Williams Appoints New Top Attorney

Clarification: The new Williams lawyer, Sarah Miller, was not hired specifically to fend off the hostile takeover bid from ETE. Our original headline and lead sentence for this story may have left that impression (since updated). Ms. Miller, as we point out in the article, has worked for Williams for the past 15 years. Her appointment, according to a Williams official, was already in the works long before the ETE bid. However, we maintain that Ms. Miller will be very busy in the coming weeks and months because of the ETE bid.

Williams has a new top lawyer who will help defend the company in a hostile takeover bid from Kelcy Warren, CEO of Enterprise Transfer Equity. Yesterday MDN shared the news that Warren, after six months of unsuccessfully trying to woo Williams into a merger deal, has dropped that effort and begun a new effort–a hostile takeover of the company (see Energy Transfer Makes “Indecent Proposal” to Buy Williams for $48B). We don’t read much into the retirement of the previous top attorney at Williams–Craig Rainey. The press release says he retired. Since he was somewhere around 63 years old by our calculations, it’s not surprising Rainey retired. Replacing him is Sarah Miller who has worked for Williams for the past 15 years in various legal roles. Miller has been the “acting” top attorney at the company since March. Miller now has her hands full with an unwanted effort to take over the company…

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