The already complicated relationship between Energy Transfer Equity LP (NYSE: ETE) and Williams Cos. Inc. (NYSE: WMB) is headed to counseling—the legal kind.

The two companies, which are engaged in a nearly $38 billion merger, will now square off in the courts after Williams said April 6 that Energy Transfer and the company’s CEO, Kelcy Warren, violated terms with an equity sale made in March.

Energy Transfer Equity completed a private offering of $3.9 billion in series A convertible preferred units, according to March 8 filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The units were sold to certain unitholders who are “accredited investors” including Warren, who is the company’s largest shareholder.

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