Shareholders from European change group Euronext have unanimously voted in favour of its Borsa Italiana acquisition from the London Inventory Trade Group (LSEG).  

The Euronext basic assembly, which befell on 20 November, noticed the proposed transaction obtain approval from 99.9% of all votes forged. 

Euronext entered right into a binding settlement with the LSEG in October to accumulate the Milan-based inventory change Borsa Italiana for €4.three billion. The transaction depends on the European Fee’s approval of LSEG’s proposed $27 billion takeover of Refinitiv.

“With at present’s approval by our shareholders, following the approval by LSEG shareholders on three November 2020, we’ve got now glad one of many main circumstances for the transaction, which we count on to finish in the course of the first half of 2021,” stated Stephane Boujnah, CEO of Euronext.

“This transaction considerably enhances Euronext’s scale, diversifies its enterprise combine into new asset courses, and strengthens its post-trade actions.”

The event follows the approval from LSEG’s shareholders for the deal on the change group’s basic assembly on three November, with 291,694,564 votes in favour of the transaction versus 4,193 in opposition to. 

The choice by the LSEG to promote its Borsa Italiana enterprise adopted information in June that the European Fee had begun a extra in-depth investigation of the Refinitiv deal on account of issues it might dampen competitors in buying and selling and clearing. 

The Fee stated the mixture of LSEG’s MTS platform and Refinitiv’s Tradeweb 54% curiosity would considerably improve their market share in digital buying and selling of European authorities bonds, and might subsequently cut back competitors and make it harder for brand new platforms to enter the house.