For land owners in the Permian Basin, these are exciting times. There has been a flurry of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity over the past several weeks as crude oil prices appear to have settled in the $40-50 per barrel range.

While onshore upstream M&A activity is on the rise, some clear trends are beginning to emerge. Financing constraints have played an important role in keeping down M&A activity since debt markets have effectively been closed to the industry until recently.

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