ICE CEO says proposal to buy NYSE 'well received' by regulators

Dec 20 (Reuters) - IntercontinentalExchange Inc's

$8.2 billion proposal to acquire NYSE Euronext has been

"well received" by regulators, ICE Chief Executive Jeffrey

Sprecher said on Thursday.

Sprecher said he and NYSE CEO Duncan Niederaur just

completed a "whirlwind tour" visiting global regulators,

particularly the five regulators that oversee the various

markets in Europe, ahead of their announcement of the deal on

Thursday morning.