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BG Group Bid Speculation: Chris Finlayson, Shell’s secret weapon?

Screen Shot 2014-04-29 at 10.59.47Leads me to speculate whether Chris Finlayson was infiltrated into BG Group by Royal Dutch Shell for surreptitious purposes, including dragging the company down. If so, he appears to have done a magnificent job.

By John Donovan

BG Group has been the subject of bid speculation for a long time. e.g.

Extract from the FT article:

However, a top 10 shareholder said that, with BG now rudderless, it had become a prime takeover target. “It’s a green light to a potential bidder….”

ExxonMobil is identified as one such potential bidder.

According to an email I received this morning from a Shell source: “BG… reserves might also be good for Shell…”

Shell has certainly flirted with the idea many times.

Leads me to speculate whether Chris Finlayson was infiltrated into BG Group by Royal Dutch Shell for surreptitious purposes, including dragging the company down. 

If so, he appears to have done a magnificent job. 

UPDATE

Exxon, Shell Have Capacity for BG Bid After CEO Exit (Bloomberg News 29 April 2014)

Extract

Exxon Mobil (XOM:US) Corp., Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) and Chevron Corp. (CVX:US) have the capacity to bid for BG Group Plc (BG/) after Chief Executive Officer Chris Finlayson resigned yesterday, said RBC Capital Markets.

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