US oil and natural gas companies from shale producers to pipeline operators are increasingly resorting to contingent payments when negotiating mergers and acquisitions to protect themselves against oil price swings and uncertainty surrounding undeveloped acreage. The value of North American oil and gas deals that include contingent payments has reached more than $25 billion so far this year, up from about $5 billion in the same period last year.
Contingent payments become more common in oil patch deals
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