Wednesday, September 10, 2008
TNK-BP to hold IPO after 2010 - Vekselberg
MOSCOW, September 9 (RIA Novosti) - The Russian-British joint oil venture TNK-BP will hold an initial public offering after 2010, Viktor Vekselberg, one of the four major Russian shareholders in the company, said Tuesday. The British oil giant and the Alfa Access-Renova consortium of Russian billionaire shareholders signed last week a memorandum of understanding that should put an end to their protracted dispute over the joint oil venture's management. It includes an option to sell up to 20% of a TNK-BP subsidiary through an IPO on international financial markets. The deal is a concession by BP to a number of its Russian partners' demands, including the removal of BP-appointed chief executive Robert Dudley, whom they accused of acting in only BP's interests, and the appointment of three independent executives. The British oil major earlier accused the Russian shareholders of orchestrating a state harassment campaign against TNK-BP, Russia's third largest producer, and seeking to seize control of the venture.