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Apr 11, 2012

Former TNK-BP exec makes comeback with Matra

LONDON, April 11 (Reuters) – The former chief
executive-designate of BP’s Russian joint venture, TNK-BP, who
left the group after being sidelined, has made a comeback by
buying into minnow explorer Matra Petroleum, which he
may turn into a bid vehicle.

Maxim Barsky left his role as deputy CEO and CEO designate
at TNK-BP, Russia’s third-largest oil producer, in October,
after BP and its Russian oligarch partners declined to elevate
him to the top job.

Apr 8, 2012

Kurdish government confirms received market abuse emails

LONDON (Reuters) – The government of the semi-autonomous Kurdish region of Iraq has confirmed that it received emails from a senior JP Morgan banker that the UK financial regulator said constituted market abuse.

The banker, Ian Hannam, who was JPMorgan’s London-based global chairman of equity capital markets, was later fined 450,000 pounds by the Financial Services Authority (FSA) and has since resigned.

Apr 8, 2012

Kurdish govt confirms received market abuse emails

LONDON, April 8 (Reuters) – The government of the
semi-autonomous Kurdish region of Iraq has confirmed that it
received emails from a senior JP Morgan banker that the
UK financial regulator said constituted market abuse.

The banker, Ian Hannam, who was JPMorgan’s London-based
global chairman of equity capital markets, was later fined
450,000 pounds ($712,400) by the Financial Services Authority
(FSA) and has since resigned.

Apr 6, 2012

Kurdish Minister received UK market abuse emails -sources

LONDON, April 6 (Reuters) – Ashti Hawrami, oil minister of
the semi-autonomous Kurdish region of Iraq, was the recipient of
emails from a senior JP Morgan banker that the UK
financial regulator this week said constituted market abuse,
people familiar with the matter said.

Ian Hannam quit as JPMorgan’s global chairman of equity
capital markets after the FSA fined him 450,000 pounds
($712,400) for divulging privileged information in two emails in
2008. Hannam, a gruff former special forces soldier, is one of
Britain’s most successful investment bankers and is appealing
against the fine. An independent review is likely to take at
least a year to complete.

Mar 23, 2012

Toxic pay spotlight shifts beyond bank bosses

LONDON, March 23 (Reuters) – The chief executive squeezed
along the row to a cramped economy-class window seat on an aging
737 flown by one of Italy’s less popular airlines.

He spent the previous hour scanning emails on his BlackBerry
in an airport cafe where all the food came wrapped in
cellophane. The regional airport’s budget doesn’t stretch to the
hospitality lounges usually associated with executive travel.

Mar 21, 2012

Former Russian minister to bid for Petroplus plants

LONDON, March 21 (Reuters) – A former Russian energy
minister is planning to bid for three refineries owned by
bankrupt oil refiner Petroplus, a source close to the matter
said, giving hope to workers who fear refinery shut downs and
potentially dashing rivals’ expectations that industry
overcapacity might be reduced.

Fund Energy, an investment vehicle founded by Igor Yusufov,
who still sits on board of directors of state-controlled
Gazprom, plans to bid for Petroplus refineries at Coryton in
England, Cressier in Switzerland and Ingolstadt in Germany, the
source said.

Mar 16, 2012

Irish oil rush hinges on push into deeper waters

LONDON, March 16 (Reuters) – The euphoria around a
small-to-medium oil discovery off the southwest coast of Ireland
may be overblown but the country could yet become a significant
producer if it can replicate the drilling success in much deeper
waters to the west.

Providence Resources made headlines around the world and
sent its shares soaring on Thursday by announcing that flow
tests on its Barryroe field showed it could yield
“significantly” more that its earlier estimates of 20,000
barrels per day and reserves of 60 million barrels of oil.

Mar 16, 2012

Banks, accountants at risk from Falklands oil spat

LONDON, March 16 (Reuters) – Some of the largest banks
and accounting firms in the world could be at risk of asset
seizures if Argentina makes good on its threat to penalise
companies which work with oil drillers exploring offshore the
Falkland Islands.

On Thursday, Argentine Foreign Minister Hector Timerman said
Argentina planned to take administrative and legal action
against companies providing logistical, financial and legal
support to the search for Falklands oil.

Mar 15, 2012

Shell says was sued for causing climate change

LONDON (Reuters) – Oil giant Royal Dutch Shell Plc said it was sued for causing climate change but that, like some other global warming cases taken against energy companies by environmentalists, the cases were dismissed.

The Anglo-Dutch group said in its annual report, published on Thursday, that, “together with other energy companies” it was subject to climate change litigation taken by parties it did not name.

Mar 6, 2012

BG eyes sale of Queensland LNG stake -sources

SYDNEY/LONDON, March 6 (Reuters) – UK gas producer BG
Group is mulling the sale of a stake in its multi-billion
dollar Queensland natural gas liquefaction facilities, sources
close to the matter said, potentially paving the way for a
restructuring of the region’s LNG business.

BG could sell between 15 and 20 percent of the Queensland
Curtis LNG project (QCLNG) and, based on past transactions,
could raise up to $2 billion from the sale, one source said.

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