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The ETE-Williams Dispute Through A Tax Lens

Law360, New York (August 22, 2016, 2:49 PM EDT) -- Peter J. Connors

Jason M. Halper On Sept. 28, 2015, two gas pipeline companies, Energy Transfer Equity LP (“ETE” or the “partnership”), a Delaware limited partnership, and the Williams Companies Inc., a Delaware corporation, entered into an agreement and plan of merger.[1] Under the terms of the merger agreement, ETE would create Energy Transfer Corp. LP (“ETC”), a Delaware limited partnership, which would then merge with Williams, with ETC as the surviving entity.[2]

The deal was “unusual” in that it was structured so as to provide...
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