Euronext is planning to offer contracts based on credit-default swaps.
The credit-default swaps are expected to open up the derivatives market by being easier to understand than the banks' derivatives and cheaper to trade.
Nigel Sillis of Baring Asset told Bloomberg: "It would be an advantage to use credit-default swaps. If they're traded on an exchange it will be easier to convince clients to allow us to use credit-default swaps.''
Euronext, which is set to merge with the NYSE Group, also announced today the acquisition of corporate news distributor Hugin for $27 million.
It follows the Paris-based European exchange's expansion into the news distribution market with the acquisition of French firm Companynews in March.