LSEG to try data push through Refinitiv deal

By Jasper Cox, Karoliina Liimatainen
29 Jul 2019

The London Stock Exchange Group declared on Monday it is interested in buying market data and infrastructure firm Refinitiv for $27bn, a purchase that would give it added clout in data and analytics. Refinitiv’s bonds — notorious in the high yield market for their structure — and LSEG’s shares moved up on the news.

The stock exchange company is in talks with Refinitiv’s owners: a Blackstone consortium and Thompson Reuters. LSEG would buy the firm for $27bn through issuing new shares, and Refinitiv owners would end up with around 37% of the enlarged group and less than 30% of total voting rights.


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