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    1. Nick Butler

      November 2, 2014

      Could the sanctions on Russia backfire?

        © Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty The deal announced on Friday between Russia, Ukraine and the EU looks to have removed the...

    2. September 4, 2014

      BP: Banana Peels

      Some companies just cannot get it right. In the oil sector, companies that consistently make mistakes on investment and/or...

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    1. July 29, 2014

      Sanctions on Russia are a ‘big concern’ for European businesses

      The deepening impact on Europe’s companies of the Ukraine crisis was brought into sharp focus with the warning by BP on...

    2. July 29, 2014

      BP reiterates long-term Russian strategy after sanctions news

      BP once presented its large exposure to the Russian oil and gas sector as a competitive advantage. These days, it is...

    3. July 17, 2014

      Fresh sanctions target groups with ties to the west

      In contrast to some of those hit by earlier US sanctions over Russia’s actions in Ukraine, the targets of the latest...

    4. May 29, 2014

      John Mack steps down from Rosneft

      John Mack, the former chief executive of Morgan Stanley, is to step down from the board of Russia’s state-controlled oil...

    5. April 10, 2014

      Russia problem rumbles on for BP

      BP’s deep involvement in Russia, home to the world’s largest reserves of oil and gas, was once considered a key competitive...

    6. March 21, 2014

      Putin boosted by defiant tone at top and among people

      Vladimir Putin responded on Friday to US sanctions against his inner circle with typically acid humour. He had no account,...

    7. March 5, 2014

      BP in Russia: options

      Bob Dudley, BP’s chief executive, likes to talk about “optionality”. This makes the British oil major’s decision to hive off...

    8. Nick Butler

      March 4, 2014

      What can investors in Russia do now?

      What happens now for the numerous companies, led by the oil majors, who have chosen to invest in Russia? The surprising...

    9. March 3, 2014

      Vitol in talks to lend Rosneft $2bn more

      Vitol, the world’s largest oil trader, is in discussions to extend an additional $2bn in financing to Rosneft, giving the...

    10. December 29, 2013

      Chris Finlayson, the BG Group chief seeking to fill big shoes

      Chris Finlayson was not long into his new job as chief executive of BG Group when he sold the company plane. The FTSE 100...

    11. October 29, 2013

      BP: leaner and meaner

      Shrink to fit worked for Levi’s, and seems to be working for BP, too. The oil major will sell a further $10bn of assets by...

    12. October 29, 2013

      BP promises further $10bn of asset sales

      BP is set to keep shrinking as it plans more asset sales and higher payouts to shareholders after edging up the forecast...

    13. October 4, 2013

      Cross-border counsel

      As economic growth in Europe has stagnated, many companies have looked to expand in faster-growing emerging markets. In...

    14. beyondbrics

      October 2, 2013

      Another oil major pulls out of Venezuela

      The revolving door at Venezuela’s oil sector continued to spin on Wednesday after Lukoil, Russia’s second largest oil...

    15. September 30, 2013

      Rosneft/TNK-BP: abusing minorities

      Things are pretty desperate when minority investors have to rely on the Kremlin for help. Rosneft’s decision to make an...

    16. beyondbrics

      September 30, 2013

      New York headlines

      * US shutdown fears weigh on markets * Indian and Pakistan military leaders to meet * China manufacturing growth stalls * S...

    17. beyondbrics

      September 30, 2013

      Rosneft and TNK-BP minorities: playing nice?

      Be nice to the little guy Rosneft has finally caved in to pressure and offered to buy out minority shareholders in TNK-BP at...

    18. September 30, 2013

      Rosneft makes formal offer for minority investors’ TNK-BP stake

      Rosneft made a formal offer to buy out TNK-BP minority shareholders on Monday, six months after it signed a deal to buy out...

    19. September 27, 2013

      Rosneft changes tack on TNK-BP minority buyout offer

      Rosneft chairman Igor Sechin has offered to buyout the minority shareholders of TNK-BP, six months after the Russian oil...

