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LME to sell LCH.Clearnet stake to Borsa Istanbul, license steel data

London — The London Metal Exchange and Turkey's Borsa Istanbul are entering into two agreements under which Borsa Istanbul will acquire the LME's stake in clearing house LCH.Clearnet, and Borsa Istanbul, the LME and the LME's parent company Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing will partner on the dissemination of market data, the LME said Wednesday.

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Under the terms of the agreements, the LME will license LME steel billet settlement data to Borsa Istanbul, and will work with the Turkish exchange to develop future products and services for the steel market.

Borsa Istanbul will also have the right to disseminate real-time pricing data from the LME and HKEx.

Following this transaction, the LME has disposed of its entire remaining stake in its former clearing provider, LCH.Clearnet.

The LME launched its own in-house clearing service, LME Clear, in September 2014.

"The LME is committed to identifying new ways to expand internationally and to working with strategic partners to better serve our markets," said Garry Jones, CEO of the LME and HKEx's co-head of global markets.

"We are delighted to announce this partnership with Borsa Istanbul, and the HKEx Group looks forward to working with them on future initiatives, not only in data and base metals, but also across other asset classes," he added.

--Andy Blamey,
--Edited by James Leech,