Morningstar Inc. enters agreement to acquire DBRS for US$669M

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669.00 Million USD

On May 29, 2019, Morningstar Inc. announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire DBRS, the world's fourth largest credit ratings agency, for a purchase price of US$669 million.

Morningstar, Inc. is a leading provider of independent investment research in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia. The company offers services for individuals, investors, financial advisors, asset managers, and institutional investors in the private capital markets. Morningstar intends to fund the transaction with a mix of cash and debt, which will include the placement of a new credit facility at closing.

McCarthy Tétrault is advising Morningstar Inc., as Canadian Counsel, with a team led by Robert Hansen that includes Sean Sadler, Matthew Harris, Mathew Vaughan, Raj Juneja, Matthew Demeo, Kelleher Lynch, Jaspreet Kaur, Debbie Salzberger, Michael Caldecott and Julien Beaulieu.