5 Energy M&A Trends Amid 2015 Oil Price Slump

By Keith Goldberg (December 9, 2015, 12:02 PM EST) -- While 2015 saw a handful of energy megadeals, from Royal Dutch Shell PLC's proposed $70 billion cash-and-stock acquisition of BG Group PLC to Energy Transfer Equity LP's $37.7 billion merger with The Williams Cos. Inc., the slump in oil prices led to an overall deal-making malaise. 

With oil prices struggling to stay above the $40-a-barrel mark after topping $100 a barrel in the summer of 2014, plenty of cash-strapped energy companies needed to make deals in order to stay afloat. Yet continued uncertainty over the future of oil prices has kept buyers and sellers apart in valuing assets poised to change...

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