asset sales, and a provision that calls for ICE Group to submit to the jurisdiction of the SEC and European regulatory authorities. The provisions of ICE Group’s amended and restated certificate of incorporation and amended and restated bylaws, including the terms of the shares of ICE Group common stock, will become applicable to the ICE and NYSE Euronext stockholders who continue as ICE Group stockholders as a result of the mergers regardless of whether they vote in favor of the ICE Merger proposal, any of the ICE Group Governance-Related proposals, or the NYSE Euronext Merger proposal, as applicable. The completion of the mergers is conditioned on the approval by ICE stockholders of the ICE Merger proposal and each of the ICE Group Governance-Related proposals, and by the NYSE Euronext stockholders of the NYSE Euronext Merger proposal. For a more complete description of these differences, see “Comparison of Stockholders’ Rights.”

The Parties (page 68)

IntercontinentalExchange, Inc.

2100 RiverEdge Parkway

Suite 500

Atlanta, Georgia 30328

Phone: (770) 857-4700

IntercontinentalExchange, Inc. is a leading operator of regulated exchanges and clearing houses serving the risk management needs of global markets for agricultural, credit, currency, emissions, energy and equity index products. ICE serves customers in more than 70 countries and ICE was organized on May 8, 2000.

 

 

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IntercontinentalExchange Group, Inc.

c/o IntercontinentalExchange, Inc.

2100 RiverEdge Parkway

Suite 500

Atlanta, Georgia 30328

Phone: (770) 857-4700

IntercontinentalExchange Group, Inc. is a Delaware corporation and a direct, wholly owned subsidiary of ICE. ICE Group was organized on March 6, 2013, solely for the purpose of effecting the mergers. Upon completion of the mergers, ICE and NYSE Euronext will each become wholly owned subsidiaries of ICE Group and ICE Group will continue as a holding company. As a result of the transactions contemplated by the merger agreement, ICE Group will become a publicly traded corporation, and former ICE and NYSE Euronext stockholders will own stock in ICE Group.

NYSE Euronext

11 Wall Street

New York, New York 10005

Phone: (212) 656-3000

NYSE Euronext, a Delaware corporation organized on May 22, 2006, is a holding company that, through its subsidiaries, operates the following securities exchanges: the New York Stock Exchange LLC, NYSE Arca, Inc. and NYSE MKT LLC in the United States and the European-based exchanges that comprise Euronext N.V. and its subsidiaries—the London, Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels and Lisbon stock exchanges, as well as the derivatives markets in London, Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels and Lisbon, and the United States futures market, NYSE Liffe US, LLC. NYSE Euronext is a global markets operator and provider of securities listing, trading, market data products, and software and technology services.

Braves Merger Sub

c/o IntercontinentalExchange, Inc.

2100 RiverEdge Parkway

Suite 500

Atlanta, Georgia 30328

Phone: (770) 857-4700

Braves Merger Sub, whose legal name is Braves Merger Sub, Inc., is a Delaware corporation, an indirect subsidiary of ICE and a direct, wholly owned subsidiary of ICE Group. Upon the completion of the ICE merger, Braves Merger Sub will cease to exist. Braves Merger Sub was formed on March 6, 2013 for the sole purpose of effecting the ICE merger.

Baseball Merger Sub

c/o IntercontinentalExchange, Inc.

2100 RiverEdge Parkway

Suite 500

Atlanta, Georgia 30328

Phone: (770) 857-4700

Baseball Merger Sub, whose legal name is Baseball Merger Sub, LLC, is a Delaware limited liability company, an indirect subsidiary of ICE and a direct, wholly owned subsidiary of ICE Group. Upon the completion of the NYSE Euronext merger, Baseball Merger Sub will continue to exist as a direct, wholly owned subsidiary of ICE Group, unless the NYSE Euronext merger is restructured such that Baseball Merger Sub will merge with and into NYSE Euronext in which case NYSE Euronext will continue to exist as a direct, wholly owned subsidiary of ICE Group. Baseball Merger Sub was formed on December 12, 2012 for the sole purpose of effecting the NYSE Euronext merger.

 

 

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SELECTED HISTORICAL CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL DATA

Selected Historical Consolidated Financial Data of ICE

The following tables present ICE’s selected historical consolidated financial data as of and for the dates and periods indicated. The following consolidated statement of income data for the years ended December 31, 2012, 2011, and 2010 and the consolidated balance sheet data as of December 31, 2012 and 2011 have been derived from the audited consolidated financial statements of ICE contained in its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012, which is incorporated into this document by reference. The consolidated statement of income data for the years ended December 31, 2009 and 2008 and the consolidated balance sheet data as of December 31, 2010, 2009 and 2008 have been derived from ICE’s audited consolidated financial statements for such years, which have not been incorporated into this document by reference.

The following information is only a summary and is not necessarily indicative of the results of future operations of ICE or the combined company. You should read this selected historical consolidated financial data together with ICE’s consolidated financial statements that are incorporated by reference into this document and their accompanying notes and management’s discussion and analysis of financial condition and results of operations contained in such reports.

 

    Year Ended December 31,  
    2012(1)     2011(1)     2010(1)     2009(1)     2008(1)  
    (In thousands, except for per share data)  

Consolidated Statements of Income Data

         

Revenues:

         

Transaction and clearing fees, net

  $ 1,185,195      $ 1,176,367      $ 1,023,454      $ 884,473      $ 693,229   

Market data fees

    146,789        124,956        109,175        101,684        102,944   

Other

    30,981        26,168        17,315        8,631        16,905   
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total Revenues

    1,362,965        1,327,491        1,149,944        994,788        813,078   
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Operating Expenses:

         

Compensation and benefits

    251,152        250,601        236,649        235,677        159,792   

Technology and communications

    45,764        47,875        44,506        38,277        27,473   

Professional services

    33,145        34,831        32,597        35,557        29,705   

Rent and occupancy

    19,329        19,066        17,024        20,590        14,830   

Acquisition-related transaction costs

    19,359        15,624        9,996        6,139        —     

Selling, general and administrative

    36,699        34,180        35,644        34,067        25,476   

Depreciation and amortization

    130,502        132,252        121,209        111,357        62,247   
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total operating expenses

    535,950        534,429        497,625        481,664        319,523   
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Operating income

    827,015        793,062        652,319        513,124        493,555   

Other expense, net(2)

    37,323        33,053        42,846        19,635        19,354   
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Income before income taxes

    789,692        760,009        609,473        493,489        474,201   

Income tax expense

    227,955        238,268        201,706        179,335        173,229   
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income

  $ 561,737      $ 521,741      $ 407,767      $ 314,154      $ 300,972   
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net (income) loss attributable to noncontrolling interest

    (10,161     (12,068     (9,469     1,834        —     
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income attributable to IntercontinentalExchange, Inc.

  $ 551,576      $ 509,673      $ 398,298      $ 315,988      $ 300,972   
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Earnings per share attributable to IntercontinentalExchange, Inc. common shareholders:

         

Basic

  $ 7.59      $ 6.97      $ 5.41      $ 4.33      $ 4.23   
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Diluted

  $ 7.52      $ 6.90      $ 5.35      $ 4.27      $ 4.17   
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Weighted average common shares outstanding:

         

Basic

    72,712        73,145        73,624        72,985        71,184   
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Diluted

    73,366        73,895        74,476        74,090        72,164   
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

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    As of December 31,  
    2012     2011     2010     2009     2008  
    (In thousands)  

Consolidated Balance Sheet Data:

         

Cash and cash equivalents

  $ 1,612,195      $ 822,949      $ 621,792      $ 552,465      $ 283,522   

Short-term and long-term investments

    391,345        451,136        1,999        25,497        6,484   

Margin deposits and guaranty fund assets(3)

    31,882,493        31,555,831        22,712,281        18,690,238        12,117,820   

Total current assets

    33,750,087        32,605,391        23,575,778        19,459,851        12,552,588   

Property and equipment, net

    143,392        130,962        94,503        91,735        88,952   

Goodwill and other intangible assets, net

    2,736,937        2,757,358        2,806,873        2,168,291        2,163,671   

Total assets

    37,214,842        36,147,864        26,642,259        21,884,875        14,959,581   

Margin deposits and guaranty fund liabilities(3)

    31,822,493        31,555,831        22,712,281        18,690,238        12,117,820   

Total current liabilities

    32,245,697        31,800,314        23,127,384        18,967,832        12,311,642   

Current and long-term debt

    1,132,500        887,500        578,500        307,500        379,375   

Equity

    3,676,558        3,162,341        2,816,765        2,433,647        2,012,180   

 

(1) ICE acquired several companies during the periods presented and has included the financial results of these companies in its consolidated financial statements effective from the respective acquisition dates. Refer to ICE’s consolidated financial statements and related notes in its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012, which is incorporated into this document by reference, for more information on some of these acquired businesses.
(2) The financial results for the years ended December 31, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009 and 2008 include $33.5 million, $28.4 million, $25.1 million, $16.8 million and $13.2 million, respectively, in interest expense on outstanding indebtedness. The financial results for the year ended December 31, 2010 include a loss of $15.1 million on a foreign currency hedge relating to the pounds sterling cash consideration paid to acquire Climate Exchange plc. The financial results for the years ended December 31, 2009 and 2008 include impairment losses of $9.3 million and $15.7 million, respectively, relating to the cost method investment in National Commodity and Derivatives Exchange Ltd. The financial results for the year ended December 31, 2009 include a net gain of $11.1 million relating to the sale of LCH.Clearnet Ltd. shares, partially offset by adjustments to various other cost method investments. Refer to ICE’s consolidated financial statements and related notes in its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012, which is incorporated into this document by reference, for more information on some of these items.
(3) Clearing members of ICE’s clearing houses are required to deposit original margin and variation margin and to make deposits to a guaranty fund. The cash deposits made to these margin accounts and to the guaranty fund are recorded in the consolidated balance sheets as current assets with corresponding current liabilities to the clearing members that deposited them. ICE Clear Europe began clearing contracts in November 2008 upon the transition of clearing from LCH.Clearnet Ltd. and ICE Clear Credit began to clear credit default swap contracts in March 2009. Refer to ICE’s consolidated financial statements and related notes in its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012, which is incorporated into this document by reference, for more information on these items.

Selected Historical Consolidated Financial Data of NYSE Euronext

The following tables present NYSE Euronext’s selected historical consolidated financial data as of and for the dates and periods indicated. The following consolidated statement of income data for the years ended December 31, 2012, 2011 and 2010 and the consolidated balance sheet data as of December 31, 2012 and 2011 have been derived from the audited consolidated financial statements of NYSE Euronext contained in its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012, which is incorporated into this document by reference. The consolidated statement of income data for the years ended December 31, 2009 and 2008 and the consolidated balance sheet data as of December 31, 2010, 2009 and 2008 have been derived from NYSE Euronext’s audited consolidated financial statements for such years, which have not been incorporated into this document by reference.

 

 

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The following information is only a summary and is not necessarily indicative of the results of future operations of NYSE Euronext or the combined company. You should read this selected historical consolidated financial data together with NYSE Euronext’s consolidated financial statements that are incorporated by reference into this document and their accompanying notes and management’s discussion and analysis of financial condition and results of operations contained in such reports.

 

    Year Ended December 31,  
    2012     2011     2010     2009     2008  
    (In thousands, except per share data)  

Consolidated Statements of Income Data

         

Revenues:

         

Transaction and clearing fees

  $ 2,393,000      $ 3,162,000      $ 3,128,000      $ 3,427,000      $ 3,536,000   

Market data

    348,000        371,000        373,000        403,000        428,000   

Listing

    448,000        446,000        422,000        407,000        395,000   

Technology services

    341,000        358,000        318,000        223,000        159,000   

Other revenues

    219,000        215,000        184,000        224,000        184,000   
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total revenues

    3,749,000        4,552,000        4,425,000        4,684,000        4,702,000   

Transaction-based expenses:

         

Section 31 fees

    301,000        371,000        315,000        388,000        229,000   

Liquidity payments, routing and clearing

    1,124,000        1,509,000        1,599,000        1,818,000        1,592,000   
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total revenues, less transaction-based expenses

    2,324,000        2,672,000        2,511,000        2,478,000        2,881,000   
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Other operating expenses:

         

Compensation

    601,000        638,000        613,000        649,000        664,000   

Depreciation and amortization

    260,000        280,000        281,000        266,000        253,000   

Systems and communication

    176,000        188,000        206,000        225,000        317,000   

Professional services

    299,000        299,000        282,000        223,000        163,000   

Impairment charges(1)

    —          —          —          —          1,590,000   

Selling, general and administrative

    245,000        303,000        296,000        313,000        305,000   

Merger expenses and exit costs

    134,000        114,000        88,000        516,000        177,000   
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total other operating expenses

    1,715,000        1,822,000        1,766,000        2,192,000        3,469,000   
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Operating income (loss) from continuing operations

    609,000        850,000        745,000        286,000        (588,000

Net interest and investment (loss) income

    (136,000     (116,000     (108,000     (111,000     (99,000

Other (loss) income

    (3,000     (9,000     49,000        30,000        42,000   
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Income (loss) from continuing operations before income tax (provision) benefit

    470,000        725,000        686,000        205,000        (645,000

Income tax (provision) benefit

    (105,000     (122,000     (128,000     7,000        (95,000
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Income (loss) from continuing operations

    365,000        603,000        558,000        212,000        (740,000

Income from discontinued operations, net of tax(2)

    —          —          —          —          7,000   
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income (loss)

  $ 365,000      $ 603,000      $ 558,000      $ 212,000      $ (733,000
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net (income) loss attributable to noncontrolling interest

    (17,000     16,000        19,000        7,000        (5,000
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income (loss) attributable to NYSE Euronext

  $ 348,000      $ 619,000      $ 577,000      $ 219,000      $ (738,000
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Basic earnings (loss) per share attributable to NYSE Euronext:

         

Continuing operations

  $ 1.39      $ 2.37      $ 2.21      $ 0.84      $ (2.81

Discontinued operations

  $ —        $ —        $ —        $ —        $ 0.03   
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total

  $ 1.39      $ 2.37      $ 2.21      $ 0.84      $ (2.78
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Diluted earnings (loss) per share attributable to NYSE Euronext:

         

Continuing operations

  $ 1.39      $ 2.36      $ 2.20      $ 0.84      $ (2.81

Discontinued operations

  $ —        $ —        $ —        $ —        $ 0.03   
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total

  $ 1.39      $ 2.36      $ 2.20      $ 0.84      $ (2.78
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Basic weighted average common shares outstanding

    250,000        261,000        261,000        260,000        265,000   

Diluted weighted average common shares outstanding

    250,000        263,000        262,000        261,000        265,000   

Dividends per share

  $ 1.20      $ 1.20      $ 1.20      $ 1.20      $ 1.15   

 

 

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     As of December 31,  
     2012      2011      2010      2009      2008  
     (In thousands)  

Consolidated Balance Sheet Data:

              

Current assets

   $ 1,008,000       $ 1,189,000       $ 1,174,000       $ 1,520,000       $ 2,026,000   

Total assets

     12,556,000         13,107,000         13,378,000         14,382,000         13,948,000   

Current liabilities

     1,416,000         1,184,000         1,454,000         2,149,000         2,582,000   

Working capital

     (408,000)         5,000         (280,000)         (629,000)         (556,000)   

Long-term liabilities(3)

     2,442,000         2,954,000         3,006,000         3,132,000         3,005,000   

Long-term debt

     2,055,000         2,036,000         2,074,000         2,166,000         1,787,000   

NYSE Euronext stockholders’ equity

     6,345,000         6,581,000         6,796,000         6,871,000         6,556,000   

 

(1) In 2008, NYSE Euronext recorded a $1,590 million impairment charge primarily in connection with the write-down of goodwill allocated to its Cash Trading and Listings reporting unit ($1,003 million) and the national securities exchange registration of its Cash Trading and Listings reporting unit ($522 million) to their estimated fair value. This charge reflected adverse economic and equity market conditions which caused a material decline in industry market multiples, and lower estimated future cash flows of its European reporting unit within its Cash Trading and Listings business segment as a result of increased competition which has caused a decline in NYSE Euronext’s market share of cash trading in Europe, as well as pricing pressures following the November 2007 introduction of the Markets Financial Instruments Directive.
(2) The operations of GL Trade, which were sold on October 1, 2008, are reflected as discontinued.
(3) Represents liabilities due after one year, including deferred income taxes, accrued employee benefits, and deferred revenue.

 

 

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SELECTED UNAUDITED PRO FORMA CONDENSED COMBINED

CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL DATA

The following table presents selected unaudited pro forma condensed combined financial information about ICE’s consolidated statements of income and balance sheet, after giving effect to the acquisition of NYSE Euronext. The information under “Consolidated Statements of Income Data” in the table below gives effect to the mergers as if they had been consummated on January 1, 2012, the beginning of the earliest period presented. The information under “Consolidated Balance Sheet Data” in the table below assumes the mergers had been consummated on December 31, 2012. This unaudited pro forma condensed combined financial information was prepared using the acquisition method of accounting with ICE considered the acquirer of NYSE Euronext. See “The Mergers—Accounting Treatment.”

As of the date of this joint proxy statement/prospectus, ICE has not completed the detailed valuation studies necessary to arrive at the required estimates of the fair value of NYSE Euronext’s assets to be acquired and the liabilities to be assumed and the related allocations of purchase price, nor has it identified all adjustments necessary to conform NYSE Euronext’s accounting policies to ICE’s accounting policies. A final determination of the fair value of ICE’s assets and liabilities will be based on the actual net tangible and intangible assets and liabilities of NYSE Euronext that exist as of the date of completion of the mergers and, therefore, cannot be made prior to the completion of the transaction. Additionally, the value of the NYSE Euronext merger consideration to be paid to NYSE Euronext stockholders will be determined based on the trading price of ICE common stock at the time of the completion of the mergers. Accordingly, the pro forma purchase price adjustments are preliminary and are subject to further adjustments as additional information becomes available and as additional analyses are performed. The preliminary pro forma purchase price adjustments have been made solely for the purpose of providing the information presented below. ICE estimated the fair value of NYSE Euronext’s assets and liabilities based on discussions with NYSE Euronext’s management, preliminary valuation studies, due diligence and information presented in public filings. Until the mergers are completed, both companies are limited in their ability to share certain information. Upon completion of the mergers, final valuations will be performed. Increases or decreases in the fair value of relevant balance sheet amounts will result in adjustments to the balance sheet and/or statements of income. There can be no assurance that such finalization will not result in material changes.

 

 

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The information presented below should be read in conjunction with the historical consolidated financial statements and related notes of ICE and NYSE Euronext filed by each with the SEC, and incorporated by reference in this document, and with the unaudited pro forma condensed combined financial statements of ICE and NYSE Euronext, including the related notes, appearing elsewhere in this document under “Unaudited Pro Forma Condensed Combined Financial Statements.” The unaudited pro forma condensed combined financial statements are presented for illustrative purposes only and are not necessarily indicative of results that actually would have occurred or that may occur in the future had the mergers been completed on the dates indicated, or the future operating results or financial position of the combined company following the mergers. Future results may vary significantly from the results reflected because of various factors, including those discussed under the heading “Risk Factors” beginning on page 36.

 

     Year Ended
December 31, 2012
 
     (In thousands,
except per share data)
 

Consolidated Statements of Income Data:

  

Total revenues, less transaction-based expenses

   $ 3,597,812   

Total operating expenses

   $ 2,232,523   

Total operating income

   $ 1,365,289   

Net income attributable to the combined company

   $ 857,680   

Earnings per share:

  

Basic

   $ 7.46   

Diluted

   $ 7.42   
     As of
December 31,  2012
 
     (In thousands)  

Consolidated Balance Sheet Data:

  

Unrestricted cash and cash equivalents

   $ 752,979   

Long-term investments

   $ 915,345   

Total assets

   $ 52,862,940   

Total current and long-term debt

   $ 5,579,461   

Total equity

   $ 10,308,371   

 

 

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COMPARATIVE HISTORICAL AND UNAUDITED PRO FORMA PER SHARE FINANCIAL DATA

Presented below are ICE’s and NYSE Euronext’s historical per share data for the year ended December 31, 2012 and unaudited pro forma combined per share data for the year ended December 31, 2012. Except for the historical information as of and for the year ended December 31, 2012, the information provided in the table below is unaudited. This information should be read together with the historical consolidated financial statements and related notes of ICE and NYSE Euronext filed by each with the SEC, and incorporated by reference in this document, and with the unaudited pro forma condensed combined financial statements included under “Unaudited Pro Forma Condensed Combined Financial Statements.”

The pro forma information is presented for illustrative purposes only and is not necessarily indicative of the operating results or financial position that would have occurred if the mergers had been completed as of the beginning of the periods presented, nor is it necessarily indicative of the future operating results or financial position of the combined company. The pro forma information, although helpful in illustrating the financial characteristics of the combined company under one set of assumptions, does not reflect the benefits of expected cost savings, opportunities to earn additional revenue, the impact of restructuring, or other factors that may result as a consequence of the mergers and, accordingly, does not attempt to predict or suggest future results.

The historical book value per share is computed by dividing shareholders’ equity by the number of shares of common stock outstanding at the end of the period. The pro forma income per share of the combined company is computed by dividing the pro forma income by the pro forma weighted average number of shares outstanding. The pro forma book value per share of the combined company is computed by dividing total pro forma stockholders’ equity by the pro forma number of shares of common stock outstanding at the end of the period. The pro forma book value per share of the combined company is computed as if the mergers had been completed on December 31, 2012.

 

     Year Ended
December 31, 2012
 

ICE Historical Data:

  

Net income per basic share

    $ 7.59   

Net income per diluted share

    $ 7.52   

Cash dividends declared per share

    $ —     

Net book value per share

    $ 50.27   

NYSE Euronext Historical Data:

  

Net income per basic share

    $ 1.39   

Net income per diluted share

    $ 1.39   

Cash dividends declared per share

    $ 1.20   

Net book value per share

    $ 26.22   

Pro Forma Combined Data:

  

Net income per basic share

    $ 7.46   

Net income per diluted share

    $ 7.42   

Cash dividends declared per share

    $ 2.60   

Net book value per share

    $  N/A   

Pro Forma Combined Equivalent Data:(1)

  

Net income per basic share

    $ 1.27   

Net income per diluted share

    $ 1.26   

Cash dividends declared per share

    $ 0.44   

Net book value per share

    $ N/A   

 

(1) Determined using the pro forma per share data multiplied by 0.1703 (the proposed ratio of a NYSE Euronext share for an ICE Group share).

 

 

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COMPARATIVE PER SHARE MARKET PRICE AND DIVIDEND INFORMATION

The table below sets forth, for the calendar quarters indicated, the high and low sales prices per share, as well as the dividend paid per share, of ICE common stock, which trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “ICE,” and NYSE Euronext common stock, which is dually listed and trades on the New York Stock Exchange and Euronext Paris under the symbol “NYX.”

 

     ICE Common Stock      NYSE Euronext Common Stock  
     High      Low      Dividend      High      Low      Dividend  

2011

                 

First Quarter

   $ 135.38       $ 112.13       $ 0.00       $ 39.99       $ 30.08       $ 0.30   

Second Quarter

   $ 126.67       $ 112.20       $ 0.00       $ 41.60       $ 31.86       $ 0.30   

Third Quarter

   $ 131.72       $ 102.57       $ 0.00       $ 35.49       $ 23.24       $ 0.30   

Fourth Quarter

   $ 132.89       $ 113.00       $ 0.00       $ 28.92       $ 21.80       $ 0.30   

2012

                 

First Quarter

   $ 142.75       $ 110.67       $ 0.00       $ 31.25       $ 26.24       $ 0.30   

Second Quarter

   $ 139.56       $ 117.82       $ 0.00       $ 30.93       $ 23.31       $ 0.30   

Third Quarter

   $ 141.77       $ 126.22       $ 0.00       $ 26.95       $ 24.07       $ 0.30   

Fourth Quarter

   $ 135.40       $ 122.72       $ 0.00       $ 33.38       $ 22.25       $ 0.30   

2013

                 

First Quarter

   $  163.07       $  124.92       $  0.00       $  38.64       $  31.87       $  0.30   

Second Quarter (through April 26, 2013)

   $  161.48       $  152.41       $  0.00       $  38.39       $  36.95       $  0.00   

On December 19, 2012, the last trading day before the public announcement of the signing of the merger agreement, the closing sale price per share of ICE common stock on the New York Stock Exchange was $128.31 and the closing sale price per share of NYSE Euronext common stock on the New York Stock Exchange was $24.05. On April 26, 2013, the latest practicable date before the date of this document, the last sales price per share of ICE common stock on the New York Stock Exchange was $159.51 and the last sales price per share of NYSE Euronext common stock on the New York Stock Exchange was $38.31.

Under the terms of the merger agreement, the transaction is currently valued at $38.43 per NYSE Euronext share, based on the closing price per share of ICE’s common stock on April 26, 2013. In the NYSE Euronext merger, each share of NYSE Euronext common stock owned by a NYSE Euronext stockholder (except for excluded shares and dissenting shares) will be converted into the right to receive 0.1703 of a share of ICE Group common stock and $11.27 in cash. In lieu of receiving the standard election amount, NYSE Euronext stockholders will also have the right to make either a cash election to receive $33.12 in cash, or a stock election to receive 0.2581 of a share of ICE Group common stock, for each of their NYSE Euronext shares. Both the cash election and the stock election are subject to the proration and adjustment procedures to ensure that the total amount of cash paid, and the total number of shares of ICE Group common stock issued, in the merger to the NYSE Euronext stockholders, as a whole, will be equal to the total amount of cash and number of shares that would have been paid and issued if all of the NYSE Euronext stockholders received the standard election amount, representing maximum cash consideration of approximately $2.7 billion and a maximum aggregate number of ICE Group common shares of approximately 42.5 million. Although the exchange ratio is fixed, the value of a share of ICE common stock will fluctuate until the mergers are consummated. As a result, the value of the stock consideration NYSE Euronext stockholders will receive upon completion of the NYSE Euronext merger will depend on the market price of ICE common stock at the time of the NYSE Euronext merger.

