ETE Makes Moves to Terminate Buyout/Merger with Williams

As the World TurnsAs we’ve said for some time now, we don’t believe the Energy Transfer Equity (ETE) buyout/merger with Williams will ever take place. It’s been pretty plain that the blizzard of press releases by both companies saying “vote yes” on the deal has been legal posturing–so that when the deal is finally, completely, 100% dead–the lawyers can litigate for years to come, with each side trying to extract money from the other. The latest evidence comes from several news stories this week that Wall Street is betting that a judge is about to rule that a law firm (hired by ETE) to review the tax implications rendered their opinion “in good faith” that there will be significant tax implications arising from the deal. The way the agreement is structured, such a finding releases ETE from the deal. If the judge rules the opinion was in good faith, it’s 99.99999999% that ETE will announce the deal is dead–and the lawyers from Williams will be suing to extract boatloads of money from ETE…

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