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Parliamentary questions
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6 November 2020
Priority question for written answer  P-006052/2020
to the Commission
Rule 138
Othmar Karas (PPE)
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Acquisition by London Stock Exchange of US financial data provider Refinitiv

London Stock Exchange (LSE) intends to purchase Refinitiv for USD 27 billion (GBP 21 billion). Press reports indicate that, in a bid to gain the Commission’s approval, Borsa Italiana, based in Milan, is to be sold for between EUR 3.3 and EUR 4.3 billion and/or its government bond trading platform, MTS, for between EUR 270 and EUR 340 million. The value of the acquired financial data collection and analysis capacity is therefore estimated to be much higher than that of the trading platforms that are to be sold. It is likely that the proposed merger will have an impact on more than just the financial industry. The European Central Bank (ECB), as a current and future major player in global financial markets, could also be significantly affected.

1. According to the Commission, what effects will the LSE’s acquisition of the US financial data provider Refinitiv have on the EU and EEA financial markets, especially in terms of the concentration of data collection and the resulting increased possibilities for data analysis?

2. What effects could the merger have on operations by the ECB and Member State central banks on global financial markets (for example government bonds)?

3. Once approved, what remaining regulatory influence would the EU have on the new structure?

Original language of question: DE
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