We are advising Williams on the transaction

Davis Polk is advising The Williams Companies, Inc. on its $950 million acquisition of the Haynesville gathering and processing assets of Trace Midstream, a portfolio company of Quantum Energy Partners. As part of the transaction, Trace customer and Quantum affiliate Rockcliff Energy has agreed to a long-term commitment in support of Williams’ Louisiana Energy Gateway project. The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2022, subject to regulatory approvals.

Williams is committed to being the leader in providing infrastructure that safely delivers natural gas products to reliably fuel the clean energy economy. Headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Williams is an industry-leading, investment grade C-Corp with operations across the natural gas value chain including gathering, processing, interstate transportation and storage of natural gas and natural gas liquids. Houston-based Trace Midstream provides midstream solutions to producers with a focus on customer service, safety and operational excellence. Trace has operations in the Haynesville and Midcontinent regions. Founded in 1998, Quantum Energy Partners is a leading global provider of private equity capital to the responsibly sourced energy and energy transition and decarbonization sectors, having managed together with its affiliates more than $18 billion in equity commitments since inception.

The Davis Polk corporate team includes partner Oliver Smith, counsel Ajay B. Lele and associate Samuel Liebmann. The intellectual property and technology transactions team includes partner Pritesh P. Shah and associate Graham Duff. The tax team includes partner William A. Curran and associate Danielle Rapaccioli. The executive compensation team includes partner Kyoko Takahashi Lin and counsel Stephen I. Brecher. All members of the Davis Polk team are based in the New York office.