Chesapeake board does too little, too late

By Christopher Swann
May 1, 2012

Stripping CEO Aubrey McClendon of the chairmanship and ending his personal investments in the firm’s wells are obvious, if belated, moves. But McClendon’s deal-making and borrowing have accompanied lagging returns. Shareholders deserve more radical changes in the boardroom.

Did Chesapeake miss Enron lessons?

By Christopher Swann
May 23, 2012

There have been no allegations of fraud. But the embattled U.S. natural gas producer’s vast trading operation, fondness for complicated holdings and relationships, and corporate generosity are among the traits that call to mind some of the defunct energy giant’s flaws.

McClendon IPO plan is echo of bad old Chesapeake

By Christopher Swann
December 17, 2013

He lost his job as CEO of the energy firm over spending and conflicts. A new $2 bln venture would allow him to cherry-pick assets ahead of his investors and reward him generously. Despite McClendon’s knack for buying oil and gas properties, investor skepticism is in order.