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London Stock Exchange rejects Hong Kong takeover bid

Reuters | London | Updated: 13-09-2019 17:11 IST | Created: 13-09-2019 17:06 IST
London Stock Exchange rejects Hong Kong takeover bid
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London Stock Exchange has rejected Hong Kong Exchange's $39 billion takeover offer, opting to stick with its planned purchase of data and analytics group Refinitiv.

The LSE said in a statement that it has fundamental concerns about key aspects of the proposal. "Accordingly, the board unanimously rejects the conditional proposal and, given its fundamental flaws, sees no merit in further engagement," the LSE said in a statement.

LSE shares were trading up 1.3% at 7,352 pence after the statement, little changed from earlier levels. HKEX made its offer on Wednesday and it has been coolly received by shareholders so far, though analysts expect the Asian exchange to return with an improved proposal.

Also Read: Hong Kong Exchanges bids $39 bln to take over London Stock Exchange


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