 

 

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CAUTIONARY STATEMENT REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This joint proxy statement/prospectus and the documents incorporated by reference into this joint proxy statement/prospectus contain “forward-looking statements” made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are subject to numerous assumptions, risks and uncertainties which change over time and may include statements regarding the period following the completion of the mergers. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by words such as “may,” “hope,” “might,” “can,” “could,” “will,” “should,” “expect,” “plan,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “predict,” “potential” or “continue,” and the negative of these terms and other comparable terminology. These forward-looking statements may include projections of ICE Group’s, ICE’s and NYSE Euronext’s future financial performance based on their growth strategies and anticipated trends in their businesses and industries. These statements are only predictions based on ICE Group’s, ICE’s and NYSE Euronext’s current expectations and projections about future events. There are important factors that could cause ICE Group’s, ICE’s and NYSE Euronext’s actual results, level of activity, performance or achievements to differ materially from the results, level of activity, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. In particular, you should consider the numerous risks and uncertainties described in the section entitled “Risk Factors” beginning on page 36.

The risks and uncertainties enumerated in the “Risk Factors” section of this document are not exhaustive. Other sections of this joint proxy statement/prospectus describe additional factors that could adversely impact ICE Group’s, ICE’s and NYSE Euronext’s business and financial performance. Moreover, ICE and NYSE Euronext operates, and ICE Group will operate, in a very competitive and rapidly changing environment. New risks and uncertainties emerge from time to time, and it is not possible to predict all risks and uncertainties, nor can ICE Group, ICE or NYSE Euronext assess the impact that these factors will have on ICE Group’s, ICE’s or NYSE Euronext’s business or the extent to which any factor, or combination of factors, may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statements.

Although ICE Group, ICE and NYSE Euronext believe the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, they cannot guarantee future results, level of activity, performance or achievements. You should not rely upon forward-looking statements as predictions of future events. ICE Group, ICE and NYSE Euronext caution readers that any forward-looking statement is not a guarantee of future performance and that actual results could differ materially from those expressed in or implied by the forward-looking statements. Except to the extent required by applicable law, none of ICE Group, ICE nor NYSE Euronext has a duty, or makes any commitment, to revise or update any forward-looking statements after the date of this joint proxy statement/prospectus in order to conform prior statements to reflect actual results or revised expectations or circumstances after the date any such statements are made.

Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements about: the benefits of the proposed mergers involving ICE Group, ICE and NYSE Euronext, including future financial results; ICE Group’s, ICE’s and NYSE Euronext’s plans, objectives, expectations and intentions; the expected timing of completion of the proposed mergers involving ICE Group, ICE and NYSE Euronext; assumed future results of operations and operating cash flows; strategies and investment policies; financing plans and the availability of capital; potential growth opportunities available to ICE Group, ICE or NYSE Euronext; the risks associated with potential acquisitions or alliances; the recruitment and retention of officers and employees; expected levels of compensation; potential operating performance, achievements, productivity improvements, efficiency and cost reduction efforts; the likelihood of success and impact of litigation; protection or enforcement of intellectual property rights; the expectation with respect to securities markets and general economic conditions; the ability to keep up with rapid technological change; the effects of competition; and the impact of future legislation and regulatory changes.

 

 

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Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements are set forth in ICE Group’s, ICE’s and NYSE Euronext’s filings with the SEC. These risks and uncertainties include, without limitation, the following:

 

   

the inability to close the mergers in a timely manner;

 

   

the inability to complete the mergers due to the failure of ICE or NYSE Euronext stockholders to approve the ICE or NYSE Euronext Merger proposals, respectively, or failure of ICE stockholders to approve the ICE Group Governance-Related proposals;

 

   

the failure to satisfy other conditions to completion of the mergers, including receipt of required regulatory and other approvals;

 

   

the failure of the mergers to close for any other reason;

 

   

the possibility that any of the anticipated benefits of the mergers will not be realized;

 

   

the risk that integration of NYSE Euronext’s operations with those of ICE will be materially delayed or will be more costly or difficult than expected;

 

   

the challenges of integrating and retaining key employees;

 

   

the effect of the announcement of the mergers on ICE’s, NYSE Euronext’s or the combined company’s respective business relationships, operating results and business generally;

 

   

the possibility that the anticipated synergies and cost savings of the mergers will not be realized, or will not be realized within the expected time period;

 

   

the possibility that the mergers may be more costly to complete than anticipated, including as a result of unexpected factors or events;

 

   

diversion of management’s attention from ongoing business operations and opportunities;

 

   

general competitive, economic, political and market conditions and fluctuations;

 

   

actions taken or conditions imposed by the United States and foreign governments or regulatory authorities or changes to regulations that impact the business of ICE, NYSE Euronext or the combined company; and

 

   

adverse outcomes of pending or threatened litigation or government investigations.

In addition, you should carefully consider the risks and uncertainties and other factors that may affect future results of the combined company, as described in the section entitled “Risk Factors” in this joint proxy statement/prospectus, and as described in ICE’s and NYSE Euronext’s respective filings with the SEC that are available on the SEC’s web site located at www.sec.gov, including the sections entitled “Risk Factors” in ICE’s Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012, as filed with the SEC on February 6, 2013, and “Risk Factors” in NYSE Euronext’s Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012, as filed with the SEC on February 26, 2013.

ICE Group, ICE and NYSE Euronext caution you not to place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this document in the case of forward-looking statements contained in this document, or the dates of the documents incorporated by reference into this document in the case of forward-looking statements made in those incorporated documents.

ICE Group, ICE and NYSE Euronext expressly qualify in their entirety all forward-looking statements attributable to ICE Group, ICE and NYSE Euronext or any person acting on their behalf by the cautionary statements contained or referred to in this section.

 

 

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RISK FACTORS

In addition to the other information contained in or incorporated by reference into this document, including the matters addressed under the caption “Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements,” NYSE Euronext stockholders should carefully consider the following risk factors in deciding whether to vote for the adoption of the merger agreement and for the proposal to approve the compensation of NYSE Euronext’s named executive officers that is based on or otherwise relates to the mergers, and ICE stockholders should carefully consider the following risks in deciding whether to vote for the adoption of the merger agreement and approval of related matters. You should also consider the other information in this document and the other documents incorporated by reference into this document. See “Where You Can Find More Information” in the forepart of this document and “Incorporation of Certain Documents by Reference.”

Risks Related to the Mergers

Because the Market Price of ICE Common Stock Will Fluctuate, NYSE Euronext Stockholders Cannot Be Sure of the Value of the Merger Consideration They Will Receive.

Upon completion of the NYSE Euronext merger, and unless the holder of any outstanding share of NYSE Euronext common stock otherwise elects as described below, each issued and outstanding share of NYSE Euronext common stock (except for excluded shares and dissenting shares) will be converted into the right to receive 0.1703 shares of ICE Group common stock and $11.27 in cash, without interest. Alternately, NYSE Euronext stockholders may elect to receive 0.2581 shares of ICE Group common stock or $33.12 in cash, without interest, in exchange for each share of NYSE Euronext common stock owned by such stockholder, subject to the proration and adjustment procedures set forth in the merger agreement. Other than the proration and adjustment procedures, the exchange ratio is fixed, and there will be no adjustment to the NYSE Euronext merger consideration for changes in the market price of ICE common stock prior to completion of the merger. Accordingly, the value of the stock consideration NYSE Euronext stockholders will receive upon completion of the NYSE Euronext merger will depend upon the market price of ICE common stock at the time of the NYSE Euronext merger. The NYSE Euronext merger consideration is described in more detail in the section of this document entitled “The Mergers—NYSE Euronext Merger Consideration.”

The value of ICE common stock, which represents the value of the ICE Group common stock consideration NYSE Euronext stockholders may receive in the NYSE Euronext merger, will continue to fluctuate from the date of this joint proxy statement/prospectus through the date of the closing of the mergers and this will affect the value represented by the exchange ratio both in terms of the shares of NYSE Euronext common stock held by NYSE Euronext stockholders and the shares of ICE Group common stock that NYSE Euronext stockholders will receive in connection with the NYSE Euronext merger. Accordingly, at the time of the NYSE Euronext special meeting, NYSE Euronext stockholders will not know or be able to determine the value of the ICE Group common stock they may receive upon completion of the NYSE Euronext merger. It is possible that, at the time of the closing of the NYSE Euronext merger, the shares of NYSE Euronext common stock held by NYSE Euronext stockholders may have a greater market value than the cash and shares of ICE Group common stock for which they are exchanged. For that reason, the market price of ICE common stock on the date of the NYSE Euronext special meeting may not be indicative of the consideration NYSE Euronext stockholders will receive upon completion of the NYSE Euronext merger. The market prices of ICE common stock and NYSE Euronext common stock are subject to general price fluctuations in the market for publicly traded equity securities and have experienced volatility in the past. Stock price changes may result from a variety of factors, including general market and economic conditions and changes in the respective businesses, operations and prospects, and regulatory considerations of ICE, ICE Group and NYSE Euronext. Market assessments of the benefits of the mergers and the likelihood that the mergers will be completed, as well as general and industry specific market and economic conditions, may also impact market prices of ICE common stock and NYSE Euronext common stock. Many of these factors are beyond ICE’s, ICE Group’s and NYSE Euronext’s control.

 

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NYSE Euronext Stockholders May Receive a Form of Consideration Different From What They Elect.

Although each NYSE Euronext stockholder may elect to receive all cash or all shares of ICE Group common stock in the NYSE Euronext merger, the pool of cash and shares of ICE Group common stock available for all NYSE Euronext stockholders will be a fixed percentage of the aggregate merger consideration at closing, and will not exceed the aggregate number of shares of ICE Group common stock that would have been issued, and the aggregate amount of cash that would have been paid, to all of the holders of shares of NYSE Euronext common stock had the election to receive 0.1703 shares of ICE Group common stock and cash having a value equal to $11.27 been made with respect to each share of NYSE Euronext common stock owned by such stockholder. As a result, if either the aggregate number of cash elections or stock elections made would result in payments of cash or stock in excess of the maximum amount of cash or stock available, and a NYSE Euronext stockholder has chosen the consideration election that exceeds the maximum available, such NYSE Euronext stockholder will receive consideration in a form that such stockholder did not choose. This could result in, among other things, tax consequences that differ from those that would have resulted if you had received the form of consideration that you elected (including the potential recognition of gain for federal income tax purposes if you receive cash). For illustrative examples of how the proration and adjustment procedures would work in the event there is an oversubscription of the cash election or stock election in the NYSE Euronext merger, see “The Merger Agreement—Effect of the NYSE Euronext Merger on Shares of NYSE Euronext Common Stock and Interests of Baseball Merger Sub.”

The Market Price for ICE Group Common Stock May Be Affected by Factors Different from Those that Historically Have Affected NYSE Euronext Common Stock and ICE Common Stock.

Upon completion of the NYSE Euronext merger, holders of shares of NYSE Euronext common stock (other than those who elect to receive all cash, and who do receive all cash, in the NYSE Euronext merger, and the holders of excluded shares and dissenting shares) will become holders of shares of ICE Group common stock. ICE’s and ICE Group’s businesses differ from those of NYSE Euronext, and accordingly the results of operations of ICE and ICE Group will be affected by some factors that are different from those currently affecting the results of operations of NYSE Euronext. In addition, upon completion of the ICE merger, holders of ICE common stock will become holders of ICE Group common stock. The results of operation of the combined company may also be affected by factors different from those currently affecting ICE. For a discussion of the businesses of ICE and NYSE Euronext and of some important factors to consider in connection with those businesses, see the documents incorporated by reference in this joint proxy statement/prospectus and referred to under “Where You Can Find More Information” in the forepart of this document.

Regulatory Approvals May Not Be Received, May Take Longer than Expected or May Impose Conditions that Are Not Presently Anticipated or that Cannot Be Met.

Before the transactions contemplated in the merger agreement, including the mergers, may be completed, various approvals and declarations of non-objection must be obtained from certain regulatory and governmental authorities as described in “The Mergers—Regulatory Approvals Required for the Mergers.” These regulatory and governmental entities may impose conditions on the granting of such approvals. Such conditions and the process of obtaining regulatory approvals could have the effect of delaying completion of the mergers or of imposing additional costs or limitations on ICE and ICE Group following the mergers. The regulatory approvals may not be received at all, may not be received in a timely fashion, and may contain conditions on the completion of the mergers. In addition, the respective obligations of ICE, ICE Group and NYSE Euronext to complete the mergers are conditioned on the receipt of certain regulatory approvals or waiver by the other party of such condition. See “The Mergers—Regulatory Approvals Required for the Mergers.”

The Merger Agreement May Be Terminated in Accordance with Its Terms and the Mergers May Not Be Completed.

The merger agreement is subject to a number of conditions that must be fulfilled to complete the mergers. Those conditions include: the adoption of the merger agreement by NYSE Euronext stockholders, the adoption of

 

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the merger agreement by ICE stockholders, approval of the ICE Group Governance-Related proposals by the ICE stockholders, receipt of requisite competition approvals, receipt of requisite regulatory approvals, absence of orders prohibiting completion of the mergers, effectiveness of the registration statement of which this document is a part, approval of the shares of ICE Group common stock to be issued to NYSE Euronext stockholders and ICE stockholders for listing on the New York Stock Exchange, the continued accuracy of the representations and warranties by both parties, the performance by both parties of their covenants and agreements, and the receipt by both parties of legal opinions from their respective tax counsels. These conditions to the closing of the mergers may not be fulfilled and, accordingly, the mergers may not be completed. In addition, if the mergers are not completed by December 31, 2013 (subject to extension to March 31, 2014 by either party in certain circumstances), either ICE or NYSE Euronext may choose not to proceed with the mergers, and the parties can mutually decide to terminate the merger agreement at any time prior to the consummation of the mergers, before or after stockholder approval. In addition, ICE or NYSE Euronext may elect to terminate the merger agreement in certain other circumstances. See “The Merger Agreement—Termination Rights” and “The Merger Agreement—Termination Fees” for a fuller description of these circumstances.

Termination of the Merger Agreement Could Negatively Impact NYSE Euronext.

NYSE Euronext’s business may be adversely impacted by the failure to pursue other beneficial opportunities due to the focus of management on the mergers, without realizing any of the anticipated benefits of completing the mergers, and the market price of NYSE Euronext common stock might decline to the extent that the current market price reflects a market assumption that the mergers will be completed. If the merger agreement is terminated and NYSE Euronext’s board of directors seeks another merger or business combination, NYSE Euronext stockholders cannot be certain that NYSE Euronext will be able to find a party willing to offer equivalent or more attractive consideration than the consideration ICE and ICE Group have agreed to provide in the NYSE Euronext merger. If the merger agreement is terminated under certain circumstances, NYSE Euronext may be required to pay a termination fee of $100 million, $300 million or $450 million to ICE, depending on the circumstances surrounding the termination. See “The Merger Agreement—Termination Fees—Termination Fees Payable by NYSE Euronext.”

Termination of the Merger Agreement Could Negatively Impact ICE.

If the merger agreement is terminated under certain circumstances, including if the merger agreement is terminated due to a failure to receive required regulatory approvals, ICE will be required to pay NYSE Euronext a termination fee of up to $750 million. ICE also may be required to pay a termination fee of $100 million, $300 million or $450 million if the merger agreement is terminated under other specified circumstances. These termination fees may be substantial and, in some instances, such as failure to secure required regulatory approvals, the cause for termination is not within ICE’s control. See “The Merger Agreement—Termination Fees—Termination Fees Payable by ICE.”

NYSE Euronext Will Be Subject to Business Uncertainties and Contractual Restrictions While the Mergers Are Pending.

Uncertainty about the effect of the mergers on employees and clearing members, customers and other market participants may have an adverse effect on NYSE Euronext and consequently on ICE. These uncertainties may impair NYSE Euronext’s ability to attract, retain and motivate key personnel until the mergers are completed, and could cause customers and others that deal with NYSE Euronext to seek to change existing business relationships with NYSE Euronext. Retention of certain employees may be challenging during the pendency of the mergers, as certain employees may experience uncertainty about their future roles. If key employees depart because of issues related to the uncertainty and difficulty of integration or a desire not to remain with the businesses, ICE Group’s business following the mergers could be negatively impacted. In addition, the merger agreement restricts NYSE Euronext from making certain acquisitions and taking other specified non-ordinary course actions until the merger occurs without the consent of ICE. These restrictions may prevent NYSE Euronext from pursuing attractive business opportunities that may arise prior to the completion of the mergers. See “The Merger Agreement—Conduct of the Business Pending the Mergers” for a description of the restrictive covenants applicable to NYSE Euronext.

 

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Pending Litigation Against NYSE Euronext and ICE Could Result in an Injunction Preventing the Completion of the NYSE Euronext Merger or a Judgment Resulting in the Payment of Damages.

In connection with the NYSE Euronext merger, purported NYSE Euronext stockholders have filed putative shareholder class action lawsuits against NYSE Euronext, the members of the NYSE Euronext board of directors, ICE and Baseball Merger Sub. Among other remedies, the plaintiffs seek to enjoin the NYSE Euronext merger. The outcome of any such litigation is uncertain. If the cases are not resolved, these lawsuits could prevent or delay completion of the combination and result in substantial costs to NYSE Euronext and ICE, including any costs associated with the indemnification of directors and officers. Plaintiffs may file additional lawsuits against NYSE Euronext, ICE and/or the directors and officers of either company in connection with the mergers. The defense or settlement of any lawsuit or claim that remains unresolved at the time the mergers are completed may adversely affect ICE’s business, financial condition, results of operations and cash flows. See “Litigation Related to the NYSE Euronext Merger.”

NYSE Euronext Directors and Officers May Have Interests in the NYSE Euronext Merger Different From the Interests of NYSE Euronext Stockholders and ICE Stockholders.

Certain of the directors and executive officers of NYSE Euronext negotiated the terms of the merger agreement, and the NYSE Euronext board of directors recommended that the stockholders of NYSE Euronext vote in favor of the merger-related proposals. These directors and executive officers may have interests in the NYSE Euronext merger that are different from, or in addition to or in conflict with, those of NYSE Euronext stockholders and ICE stockholders. These interests include the continued employment of certain executive officers of NYSE Euronext by ICE Group, the continued service of certain independent directors of NYSE Euronext as directors of ICE Group, the treatment in the NYSE Euronext merger of stock options, restricted stock units, bonus awards, employment agreements, change-in-control severance agreements and other rights held by NYSE Euronext directors and executive officers, and the indemnification of former NYSE Euronext directors and officers by ICE Group. NYSE Euronext stockholders and ICE stockholders should be aware of these interests when they consider their respective board of directors’ recommendation that they vote in favor of the merger-related proposals.

The NYSE Euronext board of directors was aware of these interests when it declared the advisability of the merger agreement, determined that it was fair to the NYSE Euronext stockholders and recommended that the NYSE Euronext stockholders adopt the merger agreement. The interests of NYSE Euronext directors and executive officers are described in more detail in the section of this document entitled “The Mergers—Interests of NYSE Euronext Directors and Executive Officers in the NYSE Euronext Merger.”

NYSE Euronext Stockholders Will Have a Reduced Ownership and Voting Interest After the Mergers and Will Exercise Less Influence Over Management.

NYSE Euronext stockholders currently have the right to vote in the election of the board of directors of NYSE Euronext and on other matters affecting NYSE Euronext. Upon the completion of the mergers, each NYSE Euronext stockholder who receives shares of ICE Group common stock will become a stockholder of ICE Group with a percentage ownership of ICE Group that is smaller than the stockholder’s percentage ownership of NYSE Euronext. It is currently expected that the former stockholders of NYSE Euronext as a group will receive shares in the mergers constituting approximately 36% of the outstanding shares of ICE Group common stock immediately after the mergers. Because of this, NYSE Euronext stockholders will have less influence on the management and policies of ICE Group than they now have on the management and policies of NYSE Euronext.

Shares of ICE Group Common Stock to Be Received by NYSE Euronext Stockholders as a Result of the Mergers Will Have Rights Different from the Shares of NYSE Euronext Common Stock.

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with shares of NYSE Euronext common stock are different from the rights associated with shares of ICE Group common stock. See “Comparison of Stockholders’ Rights” for a discussion of the different rights associated with ICE Group common stock.

Shares of ICE Group Common Stock to Be Received by ICE Stockholders as a Result of the ICE Merger Will Have Rights Different from the Shares of ICE Common Stock.

Upon completion of the ICE merger, the rights of former ICE stockholders who become ICE Group stockholders will be governed by the certificate of incorporation and bylaws of ICE Group. The rights associated with shares of ICE common stock are different from the rights associated with shares of ICE Group common stock, which include common stock voting and ownership limitations that do not exist in the current ICE certificate of incorporation and bylaws. The provisions of ICE Group’s amended and restated certificate of incorporation and amended and restated bylaws, including the terms of the shares of ICE Group common stock, will become applicable to the ICE and NYSE Euronext stockholders who continue as ICE Group stockholders as a result of the mergers regardless of whether they vote in favor of the ICE Merger proposal, any of the ICE Group Governance-Related proposals, or the NYSE Euronext Merger proposal, as applicable. The completion of the mergers is conditioned on the approval by ICE stockholders of the ICE Merger proposal and each of the ICE Group Governance-Related proposals, and by the NYSE Euronext stockholders of the NYSE Euronext Merger proposal. See “Comparison of Stockholders’ Rights” for a discussion of the different rights associated with ICE Group common stock.

The SEC and European Regulators may require ICE to change the structure of ICE Group or the provisions of the ICE Group amended and restated certificate of incorporation and amended and restated bylaws.

ICE Group’s proposed organizational structure after the mergers, as well as its amended and restated certificate of incorporation and amended and restated bylaws after the mergers, are subject to review by the SEC and European regulators. The SEC and European Regulators may require changes to the structure, amended and restated certificate of incorporation or amended and restated bylaws of ICE Group and its subsidiaries, as a precondition to its approval of the rules of the national securities exchanges owned by ICE Group. ICE cannot predict what, if any, changes may be required by the SEC or the European regulators, which may include changes that limit or otherwise adversely affect the ability of ICE Group stockholders to transfer, hold or vote shares of ICE Group common stock after the mergers.

The Merger Agreement and Clearing Services Agreement Contain Provisions that May Discourage Other Companies from Trying to Acquire NYSE Euronext for Greater Merger Consideration.

The merger agreement contains provisions that may discourage a third party from submitting a business combination proposal to NYSE Euronext both during the pendency of the merger transaction with ICE as well as afterward should the merger with ICE not be consummated that might result in greater value to NYSE Euronext stockholders than the NYSE Euronext merger. These merger agreement provisions include a general prohibition on NYSE Euronext from soliciting, or, subject to certain exceptions, entering into discussions with any third party regarding any acquisition proposal or offers for competing transactions. In addition, NYSE Euronext may be required to pay ICE a termination fee of $300 million in certain circumstances involving acquisition proposals for competing transactions. For further information, please see the section entitled “The Merger Agreement—Termination Fees—Termination Fees Payable by NYSE Euronext.” Further, the clearing services agreement provisions include changes to the economic returns to each party and certain other terms in connection with a change of control of Liffe Administration and Management or NYSE Euronext, which are intended to correspond to terms that would likely be agreed upon by third parties to shorter term clearing relationships. Any such changes to the clearing services agreement may affect the potential for NYSE Euronext to receive alternative merger or acquisition proposals.

 

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The Unaudited Pro Forma Condensed Combined Financial Statements Included in This Document Are Preliminary and the Actual Financial Condition and Results of Operations After the Mergers May Differ Materially.

The unaudited pro forma condensed combined financial statements in this document are presented for illustrative purposes only and are not necessarily indicative of what ICE Group’s actual financial condition or results of operations would have been had the mergers been completed on the dates indicated. The unaudited pro forma condensed combined financial statements reflect adjustments, which are based upon preliminary estimates, to record the NYSE Euronext identifiable assets acquired and liabilities assumed at fair value and the resulting goodwill recognized. The purchase price allocation reflected in this document is preliminary, and final allocation of the purchase price will be based upon the actual purchase price and the fair value of the assets and liabilities of NYSE Euronext as of the date of the completion of the mergers. Accordingly, the final acquisition accounting adjustments may differ materially from the pro forma adjustments reflected in this document. For more information, see “Unaudited Pro Forma Condensed Combined Financial Statements.”

The Opinions of NYSE Euronext’s and ICE’s Financial Advisors Will Not Reflect Changes in Circumstances Between the Original Signing of the Merger Agreement in December 2012 and the Completion of the Mergers.

NYSE Euronext and ICE have not obtained updated opinions from their respective financial advisors as of the date of this document and do not expect to receive updated opinions prior to the completion of the mergers. Changes in the operations and prospects of NYSE Euronext or ICE, general market and economic conditions and other factors that may be beyond the control of NYSE Euronext or ICE, and on which NYSE Euronext’s and ICE’s financial advisors’ opinions were based, may significantly alter the value of NYSE Euronext or the prices of the shares of ICE’s common stock or NYSE Euronext common stock by the time the mergers are completed. The opinions do not speak as of the time the mergers will be completed or as of any date other than the date of such opinions. Because NYSE Euronext’s and ICE’s financial advisors will not be updating their opinions, which were issued in connection with the signing of the original merger agreement on December 20, 2012, the opinions will not address the fairness of the merger consideration from a financial point of view at the time the mergers are completed. NYSE Euronext’s board of directors’ recommendation that NYSE Euronext stockholders vote “FOR” the NYSE Euronext Merger proposal and ICE’s board of directors’ recommendation that ICE stockholders vote “FOR” the ICE Merger proposal and “FOR” the ICE Group Governance-Related proposals, however, are made as of the date of this document. For a description of the opinions that ICE and NYSE Euronext received from their respective financial advisors, please refer to “The Mergers—Opinion of Perella Weinberg, Financial Advisor to NYSE Euronext” and “The Mergers—Opinion of Morgan Stanley, Financial Advisor to ICE.”

