Tulsa Mayor, 3 Former Williams CEOs Blast ETE Merger Deal

As the World TurnsLast week three former CEOs of the Williams Companies sent a letter to Williams shareholders outlining their reasons for voting against the proposed merger with Energy Transfer Equity (copy of the letter embedded below). The CEOs urge all shareholders to “strongly consider” voting against the deal. The CEOs say the deal would give Williams shareholders a permanent second class status. The mayor of Tulsa, Oklahoma–where Williams is headquartered–is also voicing his opposition to the proposed merger. Mayor Dewey Bartlett Jr. said in his own letter that the merger has no “economic merit” and would be “tragic” for both the city shareholders. MDN told you yesterday we’re dubious the deal will actually happen, based on all of the legal posturing we see (see ETE & Williams Engage in More Posturing Before June 24 Deadline). Will the letter from the CEOs and Tulsa mayor have any effect on the deal?…

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