Knight Capital Group agreed to sell itself to Getco Holding Company LLC, beating rival high-speed trading firm Virtu Financial LLC, according to two people close to the negotiations.
Though Virtu had offered an all-cash deal, Getco and its private equity firm General Atlantic increased its offer to above $3.60 a share in cash and stock in the combined company, one source said. Under Getco's plan, Knight Chief Executive Thomas Joyce would give up his role.
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A spokeswoman at Knight was not immediately available for comment.
(Reporting by Jed Horowitz; Editing by Jan Paschal)
(This Dec. 18 story was corrected to remove Exclusive tag from headline and slug. Dow Jones reported the news earlier)