Oh, to be a fly on the wall in the C-suite when “advanced talks” of a potential merger conclude with a final agreement. There’s a certain romanticism to the dance—at least one can envision—when negotiations are at last settled, and a hard-fought deal is ultimately reached that promises more bounties ahead....

While the window may be closing on more gazillion-dollar deals to be had in the Permian, save for Exxon breathing dragon fire on Oxy with a Mewbourne Oil and Gas chaser, the next wave of land grabs could soon emerge from the noncore assets inherited with those mergers....

The OGs of early-day Chesapeake Energy are no doubt excited by the news the company will now become the nation’s largest natural gas producer. In a $7.4 billion all-stock deal guided by CEO chess master Nick Dell’Osso, CHK gets the keys to Southwestern Energy, the title of U.S. Gas King, and a combined valuation of nearly $17 billion. ...