HKEx Sees LSEG Hopes Crash on the Political Rocks Below

The LSEG has been involved in several failed international mergers over the last two decades, which begs the question: Is a merger even possible?

People often like to throw around the phrase, “Take the politics out of it.” It’s a lovely sentiment, but rarely is it realistic—politics is everywhere.

At face value, Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing’s (HKEx’s) bid to acquire the London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG) made sense: It would create a true follow-the-sun exchange group; HKEx would provide an inbound investment channel for China, while LSEG could position itself as China’s outbound channel; they could pick and choose the best platforms

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