Risks Related to the Business of ICE Group Upon Completion of the Mergers

ICE Group May Fail to Realize the Anticipated Benefits of the Mergers.

The success of the mergers will depend on, among other things, ICE Group’s ability to combine its businesses and certain businesses of NYSE Euronext in a manner that facilitates growth opportunities and realizes anticipated synergies, and achieves the projected stand-alone cost savings and revenue growth trends identified by each company. On a combined basis, ICE Group expects to benefit from operational synergies resulting from the consolidation of capabilities and elimination of redundancies, including the use by certain of NYSE Euronext’s businesses of ICE’s clearing capabilities, as well as greater efficiencies from increased scale and market integration. Management also expects the combined entity will enjoy revenue synergies, including expense sharing, expanded product offerings, the provision of clearing services and increased geographic reach of the combined businesses.

However, ICE Group must successfully combine the businesses of ICE and NYSE Euronext in a manner that permits these cost savings and synergies to be realized. In addition, ICE Group must achieve the anticipated savings and synergies without adversely affecting current revenues and investments in future growth. If ICE Group is not able to successfully achieve these objectives, the anticipated benefits of the mergers may not be realized fully or at all or may take longer to realize than expected.

 

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The Failure to Integrate Successfully Certain Businesses and Operations of ICE and NYSE Euronext in the Expected Time Frame May Adversely Affect ICE Group’s Future Results.

Historically, ICE and NYSE Euronext have operated as independent companies, and they will continue to do so until the completion of the mergers. The management of ICE Group may face significant challenges in consolidating certain businesses and the functions (including regulatory functions) of ICE and NYSE Euronext, integrating their technologies, organizations, procedures, policies and operations, addressing differences in the business cultures of the two companies and retaining key personnel. The integration may also be complex and time consuming, and require substantial resources and effort. The integration process and other disruptions resulting from the mergers may also disrupt each company’s ongoing businesses or cause inconsistencies in standards, controls, procedures and policies that adversely affect ICE Group’s relationships with market participants, employees, regulators and others with whom ICE and NYSE Euronext have business or other dealings or limit ICE Group’s ability to achieve the anticipated benefits of the mergers. In addition, difficulties in integrating the businesses or regulatory functions of ICE and NYSE Euronext could harm the reputation of ICE and ICE Group.

Combining the Businesses of ICE and NYSE Euronext May Be More Difficult, Costly or Time-Consuming Than Expected, Which May Adversely Affect ICE Group’s Results and Negatively Affect the Value of ICE Group’s Stock Following the Mergers.

ICE and NYSE Euronext have entered into the merger agreement because each believes that the mergers will be beneficial to its respective companies and stockholders and that combining the businesses of ICE and NYSE Euronext will produce benefits and cost savings. If ICE Group is not able to successfully combine the businesses of ICE and NYSE Euronext in an efficient and effective manner, the anticipated benefits and cost savings of the mergers may not be realized fully, or at all, or may take longer to realize than expected, and the value of ICE Group common stock may be affected adversely.

An inability to realize the full extent of the anticipated benefits of the mergers and the other transactions contemplated by the merger agreement, as well as any delays encountered in the integration process, could have an adverse effect upon the revenues, level of expenses and operating results of ICE Group, which may adversely affect the value of the ICE Group common stock after the completion of the mergers.

In addition, the actual integration may result in additional and unforeseen expenses, and the anticipated benefits of the integration plan may not be realized. Actual synergies, if achieved, may be lower than what ICE Group expects and may take longer to achieve than anticipated. If ICE Group is not able to adequately address integration challenges, ICE Group may be unable to successfully integrate ICE’s and NYSE Euronext’s operations or to realize the anticipated benefits of the integration of the two companies.

ICE and NYSE Euronext Will Incur Significant Transaction and Merger-Related Costs in Connection with the Mergers.

ICE and NYSE Euronext have incurred and expect to incur a number of non-recurring costs associated with the mergers. These costs and expenses include financial advisory, legal, accounting, consulting and other advisory fees and expenses, reorganization and restructuring costs, severance/employee benefit-related expenses, filing fees, printing expenses and other related charges. Some of these costs are payable by NYSE Euronext and ICE regardless of whether the mergers are completed. ICE currently estimates the aggregate amount of these expenses to equal $70.4 million, and NYSE Euronext currently estimates the aggregate amount of these expenses to equal $73.0 million. There are also a large number of processes, policies, procedures, operations, technologies and systems that must be integrated in connection with the mergers. While both NYSE Euronext and ICE have assumed that a certain level of expenses would be incurred in connection with the mergers and the other transactions contemplated by the merger agreement, there are many factors beyond their control that could affect the total amount or the timing of the integration and implementation expenses. Moreover, there could also be significant amounts payable in cash with respect to dissenting shares, which could adversely affect ICE Group’s liquidity.

 

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There may also be additional unanticipated significant costs in connection with the mergers that ICE Group may not recoup. These costs and expenses could reduce the benefits and additional income ICE Group expects to achieve from the mergers. Although ICE Group expects that these benefits will offset the transaction expenses and implementation costs over time, this net benefit may not be achieved in the near term or at all.

ICE and ICE Group Expect That, Following the Mergers, ICE Group Will Have Significantly Less Cash on Hand Than the Sum of Cash on Hand of ICE and NYSE Euronext Prior to the Mergers. This Reduced Amount of Cash Could Adversely Affect ICE Group’s Ability to Grow.

Following completion of the mergers, after payment of the NYSE Euronext merger consideration, the expenses of consummating the mergers, and all other cash payments relating to the mergers, ICE Group is expected to have, on a pro forma basis, giving effect to the mergers as if they had been consummated on December 31, 2012, approximately $753.0 million in cash and cash equivalents. Although the management of ICE believes that this amount will be sufficient to meet ICE Group’s business objectives and capital needs, this amount is significantly less than the approximately $1.9 billion of combined cash and cash equivalents of the two companies as of December 31, 2012 prior to the mergers and prior to cash payments relating to the NYSE Euronext merger, and could constrain ICE Group’s ability to grow its business. ICE Group’s financial position following the mergers could also make it vulnerable to general economic downturns and industry conditions, and place it at a competitive disadvantage relative to its competitors that have more cash at their disposal. In the event that ICE Group does not have adequate capital to maintain or develop its business, additional capital may not be available to ICE Group on a timely basis, on favorable terms, or at all.

If the Mergers are Consummated, ICE Group Will Incur a Substantial Amount of Debt to Finance the Cash Portion of the NYSE Euronext Merger Consideration, Which Could Restrict Its Ability to Engage in Additional Transactions or Incur Additional Indebtedness.

In connection with the mergers, ICE will borrow up to $1.79 billion under its five-year senior unsecured credit facility, which is the full unrestricted and available amount that may be borrowed by ICE for these purposes. Following the completion of the mergers, the combined company will have a significant amount of indebtedness outstanding. On a pro forma basis, giving effect to the maximum borrowing of $1.79 billion under ICE’s revolving credit facility, the consolidated indebtedness of ICE Group would be approximately $5.6 billion as of December 31, 2012. See “Unaudited Pro Forma Condensed Combined Financial Statements.” This substantial level of indebtedness could have important consequences to ICE Group’s business, including making it more difficult to satisfy its debt obligations, increasing its vulnerability to general adverse economic and industry conditions, limiting its flexibility in planning for, or reacting to, changes in its business and the industry in which it operates and restricting ICE Group from pursuing certain business opportunities. These limitations could reduce the benefits ICE Group expects to achieve from the mergers or impede its ability to engage in future business opportunities or strategic acquisitions.

ICE Group intends to refinance the majority of the $1.79 billion it will borrow under the revolving credit facility subsequent to, or in connection with, the mergers through the issuance of new debt, although the facility does not mature until November 2016. In addition, in connection with the mergers, NYSE Euronext’s existing credit facility will be terminated, and certain other indebtedness of NYSE Euronext may need to be amended or refinanced as a result of change-of-control or other provisions. ICE intends to seek, prior to the closing of the mergers, the consent to the mergers of each holder of its outstanding senior notes. If ICE is unable to obtain such consents, ICE will be required to make an offer to prepay all senior notes shortly after the completion of the mergers at price equal to the aggregate principal amount of the notes, plus accrued and unpaid interest thereon to the date of prepayment. ICE has obtained financing commitments in an amount sufficient to fund prepayment of any senior notes if any offer to prepay is accepted. ICE may not be successful in refinancing its debt, amending or refinancing existing NYSE Euronext debt, or obtaining consents of its senior noteholders, and it cannot assure you that any such financing will be available or that the terms of such financing will be favorable. In addition, any such financing may include restrictions on ICE Group’s ability to engage in certain business transactions or incur additional indebtedness.

 

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The Mergers May Not Be Accretive and May Cause Dilution to ICE Group’s Earnings Per Share, Which May Negatively Affect the Market Price of ICE Group Common Stock.

Although ICE Group currently anticipates that the mergers will be accretive to earnings per share (on an adjusted earnings basis) from and after the mergers, this expectation is based on preliminary estimates, which may change materially.

In connection with the completion of the mergers, and as described and based on the assumptions in the section of this joint proxy statement/prospectus entitled “The Mergers—NYSE Euronext Merger Consideration,” ICE Group expects to issue approximately 42.5 million shares of ICE Group common stock in the NYSE Euronext merger. The issuance of these new shares of ICE Group common stock could have the effect of depressing the market price of ICE Group common stock.

In addition, ICE Group could also encounter additional transaction-related costs or other factors such as the failure to realize all of the benefits anticipated in the mergers. All of these factors could cause dilution to ICE Group’s earnings per share or decrease or delay the expected accretive effect of the mergers and cause a decrease in the market price of ICE Group common stock.

ICE and ICE Group May Not Be Able to Complete an Initial Public Offering of Euronext or Realize the Anticipated Benefits Following the Completion of the Mergers

ICE has not made definitive plans to separate Euronext from the combined company but may pursue such a separation after the closing of the mergers. There are significant risks and uncertainties associated with the potential IPO of Euronext, including required regulatory approvals and potential unforeseen uncertainties and delays. As a result, ICE Group may be unable to complete the IPO of the Euronext businesses, or to complete it on favorable terms. If ICE were to decide to proceed with the IPO, it may be unable to sell the Euronext businesses at a desirable price, may not be able to complete the transaction on a desirable timeline or may incur higher than anticipated expenses related to the transaction. In addition, whether or not the IPO of Euronext is successful, the process of accomplishing the transaction may result in increased general and administrative expenses and divert ICE management’s time and attention from other business concerns. Realizing the benefits of the potential IPO of Euronext will depend in part on ICE Group’s ability to separate certain of Euronext’s businesses in an efficient and effective manner while maintaining adequate focus on its retained businesses.

In addition, separation of the Euronext businesses is likely to be subject to regulatory approval by the Euronext College of Regulators and each individual regulator of the Euronext businesses. Regulatory approval is likely to be conditioned on the assumption by Euronext of certain undertakings to regulators and adoption of provisions in its constitutional documents satisfactory to regulators, as well as the assumption by ICE Group of undertakings in relation to its role as a large shareholder in Euronext following any IPO. Regulatory approval for a separation of the Euronext businesses may not be forthcoming or it may be granted subject to conditions that are not acceptable to ICE Group or that might make an IPO difficult to execute. Agreement by ICE Group to any regulatory commitments and constraints may make it difficult for ICE Group to achieve adequate returns from its holding in Euronext following any IPO.

Following the Mergers, an “Extraterritorial” Change of Law May Adversely Affect ICE Group’s Business and, under Certain Special Arrangements, ICE Group’s Rights to Control a Substantial Portion of its Assets.

Following the completion of the mergers, ICE Group will become an owner of NYSE Euronext’s U.S. exchanges and platforms, as well as European exchanges and platforms. Although ICE Group does not anticipate that there will be a material adverse application of European laws to the U.S. exchanges and platforms acquired by it, or a material adverse application of U.S. laws to the European exchanges and platforms acquired by it, the possibility of such an occurrence cannot be ruled out entirely. If this were to occur, and ICE Group was not able to effectively mitigate the effects of such “extraterritorial” application, its affected exchanges and platforms could experience a reduction in trading or in the number of listed companies or business from other market

 

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participants, or its business could otherwise be adversely affected. Such a change could also jeopardize ICE Group’s ability to implement its strategy in relation to the Euronext businesses, including retention of certain derivatives businesses of Euronext carried on by Liffe Administration and Management and an IPO of the remaining Euronext businesses.

In addition, following the completion of the mergers, certain special arrangements consisting of two standby structures, one involving a Dutch foundation and one involving a Delaware trust, will continue to exist in relation to NYSE Euronext, as continuation of such arrangements is likely to be a condition for regulatory approval of the mergers. The Dutch foundation is empowered to take actions to mitigate the adverse effects of any potential changes in U.S. law that have certain extraterritorial effects on the European regulated markets of NYSE Euronext, and the Delaware trust is empowered to take actions to ameliorate the adverse effects of any potential changes in European law that have certain extraterritorial material effects on the U.S. exchanges acquired by ICE Group. These actions include the exercise by the foundation or the trust of potentially significant control over the European regulated markets or the U.S. exchanges acquired, as the case may be. Although the Dutch foundation and the Delaware trust are required to act in the best interests of NYSE Euronext (and are likely to be required to act in the best interests of ICE Group, following completion of the mergers), subject to certain exceptions, and any remedies may be implemented only for so long as the effects of the material adverse application of law persist, ICE Group may, as a result of the exercise of such rights, be required to transfer control over a substantial portion of the Euronext business or the U.S. Exchanges to the direction of the trust or the foundation. Any such transfer of control could adversely affect its ability to implement its business strategy, including its strategy for the NYSE Euronext businesses after completion of the mergers, and its ability to operate on an integrated and global basis, which could adversely affect ICE Group’s business, financial condition and operating results.

Terms Related to Regulatory Approvals Required to Complete the Mergers and Certain Undertakings of ICE Group Required by Regulators May Make it Difficult for ICE Group to Realize Certain Benefits in Connection with the Mergers

Completion of the mergers is conditioned upon approval by the SEC and the Euronext College of Regulators, as well as the regulators of the individual Euronext businesses. ICE and ICE Group expect the approvals to be granted subject to ICE Group assuming certain undertakings to the Euronext College of Regulators and the Dutch regulators. ICE Group will also be required to adopt certain provisions in its certificate of incorporation and bylaws prior to the completion of the mergers. The provisions ICE Group expects to adopt in its certificate of incorporation and bylaws are described in the sections entitled “Comparison of Stockholders’ Rights.”

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ensuring that there is a minimum number of directors who are regarded by the Euronext College of Regulators as qualifying as representatives of the Euronext markets, including assuming obligations to re-nominate such directors for re-election;

 

   

requirements to subject ICE Group’s directors and officers to a suitability assessment;

 

   

ensuring local management boards of Euronext subsidiaries are sufficiently resourced and that the subsidiaries have all means available to them to fulfill their regulatory obligations;

 

   

various notification obligations and obligations to support the operation of a memorandum of understanding constituting the Euronext College of Regulators;

 

   

requirements to ensure the avoidance of the extraterritorial application of U.S. law, including the Dutch foundation structure;

 

   

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subjecting any future divestment of the Euronext businesses by way of an IPO to the prior non-objection of the Euronext College of Regulators. Euronext N.V. (or the listed entity following any IPO) itself will become subject to commitments and undertakings (including, potentially, provisions incorporated into its constitutional documents) at the time of the IPO. It is anticipated that these commitments and undertakings will relate to the independent management of the Euronext businesses and commitments similar to those that ICE Group will assume to the Euronext College of Regulators; and

 

   

restrictions on ICE Group’s rights as shareholder of Euronext following its divestment.

As a result of these provisions and commitments, the regulatory burden on ICE Group will increase in relation to the NYSE Euronext businesses. ICE Group may not be able to implement its strategy in relation to the Euronext businesses and it may be constrained in its ability to carry out the IPO of the Euronext businesses following the mergers, including the preservation of certain businesses of Euronext as subsidiaries of ICE Group. The regulatory commitments and constraints on ICE Group may impede ICE Group’s ability to launch new products and services, modify existing offerings or the terms on which they are offered, increase or reduce investment and other resources such as human resources, dispose of or acquire assets, restructure the provision of shared services and resources, and otherwise implement changes or initiatives in relation to the Euronext businesses. Consequently, the commitments and constraints may make it more difficult for ICE Group to achieve revenue and net income growth from the Euronext businesses.

Risks Related to ICE’s Business

You should read and consider risk factors specific to ICE’s businesses that will also affect the combined company after the mergers. These risks are described in Part I, Item 1A of ICE’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012, and in other documents that are incorporated by reference into this document. See “Incorporation of Certain Documents by Reference” for the location of information incorporated by reference in this joint proxy statement/prospectus.

Risks Related to NYSE Euronext’s Business

You should read and consider risk factors specific to NYSE Euronext’s businesses that will also affect the combined company after the mergers. These risks are described in Part I, Item 1A of NYSE Euronext’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012, and in other documents that are incorporated by reference into this document. See “Incorporation of Certain Documents by Reference” for the location of information incorporated by reference in this joint proxy statement/prospectus.

 

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NYSE EURONEXT SPECIAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS

Date, Time and Place

The special meeting of NYSE Euronext stockholders will be held at 11 Wall Street, New York, NY 10005 at 9:30 a.m., Eastern time, on June 3, 2013. On or about May 2, 2013, NYSE Euronext commenced mailing this document and the enclosed form of proxy to its stockholders entitled to vote at the NYSE Euronext special meeting.

Purpose of NYSE Euronext Special Meeting

At the NYSE Euronext special meeting, NYSE Euronext stockholders will be asked to:

 

   

adopt the merger agreement, a copy of which is attached as Appendix A to this document, which is referred to as the NYSE Euronext Merger proposal;

 

   

approve, on a non-binding, advisory basis, the compensation to be paid to NYSE Euronext’s named executive officers that is based on or otherwise relates to the mergers, discussed under the section entitled “The Mergers—Interests of NYSE Euronext Directors and Executive Officers in the Mergers” beginning on page 117, which is referred to as the Merger-Related Named Executive Officer Compensation proposal; and

 

   

approve one or more adjournments of the NYSE Euronext special meeting, if necessary or appropriate, including adjournments to permit further solicitation of proxies in favor of the NYSE Euronext Merger proposal, which is referred to as the NYSE Euronext Adjournment proposal.

Recommendation of the NYSE Euronext Board of Directors

The NYSE Euronext board of directors recommends that you vote “FOR” the NYSE Euronext Merger proposal, “FOR” the Merger-Related Named Executive Officer Compensation proposal and “FOR” the NYSE Euronext Adjournment proposal. See “The Mergers—Recommendation of the NYSE Euronext Board of Directors and Reasons for the NYSE Euronext Merger” on page 86.

NYSE Euronext Record Date and Quorum

The NYSE Euronext board of directors has fixed the close of business on April 26, 2013 as the record date for determining the holders of shares of NYSE Euronext common stock entitled to receive notice of and to vote at the NYSE Euronext special meeting.

As of the NYSE Euronext record date, there were 243,213,604 shares of NYSE Euronext common stock outstanding and entitled to vote at the NYSE Euronext special meeting held by 598 holders of record. This number does not include (a) 1,645,415 NYSE Euronext shares held by NYSE Arca, Inc., an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of NYSE Euronext, (b) 35,736,748 NYSE Euronext shares held directly by NYSE Euronext in treasury or (c) 3,802,747 NYSE Euronext shares underlying restricted stock units granted to certain directors, officers and employees of NYSE Euronext. Subject to the voting limitations described under “—Voting Limitations,” each share of NYSE Euronext common stock entitles the holder to one vote at the NYSE Euronext special meeting on each proposal to be considered at the NYSE Euronext special meeting. NYSE Euronext shares that are held in treasury are not entitled to vote at the NYSE Euronext special meeting.

The representation (in person or by proxy) of holders of at least a majority of the votes entitled to be cast on the matters to be voted on at the NYSE Euronext special meeting constitutes a quorum for transacting business at the NYSE Euronext special meeting. All shares of NYSE Euronext common stock, whether present in person or represented by proxy, including abstentions, will be treated as present for purposes of determining the presence or absence of a quorum for all matters voted on at the NYSE Euronext special meeting.

 

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As of the record date, directors and executive officers of NYSE Euronext and their affiliates owned and were entitled to vote 1,277,368 shares of NYSE Euronext common stock, representing approximately 0.53% of the shares of NYSE Euronext common stock outstanding on that date. NYSE Euronext currently expects that NYSE Euronext’s directors and executive officers will vote their shares in favor of the NYSE Euronext Merger proposal, the Merger-Related Named Executive Officer Compensation proposal and the NYSE Euronext Adjournment proposal, although none of them has entered into any agreements obligating them to do so.

Required Vote

Required Vote to Approve the NYSE Euronext Merger Proposal

The affirmative vote of a majority of the outstanding shares of NYSE Euronext common stock entitled to vote on the proposal at the NYSE Euronext special meeting is required to approve the NYSE Euronext Merger proposal.

Required Vote to Approve the Merger-Related Named Executive Officer Compensation Proposal

The affirmative vote of a majority of the votes cast by stockholders entitled to vote on the proposal at the NYSE Euronext special meeting is required to approve the Merger-Related Named Executive Officer Compensation proposal.

Required Vote to Approve the NYSE Euronext Adjournment Proposal

The affirmative vote of a majority of the votes cast by stockholders entitled to vote on the proposal at the NYSE Euronext special meeting is required to approve the NYSE Euronext Adjournment proposal.

Voting Limitations

The NYSE Euronext certificate of incorporation places certain ownership and voting limits on the holders of shares of NYSE Euronext common stock. In particular, under the NYSE Euronext certificate of incorporation:

 

   

no person, either alone or together with its related persons (as defined below), may beneficially own NYSE Euronext shares representing in the aggregate more than 20% of the total number of votes entitled to be cast on any matter; and

 

   

no person, either alone or together with its related persons, is entitled to vote or cause the voting of NYSE Euronext shares representing in the aggregate more than 10% of the total number of votes entitled to be cast on any matter, and no person, either alone or together with its related persons, may acquire the ability to vote more than 10% of the total number of votes entitled to be cast on any matter by virtue of agreements entered into by other persons not to vote outstanding NYSE Euronext shares.

In the event that a person, either alone or together with its related persons, beneficially owns NYSE Euronext shares representing more than 20% of the total number of votes entitled to be cast on any matter, such person and its related persons are obligated to sell promptly, and NYSE Euronext is obligated to purchase promptly, at a price equal to the par value of such shares and to the extent that funds are legally available for such purchase, that number of NYSE Euronext shares necessary so that such person, together with its related persons, will beneficially own NYSE Euronext shares representing in the aggregate no more than 20% of the total number of votes entitled to be cast on any matter, after taking into account that such repurchased shares shall become treasury shares and will no longer be deemed to be outstanding.

In the event that a person, either alone or together with its related persons, possesses more than 10% of the total number of votes entitled to be cast on any matter (including if it possesses this voting power by virtue of agreements entered into by other persons not to vote outstanding NYSE Euronext shares), then such person, either alone or together with its related persons, is not entitled to vote or cause the voting of these shares to the extent that such shares represent in the aggregate more than 10% of the total number of votes entitled to be cast on any matter, and NYSE Euronext will disregard any such votes purported to be cast in excess of this percentage.

 

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The voting limitations do not apply to a solicitation of a revocable proxy by or on behalf of NYSE Euronext or by any officer or director of NYSE Euronext acting on behalf of NYSE Euronext or to a solicitation of a revocable proxy by a NYSE Euronext shareholder in accordance with Regulation 14A under the Exchange Act. This exception, however, does not apply to certain solicitations by a shareholder pursuant to Rule 14a-2(b)(2) under the Exchange Act, which permits a solicitation made otherwise than on behalf of NYSE Euronext where the total number of persons solicited is not more than 10. The NYSE Euronext board of directors may waive the provisions regarding ownership and voting limits by a resolution expressly permitting this ownership or voting (which resolution must be filed with and approved by the SEC and all required European regulators prior to being effective), subject to a determination of the NYSE Euronext board of directors that:

 

   

the acquisition of such shares and the exercise of such voting rights, as applicable, by such persons, either alone or together with its related persons, will not impair:

 

   

the ability of NYSE Euronext, NYSE Group, Inc., New York Stock Exchange LLC, NYSE Market, Inc., NYSE Regulation, Inc., NYSE Arca, L.L.C., NYSE Arca, Inc. NYSE Arca Equities, Inc. or NYSE MKT LLC (collectively, the “U.S. regulated subsidiaries”) to discharge their respective responsibilities under the Exchange Act and the rules and regulations thereunder;

 

   

the ability of NYSE Euronext, Euronext N.V. or the European market subsidiaries to discharge their respective responsibilities under European exchange regulations; or

 

   

the ability of the SEC to enforce the Exchange Act or the ability of European regulators to enforce European exchange regulations;

 

   

the acquisition of such shares and the exercise of such voting rights, as applicable, is otherwise in the best interests of NYSE Euronext, its shareholders, its U.S. regulated subsidiaries and its European market subsidiaries;

 

   

neither the person obtaining the waiver nor any of its related persons is subject to any statutory disqualification (as defined in Section 3(a)(39) of the Exchange Act) if such person is seeking to obtain a waiver above the 20% level;

 

   

neither the person obtaining the waiver nor any of its related persons has been determined by a European regulator to be in violation of the laws or regulations adopted in accordance with the MiFID applicable to any European market subsidiary requiring such person to act fairly, honestly and professionally, if such person is seeking to obtain a waiver above the 20% level;

 

   

for so long as NYSE Euronext directly or indirectly controls NYSE Arca, Inc. or NYSE Arca Equities, Inc., or any facility of NYSE Arca, Inc., neither the person requesting the waiver nor any of its related persons is an equity trading permit holder, an option trading permit (which is referred to in this document as an “OTP”) holder or an OTP firm if such person is seeking to obtain a waiver above the 20% level; and

 

   

for so long as NYSE Euronext directly or indirectly controls New York Stock Exchange LLC, NYSE Market or NYSE MKT LLC, neither the person requesting the waiver nor any of its related persons is a member or member organization of New York Stock Exchange LLC, with respect to New York Stock Exchange LLC or NYSE Market, Inc., or a member (as defined in Sections 3(a)(3)(A)(i), (ii), (iii) and (iv) of the Exchange Act) with respect to NYSE MKT LLC, if such person is seeking to obtain a waiver above the 20% level.

