DOJ “Preparing Lawsuit” Against Halliburton/BH – Deal Looks Dead

Yesterday MDN told you that the U.S. Dept. of Justice has sued investment firm ValueAct Capital with an accusation that ValueAct has inappropriately pulled strings with both Halliburton and Baker Hughes in their planned merger (see DOJ Sues ValueAct Capital for Meddling in Halliburton/BH Merger). It seems that’s not the only lawsuit the DOJ is going to lodge. According to the Wall Street Journal and other national media sources, the Obama DOJ has let leak they plan to sue Halliburton/Baker Hughes to stop the merger. It appears as if it’s all but dead. The Europeans are not fans of the plan (see Europe Puts Halliburton/BH Merger Under a Microscope). Brazil is also against the deal (see Is the Halliburton Buyout of Baker Hughes in Trouble?). If the DOJ turns against it–there’s no way the deal will happen, in our humble opinion. Here’s the latest in the shotgun wedding that may turn out to be a couple at the alter with no one willing to marry them…

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