Microsoft to buy about 4% stake in LSEG as part of 10-year commercial deal

Microsoft will buy about 4 per cent equity stake in London Stock Exchange Group as part of a 10-year commercial deal to migrate the bourse operator’s data platform into the cloud, the British company said on Monday (Dec 12).

Microsoft will buy LSEG shares from the Blackstone/Thomson Reuters Consortium, the bourse operator said.

As part of the deal, LSEG has made a contractual commitment for minimum cloud-related spending with Microsoft of US$2.8 billion over the term of the partnership.

LSEG bought Refinitiv for US$27 billion in 2021, which turned the exchange into the second-largest financial data company after Bloomberg LP.

Thomson Reuters, which owns Reuters News, has a minority shareholding in LSEG following the Refinitiv deal.

LSEG has made “good progress” on its programme for the delivery of its cloud-based data platform since the completion of the Refinitiv acquisition in January 2021, it said in a statement.

Source: Reuters/zl