IHS Markit has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Ipreo for US$1.855bn from private equity funds managed by Blackstone and the Goldman Sachs merchant banking division. The acquisition is expected to close in 2H18, subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals. Following a detailed review of its financial services businesses, the firm has also initiated a process to sell MarkitSERV, its derivatives processing unit.
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