Here’s Why It’s Taking So Long for M&A Deals to Close

Mergers and acquisitions are taking an eternity to close, thanks to extra scrutiny from government regulators.
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Mergers and acquisitions are taking an eternity to close, thanks to extra scrutiny from government regulators. Rani Habash, an antitrust associate at Dechert LLP, a Philadelphia based law firm, said the government is asking for more data from companies looking to merge, which is lengthening the investigation process. Habash said delayed deals are one of the more prominent examples of big business versus big government. For example, Halliburton's (HAL) - Get Report acquisition of Baker Hughes (BHI) has been waiting for the greenlight from the government for 17 months.
TheStreet's Scott Gamm reports from Wall Street.