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Oil price to dip to $50 or even lower?

By John Donovan Recognising the seismic significance of the continuing collapse in the price of oil, The Sunday Times devoted several articles to the subject last weekend. It has done the same again this weekend, with coverage in the main newspaper and in the Business Section. Oil price slump puts explorers up for grabs Predators circle… Extracts […]

Evil repercussions of Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum U.S. Supreme Court Decision

Plaintiff Esther Kiobel (L) joins a protest against Royal Dutch Shell Petroleum in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington October 1, 2012. REUTERS/Gary Cameron By John Donovan Yesterday, Reuters published an article about the legal repercussions in the USA from the landmark decision in 2013 by the U.S. Supreme Court in the famed Kiobel v. […]

Oil price slump could trigger a wave of takeovers and mergers of desperation

The author of The Sunday Times article, Danny Fortson, goes on to point out that the oil price slump could lead to a wave of big takeovers, failures and “mergers of desperation,” with BP a potential takeover target… By John Donovan Coverage of the problems facing BP are spread over a number of pages of […]

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 […]

Stichting Shell Pensioenfonds victim of $65 billion Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme

Shell probably hopes that we have all forgotten that Stichting Shell Pensioenfonds was a victim of the $65 billion Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme. By John Donovan Shell probably hopes that we have all forgotten that Stichting Shell Pensioenfonds was a victim of the $65 billion Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme.  Their investment was through Fairfield Sentry, a now-defunct investment fund that […]

Key role of Shell lawyers in pioneering Shell Prelude FLNG

By John Donovan PRELUDE DESIGNED BY SHELL LAWYERS? MORE IMPORTANT ROLE THAN ENGINEERS?  What will Bill Campbell make of the boasts from Shell’s chief lawyer Donny Ching, about the pivotal role of Shell in-house lawyers in the world’s first floating liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility, Prelude FLNG? Extracts from an article about Donny Ching published by […]

Shell’s Unloved Business Principles

By John Donovan I have published a number of articles highlighting the fact that Shell appears to have no regard at all for its own claimed business principles displayed on the Internet, which have not been signed/endorsed by the current CEO Ben van Beurden.  Shell’s disdain for its governing constitution, Shell Business Principles CEO Ben van […]

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 […]