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Apr 19, 2012

Companies shun Bahrain Grand Prix hospitality

LONDON, April 19 (Reuters) – Western companies are opting
not to entertain clients and partners at the Bahrain Grand Prix
following calls for sponsors to boycott the event because of
political turmoil.

Royal Dutch Shell, which sponsors the Ferrari
racing team, will not be hosting any guests at the event, a
source familiar with the company’s plans said.

Apr 17, 2012

Repsol seen riding out Argentina nationalisation

LONDON, April 17 (Reuters) – On the day he was appointed
head of Spanish oil company Repsol in 2005, Antonio Brufau
expressed “fullest confidence” in, and a “firm business
commitment” to, Argentina, before almost immediately plotting a
retreat from the South American country.

With the announcement of the nationalisation of Repsol’s YPF
unit on Monday, Brufau’s ambition to dramatically scale back the
company’s position in Argentina has finally come to fruition,
albeit not on the terms he would have liked.

Apr 12, 2012

Shell’s Nigerian oil spills soar

LONDON, April 12 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell Plc
said on Thursday that oil spills at its facilities in Nigeria
soared last year, as it faces lawsuits in the UK regarding
earlier spills.

Shell said in its annual Sustainability Report that the
number of operational spills onshore increased to 63 in 2011,
from 32 in 2010.

Apr 12, 2012

BP shareholders balk at bosses pay

LONDON, April 12 (Reuters) – Two years on from the Gulf of
Mexico oil spill and BP suffered a significant
shareholder rebellion over bosses pay on Thursday, the price of
a share performance and dividend payout that languishes well
below pre-spill levels.

The company comfortably won a vote at its Annual General
Meeting on adoption of its remuneration report, but investors
representing 11.78 percent of shares voted against — a bigger
rebellion than usually accompanies such events for big UK
companies.

Apr 11, 2012

Shareholders, protesters line up to lambast BP

LONDON, April 12 (Reuters) – BP will run the gauntlet
of protests from environmentalists and investors alike at its
annual shareholder meeting on Thursday where it will make the
latest in a series of attempts to put the Gulf of Mexico oil
spill behind it.

Chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg and Chief Executive Bob Dudley
are likely to face some harsh questions from shareholders
frustrated at the group’s continued weak share price, sceptical
about its turnaround prospects and unhappy about executive pay.

Apr 11, 2012

Snubbed TNK-BP exec plans comeback with oil minnow

LONDON, April 11 (Reuters) – Maxim Barsky, the high-flying
executive who quit BP’s Russian joint venture in frustration at
not being given its top job, is planning a comeback by buying
into minnow Matra Petroleum and building it into a
multi-billion dollar business.

The 38-year-old Russian is hoping to follow in the footsteps
of former BP boss Tony Hayward, who established bid
vehicle Vallares with financier Nathaniel Rothschild after he
left BP in the wake of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

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.

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