As used in this document, “related persons” means with respect to any person:

 

   

any “affiliate” of such person (as such term is defined in Rule 12b-2 under the Exchange Act);

 

   

any other person(s) with which such first person has any agreement, arrangement or understanding (whether or not in writing) to act together for the purpose of acquiring, voting, holding or disposing of NYSE Euronext shares;

 

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in the case of a person that is a company, corporation or similar entity, any executive officer (as defined under Rule 3b-7 under the Exchange Act) or director of such person and, in the case of a person that is a partnership or a limited liability company, any general partner, managing member or manager of such person, as applicable;

 

   

in the case of a person that is a “member organization” (as defined in the rules of New York Stock Exchange LLC, as such rules may be in effect from time to time), any “member” (as defined in the rules of New York Stock Exchange LLC, as such rules may be in effect from time to time) that is associated with such person (as determined using the definition of “person associated with a member” as defined under Section 3(a)(21) of the Exchange Act);

 

   

in the case of a person that is an OTP firm, any OTP holder that is associated with such person (as determined using the definition of “person associated with a member” as defined under Section 3(a)(21) of the Exchange Act);

 

   

in the case of a person that is a natural person, any relative or spouse of such natural person, or any relative of such spouse who has the same home as such natural person or who is a director or officer of NYSE Euronext or any of its parents or subsidiaries;

 

   

in the case of a person that is an executive officer (as defined under Rule 3b-7 under the Exchange Act), or a director of a company, corporation or similar entity, such company, corporation or entity, as applicable;

 

   

in the case of a person that is a general partner, managing member or manager of a partnership or limited liability company, such partnership or limited liability company, as applicable;

 

   

in the case of a person that is a “member” (as defined in the rules of New York Stock Exchange LLC, as such rules may be in effect from time to time), the “member organization” (as defined in the rules of New York Stock Exchange LLC, as such rules may be in effect from time to time) with which such person is associated (as determined using the definition of “person associated with a member” as defined under Section 3(a)(21) of the Exchange Act); and

 

   

in the case of a person that is an OTP holder, the OTP firm with which such person is associated (as determined using the definition of “person associated with a member” as defined under Section 3(a)(21) of the Exchange Act).

In making these determinations, the NYSE Euronext board of directors may impose conditions and restrictions on the relevant shareholder or its related persons that it deems necessary, appropriate or desirable in furtherance of the objectives of the Exchange Act, the European exchange regulations and the governance of NYSE Euronext.

For purposes of these provisions, a “European market subsidiary” means a “market operator,” as defined by the MiFID, that:

 

   

was owned by Euronext N.V. on April 4, 2007 and continues to be owned by NYSE Euronext; or

 

   

was acquired by Euronext N.V. after April 4, 2007 (provided that in this case, the acquisition of the market operator has been approved by NYSE Euronext board of directors and the jurisdiction in which such market operator operates is represented in the Euronext College of Regulators).

The NYSE Euronext certificate of incorporation also provides that the NYSE Euronext board of directors has the right to require any person and its related persons that the NYSE Euronext board of directors reasonably believes to be subject to the voting or ownership restrictions summarized above, and any shareholder (including related persons) that at any time beneficially owns 5% or more of NYSE Euronext shares, to provide to NYSE Euronext, upon the request of the NYSE Euronext board of directors, complete information as to all NYSE Euronext shares that such shareholder beneficially owns, as well as any other information relating to the applicability to such shareholder of the voting and ownership requirements outlined above.

 

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If you are a related person with another holder of NYSE Euronext shares where either (1) you (either alone or with your related persons) may vote NYSE Euronext shares representing more than 10% of the then-outstanding votes entitled to vote at the NYSE Euronext special meeting or (2) you have entered into an agreement not to vote NYSE Euronext shares, the effect of which agreement would be to enable any persons, either alone or with its related persons, to vote or cause the voting of NYSE Euronext shares that represent in the aggregate more than 10% of the then-outstanding votes entitled to be cast at the NYSE Euronext special meeting, then please so notify NYSE Euronext by either including that information (including each related person’s complete name) on your proxy card or by contacting the corporate secretary by mail at NYSE Euronext, 11 Wall Street, New York, New York 10005, or by phone at +1 (212) 656-3000.

Treatment of Abstentions; Failure to Vote

For purposes of the NYSE Euronext special meeting, an abstention occurs when a NYSE Euronext stockholder attends the NYSE Euronext special meeting in person and does not vote or returns a proxy with an “abstain” vote.

 

   

For the NYSE Euronext Merger proposal, an abstention or a failure to vote will have the same effect as a vote cast “AGAINST” this proposal.

 

   

For the Merger-Related Named Executive Officer Compensation proposal, an abstention or failure to vote will have no effect on the vote count. If a NYSE Euronext stockholder is not present in person at the NYSE Euronext special meeting and does not respond by proxy, it will have no effect on the vote count for the Merger-Related Named Executive Officer Compensation proposal (assuming a quorum is present).

 

   

For the NYSE Euronext Adjournment proposal, an abstention or failure to vote will have no effect on the vote count. If a NYSE Euronext stockholder is not present in person at the NYSE Euronext special meeting and does not respond by proxy, it will have no effect on the vote count for the NYSE Euronext Adjournment proposal (assuming a quorum is present).

Voting on Proxies; Incomplete Proxies

Giving a proxy means that a NYSE Euronext stockholder authorizes the persons named in the enclosed proxy card to vote its shares at the NYSE Euronext special meeting in the manner it directs. A NYSE Euronext stockholder may vote by proxy or in person at the NYSE Euronext special meeting. If you hold your shares of NYSE Euronext common stock in your name as a stockholder of record, to submit a proxy, you, as a NYSE Euronext stockholder, may use one of the following methods:

 

   

By Internet. The web address and instructions for Internet voting can be found on the enclosed proxy card. You will be required to provide your assigned control number located on the proxy card. Internet voting via www.proxyvote.com is available 24 hours a day until 11:59 p.m., New York time, on the day preceding the NYSE Euronext special meeting, whereas Internet voting via www.virtualshareholdermeeting.com is only available during the NYSE Euronext special meeting (see “In Person” below). If you choose to vote by Internet, then you do not need to return the proxy card. Unless you are planning to vote during the Annual Meeting via www.virtualshareholdermeeting.com, to be valid, your vote by Internet must be received by 11:59 p.m., New York time, on the day preceding the NYSE Euronext special meeting.

 

   

By Telephone. The toll-free number for telephone voting can be found on the enclosed proxy card. You will be required to provide your assigned control number located on the proxy card. Telephone voting is available 24 hours a day. If you choose to vote by telephone, then you do not need to return the proxy card. To be valid, your vote by telephone must be received by 11:59 p.m., New York time, on the day preceding the NYSE Euronext special meeting.

 

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By Mail. Mark the enclosed proxy card, sign and date it, and return it in the postage-paid envelope we have provided. To be valid, your vote by mail must be received by 11:59 p.m., New York time, on the day preceding the NYSE Euronext special meeting.

 

   

In Person. You may also vote your shares in person at the NYSE Euronext special meeting. NYSE Euronext stockholders attending the NYSE Euronext special meeting via the Internet should follow the instructions at www.virtualshareholdermeeting.com in order to vote during the meeting.

NYSE Euronext requests that NYSE Euronext stockholders vote over the Internet, by telephone or by completing and signing the accompanying proxy and returning it to NYSE Euronext as soon as possible in the enclosed postage-paid envelope. When the accompanying proxy is returned properly executed, the shares of NYSE Euronext stock represented by it will be voted at the NYSE Euronext special meeting in accordance with the instructions contained on the proxy card.

If you sign and return your proxy or voting instruction card without indicating how to vote on any particular proposal, the NYSE Euronext common stock represented by your proxy will be voted “FOR” each proposal in accordance with the recommendation of the NYSE Euronext board of directors. Unless a NYSE Euronext stockholder checks the box on its proxy card to withhold discretionary authority, the proxyholders may use their discretion to vote on the proposals relating to the NYSE Euronext special meeting.

If a NYSE Euronext stockholder’s shares are held in “street name” by a broker, bank or other nominee, the stockholder should check the voting form used by that firm to determine whether it may vote by telephone or the Internet.

Every NYSE Euronext stockholder’s vote is important. Accordingly, each NYSE Euronext stockholder should vote via the Internet or by telephone, or sign, date and return the enclosed proxy card, whether or not the NYSE Euronext stockholder plans to attend the NYSE Euronext special meeting in person.

Shares Held in Street Name

If you are a NYSE Euronext stockholder and your shares are held in “street name” through a bank, broker or other holder of record, you must provide the record holder of your shares with instructions on how to vote the shares. Please follow the voting instructions provided by the bank or broker. You may not vote shares held in street name by returning a proxy card directly to NYSE Euronext or by voting in person at the NYSE Euronext special meeting unless you provide a “legal proxy,” which you must obtain from your broker, bank or other nominee. Further, brokers, banks or other nominees who hold shares of NYSE Euronext common stock on behalf of their customers may not give a proxy to NYSE Euronext to vote those shares with respect to any of the proposals without specific instructions from their customers, as brokers, banks and other nominees do not have discretionary voting power on these matters. Therefore, if you are a NYSE Euronext stockholder and you do not instruct your broker, bank or other nominee on how to vote your shares:

 

   

your broker, bank or other nominee may not vote your shares on the NYSE Euronext Merger proposal, which broker non-votes will have the same effect as a vote “AGAINST” this proposal;

 

   

your broker, bank or other nominee may not vote your shares on the Merger-Related Named Executive Officer Compensation proposal, which broker non-votes will have no effect on the vote count for this proposal (assuming a quorum is present); and

 

   

your broker, bank or other nominee may not vote your shares on the NYSE Euronext Adjournment proposal, which broker non-votes will have no effect on the vote count for this proposal (assuming a quorum is present).

 

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Revocability of Proxies and Changes to a NYSE Euronext Stockholder’s Vote

A NYSE Euronext stockholder has the power to change its vote at any time before its shares of NYSE Euronext common stock are voted at the NYSE Euronext special meeting by:

 

   

sending a written notice of revocation to the corporate secretary of NYSE Euronext at 11 Wall Street, New York, New York 10005 that is received by NYSE Euronext prior to 11:59 p.m., New York time, on the day preceding the NYSE Euronext special meeting, stating that you would like to revoke your proxy; or

 

   

submitting a new proxy bearing a later date (by Internet, telephone or mail) that is received no later than the deadline specified on the proxy card; or

 

   

attending the NYSE Euronext special meeting and voting in person or via www.virtualshareholdermeeting.com.

Please note, however, that under the rules of the New York Stock Exchange, any beneficial owner of NYSE Euronext common stock whose shares are held in street name by a New York Stock Exchange member brokerage firm may revoke its proxy and vote its shares in person at the NYSE Euronext special meeting only in accordance with applicable rules and procedures as employed by such beneficial owner’s brokerage firm. If your shares are held in an account at a broker, bank or other nominee, you must follow the directions you receive from your bank, broker or other nominee in order to change or revoke your vote and should contact your broker, bank or other nominee to change your vote.

Attending the NYSE Euronext special meeting will not automatically revoke a proxy that was submitted through the Internet or by telephone or mail.

Solicitation of Proxies

The cost of solicitation of proxies will be borne by NYSE Euronext. NYSE Euronext will reimburse brokerage firms and other custodians, nominees and fiduciaries for reasonable expenses incurred by them in sending proxy materials to the beneficial owners of common stock. NYSE Euronext has retained MacKenzie Partners, Inc. to assist in the solicitation of proxies for a fee of $45,000 plus reasonable out-of-pocket expenses. In addition to solicitations by mail, NYSE Euronext’s directors, officers and regular employees may solicit proxies personally or by telephone without additional compensation.

Attending the NYSE Euronext Special Meeting

Subject to space availability and certain security procedures, all NYSE Euronext stockholders as of the record date, or their duly appointed proxies, may attend the NYSE Euronext special meeting. Admission to the NYSE Euronext special meeting will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration and seating will begin at 8:30 a.m., Eastern time.

If you hold your shares of NYSE Euronext common stock in your name as a stockholder of record and you wish to attend the NYSE Euronext special meeting, you must present the admission ticket included in this joint proxy statement/prospectus, your proxy and evidence of your stock ownership, such as your most recent account statement, to the NYSE Euronext special meeting. You should also bring valid picture identification.

If your shares of NYSE Euronext common stock are held in “street name” in a stock brokerage account or by a bank or nominee and you wish to attend the NYSE Euronext special meeting, you need to bring a copy of a bank or brokerage statement to the NYSE Euronext special meeting reflecting your stock ownership as of the record date. You should also bring valid picture identification.

 

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NYSE EURONEXT PROPOSALS

NYSE Euronext Merger Proposal

As discussed throughout this document, NYSE Euronext is asking its stockholders to approve the NYSE Euronext Merger proposal. Pursuant to the merger agreement, ICE will acquire NYSE Euronext under a newly formed holding company, ICE Group. In a series of merger transactions, Braves Merger Sub will merge with and into ICE (the “ICE merger”) and, following the ICE merger, NYSE Euronext will merge with and into Baseball Merger Sub. In the event that certain legal opinions that are a condition to each party’s obligation to consummate the mergers cannot be obtained, the merger agreement provides that the NYSE Euronext merger will be restructured such that Baseball Merger Sub will merge with and into NYSE Euronext (in either case, the “NYSE Euronext merger”). Following the ICE merger and the NYSE Euronext merger (together, the “mergers”), each of ICE and NYSE Euronext will be direct wholly owned subsidiaries of ICE Group and the former ICE and NYSE Euronext stockholders will become holders of shares of ICE Group common stock. Following the completion of the mergers, ICE Group common stock is expected to be listed for trading on the New York Stock Exchange under ICE’s current ticker symbol “ICE”, and NYSE Euronext common stock will be delisted from the New York Stock Exchange and Euronext Paris, deregistered under the Exchange Act and cease to be publicly traded. ICE common stock will be delisted from the New York Stock Exchange, deregistered under the Exchange Act and cease to be publicly traded.

Holders of shares of NYSE Euronext common stock should read carefully this document in its entirety, including the appendices, for more detailed information concerning the merger agreement and the mergers. In particular, holders of shares of NYSE Euronext common stock are directed to the merger agreement, a copy of which is attached as Appendix A to this document.

Vote Required and NYSE Euronext Board Recommendation

The affirmative vote of a majority of the outstanding shares of NYSE Euronext common stock entitled to vote on the proposal at the NYSE Euronext special meeting is required to approve the NYSE Euronext Merger proposal.

The NYSE Euronext board of directors recommends a vote “FOR” the NYSE Euronext Merger proposal.

Merger-Related Named Executive Officer Compensation Proposal

Pursuant to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 and Rule 14a-21(c) of the Exchange Act, NYSE Euronext is seeking non-binding, advisory stockholder approval of the compensation of NYSE Euronext’s named executive officers that is based on or otherwise relates to the mergers as disclosed in “The Mergers—Interests of NYSE Euronext Directors and Executive Officers in the NYSE Euronext Merger—Change of Control Compensation for NYSE Euronext’s Named Executive Officers” beginning on page 121. The proposal gives NYSE Euronext’s stockholders the opportunity to express their views on the merger-related compensation of NYSE Euronext’s named executive officers. Accordingly, NYSE Euronext is requesting stockholders to adopt the following resolution, on a non-binding, advisory basis:

“RESOLVED, that the compensation that may be paid or become payable to NYSE Euronext’s named executive officers in connection with the mergers, as disclosed pursuant to Item 402(t) of Regulation S-K in “The Mergers—Interests of NYSE Euronext Directors and Executive Officers—Change of Control Compensation for NYSE Euronext’s Named Executive Officers,” is hereby APPROVED.”

 

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Vote Required and NYSE Euronext Board Recommendation

The vote on this proposal is a vote separate and apart from the vote to approve the NYSE Euronext Merger proposal. Accordingly, you may vote not to approve this proposal on merger-related compensation and benefits to be paid or provided to named executive officers of NYSE Euronext and vote to approve the NYSE Euronext Merger proposal and vice versa. The vote to approve merger-related named executive officer compensation and benefits is advisory in nature and, therefore, is not binding on NYSE Euronext or on ICE or on ICE Group or the boards of directors or the compensation committees of NYSE Euronext or ICE or ICE Group, regardless of whether the NYSE Euronext Merger proposal is approved. Approval of the non-binding, advisory proposal with respect to the compensation that may be received by NYSE Euronext’s named executive officers in connection with the mergers is not a condition to completion of the mergers, and failure to approve this advisory matter will have no effect on the vote to approve the NYSE Euronext Merger proposal. The merger-related named executive officer compensation to be paid in connection with the mergers is based on contractual arrangements with the named executive officers and accordingly the outcome of this advisory vote will not affect the obligation to make these payments.

The affirmative vote of a majority of the votes cast by stockholders entitled to vote on the proposal at the NYSE Euronext special meeting is required to approve the Merger-Related Named Executive Officer Compensation proposal.

The NYSE Euronext board of directors recommends a vote “FOR” the Merger-Related Named Executive Officer Compensation proposal.

NYSE Euronext Adjournment Proposal

The NYSE Euronext special meeting may be adjourned to another time or place, if necessary or appropriate, to solicit additional proxies if there are insufficient votes at the time of the NYSE Euronext special meeting to approve the NYSE Euronext Merger proposal.

If, at the NYSE Euronext special meeting, the number of shares of NYSE Euronext common stock present or represented and voting in favor of the NYSE Euronext Merger proposal is insufficient to approve the NYSE Euronext Merger proposal, NYSE Euronext intends to move to adjourn the NYSE Euronext special meeting in order to enable the NYSE Euronext board of directors to solicit additional proxies for approval of the NYSE Euronext Merger proposal. In that event, NYSE Euronext will ask its stockholders to vote only upon the NYSE Euronext Adjournment proposal, and not the NYSE Euronext Merger proposal or the Merger-Related Named Executive Officer Compensation proposal.

In this proposal, NYSE Euronext is asking its stockholders to authorize the holder of any proxy solicited by the NYSE Euronext board of directors to vote in favor of granting discretionary authority to the proxyholders, and each of them individually, to adjourn the NYSE Euronext special meeting to another time and place for the purpose of soliciting additional proxies. If the NYSE Euronext stockholders approve the NYSE Euronext Adjournment proposal, NYSE Euronext could adjourn the NYSE Euronext special meeting and use the additional time to solicit additional proxies, including the solicitation of proxies from NYSE Euronext stockholders who have previously voted.

Vote Required and NYSE Euronext Recommendation

The affirmative vote of a majority of the votes cast by stockholders entitled to vote on the proposal at the NYSE Euronext special meeting is required to approve the NYSE Euronext Adjournment proposal.

The NYSE Euronext board of directors recommends a vote “FOR” the NYSE Euronext Adjournment proposal.

 

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Other Matters to Come Before the NYSE Euronext Special Meeting

No other matters are intended to be brought before the NYSE Euronext special meeting by NYSE Euronext, and NYSE Euronext does not know of any matters to be brought before the NYSE Euronext special meeting by others. If, however, any other matters properly come before the NYSE Euronext special meeting, the persons named in the proxy will vote the shares represented thereby in accordance with the judgment of management on any such matter.

 

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ICE SPECIAL MEETING OF STOCKHOLDERS

Date, Time and Place

The special meeting of ICE stockholders will be held at The Meeting Room, 2100 RiverEdge Parkway, Lower Lobby, Atlanta, GA 30328 at 8:00 a.m., Eastern time, on June 3, 2013. On or about May 2, 2013, ICE commenced mailing this document and the enclosed form of proxy to its stockholders entitled to vote at the ICE special meeting.

Purpose of ICE Special Meeting

At the ICE special meeting, ICE stockholders will be asked to:

 

   

adopt the merger agreement, a copy of which is attached as Appendix A to this document, which is referred to as the ICE Merger proposal;

 

   

approve five separate proposals relating to the ICE Group amended and restated certificate of incorporation that will be in effect upon completion of the mergers, which are referred to collectively as the ICE Group Governance-Related proposals (each proposal is described below); and

 

   

approve one or more adjournments of the ICE special meeting, if necessary or appropriate, including adjournments to permit further solicitation of proxies in favor of the ICE Merger proposal and/or the ICE Group Governance-Related proposals, which is referred to as the ICE Adjournment proposal.

The ICE Group Governance-Related proposals consist of provisions in ICE Group’s amended and restated certificate of incorporation that will be in effect upon completion of the mergers that: (i) grant ICE Group authority to issue five hundred million (500,000,000) shares of common stock, par value $0.01 per share, and one hundred million (100,000,000) shares of preferred stock, par value $0.01 per share; (ii) impose limitations on ownership and voting of shares of ICE Group common stock; (iii) disqualify any person who is a U.S. Disqualified Person or a European Disqualified Person (each term is defined in the ICE Group bylaws) from acting as a director or officer of ICE Group; (iv) incorporate a set of considerations that the ICE Group board of directors may consider when it takes any action; and (v) require regulatory review of and impose new stockholder approval requirements on certain amendments to ICE Group’s certificate of incorporation. These proposals are described in more detail under “ICE Proposals—ICE Group Governance-Related Proposals.”

Recommendation of the ICE Board of Directors

The ICE board of directors recommends that you vote “FOR” the ICE Merger proposal, “FOR” the ICE Group Governance-Related proposals and “FOR” the ICE Adjournment proposal. See “The Mergers—Recommendation of the ICE Board of Directors and Reasons for the Mergers” on page 99.

ICE Record Date and Quorum

The ICE board of directors has fixed the close of business on April 26, 2013 as the record date for determining the holders of shares of ICE common stock entitled to receive notice of and to vote at the ICE special meeting.

As of the ICE record date, there were 72,764,989 shares of ICE common stock outstanding and entitled to vote at the ICE special meeting held by 341 holders of record. Each share of ICE common stock entitles the holder to one vote at the ICE special meeting on each proposal to be considered at the ICE special meeting.

The representation of the holders of a majority of the shares of ICE common stock issued and outstanding and entitled to vote at the ICE special meeting, present in person or represented by proxy, constitutes a quorum for the transaction of business at the ICE special meeting. All shares of ICE common stock, whether present in person or represented by proxy, including abstentions, will be treated as present for purposes of determining the presence or absence of a quorum for all matters voted on at the ICE special meeting.

 

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As of the record date, directors and executive officers of ICE and their affiliates owned and were entitled to vote 1,500,294 shares of ICE common stock, representing approximately 2.1% of the shares of ICE common stock outstanding on that date. ICE currently expects that ICE’s directors and executive officers will vote their shares in favor of the ICE Merger proposal, the ICE Group Governance-Related proposals and the ICE Adjournment proposal, although none of them has entered into any agreements obligating them to do so.

Required Vote

Required Vote to Approve the ICE Merger Proposal

The affirmative vote of a majority of the outstanding shares of ICE common stock entitled to vote on the proposal at the ICE special meeting is required to approve the ICE Merger proposal.

Required Vote to Approve the ICE Group Governance-Related proposals

The vote of a majority of the votes cast affirmatively and negatively by stockholders entitled to vote on the ICE Group Governance-Related proposals at the ICE special meeting is required to approve each ICE Group Governance-Related proposal.

Required Vote to Approve the ICE Adjournment Proposal

The vote of a majority of the votes cast affirmatively and negatively by stockholders entitled to vote on the proposal at the ICE special meeting is required to approve the ICE Adjournment proposal.

Treatment of Abstentions; Failure to Vote

For purposes of the ICE special meeting, an abstention occurs when an ICE stockholder attends the ICE special meeting, either in person and does not vote or returns a proxy with an “abstain” vote.

 

   

For the ICE Merger proposal, if an ICE stockholder present in person at the ICE special meeting abstains from voting, or responds by proxy with an “abstain” vote, their proxy will have the same effect as a vote cast “AGAINST” this proposal. If an ICE stockholder is not present in person at the ICE special meeting and does not respond by proxy, their proxy will have the same effect as a vote cast “AGAINST” the ICE Merger proposal.

 

   

For each of the ICE Group Governance-Related proposals, if an ICE stockholder present in person at the ICE special meeting abstains from voting, or responds by proxy with an “abstain” vote, their proxy will have no effect on the vote count for each such proposal. If an ICE stockholder is not present in person at the ICE special meeting and does not respond by proxy, their proxy will have no effect on the vote count for the ICE Group Governance-Related proposals (assuming a quorum is present).

 

   

For the ICE Adjournment proposal, if an ICE stockholder present in person at the ICE special meeting abstains from voting, or responds by proxy with an “abstain” vote, their proxy will have no effect on the vote count for this proposal. If an ICE stockholder is not present in person at the ICE special meeting and does not respond by proxy, their proxy will have no effect on the vote count for the ICE Adjournment proposal (assuming a quorum is present).

