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Dusting off the Shell BP merger files

Shell and the forerunner of BP bribed a famous politician to facilitate a merger  According to Sir Martin Gilbert, the official biographer of Winston Churchill, Royal Dutch Shell and BP (then called Burmah Anglo-Persian Oil Company), were in merger discussions in 1923. Extract from a BBC News Magazine article published 22 Jan 2015 10. Cash for […]

Detoxifying Shell’s online image: Possible or Impossible? 

By John Donovan  Royal Dutch Shell has appointed Possible as its global digital agency, starting with corporate brand work. Seems a safe assumption that one important aspect will be an attempt to detoxify the reputation of Shell, which has recently agreed to pay huge settlements of litigation arising from environmental pollution in Nigeria and the […]

CEO Ben van Beurden finally endorses Shell Business Principles

By John Donovan After our long campaign for Ben van Beurden, the Chief Executive Officer of Royal Dutch Shell Plc, to sign Shell’s statement of General Business Principles, he has at last got round to doing so. I do not know what the reluctance was about, or why it took a year of cajoling on our […]

Shell, Eni, and the $533 million paid out in Nigerian bribes

In October 2014 the media reported that Italian prosecutors were alleging that half of the $1.1 billion paid for an oil producing lease (OPL) by Eni and Royal Dutch Shell had gone on bribes to Nigerian politicians, intermediaries and others. Extracts from an article by Babajide Oladipo Ogundipe: 8 December 2014 In October 2014 the […]

Update on OSSL Shell Scandal

By John Donovan At the weekend I published an article under the headline: “Irish Police reopen and expand investigation into Shell corruption case?” A question mark was placed at the end of the headline to denote a degree of uncertainty.  This is my take on the actual situation according to information I have received today. […]

SHELL DEFAMATION CASE HAS PROFOUND IMPLICATIONS

In 2009, Shell Oil Co. was facing allegations of international bribery in Nigeria. It told federal prosecutors that one of its employees approved and facilitated the bribes and then lied about his role to company lawyers. In 2010, the case took an unexpected turn. The employee, senior petroleum engineer Robert Writt, sued for defamation. He […]

Irish Police reopen and expand investigation into Shell corruption case?

By John Donovan According to an insider source, the Irish Police Garda Ombudsman Commission has reopened and expanded an investigation into evidence of corruption surrounding the Corrib Gas Project in Ireland. I understand that this development was prompted by new evidence published on this website in relation to the whistleblower Irish company OSSL. Its directors […]

Wanted: Shell Senior Legal Counsel to evade Anti Bribery and Corruption laws?

Unfortunately it is unclear if the lucky applicant is expected to advise Shell employees on how to avoid falling foul of bribery and corruption laws, or how to get round them. I suppose its a fine distinction. By John Donovan Just spotted an advert for the job of Senior Legal Counsel for Anti Bribery and Corruption […]

IRISH GOVERNMENT RESPONSE ON OSSL/SHELL SCANDAL

In addition to these issues being pursued by Irish TD’s seeking the truth, I now intend to bring these matters to the attention of the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission in relation to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. I will also be circulating a full brief, supported by hard evidence, to every US Senator and […]

Danger to Shell from Class Action Lawsuits Arising from Bribery

By John Donovan Two articles have just been published about bribery that have relevance to Shell and its shareholders. An article by The Economist under the headline “Graft work” makes the point that “The most briberiddled sectors are oil, gas, mining, construction and transport.” Extract GONE are the days when multinationals could book bribes paid […]

Prospects of a Shell BP merger

FROM A REGULAR CONTRIBUTOR Firstly, falls in oil price and resulting low stock prices tend to result in waves of takeovers. Examples during the low price era of the late 1990s – early 2000s: · Exxon took over Mobil · Statoil took over Saga, Norsk Hydro · Chevron took over Texaco, Unocal · Total took […]