Will ETE Use FTC’s “Condition” to Scuttle Proposed Williams Merger?

Gulfstream Natural Gas System map
Gulfstream Natural Gas System map

As MDN reported on Friday, the Federal Trade Commission has granted conditional approval of the Energy Transfer Equity (ETE)/Williams merger deal. The one condition FTC made is that Williams must sell its 50% ownership in Gulfstream Natural Gas System LLC, located in Florida (see As the (Midstream) World Turns: FTC Approves ETE/Williams Merger). ETE has been looking for a way to back out of the deal without losing its shirt in the process. So the question becomes, Will ETE use the FTC condition to scuttle the deal? Or at a minimum, use it to drive Williams back to the table to renegotiate the deal?…

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