Warren Buffett made late-2012 bid for NYSE Euronext: sources

OMAHA, Neb., Mon Jan 28, 2013 — Warren Buffett made a bid to acquire New York Stock Exchange operator NYSE Euronext last November, but his offer was less than one already on the table from IntercontinentalExchange Inc., two people familiar with the matter said.

The sources, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly, said Buffett’s conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway was the “Company A” bidder disclosed in a regulatory filing by ICE on Monday.

Buffett’s assistant could not immediately comment on the report. NYSE Euronext declined to comment. The news was first reported by CNBC’s David Faber.

ICE agreed to buy NYSE Euronext late last month for $8.2 billion following about two months of talks.

Before the deal closed, NYSE’s board of directors instructed the company’s bankers to pursue alternatives, according to the ICE filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.