NEW YORK — The Department of Justice has opened an investigation into credit derivatives, according to Markit Group Holdings Ltd., a prominent provider of data for the arcane but booming market that played a leading role in the credit crisis.

The Justice Department's antitrust division has requested information relating to price transparency in the credit derivatives and related markets, a person familiar with the inquiry said Tuesday. The requests were sent to Markit and its shareholders, which include the big banks most active in credit derivatives.

Subscribe Now

Access to authoritative analysis and perspective and our data-driven report series.

14-Day Free Trial

No credit card required. Complete access to articles, breaking news and industry data.