 

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Voting on Proxies; Incomplete Proxies

Giving a proxy means that an ICE stockholder authorizes the persons named in the enclosed proxy card to vote its shares at the ICE special meeting in the manner it directs. An ICE stockholder may vote by proxy or in person at the ICE special meeting. If you hold your shares of ICE common stock in your name as a stockholder of record, to submit a proxy, you, as an ICE stockholder, may use one of the following methods:

 

   

By Internet. Go to www.proxyvote.com and follow the instructions for Internet voting, which can also be found on the enclosed proxy card. You will be required to provide your assigned control number located on the proxy card. Internet voting is available 24 hours a day. If you choose to vote by Internet, then you do not need to return the proxy card. To be valid, your vote by Internet must be received by 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time, on the day preceding the ICE special meeting.

 

   

By Telephone. By calling the toll-free number for telephone voting that can be found on the enclosed proxy card. You will be required to provide your assigned control number located on the proxy card. Telephone voting is available 24 hours a day. If you choose to vote by telephone, then you do not need to return the proxy card. To be valid, your vote by telephone must be received by 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time, on the day preceding the ICE special meeting.

 

   

By Mail. Complete the enclosed proxy card, sign and date it, and return it in the postage-paid envelope we have provided. To be valid, your vote by mail must be received by 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time, on the day preceding the ICE special meeting.

 

   

In Person. You may also vote your shares in person at the ICE special meeting.

ICE requests that ICE stockholders vote over the Internet, by telephone or by completing and signing the accompanying proxy and returning it to ICE as soon as possible in the enclosed postage-paid envelope. When the accompanying proxy is returned properly executed, the shares of ICE stock represented by it will be voted at the ICE special meeting in accordance with the instructions contained on the proxy card.

If any proxy is returned without indication as to how to vote, the shares of ICE common stock represented by the proxy will be voted as recommended by the ICE board of directors. Unless an ICE stockholder checks the box on its proxy card to withhold discretionary authority, the proxyholders may use their discretion to vote on other matters relating to the ICE special meeting.

If an ICE stockholder’s shares are held in “street name” by a broker, bank or other nominee, the stockholder should check the voting form used by that firm to determine whether it may vote by telephone or the Internet.

Every ICE stockholder’s vote is important. Accordingly, each ICE stockholder should vote via the Internet or by telephone, or sign, date and return the enclosed proxy card whether or not the ICE stockholder plans to attend the ICE special meeting in person.

Shares Held in Street Name

If you are an ICE stockholder and your shares are held in “street name” through a bank, broker or other holder of record, you must provide the record holder of your shares with instructions on how to vote the shares. Please follow the voting instructions provided by the bank or broker. You may not vote shares held in street name by returning a proxy card directly to ICE or by voting in person at the ICE special meeting unless you provide a “legal proxy,” which you must obtain from your broker, bank or other nominee. Further, brokers, banks or other nominees who hold shares of ICE common stock on behalf of their customers may not give a proxy to ICE to vote those shares with respect to any of the proposals without specific instructions from their customers, as brokers, banks and other nominees do not have discretionary voting power on these matters. Therefore, if you are an ICE stockholder and you do not instruct your broker, bank or other nominee on how to vote your shares:

 

   

your broker, bank or other nominee may not vote your shares on the ICE Merger proposal, which broker non-votes will have the same effect as a vote “AGAINST” this proposal; and

 

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your broker, bank or other nominee may not vote your shares on any of the ICE Group Governance-Related proposals or the ICE Adjournment proposal, which broker non-votes will have no effect on the vote count for these proposals (assuming a quorum is present).

Revocability of Proxies and Changes to an ICE Stockholder’s Vote

An ICE stockholder has the power to change its vote at any time before its shares of ICE common stock are voted at the ICE special meeting by:

 

   

sending a written notice of revocation to the corporate secretary of ICE at 2100 RiverEdge Parkway, Suite 500, Atlanta, Georgia 30328 stating that you would like to revoke your proxy;

 

   

submitting a new proxy bearing a later date (by Internet, telephone or mail) that is received no later than the deadline specified on the proxy card; or

 

   

attending the ICE special meeting and voting in person.

Please note, however, that under the rules of the New York Stock Exchange, any beneficial owner of ICE common stock whose shares are held in street name by a New York Stock Exchange member brokerage firm may revoke its proxy and vote its shares in person at the ICE special meeting only in accordance with applicable rules and procedures as employed by such beneficial owner’s brokerage firm. If your shares are held in an account at a broker, bank or other nominee, you must follow the directions you receive from your bank, broker or other nominee in order to change or revoke your vote and should contact your broker, bank or other nominee to change your vote.

Attending the ICE special meeting will not automatically revoke a proxy that was submitted through the Internet or by telephone or mail.

Solicitation of Proxies

The cost of solicitation of proxies will be borne by ICE. ICE will reimburse brokerage firms and other custodians, nominees and fiduciaries for reasonable expenses incurred by them in sending proxy materials to the beneficial owners of common stock. ICE has retained D.F. King & Co., Inc. to assist in the solicitation of proxies for a fee of $50,000 plus reasonable out-of-pocket expenses. In addition to solicitations by mail, ICE’s directors, officers and regular employees may solicit proxies personally or by telephone without additional compensation.

Attending the ICE Special Meeting

Subject to space availability, all ICE stockholders as of the record date, or their duly appointed proxies, may attend the ICE special meeting. Since seating is limited, admission to the ICE special meeting will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration and seating will begin at 7:30 a.m., Eastern time. You must present the admission ticket included in this joint proxy statement/prospectus in order to attend the ICE special meeting, space permitting.

 

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ICE PROPOSALS

ICE Merger Proposal

As discussed throughout this document, ICE is asking its stockholders to approve the ICE Merger proposal. Holders of shares of ICE common stock should read carefully this document in its entirety, including the appendices, for more detailed information concerning the merger agreement and the transactions contemplated thereby. In particular, holders of shares of ICE common stock are directed to the merger agreement, a copy of which is attached as Appendix A to this document.

Vote Required and ICE Board Recommendation

The affirmative vote of a majority of the outstanding shares of ICE common stock entitled to vote on the proposal at the ICE special meeting is required to approve the ICE Merger proposal.

The ICE board of directors recommends a vote “FOR” the ICE Merger proposal.

ICE Group Governance-Related Proposals

ICE is asking its stockholders to approve proposals relating to certain governance and other provisions in the amended and restated certificate of incorporation of ICE Group that will be applicable to ICE Group stockholders upon consummation of the mergers, substantially all of which will be included to comply with regulatory requirements that are necessary to secure certain regulatory approvals required to complete the mergers. In the merger agreement, ICE and NYSE Euronext agreed that ICE Group and ICE, as the sole shareholder of ICE Group prior to the ICE merger, will take all requisite action to cause the proposed form of amended and restated certificate of incorporation of ICE Group and the proposed form of amended and restated bylaws of ICE Group to be effective prior to the ICE merger. Although the current NYSE Euronext certificate of incorporation includes provisions comparable to the provisions described in the following proposals, the current ICE certificate of incorporation does not. Accordingly, ICE Group’s amended and restated certificate of incorporation will differ in material respects from ICE’s existing certificate of incorporation. The amended and restated certificate of incorporation of ICE Group will, among other things, impose limitations on ownership of ICE Group common stock, impose limitations on voting of ICE Group common stock, and require regulatory review of certain amendments to ICE Group’s certificate of incorporation. In addition, ICE Group’s amended and restated certificate of incorporation will authorize an amount of authorized capital stock that is greater than the amount authorized in ICE’s current certificate of incorporation.

Each of the five proposals comprising the ICE Group Governance-Related proposals is cross-conditioned upon the approval by the ICE stockholders of the ICE Merger proposal and each other proposal comprising the ICE Group Governance-Related proposals, and completion of the mergers is cross-conditioned on the approval by ICE stockholders of each of the ICE Group Governance-Related proposals. None of the actions contemplated by the ICE Group Governance-Related proposals will proceed if any of the ICE Merger proposal or Proposal A, B, C, D or E of the ICE Group Governance-Related proposals is not approved by the ICE stockholders. As a result, a vote against any of the following proposals effectively will be a vote against adoption of the merger agreement and the transactions contemplated by the merger agreement. Failure to gain stockholder approval for any of the five proposals comprising the ICE Group Governance-Related proposals could cause the mergers not to close or to close later than expected, and/or could cause ICE to incur substantial costs and expenses. The provisions of ICE Group’s amended and restated certificate of incorporation and amended and restated bylaws, including the terms of the shares of ICE Group common stock, will become applicable to the ICE and NYSE Euronext stockholders who continue as ICE Group stockholders as a result of the mergers regardless of whether they vote in favor of the ICE Merger proposal, any of the ICE Group Governance-Related proposals, or the NYSE Euronext Merger proposal, as applicable.

 

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The form of ICE Group’s amended and restated certificate of incorporation is included in this joint proxy statement/prospectus as Appendix B, and ICE encourages its stockholders to read the following proposals together with Appendix B. The provisions to which these proposals relate are summarized under “Comparison of Stockholders’ Rights” and “Description of ICE Group Capital Stock.”

 

  Proposal A: Provisions Related to the Amount and Classes of Authorized Stock

Under the amended and restated certificate of incorporation, ICE Group will have authority to issue (i) five hundred million (500,000,000) shares of common stock, par value $0.01 per share, and (ii) one hundred million (100,000,000) shares of preferred stock, par value $0.01 per share, which is a larger number of authorized shares than authorized under ICE’s current charter. Under its current charter, ICE is authorized to issue 194,275,000 shares of common stock, par value $0.01 per share, in three separate classes, and 25,000,000 shares of preferred stock, par value $0.01 per share. Unlike the ICE certificate of incorporation, the amended and restated certificate of incorporation of ICE Group will provide for only one class of common stock.

The increased amount of authorized shares of ICE Group common stock will provide greater flexibility in the capital structure of the combined company following the mergers by allowing it to raise capital that may be necessary to further develop its business, to fund potential acquisitions, to have shares available for use in connection with stock plans and to pursue other corporate purposes that may be identified by the ICE Group board of directors in the future. The increased amount of authorized shares of ICE Group preferred stock will give the ICE Group board of directors the same power granted to the ICE board in its parallel blank check preferred stock provision, but with respect to a larger number of shares. Consistent with the authority of the ICE board of directors under ICE’s current certificate of incorporation, the ICE Group board of directors will have broad power to establish the rights and preferences of any shares of preferred stock ICE Group may issue in the future. See “Description of ICE Group Capital Stock” for a description of ICE Group capital stock and the rights of ICE Group stockholders.

 

  Proposal B: Provisions Related to Limitations on Ownership and Voting of ICE Group Common Stock

Article V of the amended and restated certificate of incorporation of ICE Group will impose limitations on ownership and voting of shares of ICE Group common stock. A related provision in Section B of Article IX will articulate the quorum requirement for stockholder meetings and clarify that shares held in excess of the voting limitation will not count towards the quorum requirement for ICE Group stockholder meetings and will not be counted for purposes of determining the majority of shares of ICE Group stock. The ownership and voting limitation provisions in Article V and the related provision in Section B of Article IX will be included in the amended and restated certificate of incorporation to comply with regulatory requirements that are necessary to secure certain regulatory approvals required to complete the mergers. Although a comparable provision is included in NYSE Euronext’s current certificate of incorporation, the current ICE certificate of incorporation does not include a comparable provision.

More specifically, Article V will provide that, for so long as ICE Group shall control, directly or indirectly, any U.S. Regulated Subsidiary or any European Market Subsidiary, no person, either alone or with its related persons, may beneficially own shares of ICE Group common stock representing in the aggregate more than 20% of the then outstanding votes entitled to be cast on any matter unless otherwise approved by the ICE Group board of directors (in accordance with the requirements of Article V), the SEC and each European regulator having appropriate jurisdiction and authority. If no such permission is granted and approved, any person who, either alone or together with its related persons, owns shares of ICE Group common stock in excess of the 20% ownership threshold would be obligated to sell, and ICE Group would be obligated to purchase, at the par value of such shares to the extent ICE Group has funds legally available to make such a purchase, the number of shares held by such person such that the person, together with its related persons, owns no shares of ICE Group stock above the ownership limitation.

 

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Additionally, Article V will provide that, for so long as ICE Group shall control, directly or indirectly, any U.S. Regulated Subsidiary or any European Market Subsidiary, no person, either alone or with its related persons, may possess the right to vote or cause the voting of shares of ICE Group capital stock representing more than 10% of the then outstanding votes entitled to be cast on any matter, and no person, either alone or with its related persons, may acquire the ability to vote more than 10% of the then outstanding votes entitled to be cast on any matter by virtue of agreements entered into by other persons not to vote shares of ICE Group capital stock, unless otherwise approved by the ICE Group board of directors (in accordance with the requirements of Article V), the SEC and each European regulator having appropriate jurisdiction and authority.

The voting limitations will not apply to a solicitation of a revocable proxy from any ICE Group stockholder by or on behalf of ICE Group or by any officer or director of ICE Group acting on behalf of ICE Group or to a solicitation of a revocable proxy from any ICE Group stockholder by any other ICE Group stockholder in accordance with Regulation 14A of the Exchange Act. This exception, however, will not apply to certain solicitations by a shareholder pursuant to Rule 14a-2(b)(2) of the Exchange Act, which permits a solicitation made otherwise than on behalf of ICE Group where the total number of persons solicited is not more than ten.

Under Article V of the ICE Group amended and restated certificate of incorporation, the ICE Group board of directors would have the right to require any person that it reasonably believes (i) to be subject to the voting limitations, (ii) to own shares in excess of the ownership limitation, or (iii) to beneficially own shares of stock of ICE Group representing in the aggregate more than 5% of the then outstanding votes entitled to be cast on any matter, which ownership such person has not reported to ICE Group, to provide to ICE Group, at the board’s request, information as to all shares of ICE Group stock beneficially owned by such person and any other factual matter relating to the applicability of Article V. The board of directors would have the authority to make final determinations with respect to the application of Article V on the basis of such information sought from stockholders.

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“U.S. Regulated Subsidiaries” means New York Stock Exchange LLC, NYSE Market, Inc., NYSE Regulation, Inc., NYSE Arca, LLC, NYSE Arca, Inc., NYSE Arca Equities, Inc. and NYSE MKT LLC or their successors, in each case to the extent that such entities continue to be controlled, directly or indirectly, by ICE Group (and each a “U.S. Regulated Subsidiary”);

 

   

“European Market Subsidiary” means (A) any of (1) Euronext Brussels N.V./S.A., (2) Euronext Lisbon S.A., (3) Euronext Amsterdam N.V., (4) Euronext Paris S.A.; and (5) any other subsidiary of Euronext operating a European Regulated Market that is formed or acquired by Euronext after April 4, 2007; provided that, in the case of (5), the formation or acquisition of such subsidiary shall have been approved by the ICE Group board of directors and the jurisdiction in which such subsidiary is located is represented in the Euronext College of Regulators; and (B) any other subsidiary controlled, directly or indirectly, by any of the entities listed in subparagraph (A)(1), (2), (3) and (4), including Interbolsa S.A.; and

 

   

“European Regulated Markets” means (A) each “regulated market” or “multilateral trading facility” (each as defined by the European Directive on Markets in Financial Instruments 2004/39 EC) in Europe that (1) is operated by Euronext Brussels N.V./S.A., Euronext Lisbon S.A., Euronext Amsterdam N.V., or Euronext Paris S.A.; or (2) is operated by an entity formed or acquired by Euronext after the Effective Time; provided that, in the case of sub-paragraph (2), the formation or acquisition of such European Regulated Market shall have been approved by the ICE Group board of directors and the jurisdiction in which such European Regulated Market operates is represented in the Euronext College of Regulators; and (B) any other facility operated by an entity controlled, directly or indirectly, by any of the entities listed in subparagraph (A)(1), including Interbolsa S.A., (and each a “European Regulated Market”).

 

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The amended and restated certificate of incorporation of ICE Group will also include a related provision in Section B of Article IX that will articulate the quorum requirement for stockholder meetings and clarify that shares held in excess of the voting limitation would not count towards the quorum requirement for stockholder meetings and would not be counted for purposes of determining the majority of shares of ICE Group stock. The quorum requirement for stockholder meetings currently is included in the ICE bylaws. Under the amended and restated certificate of incorporation of ICE Group, the holders of a majority of the voting power of the outstanding shares of stock of ICE Group entitled to vote on a matter, present at a stockholders meeting in person or represented by proxy, would constitute a quorum, however, any shares in excess of the voting limitation would not be counted as present at the meeting and would not be counted as outstanding shares of stock of ICE Group for purposes of determining whether there is a quorum (unless the voting limitation had been properly waived). The quorum requirement under the amended and restated certificate of incorporation is the same standard as exists under the current ICE certificate of incorporation other than the voting limitation exception.

According to the terms of the amended and restated certificate of incorporation, each provision of Article V related to any European Market Subsidiary or any European regulatory requirement will be automatically repealed if ICE Group at any time in the future no longer holds a direct or indirect controlling interest (as defined below) in Euronext or if a “Euronext Call Option” (as defined in the ICE Group bylaws) has been exercised and, after a period of six months following such exercise, Stichting NYSE Euronext, a foundation (“stichting”) organized under the laws of The Netherlands, formed by NYSE Euronext on April 4, 2007 (the “Foundation”) holds shares of Euronext that represent a substantial portion of Euronext’s business (provided that, in this case, the ICE Group board of directors may have approved of the applicable revocation). The current form of ICE Group’s amended and restated bylaws define “controlling interest,” which will be incorporated by reference into ICE Group’s amended and restated certificate of incorporation, to mean 50% or more of both the outstanding voting securities of an entity and the combined voting power of the outstanding voting securities of such entity entitled to vote generally in the election of directors. As described below, the definition of “controlling interest” remains subject to ongoing review.

 

  Proposal C: Provisions Related to Disqualification of Officers and Directors and Certain Powers of the Board of Directors

Article VII of the amended and restated certificate of incorporation of ICE Group will disqualify any person who is a U.S. Disqualified Person or a European Disqualified Person from acting as a director or officer of ICE Group. Article VII will be included in the amended and restated certificate of incorporation to comply with regulatory requirements that are necessary to secure certain regulatory approvals required to complete the mergers. Although a comparable provision is in the current NYSE Euronext certificate of incorporation, no comparable provision is contained in the current ICE certificate of incorporation.

For purposes of proposed Article VII,

 

   

“U.S. Disqualified Person” means a person that is subject to any statutory disqualification (as defined in Section 3(a)(39) of the Exchange Act), and a person may become subject to a statutory disqualification as a consequence of an adverse outcome to certain criminal, judicial or regulatory proceedings relating to financial service activities, and

 

   

“European Disqualified Person” means a person that has been determined by a European regulator to be in violation of laws or regulations adopted in accordance with the European Directive on Markets in Financial Instruments applicable to any European Market Subsidiary requiring such person to act fairly, honestly and professionally.

According to the terms of the amended and restated certificate of incorporation of ICE Group, the provision of Article VII that would disqualify any person who is a European Disqualified Person from acting as a director or officer of ICE Group will be automatically repealed if ICE Group at any time in the future no longer holds a direct or indirect controlling interest (as defined in the ICE Group bylaws) in Euronext or if a “Euronext Call Option” (as defined in the ICE Group bylaws) has been exercised and, after a period of six months following such exercise, the Foundation holds shares of Euronext that represent a substantial portion of Euronext’s business (provided that, in this case, the ICE Group board of directors may have approved of the applicable revocation). As described below, the definition of “controlling interest” remains subject to ongoing review.

 

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  Proposal D: Provisions Related to Considerations of the Board of Directors

Article VI of the amended and restated certificate of incorporation of ICE Group will incorporate a set of considerations that the board of directors may consider when it takes any action. Article VI will be included in the amended and restated certificate of incorporation to comply with regulatory requirements that are necessary to secure certain regulatory approvals required to complete the mergers. A parallel provision is in the current NYSE Euronext certificate of incorporation, but no parallel provision exists in the current ICE certificate of incorporation.

Under Section G of Article VI, in taking any action, including action that may involve or relate to a change or potential change in the control of ICE Group, a director may consider both the long-term and short-term interests of ICE Group and its stockholders and the effects that ICE Group’s actions may have in the short-term or long-term upon any one or more of the following matters:

 

   

the prospects for potential growth, development, productivity and profitability of ICE Group and its subsidiaries;

 

   

the current employees of ICE Group or its subsidiaries;

 

   

the employees of ICE Group or its subsidiaries and other beneficiaries receiving or entitled to receive retirement, welfare or similar benefits from or pursuant to any plan sponsored, or agreement entered into, by ICE Group or its subsidiaries;

 

   

the customers and creditors of ICE Group or its subsidiaries;

 

   

the ability of ICE Group and its subsidiaries to provide, as a going concern, goods, services, employment opportunities and employment benefits and otherwise to contribute to the communities in which they do business;

 

   

the potential impact on the relationships of ICE Group or its subsidiaries with regulatory authorities and the regulatory impact generally; and

 

   

such other additional factors as a director may consider appropriate in such circumstances.

 

  Proposal E: Provisions Related to Amendments to the ICE Group Certificate of Incorporation

Article X of the amended and restated certificate of incorporation of ICE Group will require regulatory review of and impose new stockholder approval requirements on certain amendments to ICE Group’s certificate of incorporation. Article X will be included in the amended and restated certificate of incorporation to comply with regulatory requirements that are necessary to secure certain regulatory approvals required to complete the mergers. Under the current ICE certificate of incorporation, certain charter amendments are subject to a 66 2/3% vote requirement, including any amendment that would change the power of the board of directors, change the number of directors or change the limitations on stockholder action outside of stockholder meetings, including the inability of stockholders to act by written consent. The provisions of the amended and restated certificate of incorporation of ICE Group subject to a supermajority vote requirement are described below.

Under the Delaware General Corporation Law, unless a corporation’s certificate of incorporation imposes a higher vote requirement, a corporation may amend its certificate of incorporation upon the submission of a proposed amendment to stockholders by the board of directors and the subsequent receipt of the affirmative vote of a majority of its outstanding voting shares and the affirmative vote of a majority of the outstanding shares of each class entitled to vote thereon as a class. Under the amended and restated certificate of incorporation of ICE Group, the affirmative vote of the holders of not less than 66 2/3% of the voting power of all outstanding shares of common stock and all other outstanding shares of stock of ICE Group entitled to vote on such matter will be required to amend, modify in any respect or repeal any provision of the certificate of incorporation related to: (i) considerations of the board of directors in taking any action; (ii) limitations on stockholder action by written consent; (iii) the required quorum at meetings of the stockholders; (iv) the amendment of the bylaws by the stockholders; (v) the location of stockholder meetings and records; (vi) limitations on voting and ownership of

 

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ICE Group common stock and (vii) the provisions in Article X requiring such a supermajority vote. Additionally, the minimum applicable stockholder approval percentage will be 80% for any amendment to the ICE Group certificate of incorporation seeking to reduce the minimum percentage of votes required for certain amendments to ICE Group’s bylaws, which is set forth in ICE Group’s bylaws.

ICE Group’s amended and restated certificate of incorporation also will provide that, for so long as ICE Group controls, directly or indirectly, any U.S. Regulated Subsidiary, before any amendment or repeal of any provision of the certificate of incorporation will be effective, it must be submitted to the boards of directors of New York Stock Exchange LLC, NYSE Market, Inc., NYSE Regulation, Inc., NYSE Arca, NYSE Arca Equities and NYSE MKT LLC. If any of these boards of directors determines that the amendment or repeal must be filed with, or filed with and approved by, the SEC under Section 19 of the Exchange Act, then the amendment or repeal may not be effectuated until filed with, or filed with and approved by, the SEC. Likewise, for so long as ICE Group controls, directly or indirectly, any European Market Subsidiary, before any amendment or repeal of any provision of the ICE Group certificate of incorporation will be effective, the amendment or repeal must be submitted to the board of directors of the European Market Subsidiary and, if such board of directors determines that such amendment or repeal must be filed with, or filed with and approved by, a European regulator under European exchange regulations before such amendment or repeal may be effectuated, then the amendment or repeal will not be effectuated until filed with, or filed with and approved by, the relevant European regulator.

According to the terms of the amended and restated certificate of incorporation of ICE Group, the provision of Article X that will require European regulatory review of certain amendments to ICE Group’s certificate of incorporation will be automatically repealed if ICE Group at any time in the future no longer holds a direct or indirect controlling interest (as defined in the ICE Group bylaws) in Euronext or if a “Euronext Call Option” (as defined in the ICE Group bylaws) has been exercised and, after a period of six months following such exercise, the Foundation holds shares of Euronext that represent a substantial portion of Euronext’s business (provided that, in this case, the ICE Group board of directors may have approved of the applicable revocation). As described below, the definition of “controlling interest” remains subject to ongoing review.

As discussed under “Comparison of Stockholders’ Rights,” ICE Group’s amended and restated certificate of incorporation and bylaws are subject to review and approval by the SEC and European regulators. It is possible that, after the date of this joint proxy statement/prospectus, the SEC and European regulatory authorities may require changes, in addition to those described elsewhere in this document, as part of their approval of the mergers.

