This excerpt taken from the NDAQ 8-K filed Nov 20, 2006.
6. Strategy and ongoing market structure
NASDAQ respects the strengths of the London market and intends that the LSE operations should continue in a manner consistent with current practice. In particular, the existing market model, including the Main Market and AIM, will continue to be actively supported and promoted as a leading international market centre for capital formation and trading. LSEs headquarters will continue to be located in London and LSEs brands will be maintained and promoted. Following the Transaction, NASDAQ will review the branding of the parent company with the intention of arriving at a brand which reflects the international reach and expertise of the combined entity.
The operations of both NASDAQ and LSE are based on pro-competition, horizontal, technology-led business models. The combined entity will continue to support an open post-trade architecture, and will look to promote competition in clearing and settlement for the benefit of users. NASDAQ will seek the opportunity to work with LCH.Clearnet and SIS x-clear to find opportunities for more intra-European, cross-border trading and more cost effective clearing and settlement solutions. Any process that decreases the cost of trading to participants eliminates market friction and greatly enhances potential growth. NASDAQ is focused on finding ways to lessen trading friction for LSE market participants.
LSE will continue to be promoted as the primary destination for listing and trading UK stocks. LSE and NASDAQ will jointly be promoted on an ongoing basis as destinations for
international listings. In recognition of the fact that each listing decision is highly tailored to the specific needs of each issuer, a joint NASDAQ/LSE team will work closely with each issuer to identify the right marketplace for each listing.