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Shell wins backing for its planned UK switch

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Shell wins backing for its planned UK switch

Plans by Royal Dutch Shell to unify its dual-share structure and move its headquarters and tax base from the Netherlands to Britain have won the backing of an influential shareholder advisory group.

Glass Lewis recommended that investors back the proposed changes to Shell’s articles of association in a vote on December 10 that also would lead to the oil company losing “Royal Dutch” from its name.

The plans have the backing, too, of CalSTRS, the California State Teachers’ Retirement System, America’s second largest public pension fund with more than $320 billion under management. It took a leading role in forcing board changes at ExxonMobil, the American oil major, this year.

Shell needs approval from 75 per cent of shareholders for its proposals, which have provoked…

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