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      February 23, 2015

      Guest post: Russia ripe for M&A in oil and gas

      By Oleg Babinov, The Risk Advisory Group On February 2, the Financial Times reported that ExxonMobil is considering...

    2. February 15, 2015

      BP’s battles leave it vulnerable to major move

      BP scales down If ExxonMobil chief executive Rex Tillerson really wanted to, he could snap up BP in a single bite. Of all...

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    1. February 15, 2015

      Oil markets need reform to reflect reality for producers and consumers

      The oil crisis of today is often compared with the great oil glut of the 1980s. But demand and supply is no more unbalanced...

    2. February 10, 2015

      Rosneft chief Igor Sechin says $7bn debt repayment will be met

      Rosneft’s chief executive has sought to allay investor fears that the Russian state-owned oil producer might default on its...

    3. February 10, 2015

      Rosneft chief Igor Sechin takes aim at Opec

      Igor Sechin, the president of Russian state-controlled energy company Rosneft, lashed out at Opec on Tuesday saying the...

    4. February 9, 2015

      Rosneft’s Russian sanctions case referred to EU

      A case brought by Russian state-controlled oil group Rosneft to challenge the legality of sweeping sanctions imposed on the...

    5. February 6, 2015

      Oil producers seek liquidity from prepayment deals

      When the US government slapped sanctions on Rosneft in the summer, restricting its access to long-term US dollar financing,...

    6. February 3, 2015

      Rosneft: new rules, old story

      Changing the rules at a critical moment in the game is unsettling, even if the new rules make sense. And applying those...

    7. February 3, 2015

      Rosneft changes accounting policy to ease effect of rouble’s fall

      Rosneft, the Russian state controlled energy group, has tried to mitigate the effects of the rouble’s fall on its results by...

    8. February 3, 2015

      BP slashes capital spending by 20%

      BP has slashed projected capital spending for this year by about 20 per cent after a sharp fall in oil prices led to a...

    9. January 27, 2015

      Russia’s downgrade deepens political crisis with Europe

      On Monday Standard & Poor’s downgraded Russia to BB+, one notch below investment grade. The country retains an...

    10. January 26, 2015

      Rosneft sells Rbs400bn of domestic bonds

      Rosneft issued Rbs400bn ($6.1bn) of rouble bonds on Monday, in its second largest domestic bond sale in two months as...

    11. January 4, 2015

      BP suffers as oil price and Russia crisis weigh on Rosneft stake

      BP is set to lose hundreds of millions of dollars in earnings and dividend income from Rosneft, Russia’s state-owned oil...

    12. December 24, 2014

      Russia’s central bank to help companies refinance debts

      Russia’s central bank will step in to help companies refinance their foreign debts, in Moscow’s latest promise of state...

    13. December 23, 2014

      Moscow orders state-owned exporters to sell foreign currency

      The Russian government has ordered five large state-owned exporters including Rosneft and Gazprom to sell their foreign...

    14. December 19, 2014

      Clock ticks on Rosneft deal to buy Morgan Stanley oil unit

      Morgan Stanley’s deal to sell its oil merchant business to Rosneft is set to expire on Saturday, underscoring the latest...

    15. December 17, 2014

      Rosneft and BP: trading problems

      Oh to be a Russian exporter. As importers watch the rouble’s collapse with horror, companies that earn revenues in foreign...

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      December 17, 2014

      Smart Reads 17 December 2014

      After the rouble plummeted as much as 20 per cent against the dollar yesterday and many Russians exchanged their money into...

    17. December 16, 2014

      Russia is heading into an economic storm with no captain

      On Tuesday afternoon, the value of the rouble was one euro cent, about 30 per cent less than on Monday morning. Russian...

    18. December 16, 2014

      Russia: fault in our tsars

      It’s like 1998, they say. No. More like 1986. Sixteen years ago the Central Bank of Russia tripled interest rates in a...

