EU Clears S&P Global's $44B IHS Markit Deal With Conditions

By J. Edward Moreno (October 22, 2021, 11:59 PM BST) -- The European Commission announced Friday that it has conditionally approved S&P Global's $44 billion proposed acquisition of financial information provider IHS Markit Ltd, which comes days after the United Kingdom's antitrust regulator said it would approve the merger as well.

The approval is conditional on S&P, which announced the proposed merger in November, divesting its commodity price assessments and financial data businesses. Margrethe Vestager, the European Union's competition chief, said that without that condition the merger would have hurt competition in the financial data market.

The EU, which began looking into the merger last month, found that the merger would give...

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