UAE bourse merger takes step closer – report

Due diligence on merger of Abu Dhabi, Dubai stock markets said to be completed
UAE bourse merger takes step closer – report
By Daniel Shane
Tue 04 Feb 2014 11:01 AM

The merger of the UAE’s two larger stock exchanges took a step closer to completion after it was reported that the due diligence phase had been completed.

Two sources familiar with the matter told Bloomberg that valuation and structuring work was completed in December, with the merger now requiring approval from the governments of Dubai and Abu Dhabi before the deal can proceed further.

Bloomberg reported that Abu Dhabi, owner of the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange, is being advised by JP Morgan Chase and First Gulf Bank, while Dubai Financial Market owner Investment Corporation of Dubai is being advised by Citigroup.

Both sources said there was no clear timetable for when the merger will be completed.

A merger could allow the exchanges to cut costs, harmonise their technologies and make it simpler for new investors to obtain access to a full range of the UAE's top companies.

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