–(BUSINESS WIRE)–BlackRock, Inc. (NYSE: BLK) announced it has executed a purchase agreement to acquire Barclays Global Investors (“BGI”), including its market-leading ETF platform, iShares, from Barclays PLC (“Barclays”). The combination of BlackRock and BGI would bring together market leaders in active and index strategies to create the preeminent asset management firm operating under the name BlackRock Global Investors (“BlackRock”). The transaction would create an independent and fully integrated asset management firm with combined assets under management of over $2.7 trillion.
Barclays previously entered into an agreement to sell BGI’s iShares business to another party under a “go shop” arrangement. Unless Barclays receives an offer from that party within five business days that considers to match the terms of BlackRock’s agreement to acquire BGI, the Board of Directors of Barclays will execute the purchase agreement with BlackRock and recommend it to Barclays’ shareholders for approval.
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