Abu Dhabi may buy out Dubai's 20% stake in London Stock Exchange

Proposed deal would merge the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange with the Dubai International Financial Centre and Borse Dubai - report
Abu Dhabi may buy out Dubai's 20% stake in London Stock Exchange
The Qatar Investment Authority also holds a 15 percent stake in London Stock Exchange
By Joanne Bladd
Sun 19 Dec 2010 04:32 PM

Abu Dhabi is in talks to buy the 20 percent stake in the London Stock Exchange (LSE) owned by neighbouring Dubai in a deal valued at $1.5bn, it has been reported.

The proposed deal would see a merger of the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange with the Dubai International Financial Centre and Borse Dubai, which owns the stake, said the Sunday Times, without identifying the source of the information.

The stake would form part of a wider buyout of Dubai’s financial assets, the report said.

A spokesperson for Borse Dubai was not immediately available to comment.

A spokesperson for the London Stock Exchange declined to comment.

Borse Dubai, which controls Dubai’s two stock exchanges, paid about $4bn for a stake in Nasdaq

OMX and 20 percent of the LSE, as part of a 2007

deal that saw Nasdaq merge with Sweden's OMX group.

The company last week sold shares in Nasdaq OMX Group to help pay $1.1bn of a $2.45bn term-loan ahead of schedule. It raised $497m from the sale of 22.78 million shares to Nasdaq and sold a further eight million Nasdaq shares to Investor AB, the holding company for Sweden's Wallenberg family.

It is thought the deal raised about $175m.

Borse Dubai has around $827m of debt maturing in February

2011 and the company said it would use the proceeds from the

Nasdaq share sales to meet these obligations.

The state-owned Qatar Investment Authority holds a 15 percent stake in LSE.

 

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