Energy Transfer Equity is an oil and gas pipeline empire built by billionaire Kelcy Warren with a spate of M&A deals (Sunoco, Southern Union) that paid off handsomely during the shale boom. At the start of the year, it had a network of around 71,000 miles of pipelines pumping natural gas, natural gas liquids, refined products, and crude oil. But Warren’s luck ran out last year with a miscalculated approach for Williams Companies, just as the oil price crash took its toll on the ‘midstream’ segment. ETE persuaded Williams to sell itself in September, but the value of both companies has tumbled since then. ETE originally agreed to pay $32.6 billion, including $6 billion in cash and the rest in ETE shares. Today, Williams is worth only $16 billion, and ETE is struggling to raise the cash after a sharp decline in its own share price. A bitter and complex legal battle has ensued. Williams, which originally refused Kelcy’s advances, is now suing to force the merger through, and to reverse an issue of convertible debt by ETE that would dilute its shareholders’ stake in the combined company.
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They'd tried to oust Chief Executive Alan Armstrong, who was against the pipeline merger.
The two companies have sued each other.