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EQT Corporation to Acquire Rice Energy for $6.7 Billion

Published: 06-19-2017

Vinson & Elkins advised Rice Energy in a definitive merger agreement with EQT Corporation, under which EQT will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Rice common stock for total consideration of approximately $6.7 billion – consisting of 0.37 shares of EQT common stock and $5.30 in cash per share of Rice common stock. EQT will also assume or refinance approximately $1.5 billion of net debt and preferred equity. 

Rice Energy Inc. is an independent natural gas and oil company focused on the acquisition, exploration and development of natural gas and oil properties in the Appalachian Basin. EQT Corporation is an integrated energy company with emphasis on Appalachian area natural gas production, gathering and transmission.

The V&E corporate team was led by partners Steve Gill and Doug McWilliams and senior associate James Garrett, with assistance from associates Leonard Wood, Yong Eoh, David Bumgardner and Greg Henson. Other key team members included partner David D’Alessandro, counsel Katherine Mull and associate Karsten Busby; partner Sean Becker; partners John Lynch and Ryan Carney, senior associate Lina Dimachkieh and associate Liz Snyder; partner Larry Nettles and senior associate Matt Dobbins; and partner Billy Vigdor.

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