FMC Technologies/Technip Merger Approved by Obama DOJ/FTC

M&AApparently it’s just fine with the Obama Department of Justice (DOJ) if a French company, like Technip, wants to buy an American company, like FMC Technologies. The DOJ and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have just given the green light for the two to merge to create a new $13 billion oilfield services company (see FMC Technologies & Technip to Merge, Create $13B Oilfield Giant). FMC does work in the Marcellus/Utica, hence our interest. However, if it happens to be two American companies that want to merge–say Halliburton and Baker Hughes–the DOJ refuses to sign off (see Obama DOJ Kills Halliburton/Baker Hughes Merger, Deal “Terminated”). Why is that? Below is a statement from FMC announcing the Technip deal has been cleared to proceed under the Hart–Scott–Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976…

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