BP to push through share swap next month
Sunday 27 March 2011
Oil giant BP is to push through its £10bn share-swap with Russia's Rosneft – but without the Arctic exploration agreement – despite last week's court ruling that blocked the deal.
BP sources said yesterday that it will try to put the share-swap to the arbitration process on 4 April, the day which allows either party to revisit the tribunal decision.
BP's deal with Rosneft, which has the backing of the Russian government, was thrown into disarray when a Swedish tribunal ruled last Thursday that its Arctic exploration deal would violate previous shareholder agreements with its joint partner, TNK-BP.
The four Russian billionaires who jointly own 50 per cent of TNK-BP – known as Alfa-Access-Renova, or AAR – have been trying to stop the deal since it was revealed amid much fanfare earlier this year. The four, Mikhail Fridman, Len Blavatnik, Viktor Vekselberg and German Khan, want all of BP's dealings in Russia to be conducted through their joint company as Rosneft is seen as a competitor.
But Rosneft, whose chairman is Igor Sechin, Russia's Deputy Prime Minister, is determined to plough ahead and said after the ruling that it was only an injunction which would be overcome.
BP's chief executive, Bob Dudley, is understood to see the latest legal spat as par for the course for pursing his ambition to gain access to the rich Arctic deposits and of doing business in Russia. One way out of the impasse would be for BP to compensate the four Russians to waive their rights under the BP-TNK shareholder deal.
Shares in BP gained 2.65p on Friday to close at 483.55, suggesting investors are confident Mr Dudley will get the deal done.
- 1 What happens to your body when you give up sugar?
- 2 Have sex with your iPad thanks to the new sex toy no-one asked for
- 3 Bali nine: Welcome to 'Execution Island' – the Indonesian holiday resort where foreigners are sent to die
- 4 The 'sex selfie stick' lets you FaceTime the inside of a vagina
- 5 Why you're almost certainly more like your father than your mother
Mark Zuckerberg: Facebook CEO's one simple test for who to hire
Bali nine: Welcome to 'Execution Island' – the Indonesian holiday resort where foreigners are sent to die
'A girl is more responsible for rape than a boy': The statement that shocked the world... except India
The 'sex selfie stick' lets you FaceTime the inside of a vagina
Saudi Arabia executions now at 'unprecedented rate' after kingdom kills four more in two days
Durham Free School: 'Creationism taught at' free school facing closure
Nearly 100,000 of Britain's poorest children go hungry after parents' benefits are cut
End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
Nigel Farage promises Ukip will not 'stigmatise' would-be migrants – and says he wants 'everyone to speak the same language'
Ex-head of MI6: 'We shouldn't kid ourselves that Russia is on a path to democracy'
Most people think legal tax avoidance is just as wrong as illegal tax evasion, poll suggests
iJobs Money & Business
£8 per hour: Recruitment Genius: This Pension Specialist was established early...
£30 - 35k + Bonus & Benefits: Guru Careers: We are seeking an Executive Assist...
£25000 - £30000 per annum + benefits: Ashdown Group: A global leader operating...
Voluntary post, reasonable expenses reimbursed: Reach Volunteering: Would you ...