    20. September 25, 2013

      Maxim Barsky in spotlight over attempt to oust Urals Energy board

      Maxim Barsky, former deputy chief executive and heir apparent of defunct Russian oil group TNK-BP, has emerged as the...

    21. beyondbrics

      September 24, 2013

      Rosneft in $1.8bn Arctic gas deal

      Never mind the breathtaking debts Rosneft ran up buying TNK-BP this year, Russia’s state oil company is still out on an...

    22. beyondbrics

      September 13, 2013

      TNK-BP minorities vs Igor Sechin: fair fight?

      Minority shareholders in TNK-BP got a raw deal when Rosneft took over the Anglo-Russian oil major this year. But even if the...

    23. August 27, 2013

      Uralkali chief arrest sparks potash tension

      When Vladislav Baumgertner landed in Minsk on Monday to meet the Belarusian prime minister, the chief executive of Russian...

    24. July 30, 2013

      BP: getting acquainted

      Missing you already, TNK-BP! That is one explanation for the frosty welcome on Tuesday for BP’s second-quarter results. The...

    25. July 30, 2013

      Mikhail Fridman: Oligarchy with all that jazz

      Lounging in a hotel lobby with a panoramic view of Lviv, the medieval city in western Ukraine, the oligarch Mikhail Fridman...

    26. July 16, 2013

      ‘Clone factory’ Rocket Internet fires into the big time after $400m investment

      Three German brothers seeking to rival Amazon and Alibaba for dominance of global e-commerce have secured an investment of...

    27. July 3, 2013

      Russian oil shipments to Europe at 10-year-low

      Russian oil shipments to Europe have slumped to a 10-year low, forcing refineries across the continent to pay more for...

    28. July 2, 2013

      Rosneft gains control of Itera

      Rosneft, the state-owned Russian energy group, has acquired 100 per cent control of independent gas producer Itera in a bid...

    29. beyondbrics

      July 2, 2013

      Rosneft: another smart move?

      Rosneft has bolstered its position in the Russian gas market by taking full control of Itera, an independent gas producer...

    30. June 27, 2013

      TNK-BP investors dealt fresh blow from Rosneft

      Minority shareholders left out during the recent sale of TNK-BP to Rosneft received a fresh blow on Thursday after Rosneft’s...

    31. June 27, 2013

      Vekselberg’s sights on Schmolz+Bickenbach

      Viktor Vekselberg has made quite an impression on the Swiss industrial landscape by taking stakes in the engineering...

    32. June 25, 2013

      Trafigura’s Russian oil ambitions

      Trafigura, the oil and metals trading house, is trying to break into the massive Russian oil sector, a territory long...

    33. June 21, 2013

      Vladimir Putin unveils $14bn plan to revive Russian economy

      Vladimir Putin said Russia would spend billions on infrastructure to counter flagging growth, including roads and high-speed...

    34. June 17, 2013

      Stock market: Not everyone is a winner in the big takeover

      When Rosneft, the Russian state oil company, sealed the $55bn acquisition of TNK-BP to become the world’s biggest listed oil...

    35. June 17, 2013

      Privatisation: Mixed messages as government seems divided over programme

      When Russia rolled out plans for a sweeping privatisation programme in 2009, the Kremlin declared it would be a step towards...

    36. June 17, 2013

      Oil and gas: Gazprom looks east to restore fortunes as US shale gas booms

      It took a while for Gazprom to awake to the threat the US shale revolution posed for Russia’s ambitions to dominate global...

    37. June 17, 2013

      Former BP chief Lord Browne to advise Alfa on oil and gas deals

      Lord Browne, the former chief executive of BP, is to advise Russia’s Alfa Group on global energy investments, as it looks to...

    38. June 14, 2013

      Dick Olver knighted after turning round BAE Systems

      Dick Olver’s long-anticipated knighthood is reward for four decades of service to business, most notably in turning around...

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