LONDON (Reuters) - Goldman Sachs
According to the source, the U.S. investment bank is in late-stage discussions with State Street over the deal, which would create the biggest administration services provider to hedge funds worldwide.
The combined business would oversee funds of close to $700 billion, although no formal agreement has been reached, the source added.
Goldman Sachs and State Street declined to comment.
Hedge fund administrators provide back office services such as portfolio valuation and risk assessment for the $2 trillion industry.
Demand from regulators and investors for more independent assessment of fund valuations in recent years has increased hedge funds' use of their services, prompting a series of deals in the sector as providers look to capitalize.
Earlier this year U.S. financial software provider SS&C Technologies
The deal values GlobeOp, which administers around $187 billion in client assets, at more than 570 million pounds ($879 million).
(Reporting by Tommy Wilkes, Douwe Miedema and Alessandra Prentice)
(This story has been corrected to fix GlobeOp's assets figure to $187 billion from $173 billion in final paragraph)