S&P/IHS Markit: OPIS Faces Spin-Off; Cappitech Beefs Up Regtech Frontline

Commonalities between the two firms' commodities pricing units bring them under regulatory scrutiny as they move closer to an acquisition deal. At the same time, it appears that IHS will lean into the regulatory reporting space.

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As S&P Global Market Intelligence sets out to acquire IHS Markit by the second half of this year, some analysts, including those advising on the deal, say S&P will need to divest itself of OPIS, IHS Markit’s energy and commodities pricing business, to satisfy anti-trust laws.

The proposed deal would bring together several complementary businesses, including combining S&P’s equities index unit with IHS Markit’s fixed-income index offering; and S&P’s artificial intelligence (AI) research platform

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