London Stock Exchange Group: A timeline of the deals and attempted transactions the company has been involved with

 
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The company is in talks over a possible merger with Deutsche Borse (Source: Getty)

The announcement of a potential deal between London Stock Exchange Group (LSE) and Deutsche Boerse was not the first time the UK stock market owner has attempted a tie-up. Below is a timeline of the last 15 years of LSE's wheeling and (attempted in some cases) dealing:

May 2000 LSE plans merger with Deutsche Boerse...

August 2000 …but finds itself the subject of a hostile takeover from Sweden's OM Gruppen instead...

October 2000 …which it ultimately rejects

December 2004 Deutsche Boerse tries a second time for a takeover with a £1.4bn bid for LSE, which LSE throws out, claiming it has been undervalued

December 2005 Macquarie Bank in Australia offers up £1.5bn for LSE, which LSE rejects

March 2006 Nasdaq places £2.4bn offer, which is also turned down by LSE

November 2006 Not to be put off, Nasdaq increases its stake in LSE to 28.75 per cent and makes £2.7bn offer.

February 2007 …but the offer expires after it fails to find favour with shareholders

June 2007 LSE’s turn for a shopping spree now, as it purchases Italian exchange Borsa Italiana for more than £1.1bn

September 2007 Nasdaq seemingly gives up on LSE, agreeing to sell most of its shareholding to Borse Dubai

February 2011 LSE announces that it has agreed to merge with Canadian exchange TMX...

June 2011 …but it later gets called off

December 2011 LSE proposes acquisition of remaining 50 per cent of FTSE International Limited

March 2013 LSE revises offer for majority stake in LCH.Clearnet

March 2014 MTS, which is majority owned by LSE, agrees to purchase electronic trading platform Bonds.com

May 2014 LSE confirms press speculation that it is considering purchasing the Russell business

December 2014 LSE purchases Russell Investments business

September 2015 LSE agrees to sell Proquote to IRESS

October 2015 LSE agrees to sell Russell Investments’ asset management business to US private equity firm TA Associates for £752m

February 2016 LSE and Deutsche Boerse merger talks revealed

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