Sales of the century
1 April 2006
The European Commission says it intends to clamp down on the large-scale mergers that are threatening to kill off competition. But few expect the wave of M&A taking place among Europe's gas and power firms to end just yet. NJ Watson reports
Feeding the dragon
29 November 2005
The relentless drive by Chinese energy companies to buy overseas oil and gas assets is likely to be constrained by foreign politics, writes NJ Watson
China beats India to PetroKazakhstan
1 October 2005
If at first you don't succeed, try, try and try again. NJ Watson reports on CNPC's acquisition of PetroKazakhstan
BITs provide bite
1 September 2005
The Serbian government expects to raise about $3.6bn this year by privatising controlling interests in a number of banks and large businesses. Anthony Sinclair and Sunil Puri, international arbitration group, Allen & Overy, explain why bilateral investment treaties should be considered by would-be foreign investors
Law firms spread their wings
1 June 2005
International law firms are expanding their reach to service the needs of an increasingly complex and global oil and gas industry, where deals are often multi-jurisdictional and competition comes from all sides, writes Martin Clark
The routes to growth
1 June 2005
For some, the romance of oil exploration – drilling wells in exotic locations and the thrill of discovery – is what the industry is all about. Yet modern-day business pressures are forcing energy companies to seek out growth opportunities elsewhere – notably through acquisitions, writes Martin Clark