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  1. September 8, 2013

    China takes the lead in oil M&A activity

    When it comes to dealmaking in the global oil industry, all eyes are on the east. National oil companies – known as NOCs –...

  2. February 12, 2013

    US approves $18bn Cnooc bid for Nexen

    Cnooc’s $18bn bid for Canada’s Nexen won approval from US officials, paving the way for the completion of China’s largest...

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  1. December 28, 2012

    China’s global ambitions buoyant in 2012

    On the afternoon that Cnooc’s $18bn purchase of Nexen was approved by the Canadian government, Stephen Harper, the country’s...

  2. December 7, 2012

    Chinese groups await Cnooc-Nexen verdict

    Chinese resources companies are awaiting the outcome of a Canadian regulatory decision on an $18bn deal that could determine...

  3. December 5, 2012

    The way corporate China woos

    The Chinese have their own twist on the adage about not replicating past follies. Chengqianbihou or “Learn from your...

  4. November 14, 2012

    Cnooc – gutsy call

    There is just one more vote to be cast. Cnooc, the state-controlled Chinese oil and gas producer, will buy Nexen, a Canadian...

  5. October 8, 2012

    NOCs: Need for energy is driving force behind global thirst for assets

    For decades criticised as overstaffed, uncompetitive and politically driven, national oil companies have long been...

  6. September 23, 2012

    Cnooc / Nexen – decision time looms

    If governing is about choosing, a couple of governments have a big choice to make in the next few weeks. Shareholders of...

  7. September 11, 2012

    Oil tie-up is test for US deal-watchers

    The most closely watched deal in the US energy industry this year is the takeover of one company based in Calgary by another...

  8. August 21, 2012

    Cnooc hit by high costs and lower output

    Cnooc, China’s main offshore oil and gas producer, posted an unexpectedly large 19 per cent drop in net profit in the first...

  9. July 27, 2012

    Cnooc draws significant line in oil sands

    On Monday two big companies you may not have heard of sealed a deal. Cnooc, one of China’s largest oil companies, plans to...

  10. beyondbrics

    July 24, 2012

    Further reading: problems with the ex

    Tuesday’s picks from the BB team: Lat Am’s former presidents keep hanging around; the causes for optimism concerning China’s...

  11. beyondbrics

    July 24, 2012

    Market frowns on Cnooc deal

    Cnooc’s deal to buy Canada’s Nexen would be China’s biggest foreign acquisition, if it goes through. But the price tag –...

  12. FT Alphaville

    July 23, 2012

    The Closer

    ROUND UP Spanish funding fears depressed US stocks. Spain’s two-year bond yields rose by the most in one day since the...

  13. July 23, 2012

    Cnooc heeds lessons of failed Unocal bid

    The last time a Chinese oil company announced an acquisition worth more than $10bn in North America, it met with vehement...

  14. FT Alphaville

    July 23, 2012

    Cnooc-Nexen, and a Brent outing

    China buys two North Sea oil fields on the same day. Coincidence — or a sign of change coming to the oil market’s biggest...

  15. July 23, 2012

    Cnooc / Nexen – another tilt

    If at first you don’t succeed, flash a fat wallet and try again. Seven years after dropping its bid for Unocal due to...

  16. July 23, 2012

    China bids $15bn for Canada’s Nexen

    China’s Cnooc has agreed to buy a Canadian oil group for $15.1bn plus debt, the largest overseas acquisition by a Chinese...

  17. July 11, 2012

    China sale last hope for Hawker business jets

    Hawker Beechcraft is likely to cease production of business jets with the loss of thousands of jobs if it fails to conclude...

  18. June 20, 2012

    Sinopec eyes move for Chesapeake assets

    Sinopec, the Chinese oil and gas group, is considering bidding for billions of dollars worth of assets owned by Chesapeake...

  19. March 29, 2012

    Chinese groups to focus on shale exploration

    China’s state-owned oil companies reported record revenues in 2011 due to high oil global prices, highlighting their growing...

  20. March 28, 2012

    The great leap abroad

    Not too long ago, Chinese companies were considered an afterthought when bankers were compiling buyer lists for deals. But...

  21. December 16, 2011

    ENN/Sinopec vs China Gas

    Something extraordinary happened in Hong Kong this week. Two listed Chinese companies announced their intention to make an...

  22. October 10, 2011

    Sinopec makes C$2.2bn bid for Canada’s Daylight

    China’s Sinopec has offered C$2.2bn (US$2.1bn) to buy Canadian oil and gas firm Daylight Energy, the latest in a series of...

  23. July 20, 2011

    Cnooc / Opti

    Six years after being rebuffed by Washington on its Unocal acquisition and shortly after fellow Chinese oil producer...

  24. May 11, 2011

    China’s spending spree deserves three cheers

    Hardly a day goes by without news of yet another foray by Chinese companies abroad. In their hunger for commodities,...

  25. March 27, 2011

    March of protectionism takes a turn with handbags

    It is tempting to dismiss last week’s moves against takeovers in Italy and the UK as merely petty. In a global context, that...

  26. March 3, 2011

    Japan and S Korea groups take rare metal stake

    Japan and South Korea have joined forces to secure supplies of a rare metal crucial to high-grade steel production,...

  27. March 3, 2011

    Japan and S Korea groups take rare metal stake

    Japan and South Korea have joined forces to secure supplies of a rare metal crucial to high-grade steel production,...

  28. FT Alphaville

    February 1, 2011

    Cnooc strikes second US shale deal

    Cnooc, China’s largest offshore oil and gas producer, will invest up to $1.3bn in its second deal with Chesapeake Energy to...

  29. January 31, 2011

    Cnooc strikes second US shale deal

    Cnooc, China’s largest offshore oil and gas producer, will invest up to $1.3bn in a new deal with Chesapeake Energy that...

  30. November 7, 2010

    China goes into oil overdrive

    Chinese companies have spent $24.6bn on overseas oil andgas acquisitions so far thisyear, accounting for a fifth of deal...

  31. October 27, 2010

    US rare-earths concern says it can beat Chinese

    If rare-earth mining companies are the new dotcom stocks, as one analyst has put it, then Molycorp looks the most like...

  32. FT Alphaville

    October 11, 2010

    Assessing Cnooc's $1.1bn US shale stake

    Shares in Chinese offshore oil giant Cnooc have hit a three-year high after the company unveiled a $1.1bn stake in a US...

  33. October 11, 2010

    Cnooc to buy stake in US shale oil and gas

    Cnooc has agreed to pay just over $1bn for a stake in a large shale oil and gas project in Texas in the first step by the...

  34. September 9, 2010

    Sinochem-Potash

    One result of the financial crisis is that hostility now pays. Between 2000 and 2008, on global Dealogic data, almost...

  35. September 9, 2010

    Sinochem / PotashCorp

    One lesson of the financial crisis is that hostility pays. Between 2000 and 2008, on global Dealogic data, almost two-thirds...

  36. August 19, 2010

    China chiefs split top roles in push for board independence

    Two of the most senior managers at Chinese state-owned enterprises resigned from their chief executive posts on Thursday,...

  37. August 19, 2010

    CNOOC’s Fu to step down as chief executive

    Fu Chengyu resigned from his position as CNOOC’s chief executive on Thursday, in a sign that he is gradually stepping aside...

  38. August 4, 2010

    Why America sees red in corporate China

    Huawei, one of the world’s top telecommunications equipment manufacturers, likes to portray itself as an innovative,...

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