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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Temasek Eyes Stake In LSE

LONDON -- Singapore's state-owned Temasek Holdings has approached Nasdaq to buy its 30 percent stake in the London Stock Exchange, a newspaper reported Sunday.

The Sunday Times said in an unsourced report that Temasek had made the approach in recent days and that the deal could lead to a full takeover of the LSE by the Singaporean investor.

On Aug. 20, Nasdaq Stock Market said it might sell its stake in the LSE, worth ?800 million ($1.6 billion), to bolster its chances of buying Nordic exchange operator OMX and that it was already in touch with interested parties.

The U.S. exchange company said later in the day in a statement that it would not sell its LSE stake to a single buyer.

The reported interest by Temasek, which owns stakes in British banks Barclays and Standard Chartered, comes amid growing protectionism in Europe and the United States toward sovereign wealth funds making aggressive overseas investments in search of higher returns.

The International Monetary Fund said in June that it was growing uneasy about the trillions of dollars managed by largely secretive sovereign wealth funds because it fears their activities could disrupt financial markets. Government-owned investment vehicles such as Temasek and its sister agency, Government of Singapore Investment Corp., control about $2 trillion -- roughly the size of France's economy -- and are expected to grow to $12 trillion by 2015.