    19. December 12, 2014

      Bob Dudley sets course to navigate BP through latest storm

      Bob Dudley speaks rarely about his flight from Russia after a feud with the authorities and BP’s business partners. The...

    20. December 5, 2014

      Sistema investors fear Bashneft dividend seizure

      Shares in Vladimir Yevtushenkov’s Sistema Group fell more than 35 per cent this week, amid growing concern that Russian...

    21. November 26, 2014

      Seadrill suspends dividend as falling oil price takes toll

      A “perfect storm” involving the declining oil price and Russian sanctions has prompted Seadrill, the world’s largest oil and...

    22. November 12, 2014

      Russian companies’ struggle to finance themselves will persist

      The beleaguered Russian rouble has started stabilising in recent days as the central bank moves towards a free float. But...

    23. November 9, 2014

      NADL-Rosneft Arctic oil exploration deal put on hold

      One of the main business deals to help Russia explore its Arctic oil prospects has been delayed and could be scrapped as...

    24. November 7, 2014

      Rouble’s fall threatens to reshuffle Russia’s banks

      Having suffered two currency crises since 1998, Muscovites take a while before they worry about the value of the rouble. But...

    25. October 29, 2014

      Russian oil: Between a rock and a hard place

      One of Russia’s most powerful men stood on stage at New York’s St Regis Hotel with a conciliatory message for America. “The...

    26. October 29, 2014

      Rosneft insists capex is on track

      Rosneft highlighted its “flexibility” on its ambitious investment programme but insisted it would not delay any of its major...

    27. October 21, 2014

      Morgan Stanley looks at sale of gas export venture

      Morgan Stanley is looking at the sale of a nascent natural gas export business after the Federal Reserve raised concerns...

    28. October 10, 2014

      Morgan Stanley’s Rosneft deal flounders

      Morgan Stanley’s deal to sell an oil trading business to Rosneft, the state-owned Russian oil group, is close to collapse...

    29. October 8, 2014

      VTB Capital in talks to acquire Roberto Cavalli

      VTB Capital, the investment arm of the sanctioned Russian bank, is in advanced talks to acquire a majority stake in Italian...

    30. October 7, 2014

      Russian companies face credit crunch danger

      Russia’s companies face a looming credit crunch unless sanctions imposed by the west are relaxed and access to international...

    31. October 3, 2014

      JPMorgan and Mercuria scale down commodities deal

      JPMorgan Chase has raised $800m from selling parts of its physical commodities business to Swiss trading house Mercuria,...

    32. September 30, 2014

      ExxonMobil: Rockefeller’s rule

      Spend a third, save a third and give a third away. So John D Rockefeller, the founder of what today is ExxonMobil, budgeted...

    33. September 30, 2014

      Exxon considers its course after sanctions hit Russian ambitions

      At another time or in a different place, the oil and gas field ExxonMobil has discovered in the Russian Arctic would have...

    34. September 28, 2014

      From Bentleys to fish, Russia’s economy feels sanctions’ sting

      More than once, Mikhail Zub was driven to the verge of failure in his attempts over the past 20 years to transform a rotting...

    35. September 26, 2014

      Rosneft and ExxonMobil strike oil in Arctic well

      Russia’s top crude oil producer Rosneft confirmed on Saturday that it has made an oil discovery with ExxonMobil at their...

    36. September 26, 2014

      Moscow court seizes Yevtushenkov’s Bashneft shares

      A Moscow court has seized Vladimir Yevtushenkov’s shares in Bashneft, fuelling concerns that the Russian authorities will...

    37. September 25, 2014

      Russia: Putin’s power politics

      For most of the past decade Vladimir Yevtushenkov has run his business empire from a building fit for an oligarch with more...

    38. September 24, 2014

      After the sanctions, prepare for the Russian counterattack

      For all the costs that sanctions are inflicting on the Russian economy, the Russian flag still flies over Crimea, Moscow...

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