Low Gas Prices Drive Drillers To Deep-Pocketed Partners

Law360, New York (May 4, 2012, 1:57 PM EDT) -- Falling natural gas prices are taking big bites out of American gas producers' bottom lines, but the trend is creating a flood of investment opportunities for private equity firms, Asian investors and even midstream gas companies to pick up slices of promising projects as drillers look for help in shoring up their finances.

So far, decade-low prices have driven producers like Encana Corp. and Chesapeake Energy Corp. into the arms of well capitalized partners — buyout firms like KKR & Co., pipeline operators like SemGroup Corp.,...
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