ICE is currently discussing with the Euronext College of Regulators the definition of “controlling interest” for purposes of the amended and restated certificate of incorporation of ICE Group and a related provision in its bylaws, under each of which certain provisions governing ICE Group with respect to the regulated subsidiaries of Euronext will automatically be repealed when ICE Group no longer holds a “controlling interest” in Euronext. As described above, the form of amended and restated bylaws of ICE Group define “controlling interest” to mean 50% or more of both the outstanding voting shares of an entity and the combined voting power of the outstanding securities of such entity entitled to vote generally in the election of directors, and the bylaw definition is incorporated into the certificate of incorporation. The definition is the same as the definition in the current constitutional documents of NYSE Euronext. The Euronext College of Regulators is considering the “controlling interest” threshold and, in this context, it is considering alternative formulations for determining when a “controlling interest” is no longer held, possibly with certain commitments that ICE Group may be able to make with respect to the governance of the entity that owns the Euronext businesses (apart from any businesses and assets retained by ICE Group), which commitments would be triggered once ICE Group no longer holds a “controlling interest.” Such restrictions would be intended to safeguard against major shareholder influence of the Euronext businesses (including that of ICE Group). As of the date of this joint proxy statement/prospectus, the ownership threshold for “controlling interest” has not been settled and ICE is still discussing with the Euronext College of Regulators the appropriate scope of what restrictions should apply once ICE Group no longer holds a “controlling interest” in Euronext. The ownership threshold for “controlling interest” that is settled upon by ICE and the Euronext College of Regulators will be included in the amended and restated certificate of incorporation of ICE Group and the related provisions in its bylaws.

 

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Vote Required and ICE Board Recommendation

The vote of a majority of the votes cast affirmatively and negatively by stockholders entitled to vote on the ICE Group Governance-Related proposals at the ICE special meeting is required to approve each ICE Group Governance-Related proposal.

The ICE board of directors recommends a vote “FOR” the ICE Group Governance-Related proposals.

ICE Adjournment Proposal

The ICE special meeting may be adjourned to another time or place, if necessary or appropriate, to permit, among other things, further solicitation of proxies if necessary to obtain additional votes in favor of the ICE Merger proposal and/or the ICE Group Governance-Related proposals.

If, at the ICE special meeting, the number of shares of ICE common stock present or represented and voting in favor of the ICE Merger proposal and/or the ICE Group Governance-Related proposals is insufficient to approve the ICE Merger proposal and/or the ICE Group Governance-Related proposals, ICE intends to move to adjourn the ICE special meeting in order to enable the ICE board of directors to solicit additional proxies for approval of the ICE Merger proposal and/or the ICE Group Governance-Related proposals, as applicable.

In the ICE Adjournment proposal, ICE is asking its stockholders to authorize the holder of any proxy solicited by the ICE board of directors to vote in favor of granting discretionary authority to the proxyholders, and each of them individually, to adjourn the ICE special meeting to another time and place for the purpose of soliciting additional proxies. If the ICE stockholders approve the ICE Adjournment proposal, ICE could adjourn the ICE special meeting and any adjourned session of the ICE special meeting and use the additional time to solicit additional proxies, including the solicitation of proxies from ICE stockholders who have previously voted.

Vote Required and ICE Board Recommendation

The vote of a majority of the votes cast affirmatively and negatively by stockholders entitled to vote on the proposal at the ICE special meeting is required to approve the ICE Adjournment proposal.

The ICE board of directors recommends a vote “FOR” the ICE Adjournment proposal.

Other Matters to Come Before the ICE Special Meeting

No other matters are intended to be brought before the ICE special meeting by ICE, and ICE does not know of any matters to be brought before the ICE special meeting by others. If, however, any other matters properly come before the ICE special meeting, the persons named in the proxy will vote the shares represented thereby in accordance with the judgment of management on any such matter.

 

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INFORMATION ABOUT THE COMPANIES

IntercontinentalExchange, Inc.

2100 RiverEdge Parkway

Suite 500

Atlanta, Georgia 30328

Phone: (770) 857-4700

IntercontinentalExchange, Inc., a Delaware corporation, is a leading operator of regulated exchanges and clearing houses serving the risk management needs of global markets for agricultural, credit, currency, emissions, energy and equity index products. ICE serves customers in more than 70 countries and was formed on May 8, 2000. ICE owns and operates:

 

   

ICE Futures Europe, which operates as a United Kingdom Recognized Investment Exchange for the purpose of price discovery, trading and risk management within the energy and environmental commodity futures and options markets;

 

   

ICE Futures U.S., Inc., which operates as a United States Designated Contract Market for the purpose of price discovery, trading and risk management within the agricultural, energy, equity index and currency futures and options markets;

 

   

ICE Futures Canada, Inc., which operates as a Canadian derivatives exchange for the purpose of price discovery, trading and risk management within the agricultural futures and options markets;

 

   

ICE U.S. OTC Commodity Markets, LLC, an OTC exempt commercial market for bilateral energy contracts;

 

   

Creditex Group Inc., which operates in the OTC credit default swap trade execution markets; and

 

   

Five central counterparty clearing houses, including ICE Clear Europe Limited, ICE Clear U.S., Inc., ICE Clear Canada, Inc., ICE Clear Credit LLC and The Clearing Corporation.

ICE common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “ICE.”

IntercontinentalExchange Group, Inc.

c/o IntercontinentalExchange, Inc.

2100 RiverEdge Parkway

Suite 500

Atlanta, Georgia 30328

Phone: (770) 857-4700

IntercontinentalExchange Group, Inc. is a Delaware corporation and a direct, wholly owned subsidiary of ICE. ICE Group was organized on March 6, 2013, for the sole purpose of effecting the mergers. Upon completion of the mergers, ICE and NYSE Euronext will each become wholly owned subsidiaries of ICE Group and ICE Group will continue as a holding company. Following the mergers, former ICE and NYSE Euronext stockholders will be holders of shares of ICE Group common stock.

ICE Group has not commenced operations, has no assets or liabilities and has not carried on any activities other than in connection with the mergers. There is currently no established public trading market for shares of ICE Group common stock, but shares of ICE Group common stock are expected to trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “ICE” upon consummation of the mergers.

 

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NYSE Euronext

11 Wall Street

New York, New York 10005

Phone: (212) 656-3000

NYSE Euronext, a Delaware corporation organized on May 22, 2006, is a holding company that, through its subsidiaries, operates the following securities exchanges: the New York Stock Exchange, LLC, NYSE Arca, Inc. and NYSE MKT LLC in the United States and the European-based exchanges that comprise Euronext N.V.—the London, Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels and Lisbon stock exchanges, as well as the derivatives markets in London, Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels and Lisbon and the United States futures market, NYSE Liffe US, LLC. NYSE Euronext is a global markets operator and provider of securities listing, trading, market data products, and software and technology services. NYSE Euronext also provides critical technology infrastructure around the world to its clients and exchange partners including colocation services, connectivity, trading platforms and market data content and services. NYSE Euronext was formed in connection with the April 4, 2007 combination of NYSE Group (which was formed in connection with the March 7, 2006 merger of the NYSE and Archipelago) and Euronext N.V. NYSE Euronext common stock is dually listed on the New York Stock Exchange and Euronext Paris under the symbol “NYX.”

Braves Merger Sub

c/o IntercontinentalExchange, Inc.

2100 RiverEdge Parkway

Suite 500

Atlanta, Georgia 30328

Phone: (770) 857-4700

Braves Merger Sub, whose legal name is Braves Merger Sub, Inc., is a Delaware corporation, an indirect subsidiary of ICE and a direct, wholly owned subsidiary of ICE Group. Upon the completion of the ICE merger, Braves Merger Sub will cease to exist. Braves Merger Sub was formed on March 6, 2013 for the sole purpose of effecting the ICE merger.

Baseball Merger Sub

c/o IntercontinentalExchange, Inc.

2100 RiverEdge Parkway

Suite 500

Atlanta, Georgia 30328

Phone: (770) 857-4700

Baseball Merger Sub, whose legal name is Baseball Merger Sub, LLC, is a Delaware limited liability company, an indirect subsidiary of ICE and a direct, wholly owned subsidiary of ICE Group. Upon the completion of the NYSE Euronext merger, Baseball Merger Sub will continue to exist as a direct, wholly owned subsidiary of ICE Group unless the NYSE Euronext merger is restructured such that Baseball Merger Sub will merge with and into NYSE Euronext, in which case NYSE Euronext will continue to exist as a direct, wholly owned subsidiary of ICE Group. Baseball Merger Sub was formed on December 12, 2012 for the sole purpose of effecting the NYSE Euronext merger.

 

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CURRENT DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS OF ICE GROUP

Set forth below is information regarding the directors and executive officers of ICE Group.

 

Name

   Age   

Title

Jeffrey C. Sprecher    57    President and Director
Scott A. Hill    45    Vice President and Director
Johnathan H. Short    47    Director

Jeffrey C. Sprecher. Mr. Sprecher is President and a director of ICE Group and has held these positions since the formation of ICE Group in March 2013. Mr. Sprecher also serves as the Chief Executive Officer and a director of ICE and has held these positions since its inception and has served as the chairman of the ICE board of directors since November 2002. As Chief Executive Officer of ICE, he is responsible for the company’s strategic direction, operation, and financial performance. Mr. Sprecher purchased Continental Power Exchange, Inc., the predecessor company to ICE, in 1997. Prior to joining Continental Power Exchange, Inc., Mr. Sprecher held a number of positions, including President, over a fourteen-year period with Western Power Group, Inc., a developer, owner and operator of large central-station power plants. While with Western Power, Mr. Sprecher was responsible for a number of significant financings. Mr. Sprecher serves on the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission Global Market Advisory Committee and is a member of the Energy Security Leadership Council. Mr. Sprecher has been consistently recognized for his entrepreneurial achievements. Mr. Sprecher holds a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin and an MBA from Pepperdine University.

Scott A. Hill. Mr. Hill is Vice President and a director of ICE Group and has held these positions since the formation of ICE Group in March 2013. Mr. Hill also serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of ICE and has held these positions since May 2007. As Chief Financial Officer, he is responsible for overseeing all aspects of ICE’s finance and accounting functions, including treasury, tax, accounting controls, financial planning, mergers and acquisitions, business development, human resources and investor relations. Mr. Hill also oversees ICE’s global clearing operations, including its credit default swap clearing houses. Prior to joining ICE, Mr. Hill spent 16 years as an international finance executive for IBM. He oversaw IBM’s worldwide financial forecasts and measurements from 2006 through 2007, working alongside the CFO of IBM and with all of the company’s global business units. Prior to that, Mr. Hill was Vice President and Controller of IBM’s Japan multi-billion dollar business operation from 2003 through 2005. Mr. Hill earned his BBA in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin and his MBA from New York University.

Johnathan H. Short. Mr. Short is a director of ICE Group and has been a director since the formation of ICE Group in March 2013. Mr. Short also serves as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of ICE and has held these positions since June 2004. In his role as General Counsel, he is responsible for managing ICE’s legal and regulatory affairs. As Corporate Secretary, he is also responsible for a variety of ICE’s corporate governance matters. Prior to joining us, Mr. Short was a partner at McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP, a national law firm. Mr. Short practiced in the corporate law group of McKenna, Long & Aldridge (and its predecessor firm, Long Aldridge & Norman LLP) from November 1994 until he joined us in June 2004. From April 1991 until October 1994, he practiced in the commercial litigation department of Long Aldridge & Norman LLP. Mr. Short holds a J.D. degree from the University of Florida, College of Law, and a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Florida, Fisher School of Accounting.

 

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DIRECTORS OF ICE GROUP FOLLOWING THE MERGERS

Pursuant to the merger agreement, upon completion of the mergers, ICE Group’s board of directors will be comprised of all of the individuals who are directors of ICE immediately prior to the closing of the ICE merger and four individuals who are directors of NYSE Euronext prior to closing of the NYSE Euronext merger. The four individuals who are directors of NYSE Euronext who will be appointed to the ICE Group board must be reasonably acceptable to ICE and any applicable governmental or regulatory authority following the mergers. As of the date of this joint proxy statement/prospectus, the identity of the four NYSE Euronext directors who will be appointed to the ICE Group board of directors has not been finally determined. The Euronext College of Regulators may require that some or all of the NYSE Euronext directors to be appointed to the ICE Group board of directors after the effective time of the mergers (and their successors) be Europeans, but this remains under discussion with the Euronext College of Regulators.

Set forth below for the persons who will be members of the ICE Group board of directors upon completion of the mergers, to the extent known as of the date of this joint proxy statement/prospectus, are the names, biographical information, age, summary of qualifications and the year in which each director joined the ICE board of directors:

 

Name

  

Biographical Information of Current ICE Directors

  

  Age  

  

Director
Since

Charles R. Crisp    Mr. Crisp is the retired President and Chief Executive Officer of Coral Energy, a Shell Oil affiliate responsible for wholesale gas and power activities. He served in this position from 1999 until his retirement in October 2000, and was President and Chief Operating Officer from January 1998 through February 1999. Prior to that, he served as President of the power generation group of Houston Industries, he served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Tejas Gas Corporation from 1988 to 1996, he served as a Vice President, Executive Vice President and President at Houston Pipeline Co. from 1985 to 1988, he served as Executive Vice President of Perry Gas Co. Inc. from 1982 to 1985 and he was with Conoco, Inc., where he held various positions in engineering, operations and management from 1969 to 1982. Mr. Crisp serves on the board of directors of ICE Futures U.S., ICE’s subsidiary. In addition, he serves as a director of EOG Resources, Inc., AGL Resources, Inc. and Targa Resources, Corp. He holds a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from Texas Tech University and completed the Program for Management Development at Harvard Graduate School of Business.    65    2002
Jean-Marc Forneri    Mr. Forneri is founder and senior partner of Bucephale Finance, a boutique M&A firm specializing in large transactions for French corporations, foreign investors and private equity firms. For the seven years prior to Bucephale’s founding, he headed the investment banking business of Credit Suisse First Boston in Paris. He was Managing Director and Head of Credit Suisse First Boston France S.A., and Vice Chairman, Europe. Prior to that, he was a Partner of Demachy Worms & Cie Finance from 1994 to 1996, where he was in charge of investment banking activities of Group Worms. He is also a director of Safran SA and Balmain SA, and is a member of the Supervisory Board of Grand Port Maritime de Marseille. He holds a B.S. in Political Science from the Ecole Nationale d’Administration.    53    2002

 

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Name

  

Biographical Information of Current ICE Directors

  

  Age  

  

Director
Since

Senator Judd A. Gregg    Senator Gregg spent over three decades in public office, most recently serving as the United States Senator of New Hampshire from 1993 to 2011. During his tenure in the Senate, Senator Gregg served on a number of key Senate Committees including Budget; Appropriations; Government Affairs; Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs; Commerce, Science and Transportation; Foreign Relations; and Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. He served as the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, as well as chairman of various sub-committees. Senator Gregg served as Governor of New Hampshire from 1989 to 1993 and as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New Hampshire’s 2nd district from 1981 to 1989. Senator Gregg is also a director at Honeywell International, Inc. and an International Advisor at Goldman Sachs. Senator Gregg earned an undergraduate degree from Columbia University and a Juris Doctor and a Master of Laws from Boston University School of Law. Senator Gregg presently teaches at Dartmouth College as the College’s first Distinguished Fellow.    66    2011
Fred W. Hatfield    Mr. Hatfield is the founder of Hatfield Advisory Services. Mr. Hatfield serves on the board of directors of ICE Futures U.S., Inc., where he serves as Chairman of the Board, and serves on the Board of Managers of ICE Clear Credit, both of which are ICE’s subsidiaries. He served as a member of the Obama Economic Policy Advisory Committee and prior to that, Mr. Hatfield served as a Public Policy Advisor at Patton Boggs, LLP from 2006 to 2007 and he was a Commissioner at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission from 2004 to 2006. Mr. Hatfield served as Chief of Staff to former Senator John Breaux (D-LA) from 1995 to 2004 and former House Majority Whip Tony Coelho (D-CA) from 1980 to 1989. He has over twenty years’ experience in the areas of energy, private equity/venture capital/hedge funds, and financial services and products. Mr. Hatfield served as Deputy Commissioner General of the U.S. Pavilion at the World’s Fair in Lisbon, Portugal in 1998. He has a B.A. degree from California State University.    58    2007
Terrence F. Martell, Ph.D    Dr. Martell is the Director of the Weissman Center for International Business at Baruch College/CUNY, where he is also the Saxe Distinguished Professor of Finance. As Director of the Weissman Center for International Business, Dr. Martell oversees a myriad of international programs and projects. His particular area of expertise is international commodity markets and he teaches and conducts research in this area. Dr. Martell also serves as the Vice Chairman of the board of directors of ICE Futures U.S. and the Chairman of the board of directors of ICE Clear U.S., and serves on the Board of Managers of ICE    67    2007

 

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Name

  

Biographical Information of Current ICE Directors

  

  Age  

  

Director
Since

   Clear Credit, all of which are ICE’s subsidiaries. Prior to joining Baruch College in 1988, Dr. Martell was Senior Vice President of the Commodity Exchange, Inc. in New York City. Dr. Martell is currently a board member of VVC Exploration Corporation, the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Executive Committee of the Chamber. Dr. Martell also is a member of the New York City District Export Council of the U.S. Department of Commerce and a Trustee of City University of New York. He has a B.A. in Economics from Iona College and a PhD in Finance from Pennsylvania State University.      
Sir Callum McCarthy    Sir Callum McCarthy is the former Chairman of the FSA, a role he held from September 2003 until September 2008. Before his post at the FSA, he was Chairman and Chief Executive of Ofgem, the economic regulator of the gas and electricity industries in the United Kingdom, from 1998 to 2003. Prior to Ofgem, he held numerous senior level positions in the financial services industry from 1985 to 1998, including Barclays Bank (North America and Japan), Barclays de Zoete Wedd (BZW) and Kleinwort Benson. He also held various posts in the United Kingdom Department of Trade and Industry from 1972 to 1985. He also serves on the board of directors of ICE U.S. OTC Commodity Markets and ICE Futures Europe, both of which are ICE’s subsidiaries. He joined the board of directors of a United Kingdom bank, One Savings Bank, in February 2011. In December 2009, he joined the board of directors of Industrial & Commercial Bank of China and in January 2011, he was appointed Chairman of Castle Trust Capital. He is a Trustee of the IFRS Foundation and a Trustee of the University of Oxford Saïd Business School. He holds a Master of Science from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, where he was a Sloan fellow, a Master of Arts in History from Merton College at Oxford University and a Doctorate in Economics from Stirling University.    69    2009
Sir Robert Reid    Sir Robert Reid was the Deputy Governor of the Halifax Bank of Scotland from 1997 until 2004. He has served as the Chairman of the boards of directors of ICE Futures Europe since 1999 and ICE Clear Europe since 2008, each a wholly-owned subsidiary of ICE. He spent much of his career at Shell International Petroleum Company Limited, and served as Chairman and Chief Executive of Shell U.K. Limited from 1985 until 1990. He became Chairman of the British Railways Board in 1990, and retired from that post in 1995. From 1994 to 1997, he was Chairman of London Electricity. He was Chairman of the Council of The Industrial Society between 1993 and 1997, Chairman of Sears plc from 1995 until 1999, Chairman of Sondex Limited from 1999 until 2002 and Chairman of Kings Cross Partnership from 1999 until 2003. He also served as a Non-Executive Director on the boards of Avis    78    2001

 

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Name

  

Biographical Information of Current ICE Directors

  

  Age  

  

Director
Since

   Europe from 2002 until 2004 (Chairman), Sun Life Financial Services of Canada from 1999 until 2004, Siemens from 1998 until 2006, The Merchants Trust from 1995 until 2008 and CHC Helicopter Corporation from 2004 until 2008. He has served on the boards of directors of Benella Limited since 2004, Diligenta Limited since 2005, Jubilant Energy NV since 2007 and EEA Helicopter Operations B.V. since 2008.      
Frederic V. Salerno    Mr. Salerno is the former Vice Chairman of Verizon Communications, Inc. Before the merger of Bell Atlantic and GTE, Mr. Salerno was Senior Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and served in the Office of the Chairman of Bell Atlantic from 1997 to 2001. Prior to joining Bell Atlantic, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of New England Telephone from 1985 to 1987, President and Chief Executive Officer of New York Telephone from 1987 to 1991 and Vice Chairman — Finance and Business Development at NYNEX from 1991 to 1997. He served on the boards of directors of Verizon Communications, Inc. from 1991 to 2001, AVNET, Inc. from 1993 to 2003, Consolidated Edison, Inc. from 2002 to 2007, Popular, Inc. from 2003 to 2011, and was Chairman of Orion Power from 1999 until its sale in 2001. He has served on the boards of directors of Viacom, Inc. since 1996, Akamai Technologies, Inc. since 2002, CBS Corporation since 2007 and National Fuel Gas Company since 2008. He has a B.S. in Engineering from Manhattan College and an MBA from Adelphi University.    69    2002
Jeffrey C. Sprecher    Mr. Sprecher has been a director of ICE and ICE’s Chief Executive Officer since ICE’s inception and has served as Chairman of the ICE board of directors since November 2002. As ICE’s Chief Executive Officer, he is responsible for the company’s strategic direction, operational and financial performance. Mr. Sprecher acquired CPEX, ICE’s predecessor company, in 1997. Prior to acquiring CPEX, Mr. Sprecher held a number of positions, including President, over a fourteen-year period with Western Power Group, Inc., a developer, owner and operator of large central-station power plants. While with Western Power, he was responsible for a number of significant financings. He serves on the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission Global Market Advisory Committee and is a member of the Energy Security Leadership Council. In 2011, Mr. Sprecher was recognized in Institutional Investor’s All-America Executive Team rankings as Best CEO in the exchange sector. Mr. Sprecher holds a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin and an MBA from Pepperdine University.    58    2000

 

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Name

  

Biographical Information of Current ICE Directors

  

  Age  

  

Director
Since

Judith A. Sprieser    Ms. Sprieser was the Chief Executive Officer of Transora, Inc., a technology software and services company until March 2005. Prior to founding Transora in 2000, she was Executive Vice President of Sara Lee Corporation, having previously served as Sara Lee’s Chief Financial Officer. Ms. Sprieser also serves on the Board of Managers of ICE Clear Credit, ICE’s subsidiary. Ms. Sprieser has been a member of the boards of directors of Allstate Insurance Company since 1999, Reckitt Benckiser, plc since 2003, Royal Ahold N.V. since 2006 and Experian plc since 2010. She has a B.A. degree and an MBA from Northwestern University.    59    2004
Vincent Tese    Mr. Tese currently serves as Executive Chairman of Bond Street Holdings, LLC and Chairman of Florida Community Bank. Since 2009, Mr. Tese has also served as Chairman of the Board of ICE Clear Credit, ICE’s subsidiary. Previously, he served as New York State Superintendent of Banks from 1983 to 1985, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the New York Urban Development Corporation from 1985 to 1994, Director of Economic Development for New York State from 1987 to 1994, and Commissioner and Vice Chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey from 1991 to 1995. He also served as a Partner in the law firm of Tese & Tese from 1973 to 1977. He was a Partner in the Sinclair Group, a commodities company, from 1977 to 1982 and was co-founder of Cross Country Cable TV. Mr. Tese served as a member of the board of directors of Wireless Cable International, Inc. from 1995 to 2011 and Custodial Trust Company from 1996 to 2008 and currently serves as a member of the boards of directors of Bond Street Holdings, LLC, Cablevision Systems Corporation, Madison Square Garden, Inc. and Mack-Cali Reality Corporation and serves as a trustee of New York University School of Law and New York Presbyterian Hospital. He has a B.A. degree in accounting from Pace University, a J.D. degree from Brooklyn Law School and an LLM degree in taxation from New York University School of Law.    70    2004

 

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THE MERGERS

This discussion of the mergers is qualified in its entirety by reference to the merger agreement, which is attached to this joint proxy statement/prospectus as Appendix A. You should read the entire merger agreement carefully as it is the legal document that governs the mergers.

Transaction Structure

Pursuant to the merger agreement, ICE will acquire NYSE Euronext under a newly formed holding company, ICE Group. In a series of merger transactions, Braves Merger Sub will merge with and into ICE and, following the ICE merger, NYSE Euronext will merge with and into Baseball Merger Sub. In the event that certain legal opinions that are a condition to each party’s obligation to consummate the mergers cannot be obtained, the merger agreement provides that the NYSE Euronext merger will be restructured such that Baseball Merger Sub will merge with and into NYSE Euronext. Following the ICE merger and the NYSE Euronext merger, each of ICE and NYSE Euronext will be direct wholly owned subsidiaries of ICE Group and the former ICE and NYSE Euronext stockholders will become holders of shares of ICE Group common stock. Following the completion of the mergers, ICE Group common stock is expected to be listed for trading on the New York Stock Exchange under ICE’s current ticker symbol “ICE”, and NYSE Euronext common stock will be delisted from the New York Stock Exchange and Euronext Paris, deregistered under the Exchange Act and cease to be publicly traded. ICE common stock will be delisted from the New York Stock Exchange, deregistered under the Exchange Act and cease to be publicly traded.

NYSE Euronext Merger Consideration

At the effective time of the NYSE Euronext merger, each share of NYSE Euronext common stock owned by a NYSE Euronext stockholder (except for excluded shares and dissenting shares) will be converted into the right to receive 0.1703 of a share of validly issued, fully paid and non-assessable of ICE Group common stock and $11.27 in cash, without interest. In lieu of receiving the standard election amount, NYSE Euronext stockholders will also have the right to make either a cash election to receive $33.12 in cash, or a stock election to receive 0.2581 of a share of ICE Group common stock, for each of their NYSE Euronext shares. Both the cash election and the stock election are subject to the proration and adjustment procedures to ensure that the total amount of cash paid, and the total number of shares of ICE Group common stock issued, in the NYSE Euronext merger to the NYSE Euronext stockholders, as a whole, will be equal to the total amount of cash and number of shares that would have been paid and issued if all of the NYSE Euronext stockholders received the standard election amount. NYSE Euronext stockholders (other than holders of excluded shares and dissenting shares) who make no election or an untimely election will receive the standard election amount for each share of NYSE Euronext common stock they hold.

