Invesco in talks to merge with State Street's asset-management business – source

(Reuters) -Investment management firm Invesco Ltd is in talks to merge with State Street Corp’s asset-management business, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters on Thursday.

The discussions between both the companies are at an early stage, the source added.

It isn’t clear what the terms of a potential deal would look like, but it would be one of the industry’s biggest in recent memory, given that State Street’s asset-management unit manages nearly $4 trillion in assets, according to the Wall Street Journal that first reported the development.

Invesco declined to comment, while State Street did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.

The news follows State Street’s deal announcement last week to buy investment bank Brown Brothers Harriman & Co’s (BBH) investor services business for $3.5 billion.

Shares of Invesco, which has $1.5 trillion in assets under management, rose 6.5% in extended trade, while State Street was up 2%.

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