Why China's takeover of the Chicago Stock Exchange would have been a very bad thing

February 20, 2018

In December 2016, CHX filed a proposed rule change, pursuant to the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, that would allow a group, led by Chongqing Casin Enterprise Group, to acquire the exchange. The SEC on Thursday blocked the $25 million takeover due to concerns about the ability of the Chicago exchange “to ensure ongoing compliance” with ownership and voting limitations. Moreover, the Commission questioned whether “the proposed ownership structure” would allow it “to exercise sufficient oversight” of the exchange.