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CME Said to Consider Dublin for Clearing Amid Brexit Fallout

  • 83,000 U.K. jobs at risk if euro clearing leaves London: EY
  • Ireland link part of effort to maintain access to EU customers
A seagull flies over the River Iffey in front of the Ha'penny Bridge in Dublin, Ireland, on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012. Ireland's Finance Minister Michael Noonan will deliver the country's 2013 budget on Dec. 5, and is expected to cover taxation measures and spending details, according to a spokeswoman at the Finance Ministry. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg
Photographer: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg
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CME Group Inc. is examining options in Dublin to ensure its clearinghouse keeps access to European Union customers after the U.K. leaves the bloc, according to people familiar with the discussions.

Managers at the Chicago-based derivatives exchange are weighing stronger ties to Ireland to ensure its London clearing operations aren’t disrupted, but no decisions have been made, said the people, who asked not to be named because the conversations were private. CME’s options in Dublin could include seeking out regulatory licensing or opening offices. A spokesman for CME declined to comment.