Williams Tries, One Last Time, to Garner Support for ETE Merger

As the World TurnsYesterday Williams published a letter from Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS)–a “leading proxy advisory firm”–recommending that shareholders in Williams should vote “yes” on the merger with Energy Transfer Equity (ETE). Williams will hold a special shareholder’s meeting on Monday, June 27, to vote on the proposed merger. Even if a majority votes in favor of the merger–far from a foregone conclusion–it’s still not a done deal. ETE continues to assert that expert opinions on the taxability of the merger may scuttle the deal. Just a few weeks ago ETE sued Williams to abort the deal (see Midstream Soap: ETE Sues to Walk Away from Williams Takeover Deal). We view all of this–voting for the merger, etc.–as posturing. Fodder for the lawyers to use after the deal fails to consummate. Here’s the latest in our ongoing soap opera that we call, As the (Midstream) World Turns…

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