Halliburton & Baker Hughes Vote to Approve Shotgun Wedding

Looks like the Hatfields and the McCoys are heading down the isle after all. In November MDN told you that the U.S.’s second largest oilfield services company, Halliburton, had pointed the gun of replacing the entire board to the head of Baker Hughes, the third largest oilfield services company, to force Baker Hughes into selling itself to Halliburton (see Shotgun Wedding: Halliburton Forces Baker Hughes to Sell). It took a while, but the management team and investors of Baker Hughes finally warmed up to the idea and last Friday the stockholders for both companies voted to proceed with the merger. About 75% of the shares/shareholders in Baker Hughes voted on the plan, and of those 75%, some 98% voted to get hitched to Halliburton…

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