Private Equity Powered Energy M&A In 2017

By Keith Goldberg (December 11, 2017, 10:22 AM EST) -- Energy dealmaking in 2017 saw private equity firms continue to shower the oil and gas industry with cash, while a pair of power sector megadeals highlighted the hazy future facing independent power producers.

Here are five mergers and acquisitions trends that stood out to energy attorneys this year:

Private Equity Funds Open Their Wallets Wide

Private equity funds were arguably the biggest spenders in the oil patch this year, sinking billions of dollars into exploration and production, as well as pipelines and other midstream infrastructure.

"The deals are very competitive. There's a lot more velocity than I've seen before," said Willkie...

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