It is anticipated that ICE stockholders and NYSE Euronext stockholders, in each case as of immediately prior to the mergers, will hold approximately 64% and 36%, respectively, of the issued and outstanding shares of ICE Group common stock immediately after completion of the mergers, in each case as determined on a fully diluted basis and without giving effect to any shares of ICE common stock held by NYSE Euronext stockholders prior to the mergers. If the NYSE Euronext merger is completed, it is currently estimated that payment of the stock portion of the NYSE Euronext merger consideration will require ICE Group to issue or reserve for issuance approximately 42.5 million shares of ICE Group common stock in connection with the NYSE Euronext merger and that the maximum cash consideration required to be paid for the cash portion of the NYSE Euronext merger consideration will be approximately $2.7 billion. ICE common stock trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “ICE” and NYSE Euronext common stock is dually listed and trades on the New York Stock Exchange and Euronext Paris under the symbol “NYX.” The value of the NYSE Euronext merger consideration may be different than the estimated value based on the current price of ICE common stock or the price of ICE common stock at the time of the special meeting and will continue to fluctuate until the closing date of the mergers.

 

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Background of the Mergers

The NYSE Euronext board of directors and the ICE board of directors regularly review their respective companies’ results of operations and competitive positions in the businesses in which they operate, as well as their strategic alternatives. In connection with these reviews, each of NYSE Euronext and ICE from time to time evaluates hypothetical or potential transactions that would further their respective strategic objectives.

Prior to February 2011, Mr. Duncan Niederauer, in his capacity as chief executive officer of NYSE Euronext, and Mr. Jeffrey Sprecher, in his capacity as chief executive officer of ICE, had periodic conversations within the context of broader industry meetings and outside of such meetings. During such conversations, they discussed industry trends, including consolidation, and ways in which their respective businesses were complementary.

On February 15, 2011, NYSE Euronext and Deutsche Börse AG announced that they had entered into a Business Combination Agreement, dated as of February 15, 2011, pursuant to which the two companies agreed to combine their respective businesses in a merger of equals and become subsidiaries of a newly formed holding company.

On April 1, 2011, NYSE Euronext received a letter from ICE and NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. (“NASDAQ”) setting forth a nonbinding proposal to acquire all of the outstanding shares of NYSE Euronext common stock for a mixture of cash, NASDAQ common stock and ICE common stock. Also on April 1, 2011, NYSE Euronext issued a press release requesting its stockholders not to take any action with respect to the proposal. The NYSE Euronext board of directors held a meeting by telephone that same day to receive an initial briefing on receipt of the proposal, but no determination was made at that time with respect to the proposal.

On April 11, 2011, the NYSE Euronext board of directors met to review the unsolicited proposal with NYSE Euronext’s outside legal and financial advisors. At the meeting, the NYSE Euronext board of directors rejected the proposal by NASDAQ and ICE and reaffirmed the business combination agreement with Deutsche Börse.

On April 19, 2011, NYSE Euronext received a letter from NASDAQ and ICE that provided additional details of their proposal, including a draft merger agreement, and on April 21, 2011, the NYSE Euronext board of directors met to review the additional information with NYSE Euronext’s outside legal and financial advisors. After evaluation, the NYSE Euronext board of directors rejected the proposal and reaffirmed the business combination agreement with Deutsche Börse for a number of reasons, including the belief that the NASDAQ and ICE proposal would not achieve regulatory approval due to antitrust concerns relating to combining the NASDAQ U.S. listings business with that of NYSE Euronext.

On May 16, 2011, ICE and NASDAQ issued a joint press release announcing that, following discussions with the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice that revealed antitrust concerns with the combination of NYSE Euronext and NASDAQ’s respective equities business, they were withdrawing the joint proposal they made on April 1, 2011 to acquire NYSE Euronext.

On February 1, 2012, the European Commission decided to prohibit the proposed business combination on grounds that it would be anticompetitive. Following that decision, NYSE Euronext and Deutsche Börse entered into a letter agreement on February 2, 2012 terminating their previously entered-into business combination agreement.

Following the termination of the business combination agreement with Deutsche Börse, Mr. Niederauer and Mr. Sprecher again spoke with each other periodically. In early September 2012, during one of Mr. Niederauer’s and Mr. Sprecher’s periodic conversations, Mr. Sprecher proposed that the two chief executive officers discuss generally the possibility of a potential transaction of some nature between NYSE Euronext and ICE.

 

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On September 13, 2012, the NYSE Euronext board of directors held a meeting for a periodic review and discussion of corporate strategy. During that meeting, the NYSE Euronext board of directors with the assistance of NYSE Euronext management undertook a thorough strategic and financial review of organic growth opportunities both underway and being considered by the company, including new products and services, such as the creation of a European clearing house, new asset classes and geographic expansion. The board examined the expected financial performance, including the financial position, of NYSE Euronext taking into account these initiatives and macroeconomic and industry trends. In reviewing the company’s ongoing strategy, the NYSE Euronext board of directors focused its evaluation on three potential strategic alternatives. First, the board considered a stand-alone strategy, taking into account the company’s prospects as earlier discussed. Second, the board considered both large and small potential partners for merger and acquisition transactions inside and outside of the exchange industry. In the board’s discussion of potential transaction partners, Mr. Niederauer mentioned as illustrative his recent conversation with Mr. Sprecher. Third, the NYSE Euronext board of directors also considered the separation or sale of businesses, including its European derivatives business or its continental European cash trading and listings business. The NYSE Euronext board of directors discussed the feasibility and merits of these hypothetical transactions. At the conclusion of the meeting, the NYSE Euronext board of directors instructed management to continue to develop potential ideas for opportunities around these three core strategies for purposes of further presentation at the October meeting of the board of directors.

At a meeting held on September 13, 2012, the ICE board of directors reviewed, among other things, various strategic alternatives, including a potential transaction with NYSE Euronext. During this meeting Mr. Sprecher discussed with the ICE board of directors various alternatives regarding a potential transaction with NYSE Euronext and the context of discussions he had with Mr. Niederauer. At the conclusion of the board’s discussion, the ICE board of directors directed management to continue to explore a potential transaction with NYSE Euronext and asked Mr. Sprecher to continue his dialogue with Mr. Niederauer.

On September 25, 2012, at Mr. Sprecher’s request, Mr. Niederauer and another member of NYSE Euronext management met in Atlanta, Georgia with Mr. Sprecher and other members of ICE management. At the meeting, ICE presented the concept of a potential transaction between NYSE Euronext and ICE and ICE’s view of the benefits of a combined company. At the conclusion of the meeting, NYSE Euronext management indicated that it would need ICE to provide a more detailed and definitive proposal in order to properly evaluate the proposal’s merits and present the potential transaction to the NYSE Euronext board of directors.

In order to facilitate discussions regarding a potential transaction, NYSE Euronext and ICE entered into a mutual confidentiality agreement dated October 5, 2012. Following the execution of the confidentiality agreement, NYSE Euronext began providing limited business due diligence to ICE.

On October 10, 2012, Mr. Niederauer and other representatives of NYSE Euronext management met with Mr. Sprecher and other representatives of ICE management at the New York City offices of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, ICE’s outside legal counsel. At the meeting, the parties discussed possible alternatives for a business combination between NYSE Euronext and ICE. ICE was also told that any offer would need to separately address clearing for NYSE Euronext’s United Kingdom-based and continental Europe-based derivatives businesses because NYSE Euronext management expected that announcing a transaction with ICE would make it difficult for NYSE Euronext to continue developing an internal clearing house. At the conclusion of the meeting, the parties agreed that they should have a further meeting during the following week with their financial advisors and outside legal counsel.

On October 16, 2012, Mr. Niederauer and other representatives of NYSE Euronext management, together with representatives of NYSE Euronext’s financial advisor, Perella Weinberg, and NYSE Euronext’s outside legal counsel, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, met with Mr. Sprecher and other members of ICE’s management, together with representatives of ICE’s financial advisor, Morgan Stanley, and Sullivan & Cromwell LLP at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP’s New York City offices. At the meeting, the parties discussed possible alternatives for a business combination between NYSE Euronext and ICE. The discussion focused on a potential merger of

 

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NYSE Euronext and ICE with a small premium to be paid to NYSE Euronext stockholders and for approximately 90% of the consideration to be paid in ICE shares.

On October 17th, Mr. Niederauer discussed with several NYSE Euronext directors the terms of a potential merger as outlined by ICE at the meeting on October 16th. Over the subsequent days, in conversations between representatives of Morgan Stanley and Perella Weinberg, Perella Weinberg informed Morgan Stanley that, based upon conversations with NYSE Euronext management, a transaction with a very low premium and only a small amount of cash consideration would likely not be approved by the NYSE Euronext board of directors and that ICE would need to improve the terms of any offer it ultimately made to NYSE Euronext.

On October 17, 2012, the ICE board of directors held a telephonic special meeting during which Mr. Sprecher provided an update with respect to the status of discussions with NYSE Euronext. The ICE board of directors and management discussed various considerations regarding a possible transaction, including financial terms, structure and required regulatory approvals, including the need to amend the ICE certificate of incorporation to satisfy SEC regulatory requirements and to authorize the issuance of the ICE shares of common stock required for the merger. The board expressed its support for a possible transaction and instructed management to send proposed terms to NYSE Euronext.

On October 19, 2012, ICE sent a written set of “proposed terms” to NYSE Euronext management. Under the terms of the offer, each share of NYSE Euronext common stock would be exchanged for 0.1573 of a share of ICE common stock and $8.73 in cash, or an aggregate of $29.25, assuming a per share value of ICE common stock based on the prior trading day’s closing price. In addition, two current NYSE Euronext directors would be invited to join the ICE board of directors following the transaction. ICE also included a proposal for a clearing services agreement to be entered into between NYSE Euronext and ICE, through which ICE would provide clearing services for NYSE Euronext’s United Kingdom-based and continental Europe-based derivatives businesses. The proposal also requested a six-week exclusivity period for purposes of conducting due diligence and negotiating definitive agreements; however, an exclusivity agreement was never entered into by the parties.

Following the delivery of the October 19, 2012 proposal, representatives of Morgan Stanley and Perella Weinberg discussed the proposal, and Perella Weinberg informed Morgan Stanley that, while the NYSE Euronext board of directors would be meeting and would discuss the proposal, the premium offered and the mix of consideration were not yet within the range where the board would find the proposal attractive and that ICE should focus on increasing the amount of premium and the amount of cash being offered to NYSE Euronext stockholders.

On October 25, 2012, the NYSE Euronext board of directors held a regularly scheduled meeting. At the request of the NYSE Euronext board of directors, representatives of NYSE Euronext management, Perella Weinberg and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz participated. As part of the meeting, the NYSE Euronext board, together with management and the company’s advisors, continued the discussion of strategic alternatives from the prior board meeting, and ICE’s proposal to acquire NYSE Euronext was discussed in detail. Members of management noted that NYSE Euronext had been approached in the past by other parties, the most recent being from a large U.S.-based derivatives exchange that expressed a potential but non-specific interest in components of NYSE Euronext’s derivatives business. Following discussion between the NYSE Euronext board of directors and management and the company’s advisors, the board authorized management to continue pursuing the different alternatives discussed, including maintaining the status quo; preparing to auction the European derivatives business; continuing the discussions with ICE; and analyzing additional potential opportunities for a merger or sale of the entire company. The NYSE Euronext board emphasized that, to the extent possible, it wanted to mitigate the execution risk to any transaction that the company ultimately undertook.

On October 26, 2012, in anticipation of a meeting to be held on October 29, 2012, Mr. Niederauer called Mr. Sprecher to provide feedback on the October 19, 2012 proposal. Mr. Niederauer explained the NYSE Euronext board’s discussion and its view that any transaction would need to include a substantial premium and

 

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the NYSE Euronext board’s desire to structure a transaction with a high likelihood of consummation. Mr. Niederauer noted that the NYSE Euronext board was considering several strategic alternatives and would not pursue a transaction with ICE if the NYSE Euronext’s board’s concerns were not adequately met. Due to Hurricane Sandy, the meeting scheduled for October 29 did not take place.

On November 5, 2012, representatives of Morgan Stanley and Perella Weinberg held a telephone discussion regarding the potential transaction. During that call, Perella Weinberg again emphasized the importance to the NYSE Euronext board of a transaction that offered a significant premium with a substantial portion of the consideration in cash and a high likelihood of closing.

Also on November 5, 2012, the ICE board of directors held a telephonic special meeting during which the board of directors was provided an update with respect to the status of discussions with NYSE Euronext.

Following an ICE board meeting on November 11, 2012, Mr. Sprecher called Mr. Niederauer to communicate ICE’s revised proposal to acquire NYSE Euronext. On November 12, 2012, ICE sent the revised formal proposal in writing to Mr. Niederauer and the NYSE Euronext board of directors. Under the terms of the offer, each share of NYSE Euronext common stock would be exchanged for 0.1644 of a share of ICE common stock and $8.54 in cash, or an aggregate of $30.00 per NYSE Euronext share, assuming a per share value of ICE common stock based on the prior trading day’s closing price. The remainder of the terms set forth in the letter remained consistent with the October 19, 2012 proposal. The letter also noted that the proposal was nonbinding and subject to continued diligence.

On November 12, 2012, the NYSE Euronext board of directors held a special meeting by teleconference to discuss the revised proposal from ICE. At the request of the NYSE Euronext board of directors, representatives of NYSE Euronext management, Perella Weinberg and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz participated. The NYSE Euronext board discussed the revised proposal with management and the company’s advisors and concluded that the proposal was not acceptable as there had only been a small increase in the size of the premium and a reduction in the cash portion of the consideration. Based on this proposal, the NYSE Euronext board was prepared to continue pursuing other strategic alternatives.

Following the NYSE Euronext board meeting on November 12, 2012, Mr. Niederauer called Mr. Sprecher to relay the NYSE Euronext board’s views, and representatives of Morgan Stanley and Perella Weinberg also held a telephone discussion in which Perella Weinberg informed Morgan Stanley that it did not see the revised proposal as acceptable to NYSE Euronext.

On November 17, 2012, the ICE board of directors held a special meeting by teleconference during which Mr. Sprecher relayed to the ICE board the NYSE Euronext board’s reactions to the revised proposal. At the conclusion of the meeting, the ICE board approved sending NYSE Euronext a further revised proposal with improved financial terms together with a draft merger agreement and a draft clearing services agreement.

On November 18, 2012, ICE sent the further revised proposal to Mr. Niederauer and the NYSE Euronext board of directors. Under the terms of the offer, each share of NYSE Euronext common stock would be exchanged for 0.1703 of a share of ICE common stock and $11.27 in cash, or an aggregate of $33.00 per NYSE Euronext share, assuming a per share value of ICE common stock based on the prior trading day’s closing price. The $33.00 valuation represented an approximately 46% premium to NYSE Euronext closing price per share as of November 17, 2012. The revised proposal was accompanied by a draft merger agreement and a draft clearing services agreement. The letter also noted that the proposal was nonbinding and subject to continued diligence.

Following the delivery of the revised proposal, Mr. Sprecher and Mr. Niederauer held a telephone conversation in which Mr. Sprecher indicated that he did not believe that the ICE board of directors would be willing to again increase its price.

 

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On November 20, 2012, the NYSE Euronext board of directors held a special information session by teleconference. At the request of the NYSE Euronext board of directors, representatives of NYSE Euronext management, Perella Weinberg and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz participated. At the meeting, the board again reviewed with its advisors the strategic alternatives it had previously discussed, including a stand-alone strategy, a sale of the European derivatives business and a transaction involving the entire company. Following discussion of ICE’s revised proposal, the NYSE Euronext board of directors concluded that the proposed economic terms of the transaction were attractive and that in concept ICE’s clearing proposal presented a means to mitigate the risk in its continued development of NYSE Euronext’s own clearing house, particularly in light of the expectation that announcing a transaction with ICE would make it difficult for NYSE Euronext to continue developing an internal clearing house, and that management should continue to pursue the opportunity. Nonetheless, the NYSE Euronext board of directors viewed the merger agreement and clearing services agreement terms proposed by ICE as insufficient and instructed management to continue pursuing the stand-alone strategy and independent sale of the European derivatives business and the potential use of the proceeds of such a separation.

On November 24 and November 25, 2012, NYSE Euronext and ICE management met in New York City to begin in-depth business due diligence on NYSE Euronext. ICE continued its business due diligence at meetings in New York City from November 27 through November 29, 2012.

In light of the NYSE Euronext board of directors’ instructions to continue pursuing potential alternatives to the combination with ICE, on November 25, 2012, Perella Weinberg initiated contact with representatives of a large industrial and financial holding company (which is referred to in this joint proxy statement/prospectus as “Company A”) that it believed would be interested in NYSE Euronext’s businesses.

On November 28, 2012, Company A presented an indicative proposal with a value lower than the ICE proposal. Moreover, Company A’s indicative proposal was subject to the completion of due diligence, the completion of which Company A could not commit to a time frame for. In addition, Company A required that the closing of its proposed transaction would be conditioned upon NYSE Euronext first selling its European derivatives business and obtaining a sale price for that business that met a minimum price specified by Company A.

Also on November 28, 2012, NYSE Euronext provided ICE and its advisors access to an electronic data room containing additional legal, financial and business due diligence materials.

On November 30, 2012, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, on behalf of NYSE Euronext, sent a revised draft of the merger agreement to Sullivan & Cromwell LLP. The draft merger agreement proposed a “hell-or-high-water” obligation to obtain regulatory approval and that specific performance remedies be available to NYSE Euronext if ICE were to fail to perform. The draft also provided for increased governance representation of NYSE Euronext directors on the ICE board of directors and provided for the payment of a “reverse termination fee” payable by ICE in the event the transaction were to fail to close for regulatory reasons.

On November 30, 2012, ICE provided access to an electronic data room with information about ICE and its businesses to NYSE Euronext and its advisors.

On December 1, 2012, representatives from Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, along with members of the ICE internal legal group, held a conference call in which the current status of the legal due diligence was reviewed and additional information was exchanged.

On December 4, 2012, experts from the technology groups of NYSE Euronext and ICE held a due diligence conference call. On December 5, 2012, the chief financial officer of NYSE Euronext and the chief financial officer of ICE met in New York with their respective financial advisors to continue the financial diligence related to the proposed transaction.

 

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On December 6, 2012, NYSE Euronext sent ICE a term sheet outlining a comprehensive counterproposal on the terms of the clearing services agreement, including enhanced governance rights and more favorable revenue sharing for NYSE Euronext than was proposed by ICE in its November 18, 2012 draft clearing agreement.

On December 7, 2012, the ICE board of directors held a regularly scheduled meeting. At the request of the ICE board of directors, representatives of Morgan Stanley and Sullivan & Cromwell LLP were present. During the meeting, Mr. Sprecher and other members of management reviewed for the board various aspects of NYSE Euronext’s business and summarized the due diligence conducted on NYSE Euronext to date. Mr. Sprecher then provided an update on the status of negotiations with NYSE Euronext and a representative of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP reviewed the primary open items relating to the merger agreement negotiations. The board discussed and asked questions regarding various aspects of the proposed transaction. Following the discussion of the draft merger agreement, another member of ICE management summarized for the board the terms of the draft clearing services agreement that had been provided to NYSE Euronext and the primary issues that had been raised by NYSE Euronext.

On December 9, 2012, the NYSE Euronext board of directors held a special meeting by teleconference. At the request of the NYSE Euronext board of directors, representatives of NYSE Euronext management, Perella Weinberg, BNP Paribas, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, Stibbe N.V. and Slaughter and May participated. At the meeting, the NYSE Euronext board was updated on the progress of discussions with ICE. Members of the NYSE Euronext board also expressed a desire to meet with Mr. Sprecher to discuss the transaction and his view of the combined company. At the conclusion of the meeting, the board authorized NYSE Euronext management to continue discussions with ICE. The NYSE Euronext board also agreed that management should continue to evaluate other alternatives, including the possible sale of the European derivatives business and related valuations.

On December 10, 2012, Mr. Sprecher met with Mr. Niederauer and Mr. Scott A. Hill, the chief financial officer of ICE, in Atlanta. Mr. Sprecher, Mr. Niederauer and Mr. Hill discussed open points on the draft merger agreement, including the proposed “hell-or-high-water” obligation to obtain regulatory approvals, interim operating and certain other covenants, the payment of the termination fees, governance matters and whether to separate Euronext (in particular the continental European equities and equities derivatives businesses) from the rest of the combined group to allow those continental businesses to regain their independence, as well as alternatives with respect to the structure of the proposed transaction and timing of the announcement of the proposed transaction.

Following the meeting between Mr. Sprecher and Mr. Niederauer in Atlanta, on December 10, 2012, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, on behalf of ICE, sent a revised draft of the merger agreement to Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, which included a “reverse termination fee” of $370 million payable by ICE in the case that regulatory approvals were not obtained but only required ICE to use its reasonable best efforts to obtain regulatory approval and not to have to take any actions that would be a substantial detriment to ICE, and a revised draft of the clearing services agreement.

On December 12 and 13, 2012, the NYSE Euronext board of directors held a regularly scheduled meeting and continued discussion of strategic alternatives. At the request of the NYSE Euronext board of directors, representatives of NYSE Euronext management, Perella Weinberg, BNP Paribas, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, Stibbe and Slaughter and May participated. At the meeting, the NYSE Euronext board was updated on the progress of discussions with ICE. The NYSE Euronext board of directors then reviewed the proposed ICE transaction and other potential alternatives, including maintaining a stand-alone strategy and the sale of the European derivatives business and the deployment of the resulting cash proceeds. The NYSE Euronext board of directors also considered the legal aspects of the clearing services agreement and the feasibility of executing other hypothetical transaction alternatives. Perella Weinberg also updated the board on a potential transaction with Company A, noting that, while Perella Weinberg had continued since the end of November to work with Company A to refine its analysis, Company A had not improved its offer, which remained below the ICE offer. At the conclusion of the meeting, the board authorized NYSE Euronext management to continue discussions with ICE.

 

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Also on December 12, 2012, as requested by the NYSE Euronext board, Mr. Sprecher met with Mr. Niederauer and several members of the NYSE Euronext board to discuss the transaction and ICE’s view of the combined company.

Between December 13 and December 15, 2012, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and Sullivan & Cromwell LLP exchanged drafts of the merger agreement on behalf of NYSE Euronext and ICE, respectively; however, a number of issues remained outstanding, including with respect to the efforts that each party would take to obtain regulatory and antitrust approval; and the size of the “reverse termination fee” payable by ICE in the case that regulatory approvals were not obtained, which ICE now proposed to be $450 million.

On December 14, 2012, the ICE board of directors held a special meeting by teleconference. At the request of the ICE board of directors, representatives of Morgan Stanley and Sullivan & Cromwell LLP participated. At the meeting, Mr. Sprecher described for the board the meeting he had on December 12, 2012, with several members of the NYSE Euronext board of directors regarding the transaction. Mr. Sprecher also explained to the board that he had been invited to accompany Mr. Niederauer to his meeting on December 19, 2012, in London with the Euronext College of Regulators to discuss the proposed transaction. The board was also provided with an update on the continuing negotiations between the parties and a summary of the primary open points on the draft merger agreement and also on the draft clearing services agreement.

On December 14, 2012, NYSE Euronext sent a revised draft of the clearing services agreement to ICE, and on December 16, 2012, Shearman & Sterling, on behalf of ICE, sent a further revised draft of the clearing services agreement.

On December 16, 2012, representatives of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and Perella Weinberg met with representatives of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP and Morgan Stanley at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz’s offices in New York City. The chief financial officers of NYSE Euronext and ICE and other members of the companies’ respective managements also participated in these meetings. During the meetings several issues were agreed upon, including the remaining open points on representations and warranties, interim operating covenants, management of transaction-related litigation and circumstances, other than in response to a superior proposal, when each board would be able to change its recommendation in favor of the potential transaction. Several key issues, however, remained open, including the required regulatory efforts, the size of the termination fee payable by ICE in the case that regulatory approvals were not obtained; and the remedies available for a failure to perform under the merger agreement. In addition, several outstanding items remained open under the proposed clearing services agreement, including the timing of its execution and effectiveness; the provisions related to a change of control of NYSE Euronext and other termination provisions; the costs to be paid in respect of the services; and governance rights under the clearing services agreement.

On December 17, 2012, the NYSE Euronext board of directors held a special meeting by teleconference. At the request of the NYSE Euronext board of directors, representatives of NYSE Euronext management, Perella Weinberg, BNP Paribas, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, Stibbe and Slaughter and May participated. At the meeting, the NYSE Euronext board was updated on the progress of discussions with ICE. Representatives of Perella Weinberg reviewed with the NYSE Euronext board the updated financial analyses it performed with respect to the potential transaction. The NYSE Euronext board of directors was also presented with draft communications materials that would be released upon announcement of the combination if final terms were agreed with ICE.

Also on December 17, 2012, the ICE board of directors held a special meeting by teleconference during which they were provided with an update on the negotiations of the terms of the draft merger agreement and recent changes in the stock prices of ICE and NYSE Euronext stock. At the meeting, the ICE board was also provided with an update on the negotiations of the terms of the draft clearing services agreement. At the request of the ICE board of directors, representatives of Morgan Stanley and Sullivan & Cromwell LLP also participated.

Also on December 17, 2012, the ICE Clear Europe board of directors held a special meeting by teleconference during which they reviewed and approved the clearing services agreement.

 

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Through December 18, 19 and into the early morning of December 20, 2012, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and Sullivan & Cromwell LLP continued to exchange drafts of the merger agreement and Slaughter and May and Shearman & Sterling continued to exchange drafts of the clearing services agreement. During that time, NYSE Euronext management and ICE management together with their respective financial and legal advisors worked to resolve the final open issues in the merger agreement and clearing services agreement. Late in the evening on December 19 and into the early morning on December 20, the parties reached a mutually acceptable agreement providing for a $750 million “reverse termination fee” that also served, subject to a limited exception, as a cap on litigation damages between the parties, while specific performance would remain available to the parties in circumstances other than to enforce the reasonable best efforts regulatory obligation.

