How Exchange Operators have Grown Bigger and Bigger

Since the LSE struck its deal to buy Refinitiv, the land grab among companies for the valuable data that lubricates markets has accelerated. 

After a year in which a handful of companies have tightened their grip on the trading infrastructure and financial data that underpin financial markets, all eyes will turn to Brussels next month.

EU competition regulators have until January 21 to decide whether to approve the London Stock Exchange’s $27bn acquisition of data and trading group Refinitiv, a blockbuster takeover first agreed in August 2019 and one that authorities opened an in-depth investigation into in June.

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