Is the Halliburton Buyout of Baker Hughes in Trouble?

Is the Halliburton/Baker Hughes wedding in trouble? Last time we checked in (in September) both companies were holding garage sales to dump business units to comply with regulators’ concerns over anti-competitiveness (see Halliburton/Baker Hughes Hold a Pre-Merger Garage Sale). Halliburton is attempting to buy Baker Hughes in a deal worth $34.6 billion (see Shotgun Wedding: Halliburton Forces Baker Hughes to Sell). The shotgun wedding was supposed to happen by the end of this year, then got pushed into early next year. Halliburton has experienced a series of “headaches” with their proposed buyout of Baker Hughes. Now the headaches are, according to one source, turning into a migraine. Yesterday the country of Brazil lodged complaints and concerns over the proposed merger. Brazil’s opposition alone would not be enough to sink the deal–but Brazil’s opposition combined with opposition coming from other sources just may be enough…

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