Bats Global Markets selling to CBOE Holdings for $3.2 billion

CBOE Holdings Inc. said it agreed to buy Bats Global Markets Inc. for about $3.2 billion in a deal that would tie an electronic upstart together with the owner of the Chicago Board Options Exchange.

Edward Tilly, chief executive officer of Chicago-based CBOE Holdings, will keep that role in the combined company. Chris Concannon, CEO of Lenexa, Kan.-based Bats, will become president and chief operating officer. The market operators plan to use Bats technology and will base the firm in Chicago.

The deal, a mix of cash and stock, adds to a flurry of dealmaking in the exchange-operator industry.

The deal, which still requires shareholder and regulatory approval, is expected to close in the first half of 2017, the companies said.

Read more: Bloomberg

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