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Over the last two weeks, Williams Companies, Inc. (WMB) and its affiliates have been very active in the strategic transaction market. Two weeks ago, as part of Chesapeake Energy's (CHK) agreement to sell the bulk of its Chesapeake Midstream Development (CMD) business to Access Midstream Partners, (ACMP), WMB partnered with ACMP's general partner, Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP) to finance this transaction. And last week, Caiman Energy II, a JV which was 47.5% owned by WMB subsidiary Williams Partners (WPZ), formed Blue Racer, a 50/50 joint venture with Dominion Resources, Inc. (D), to provide midstream services in the emerging Utica shale.

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