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Jun 14, 2013

EU close to agreeing rules for insider trading in commodities

LONDON/GENEVA, June 14 (Reuters) – European authorities are
close to agreeing on the final draft of markets abuse rules that
will make the standard commodities market practice of trading on
inside information illegal.

Commodities market players say the draft regulation, which
will lay the ground work for jail terms for insider trading,
could force them to reveal their trading strategies and
undermine their businesses.

Jun 11, 2013

Swiss parliament opens way for more transparency in commodities, mining

GENEVA, June 11 (Reuters) – The Swiss parliament agreed a
motion on Tuesday that could result in tougher rules for the
mining and commodity trading sectors, reviving a fierce debate
over transparency in the $20 billion sector.

The vote in Switzerland’s lower house follows the release of
a government inquiry in March that stopped short of proposing
legally-binding transparency measures for the commodities sector
which accounts for nearly 4 percent of GDP.

Jun 6, 2013

Chinese yuan to rival dollar in commodity trade – bankers

GENEVA, June 6 (Reuters) – China’s yuan will become a key
currency for trade in commodities over the next few years and
has already begun making inroads into the U.S. dollar’s
dominance in Asia, according to bankers.

As the world’s top consumer of commodities such as base
metals and rubber, China is expected increasingly to dictate the
terms for its imports, they said this week on the sidelines of
Euromoney’s Global Commodities Finance Conference in Geneva.

Jun 6, 2013

European banks seek to claw back share of commodity lending

GENEVA, June 6 (Reuters) – European banks trying to make a
comeback in commodity trade finance may struggle to regain their
dominance from the Asian banks and new types of lenders that
have stepped in to replace them.

Many European banks in the $1.5 trillion a year business of
lending to traders to finance commodity transactions ceded
ground to competitors as new regulations aimed at preventing a
repeat of the 2008 crisis forced them to cut lending.

Jun 5, 2013

Private banks step up efforts to court mega rich

GENEVA (Reuters) – The mega rich have become the hottest property in private banking and wealth managers are pulling out all the stops to court them, offering perks ranging from lunches with sports stars to track days at the Monaco Grand Prix circuit.

The focus on “ultra high net worth clients” marks a shift from an earlier strategy of chasing the “mass-affluent”, or moderately rich, in an attempt to boost revenue on the back of this fast-growing segment.

Jun 5, 2013

China’s Addax locked in $1 billion oil dispute with Gabon-sources

GENEVA, June 5 (Reuters) – Top Chinese refiner Sinopec’s
Addax Petroleum is embroiled in a legal dispute with
Gabon over an oilfield in which claims and counter claims total
more than $1 billion, sources familiar with the confidential
proceedings said.

The case adds to questions about whether African enthusiasm
for Chinese investment in the continent’s resources is fading
after an iron ore project in Gabon was placed under review and
separately three Chinese licences were revoked in Zambia’s coal
sector.

May 24, 2013

Sinopec’s Addax seeks more North Sea investments

GENEVA, May 24 (Reuters) – Sinopec subsidiary
Addax Petroleum wants to buy more North Sea assets this year,
its Chief Executive said, in a sign that Chinese firms may
further boost their regional investments after two multi-billion
deals in 2012.

Addax, a Swiss-based oil producer and explorer which was
bought by China’s top refiner in 2009 for more than $7 billion,
first entered the North Sea last July with the purchase of a 49
percent stake in Canada’s Talisman.

May 23, 2013

Nigeria’s NNPC and Exxon unit to tap bond market by 2016

ABUJA/GENEVA, May 23 (Reuters) – Nigeria’s state-oil company
and a local unit of Exxon Mobil plan to tap the bond
market by 2016 to fill a funding shortfall in developing oil
exploration projects, the companies have said.

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) owns at
least 50 percent in several joint ventures with oil majors such
as Royal Dutch Shell, Exxon and Chevron but
often fails to meet its share of project funding.

May 22, 2013

UK, France to join resource transparency initiative

GENEVA/LONDON, May 22 (Reuters) – The UK and French
governments will join a global initiative that will require oil
and mining firms to comply with new disclosure measures aimed at
tackling corruption, British Prime Minister David Cameron said
on Wednesday.

The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) has
stakeholders in the public and private sectors and requires
resource companies to disclose payments made to governments.

May 16, 2013

Glencore in control as Xstrata cleared from board

LONDON/ZUG, Switzerland (Reuters) – Glencore (GLEN.L: Quote, Profile, Research) bosses tightened their grip on the newly enlarged miner and trader on Thursday, as shareholders voted out all former Xstrata directors including the already outgoing chairman, replacing him with former BP boss Tony Hayward.

The move propels Hayward – “vilified” for his role in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill – back into the corporate limelight at one of London’s largest companies.