London Stock Exchange Group and Microsoft have agreed a multi-billion-pound strategic partnership lasting 10 years.

The tech giant is to purchase an approximate 4% equity stake in LSEG through the acquisition of shares from the Blackstone/Thomson Reuters Consortium.

The collaboration is to architect LSEG’s data infrastructure using the Microsoft Cloud, and to jointly develop new products and services for data and analytics following the integration of Refinitiv.

Under the arrangements, LSEG’s data platform and other key technology infrastructure will migrate into Microsoft’s Azure cloud environment. Workspace, LSEG’s next-generation data and analytics workflow solution, will become interoperable with certain Microsoft applications and the companies plan to introduce innovative new cloud-based analytics services. 

LSEG and Microsoft have also agreed to explore the development of digital market infrastructure based on cloud technology, with a goal to transform how market participants interact with capital markets across a broad range of asset classes. 

Scott Guthrie, Microsoft’s executive vice president for cloud and AI group, will be appointed as a non-executive director of LSEG in due course.

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“This strategic partnership is a significant milestone on LSEG’s journey towards becoming the leading global financial markets infrastructure and data business, and will transform the experience for our customers,” said David Schwimmer, CEO of LSEG.

“Bringing together our leading data sets, analytics, and global customer base with Microsoft’s comprehensive and trusted cloud services and global reach creates attractive revenue growth opportunities for both companies. 

“We are delighted to welcome Microsoft as a shareholder. We believe our partnership with Microsoft will transform the way our customers discover, analyse, and trade securities around the world, and create substantial value over time. We look forward to delivering on that potential.”

The deal includes a contractual commitment by LSEG for minimum cloud-related spend with Microsoft of £2.3 billion over the term of the partnership.

Satya Nadella, Chairman and CEO, Microsoft, said: “Advances in the cloud and AI will fundamentally transform how financial institutions research, interact, and transact across asset classes, and adapt to changing market conditions.

“Our partnership will bring together the industry leadership of the London Stock Exchange Group with the trust and breadth of the Microsoft Cloud – spanning Azure, AI, and Teams – to build next-generation services that will empower our customers to generate business insights, automate complex and time-consuming processes, and ultimately, do more with less.”

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