Halliburton & Baker Hughes Announce a December Wedding Date

shotgun weddingWhatever happened to the shotgun wedding between Halliburton and Baker Hughes–two of the largest oilfield services companies in the United States? After all, the boards for both companies approved the “blissful union” back in March (see Halliburton & Baker Hughes Vote to Approve Shotgun Wedding). What happened is, it’s complicated. Such large buyouts between competitors–when it removes competition from the marketplace–involve approvals from the federal government as well as from governments in other countries where the two companies operate. In the U.S. it is the Dept. of Justice that must approve the merger and the DOJ is a) taking it’s sweet time, and b) forcing Halliburton to sell off some of its assets before they will approve the merger (see Halliburton Shotgun Divorce – Forced to Sell Certain Divisions). In a brief update last week, Halliburton and Baker Hughes announced they’re still mired in getting approvals but hope to officially tie the knot on December 1st…

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