Coronavirus pandemic will not stop European exchanges’ M&A spree

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The coronavirus pandemic is not likely to stop the M&A spree that Europe’s top three stock market operators — London Stock Exchange Group PLC, Euronext NV and Deutsche Börse AG — have been on in the past few years.

Although the health crisis caused a slump in global M&A activity in the first half of 2020, it has not affected the deal-making appetite in the European financial market infrastructure space. M&A as a means to achieve scale remains attractive to the sector despite the pandemic, law firm White & Case said in its first-half M&A trends report released July 13, highlighting the “aggressive M&A plans” of LSE, Euronext and Deutsche Börse.

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