London Stock Exchange Group plc (LON:LSE) today announced that it has agreed definitive terms with a consortium including certain investment funds affiliated with Blackstone as well as Thomson Reuters to acquire the Refinitiv business in an all share transaction for a total enterprise value of approximately US$27 billion. Blackstone’s consortium includes an affiliate of Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, an affiliate of GIC and certain co-investors. The Transaction will result in the Refinitiv Shareholders ultimately holding an approximate 37 per cent economic interest in LSEG and less than 30 per cent of the total voting rights of LSEG. The Transaction brings together two highly complementary businesses (the “Combined Business”) to create a leading, UK headquartered, global financial markets infrastructure (“FMI”) provider with a leading data and analytics business, significant capital markets capabilities across multiple asset classes, and a broad post-trade offering, well positioned for future growth in a fast evolving landscape. ·     LSEG’s diversified global business focused on: Information Services through its financial indexing, benchmarking and analytical services, F...