ICE-Elle Mae Merger is A Recipe for Trouble

September 3, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — The American Economic Liberties Project released the following statement in response to the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) approval of Intercontinental Exchange Inc’s (ICE) $11 billion acquisition of Ellie Mae, a technology platform for the mortgage finance industry.

“Allowing a single platform to dominate origination and data services in the $16 trillion mortgage market is a recipe for trouble,” said Graham Steele, Senior Fellow at the American Economic Liberties Project and Director of the Corporations and Society Initiative at Stanford Graduate School of Business. “By waving through this acquisition, the FTC is giving one company significant power over people looking to buy a home and community banks trying to serve their customers. There are simply no efficiencies that can justify exposing homeowners to harms like data breaches or a repeat of the robo-signing and foreclosure fraud scandals by concentrating so much vital information in the hands of a single entity. This is yet more merger the next administration should consider undoing.”

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