On December 19, 2012, Mr. Niederauer accompanied by Mr. Sprecher met with several of NYSE Euronext’s exchange regulators in Europe. At those meetings, Mr. Niederauer and Mr. Sprecher explained the proposed transaction, including the willingness of the parties to separate Euronext (in particular the continental European equities and equities derivatives businesses) from the rest of the combined group to allow those continental businesses to regain their independence. For a discussion of the risks related to the potential IPO of Euronext, see “Risk Factors.” Mr. Niederauer, with Mr. Sprecher present, also had calls with and received approval from both the Euronext supervisory board and the board of Liffe Administration and Management. The Liffe Administration and Management board of directors noted that the contemporaneous clearing services agreement addressed the risk that announcing a transaction with ICE would make it difficult for NYSE Euronext to continue developing an internal clearing house, as customers and partners would likely be unwilling to invest the necessary funds and internal resources for a new Liffe Administration and Management clearing house when ICE would expect to shift clearing to its clearing house after closing of the transactions contemplated by the merger agreement.

On December 19, 2012, several news outlets reported on the potential transaction being negotiated between NYSE Euronext and ICE.

On December 19, 2012, the ICE board of directors held a special meeting by teleconference. At the request of the ICE board of directors, representatives of Morgan Stanley and Sullivan & Cromwell LLP also participated. At the meeting, the board was provided an update on the negotiations over the terms of the draft merger agreement and the draft clearing services agreement and was informed with respect to Mr. Sprecher and Mr. Niederauer’s meeting earlier in the day with the Euronext College of Regulators. A member of ICE management also reviewed for the board the draft investor presentation and press release for the proposed transaction. Following discussion of these matters, representatives of Morgan Stanley provided the board with Morgan Stanley’s financial analyses for the proposed transaction and indicated that, assuming no further changes to the proposed terms of the transaction or the respective stock prices of ICE and NYSE Euronext, in each case that would be material for purposes of such financial analyses, Morgan Stanley would be in a position to render an opinion that the consideration proposed to be paid by ICE pursuant to the merger agreement was fair from a financial point of view to ICE.

On December 20, 2012, the NYSE Euronext board of directors held a meeting by teleconference to review the terms of the proposed transaction . At the request of the NYSE Euronext board of directors, representatives of management, Perella Weinberg, BNP Paribas, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, Slaughter and May and Stibbe participated. At the meeting, NYSE Euronext management updated the board on discussions between the parties. Representatives from Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz described the updated terms of the draft merger agreement, and representatives from Slaughter and May described the terms of the proposed clearing services agreements. Representatives from Perella Weinberg provided final financial analyses of the transaction. Thereafter, Perella Weinberg provided its oral opinion, subsequently confirmed in writing, to the NYSE Euronext board of directors to the effect that, as of December 20, 2012, and based upon and subject to the various assumptions made, procedures followed, matters considered and qualifications and limitations set forth therein, the aggregate consideration to be paid to NYSE Euronext stockholders (other than ICE or any of its affiliates) was fair, from a financial point of view, to such stockholders. After discussion and deliberation, the NYSE

 

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Euronext board of directors determined that the merger agreement and the transactions contemplated by the merger agreement were fair and in the best interests of NYSE Euronext and its stockholders, unanimously approved and declared advisable the merger agreement, authorized management to execute the merger agreement on behalf of the company, directed that the merger agreement be submitted to a vote at a meeting of NYSE Euronext stockholders, and recommended that NYSE Euronext stockholders vote to adopt the merger agreement. In accordance with NYSE Euronext’s certificate of incorporation, the NYSE Euronext board of directors also unanimously approved the acquisition of NYSE Euronext shares pursuant to the transaction and the voting of such NYSE Euronext shares by ICE after the merger without limitations on ownership or voting rights by ICE following the combination .

Also on December 20, 2012, the ICE board of directors held a special meeting by teleconference to consider the terms of the transaction. At the request of the ICE board of directors, representatives of management, Morgan Stanley and Sullivan & Cromwell LLP participated. At the meeting, the ICE board of directors was informed of the results of the final negotiations of the remaining open items on the draft merger agreement, including with respect to the payment of the termination fees, and on the draft clearing services agreement. Thereafter, representatives of Morgan Stanley referred to the financial analyses that had been prepared for the December 17, 2012 meeting of the ICE board and the updated financial analyses presented by Morgan Stanley orally to the ICE board at the December 19, 2012 meeting. Morgan Stanley then rendered its oral opinion, which was also confirmed in writing, to the ICE board of directors to the effect that, as of that date and based upon and subject to the assumptions made, procedures followed, matters considered and qualifications and limitations on the scope of review undertaken by Morgan Stanley as set forth in its opinion, the consideration to be paid by ICE pursuant to the merger agreement was fair from a financial point of view to ICE. After discussion and deliberation, the ICE board of directors determined that the combination was in the best interest of ICE and its stockholders, and the ICE board of directors unanimously approved and declared advisable the merger agreement, the combination and the other transactions contemplated by the merger agreement, including the issuance of shares of ICE common stock as required under the merger agreement, directed that the proposal to issue shares of ICE common stock be submitted to a vote at a meeting of ICE stockholders, and recommended that ICE stockholders vote to approve the issuance of shares of ICE common stock.

In addition, ICE Clear Europe and Liffe Administration and Management entered into the clearing services agreement on December 20, 2012 pursuant to which Liffe Administration and Management appointed ICE Clear Europe as the exclusive provider of central counterparty clearing services for all of its existing derivatives products and ICE Clear Europe appointed Liffe Administration and Management to provide financial intermediary services in respect of the clearing of trades in Liffe Administration and Management’s existing products. For further information relating to the Clearing Services Agreement, see “—Clearing Services Agreement.”

Following the unanimous approvals of the NYSE Euronext board of directors and the ICE board of directors, the parties entered into the clearing services agreement and the merger agreement on the terms unanimously approved by their respective boards of directors and issued a press release announcing the transaction.

On March 19, 2013, ICE and NYSE Euronext entered into the amended and restated merger agreement following approvals by their respective boards of directors. The amended and restated merger agreement provides for both ICE and NYSE Euronext to be held, following the effective times of the mergers, by ICE Group, a newly formed holding company. The change to a holding company structure is intended to facilitate the implementation of governance provisions in the ICE Group certificate of incorporation required to complete the mergers. The amended and restated merger agreement also amends certain other provisions of the merger agreement although the conditions, economics and other terms of the original merger agreement remain substantially the same.

 

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Recommendation of the NYSE Euronext Board of Directors and Reasons for the NYSE Euronext Merger

The NYSE Euronext board of directors, at a meeting held on March 19, 2013, determined that the combination is fair to, and in the best interests of, NYSE Euronext and its stockholders and approved and declared advisable the merger agreement, the NYSE Euronext merger and the other transactions contemplated by the merger agreement.

In reaching its decision on December 20, 2012, in connection with the signing of the original merger agreement, the NYSE Euronext board of directors consulted with NYSE Euronext management and its financial and legal advisors and considered a variety of factors, including the material factors described below. In light of the number and wide variety of factors considered in connection with its evaluation of the transaction, the NYSE Euronext board of directors did not consider it practicable to, and did not attempt to, quantify or otherwise assign relative weights to the factors that it considered in reaching its determination. The NYSE Euronext board of directors viewed its decision as being based on all of the information available and the factors presented to and considered by it. In addition, individual directors may have given different weight to different factors. This explanation of NYSE Euronext’s reasons for the proposed combination and all other information presented in this section is forward-looking in nature and, therefore, should be read in light of the factors discussed under “Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements.”

The NYSE Euronext board of directors considered a number of factors pertaining to the strategic rationale for the combination as generally supporting its decision to enter into the combination agreement, including the following material factors:

 

   

Merger Consideration. The NYSE Euronext board of directors considered that the average merger consideration to be paid per share of NYSE Euronext common stock of 0.1703 shares of ICE plus $11.27 per share in cash implied a $33.12 per share offer based on ICE’s closing price as of December 19, 2012, which implied the following approximate premiums as of that date, the date prior to the announcement of the combination:

 

   

a 38% premium to the closing price of NYSE Euronext common stock on December 19, 2012;

 

   

a 28% premium to the average share price of NYSE Euronext common stock in 2012;

 

   

a 43% premium to the average of the closing price of NYSE Euronext common stock for the one-month period ended on December 19, 2012; and

 

   

a 38% premium to the average of the closing price of NYSE Euronext common stock for the three-month period ended on December 19, 2012;

 

   

Strategic Considerations. The NYSE Euronext board of directors believes that the combination will provide a number of significant strategic opportunities, including the following:

 

   

the combination establishes a premier global market operator that is a leading end-to-end derivatives franchise spanning agricultural derivatives, energy derivatives, credit derivatives, equities and equity derivatives, foreign exchange and interest rate derivatives with a preeminent global equities and listings franchise recognized around the world;

 

   

the combination creates a leading multi-asset class risk management and market infrastructure company, enhances innovation and competitiveness particularly in U.S. and European rates businesses and increases capital and operational efficiencies for customers; and

 

   

the combination creates an efficient clearing model poised for growth as interest rate markets recover and interest rate swap clearing develops;

 

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Synergies. Based on the advice of NYSE Euronext management following such management’s discussions with ICE management and NYSE Euronext’s advisors, the NYSE Euronext board of directors determined that the combination would create significant cost savings synergies, including approximately $450 million in combined annual cost synergies expected with approximately 80% of such synergies realizable within two years of closing. These cost savings synergies include $150 million related to NYSE Euronext’s current cost savings program, Project 14, as well as $150 million projected from the creation of business efficiencies in clearing, technology, operations and other administrative spending and $150 million from support functions and portfolio optimization synergies, including reduction of resources and elimination of the overlap in public company, corporate, technology, real estate and other similar expenses borne by the two companies;

 

   

Clearing Solution. The NYSE Euronext board of directors considered that the clearing services agreement to be entered into at the time of the merger agreement contained favorable terms for NYSE Euronext, particularly when compared to its current outsourced arrangements, under which NYSE Euronext’s five European equities exchanges and Liffe’s Continental European derivatives exchanges are cleared through LCH.Clearnet SA, a third party clearing house, and Liffe’s London-based derivatives exchange is served by a combination of the clearing facilities provided by Liffe Administration and Management and LCH.Clearnet Ltd, with certain key clearing functions provided by LCH.Clearnet Ltd. on an outsourced basis. The clearing services agreement also offered a superior solution to the continued development of NYSE Euronext’s own European clearing house. It mitigated the risks and eliminated the approximately $80 million in upfront costs associated with the further development of NYSE Euronext’s own new clearing house, noting that the announcement of a transaction with ICE might have made it difficult for NYSE Euronext to continue with the creation of an internal clearing house;

 

   

Ability to Elect Consideration and Participation in Future Appreciation. The NYSE Euronext board of directors considered that the merger agreement provides NYSE Euronext stockholders with the ability to choose to receive either the stock election or the cash election for their shares of NYSE Euronext common stock (subject to proration) and that, following the combination, NYSE Euronext stockholders will have the opportunity to participate in the equity value of the combined company, including the future growth and expected synergies at the combined company, while at the same time providing immediate value through the cash component of the merger consideration;

 

   

Implied Ownership. The NYSE Euronext board of directors considered that former NYSE Euronext stockholders would hold approximately 36% of the outstanding ICE common stock;

 

   

Financial Advisor’s Opinion. The NYSE Euronext board of directors considered the financial analyses presented to the NYSE Euronext board of directors by Perella Weinberg and the opinion of Perella Weinberg dated December 20, 2012, to the board of directors that, as of that date, and based upon and subject to the various assumptions made, procedures followed, matters considered and qualifications and limitations set forth therein, the aggregate consideration was fair, from a financial point of view, to NYSE Euronext stockholders (other than ICE or any of its affiliates);

 

   

Alternatives. The NYSE Euronext board of directors considered the combination relative to the benefits, risks and uncertainties associated with other potential strategic alternatives that might be available to NYSE Euronext, including divesting portions of the company, such as the European derivatives business, and the prospects for the remaining company following such a divestiture, as well as remaining as a stand-alone entity, in the context of rapid technological and regulatory changes being confronted by the financial services industry and the risks and challenges associated with these changes, as well as broader economic developments impacting its existing businesses. The NYSE Euronext board also assessed the feasibility of executing other hypothetical alternatives. The NYSE Euronext board of directors also took note of the fact that NYSE Euronext did not receive any inquiries from other potential strategic partners, including those with which it had previously been in contact, following publication of news reports about the transaction, and that Company A, from which NYSE Euronext sought a proposal, did not provide a comparable offer to ICE’s from financial and strategic points of views;

 

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No Financing Condition. The NYSE Euronext board of directors considered that the merger agreement has no financing condition and believed, following consultation with NYSE Euronext’s financial advisor, that ICE would be able to pay the cash portion of the merger consideration due under the merger agreement; and

 

   

Reverse Termination Fee. The NYSE Euronext board of directors considered that the merger agreement would require ICE to pay NYSE Euronext $750 million in the case the combination was terminated and certain regulatory-related closing conditions were not satisfied or the transaction was prohibited on competition grounds.

The NYSE Euronext board of directors also considered a variety of risks and other potentially negative factors concerning the combination, including the following:

 

   

the risk that the potential benefits of the combination (including the amount of cost savings and revenue synergies) may not be fully or partially achieved, or may not be achieved within the expected time frame;

 

   

the risk that regulatory, governmental or competition authorities might seek to impose conditions on or otherwise prevent or delay the combination, or impose restrictions or requirements on the operation of the businesses of ICE after completion of the combination;

 

   

the risks and costs to NYSE Euronext if the combination is not completed, including the potential diversion of management and employee attention, potential employee attrition and the potential effect on business and customer relationships;

 

   

the risk of diverting management focus and resources from other strategic opportunities and from operational matters, and potential disruption associated with combining and integrating the companies;

 

   

the potential challenges and difficulties relating to integrating the operations of NYSE Euronext and ICE, including the cost to achieve synergies, which will require consolidating certain businesses and functions (including regulatory functions) of ICE and NYSE Euronext, integrating their technologies, organizations, procedures, policies and operations, addressing differences in the business cultures of the two companies and retaining key personnel, and may disrupt each company’s ongoing businesses or create inconsistencies which adversely affect relationships with market participants, employees, regulators and others;

 

   

the restrictions on the conduct of NYSE Euronext’s business prior to the completion of the combination, which restrictions require NYSE Euronext to conduct its business in the ordinary course and subject to specific limitations, which may delay or prevent NYSE Euronext from undertaking business opportunities that may arise pending completion of the combination;

 

   

the risk that the NYSE Euronext stockholders may fail to adopt the merger agreement and approve the transactions contemplated thereby and the requirement that NYSE Euronext pay ICE a $100 million fee in such a situation;

 

   

the risk that the ICE stockholders may fail to approve the issuance of ICE common stock or amendments to its certificate of incorporation in the transaction;

 

   

the risk that the limitation on remedies available to NYSE Euronext in the event ICE were to breach its obligations under the merger agreement might adversely affect ICE’s willingness to complete the transaction on the agreed-upon terms;

 

   

the requirement that NYSE Euronext submit the merger agreement to its stockholders for approval even if the NYSE Euronext board of directors withdraws or changes its recommendation in a manner adverse to ICE (including by changing to recommend that NYSE Euronext stockholders reject the combination and the merger agreement), which could delay or prevent NYSE Euronext’s ability to pursue an alternative proposal if one were to become available in the interim;

 

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the requirement that NYSE Euronext pay ICE a termination fee if an alternative proposal to acquire NYSE Euronext is publicly announced or made known and the merger agreement is thereafter terminated in certain circumstances (see “The Merger Agreement—Termination Rights” and “The Merger Agreement—Termination Fees”) and the potential that such fee or certain provisions of the clearing services agreement without which ICE was unwilling to enter into such agreement or the merger agreement might affect the potential for NYSE Euronext to receive alternative merger or acquisition proposals both during the pendency of the combination with ICE as well as afterward should the combination with ICE not be consummated;

 

   

the risk that because the amount of stock consideration to be paid to the NYSE Euronext stockholders is fixed, the value of the consideration to NYSE Euronext stockholders in the combination could fluctuate;

 

   

the likelihood of litigation challenging the combination, and the possibility that an adverse judgment for monetary damages could have a material adverse effect on the operations of the combined company after the combination or that an adverse judgment granting permanent injunctive relief could indefinitely enjoin completion of the combination;

 

   

the fees and expenses associated with completing the combination; and

 

   

various other risks associated with the combination and the businesses of NYSE Euronext, ICE and the combined company described under “Risk Factors.”

In addition to considering the factors described above, the NYSE Euronext board of directors considered that:

 

   

some officers and directors of NYSE Euronext have interests in the combination as individuals that are in addition to, and that may be different from, the interests of NYSE Euronext stockholders (see “The Mergers—Interests of NYSE Euronext Directors and Executive Officers in the NYSE Euronext Merger”); and

 

   

additional regulatory requirements could be applicable to the combined company as a result of the transaction.

Furthermore, in accordance with its obligations under the NYSE Euronext certificate of incorporation, the NYSE Euronext board of directors determined that the combination, and ICE’s exercise of voting rights over NYSE Euronext and ownership of equity interests in NYSE Euronext:

 

   

will not impair the ability of any U.S. regulated exchanges, NYSE Euronext or NYSE Group to discharge their respective responsibilities under the Exchange Act and the rules and regulations thereunder;

 

   

will not impair the ability of any European market subsidiaries of NYSE Euronext, NYSE Euronext or Euronext N.V. to discharge their respective responsibilities under the European exchange regulations;

 

   

is otherwise in the best interests of NYSE Euronext, its stockholders, its U.S. regulated exchanges and European market subsidiaries; and

 

   

will not impair the SEC’s ability to enforce the Exchange Act or the European regulators’ ability to enforce the European exchange regulations.

The NYSE Euronext board of directors concluded that the potentially negative factors associated with the combination were outweighed by the potential benefits that it expected NYSE Euronext and its stockholders to achieve as a result of the combination. Accordingly, the NYSE Euronext board of directors determined that the merger agreement and the transactions contemplated thereby, including the combination, are advisable, fair to, and in the best interests of, NYSE Euronext and its stockholders.

 

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Opinion of Perella Weinberg, Financial Advisor to NYSE Euronext

The NYSE Euronext board of directors retained Perella Weinberg to act as its financial advisor in connection with the proposed combination. The board of directors selected Perella Weinberg based on Perella Weinberg’s qualifications, expertise and reputation and its knowledge of the business and affairs of NYSE Euronext and the industries in which NYSE Euronext conducts its business. Perella Weinberg, as part of its investment banking business, is continually engaged in performing financial analyses with respect to businesses and their securities in connection with mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts and other transactions as well as for corporate and other purposes.

On December 20, 2012, Perella Weinberg rendered its oral opinion, subsequently confirmed in writing, to the NYSE Euronext board of directors that, as of such date and based upon and subject to the various assumptions made, procedures followed, matters considered and qualifications and limitations set forth therein, the aggregate consideration to be received by the holders of NYSE Euronext common stock (other than ICE or any of its affiliates) pursuant to the merger agreement dated December 20, 2012 was fair, from a financial point of view, to such holders. Perella Weinberg did not express any view or opinion on the procedures and limitations to which the standard election, the cash election or the stock election were subject.

In connection with delivering its opinion, Perella Weinberg reviewed a draft of the merger agreement entered into on December 20, 2012 (which we refer to as the “original merger agreement”) pursuant to which NYSE Euronext would have merged with and into Baseball Merger Sub, LLC, a direct, wholly owned subsidiary of ICE and upon which the merged entity would have been a wholly-owned subsidiary of ICE (which we refer to as the “original merger”). In the original merger, each share of NYSE Euronext common stock owned by a NYSE Euronext stockholder (except for certain shares held by ICE, NYSE Euronext, or their subsidiaries, and shares held by NYSE Euronext stockholders who properly sought appraisal in accordance with Delaware law) would have been converted into the right to receive 0.1703 of a share of ICE common stock and $11.27 in cash. In lieu of this election to receive a mix of cash and shares of ICE common stock, NYSE Euronext stockholders would have had the right to make either a cash election to receive $33.12 in cash, or a stock election to receive 0.2581 of a share of ICE common stock, for each of their NYSE Euronext shares. Both the cash election and the stock election were subject to the adjustment and proration procedures set forth in the original merger agreement to ensure that the total amount of cash paid, and the total number of shares of ICE common stock issued, in the merger to NYSE Euronext stockholders, as a whole, would have been equal to the total amount of cash and number of shares that would have been paid and issued if all of the NYSE Euronext stockholders received 0.1703 of a share of ICE common stock and $11.27 in cash (which we refer to as the “aggregate consideration”). Perella Weinberg’s opinion was issued prior to the amendment and restatement of the merger agreement and without regard thereto. Other than the substitution of shares of ICE Group common stock for shares of ICE common stock, the merger consideration that NYSE Euronext stockholders will receive in the transaction pursuant to the amended and restated merger agreement will not change. Accordingly, NYSE Euronext did not request an opinion from Perella Weinberg with respect to the combination.

All references to the merger agreement and the aggregate consideration to be received by the holders of NYSE Euronext common stock (other than ICE or any of its affiliates), when used in this discussion of Perella Weinberg’s opinion, refer to the original merger agreement and such aggregate consideration to be received by shareholders of NYSE Euronext pursuant to the original merger agreement, respectively.

The full text of Perella Weinberg’s written opinion, dated December 20, 2012, which sets forth, among other things, the assumptions made, procedures followed, matters considered and qualifications and limitations on the review undertaken by Perella Weinberg, is attached as Appendix E and is incorporated by reference herein. Holders of NYSE Euronext common stock are urged to read Perella Weinberg’s opinion carefully and in its entirety. The opinion does not address NYSE Euronext’s underlying business decision to enter into the original merger or the mergers or the relative merits of the original merger or the mergers as compared with any other strategic alternative that may have been available to NYSE Euronext. The opinion does not constitute a recommendation to any holder of NYSE Euronext common

 

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stock or ICE common stock as to how such holders should vote, make any election or otherwise act with respect to the original merger or the mergers or any other matter and does not in any manner address the prices at which NYSE Euronext common stock or ICE common stock will trade at any time. In addition, Perella Weinberg expressed no opinion as to the fairness of the original merger or the mergers to, or any consideration to, the holders of any other class of securities, creditors or other constituencies of NYSE Euronext. Perella Weinberg provided its opinion for the information and assistance of the NYSE Euronext board of directors in connection with, and for the purposes of its evaluation of, the original merger. This summary is qualified in its entirety by reference to the full text of the opinion.

In arriving at its opinion, Perella Weinberg, among other things:

 

   

reviewed certain publicly available financial statements and other business and financial information with respect to NYSE Euronext and ICE, including research analyst reports;

 

   

reviewed certain internal financial statements, analyses, forecasts (which we refer to as NYSE Euronext forecasts), and other financial and operating data relating to the business of NYSE Euronext, in each case, prepared by management of NYSE Euronext;

 

   

reviewed certain publicly available financial forecasts relating to NYSE Euronext published by Goldman, Sachs & Co. (which we refer to as the Goldman Sachs Research forecasts);

 

   

reviewed certain internal financial statements, analyses, forecasts (which we refer to as the ICE forecasts), and other financial and operating data relating to the business of ICE, in each case, prepared by management of ICE;

 

   

reviewed certain publicly available financial forecasts relating to NYSE Euronext;

 

   

reviewed certain publicly available financial forecasts relating to ICE;

 

   

reviewed estimates of synergies anticipated from the original merger (which we refer to as the anticipated synergies), prepared by managements of NYSE Euronext and ICE;

 

   

discussed the past and current operations, financial condition and prospects of NYSE Euronext, including the anticipated synergies, with management of NYSE Euronext and the NYSE Euronext board of directors;

 

   

discussed the past and current operations, financial condition and prospects of ICE, including the anticipated synergies, with management of ICE;

 

   

compared the financial performance of NYSE Euronext and ICE with that of certain publicly traded companies which Perella Weinberg believed to be generally relevant;

 

   

compared the financial terms of the original merger with the publicly available financial terms of certain transactions which Perella Weinberg believed to be generally relevant;

 

   

reviewed the potential pro forma financial impact of the original merger on the future financial performance of ICE;

 

   

reviewed the historical trading prices and trading activity for NYSE Euronext common stock and ICE common stock, and compared such price and trading activity of NYSE Euronext common stock and ICE common stock with that of securities of certain publicly-traded companies which Perella Weinberg believed to be generally relevant;

 

   

reviewed the premia paid in certain publicly available transactions, which Perella Weinberg believed to be generally relevant;

 

   

reviewed a draft dated December 18, 2012 of the merger agreement; and

 

   

conducted such other financial studies, analyses and investigations, and considered such other factors, as Perella Weinberg deemed appropriate.

 

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In arriving at its opinion, Perella Weinberg assumed and relied upon, without independent verification, the accuracy and completeness of the financial and other information supplied or otherwise made available to it (including information that was available from generally recognized public sources) for purposes of its opinion and further relied upon the assurances of the managements of NYSE Euronext and ICE that, to their knowledge, information furnished by them for purposes of Perella Weinberg’s analysis did not contain any material omissions or misstatements of material fact. Perella Weinberg assumed, with the consent of the NYSE Euronext board of directors, that there were no material undisclosed liabilities of NYSE Euronext and ICE for which adequate reserves or other provisions had not been made. With respect to NYSE Euronext forecasts, Perella Weinberg was advised by the management of NYSE Euronext and assumed, with the consent of the NYSE Euronext board of directors, that such NYSE Euronext forecasts were reasonably prepared on bases reflecting the best currently available estimates and good faith judgments of the management o