Spanish regulator says could authorize Six' offer for BME under certain conditions

MADRID, Nov 18 (Reuters) - The takeover offer from Switzerland’s SIX for Spain’s stock market operator BME could be authorized under certain conditions, the head of the Spanish stock market regulator said on Monday.

“It is a possibility that the authorization is approved under conditions (...) but we are at a very early stage, the transaction has just been proposed, we have to analyze it and the government has to decide,” Sebastian Albella, chairman of Spain’s regulator CNMV said on Monday.

Albella did not explain what conditions he was referring to.

Pan-European stock market operator Euronext and Switzerland’s SIX sparked a bidding war for Spain’s Bolsas y Mercados Espanoles (BME) BME.MC on Monday, with both trying to snap up one of Europe’s last standalone stock exchanges. (Reporting By Jesús Aguado; editing by Elena Rodriguez)