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Jul 25, 2012

Work on $600 million Swiss Alps resort to start next year: developer

GENEVA (Reuters) – A firm backed by a Russian property tycoon will start building a $618m luxury resort in the Swiss Alps early next year, the company said on Tuesday, in a move likely to be interpreted as a boost for Switzerland’s struggling tourist sector.

Swiss-based firm Aminona Luxury Resort said it was in a position to press ahead with construction after a Swiss federal court gave the project the green light last week, dismissing environmental concerns about its construction.

Jul 24, 2012

Work on $600mln Swiss Alps resort to start next yr-developer

GENEVA, July 24 (Reuters) – A firm backed by a Russian
property tycoon will start building a $618m luxury resort in the
Swiss Alps early next year, the company said on Tuesday, in a
move likely to be interpreted as a boost for Switzerland’s
struggling tourist sector.

Swiss-based firm Aminona Luxury Resort said it was in a
position to press ahead with construction after a Swiss federal
court gave the project the green light last week, dismissing
environmental concerns about its construction.

Jul 24, 2012

U.S. sees no trade sanctions violations by U.N. agency

WASHINGTON/GENEVA (Reuters) – A preliminary U.S. assessment has concluded that the U.N.’s World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) did not violate U.N. sanctions when it sent technical equipment to North Korea and Iran, the State Department said on Tuesday.

As two senior U.S. lawmakers accused the Geneva-based agency of stonewalling a U.S. probe into the transfers, the State Department indicated it was satisfied with WIPO’s cooperation on the issue.

Jul 19, 2012

Sierra Leone awards eight offshore oil blocks

GENEVA, July 19 (Reuters) – Sierra Leone has provisionally
awarded contracts to 11 companies including U.S. firms Noble
Energy and Chevron Sahara to explore for oil in
eight offshore blocks, a government statement showed.

Oil exploration has been booming in West Africa following
Tullow Oil’s discovery of the Jubilee field in Ghana but it is
still unclear whether nearby Sierra Leone, still recovering from
a war that ended in 2002, has commercial quantities.

Jul 17, 2012

Testing firm SGS cuts costs to keep on track

ZURICH/GENEVA, July 17 (Reuters) – SGS, the
world’s largest testing and inspection group, said cost cutting
and investment in emerging markets should help it to meet
full-year targets after a one-off restructuring charge led it to
miss first-half profit expectations.

The Swiss group, whose activities include checking toy
safety and testing oil wells, said on Tuesday strength in energy
and mining businesses and an increase in government regulation
was helping to offset slower growth in the euro zone.

Jul 11, 2012

Swiss bank Reyl seeks U.S. clients despite tensions

GENEVA (Reuters) – Swiss private bank Reyl & Cie is aiming to double its assets under management to over 10 billion Swiss francs ($10.2 billion)within five years, partly by targeting U.S. clients turned away by rivals, its chief executive said.

Many Swiss financial firms have shed U.S. clients after tensions between U.S. and Switzerland rose following an investigation into 11 Swiss banks including Credit Suisse and Julius Baer.

Jul 5, 2012

Swiss opt against Iran oil ban despite U.S., EU moves

GENEVA, July 5 (Reuters) – The Swiss government will not
match European Union sanctions on Iran, deciding on Thursday
that its own pending set of toughened measures would exclude a
ban on trading Iranian oil and defending its traditional
neutrality in the face of U.S. pressure.

The move offers top Swiss-based oil traders such as Glencore
and Trafigura a legal loophole for dealing in Iranian
crude, although the prospect of falling foul of U.S. and EU
restrictions will almost certainly deter them.

Jul 4, 2012

U.S. “reviewing” UN agency over IT supplies to Iran

GENEVA (Reuters) – The United States said on Wednesday it was reviewing a U.N. agency’s dealings with sanctioned countries such as Iran after documents showed the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) had supplied IT equipment to the Islamic Republic.

The Geneva-based WIPO, a 185-member body that includes Iran, sent IT equipment to Iranian authorities, according to correspondence between WIPO and the Iranian agency dealing with intellectual property, dated August 2010 and provided to Reuters by a source close to WIPO.

Jul 4, 2012

Swiss launch probe into former Gunvor employee

GENEVA, July 4 (Reuters) – Swiss authorities are
investigating a former employee of Geneva-based oil trader
Gunvor for activities in Congo, the company said without
revealing what issues the investigation related to.

Asked about the case, Switzerland’s Attorney General office
said on Wednesday it had opened criminal proceedings against an
unknown individual suspected of money laundering but declined to
give any further details.

Jul 1, 2012

Nigeria favors local firms in $60 billion oil deals

GENEVA/ABUJA (Reuters) – Africa’s top oil producer Nigeria will award nearly half of its $60 billion annual supply contracts to local companies, a document showed, and cut supplies to major commodity traders such as Glencore (GLEN.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz).

The OPEC member has allocated about three-quarters of its daily production or around 1.6 million barrels per day (bpd) via term contracts to 50 companies including 21 Nigerian firms, a document sent to winning firms showed.