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Lou Whiteman

Senior Writer: Transportation

Lou Whiteman has covered transports and the industrials for The Deal for more than a decade, developing an extensive list of contacts including industry leaders, consultants, regulators and labor representatives. Lou has reported on negotiations between major airlines ahead of deal announcements, identified takeout targets in aerospace prior to auctions being made public, participated in briefings with regulators and airline CEOs, and reported on many discussions prior to them becoming public. In earlier assignments for The Deal, Lou focused on technology startups and venture capital.


Prior to joining The Deal, Lou covered community and regional banks for American Banker and was also a reporter for the Baltimore Business Journal. Lou has appeared on numerous television and radio outlets, including CNN International, Fox Business News and National Public Radio.


Lou has a bachelor’s degree from Loyola University Maryland. Twitter: @louwhiteman

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Three Truckers Set to Drive M&A Activity into High Gear

By Lou Whiteman

With supply and demand moving back into balance and buyers on the prowl, the time is right for would-be sellers to hit the market.

04:10PM 02/26/15

USA Truck Extends Cooperation Agreement With Activist Owners

By Lou Whiteman

The company has agreed to back three activist candidates for reelection to the board as part of a broader deal that would see the firms sell down their holdings.

03:02PM 02/26/15

Bristol-Myers Commits Up to $1.25 Billion to Add Flexus Cancer Therapies

By Lou Whiteman

The pharma giant is making an upfront payment of $800 million and committing to up to $450 million more in milestone payments.

11:14AM 02/23/15

For Manufacturer ITT, It Is Time to Put Its Balance Sheet to Work

By Lou Whiteman

The manufacturer could again be a target for activists if it doesn't find growth, and that could mean a sale of the entire company.

10:31AM 02/20/15

Rite Aid Sees Wider Margins in $2 Billion Envision Deal

By Lou Whiteman

The cash-and-stock acquisition of the TPG Capital-backed pharmacy-benefit manager follows rival CVS' successful purchase of Caremark.

11:03AM 02/11/15

GM Is Caught Between Short-Term Desires, Long-Term Needs

By Lou Whiteman

The automaker's executives are trying to do the right thing by investing in technology and rebuilding a captive finance unit. But investors want a chunk of the company's cash.

04:58PM 02/10/15

Harris in $4.7 Billion Takeover of Rival Pentagon Supplier Exelis

By Lou Whiteman

Both companies have vied in recent years for contracts, including one that Harris won to modernize the air traffic control system.

10:30AM 02/06/15

Nine Defense Contractors That Stand to Win Big With New Budget

By Lou Whiteman

Boeing, Lockheed, ManTech and Esterline rank among the potential beneficiaries as international tensions push up an already robust spending plan proposed by the Obama administration.

11:44AM 02/05/15

Pfizer Gets Growth Injection With $17 Billion Hospira Deal

By Lou Whiteman

The New York-based buyer has been seeking new targets since an unsuccessful $120 billion bid for AstraZeneca.

08:46AM 02/05/15

Staples Puts Pen to Paper on $6.3 Billion Office Depot Bid

By Lou Whiteman

The deal is sure to face antitrust scrutiny, though competition has changed dramatically since the companies' ill-fated merger attempt in 1997.

10:29AM 02/04/15

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