SIX’s Purchase of BME Boosts Presence but Tech Challenges Lie Ahead

Exchange partnership will deliver benefits of scale but rationalizing trading infrastructure will take time, say observers


​The best acquisitions are symbiotic. Rather than a stronger entity imposing its will on the acquired, both teams bring something to the table that makes the combined unit a greater force in the market.

It will take time to gauge whether SIX Group’s €2.57 billion ($2.9 billion) purchase of Spanish equities exchange operator Bolsas y Mercados Españoles (BME) is an example of a well-formed partnership, but it’s a deal that SIX has been looking to close for a while. No matter what, it will create

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