M&A
Shale-gas expertise drives Schlumberger take over of Smith International
6 April 2010
The $11bn take over of Smith gives Schlumberger greater access to North America's fast-growing shale-gas market and promises a shake-up of the oilfield services sector, Conal Walsh writes
The next wave of M&A activity: North American shale gas
1 February 2010
The shale-gas revolution that started with the drillers is entering the boardrooms. Expect the North American natural gas scene to look very different in coming years, writes Derek Brower
Oil and gas M&A set for revival
1 February 2010
With oil and gas companies' balance sheets in better shape and some prime assets back on the market, corporate activity is set to accelerate, writes James Gavin
China's oil sands push
1 October 2009
PetroChina has staked China's claim to Canada's oil sands, providing local developers with an export alternative to the US market, writes Derek Brower
Credit crunch not over for gas
1 October 2009
Some gas companies are struggling to raise finance, others are using innovative means to secure investment, while the Chinese just carry on spending, writes NJ Watson
Inter RAO rises from the ashes of UES
3 August 2009
Russia's electricity-trading monopoly is making inroads into the power generation sector, raising doubts about the government's pledge to privatise the industry, writes Isabel Gorst
GDF Suez: a match made in Paris
9 July 2009
One year on from its controversial merger GDF Suez is defying the doubters with positive results, writes NJ Watson
The last of the big power deals
1 June 2009
M&A activity in the utilities sector has held up in 2009 despite the recession. But a slow-down is on the way, writes Conal Walsh
M&A activity picks up on Aim
1 May 2009
With financing hard to come by and share prices under pressure, oil and gas firms on the Alternative Investment Market are ripe for take-overs, writes NJ Watson
Merger hints at oil-sands revival
1 May 2009
The merger of Suncor and Petro-Canada may be the first of many deals in the oil sands, with the majors looking to build positions while share prices are low, writes WJ Simpson
Surgutneftegaz marches into Hungary
1 May 2009
A deal for a stake in Hungary's Mol shifts momentum in eastern Europe's energy sector back towards the Kremlin, writes Derek Brower
Minnows braced for M&A wave
25 November 2008
The oilfield services sector is being hit harder than most by the collapse of the oil price and financial markets, leaving smaller companies vulnerable to take-overs, writes Ian Lewis
The price is right
1 November 2008
The credit crisis presents cash-rich companies with a buying opportunity, writes Tom Nicholls
IOCs losing ground downstream
1 September 2008
As the majors continue to cede their position in the refining sector to niche players, what is their future role in the downstream industry? Edward Osterwald and Roger Newenham of CRA International write