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Case Title:

Mergers and Acquisitions in Russian Oil Sector: The FDI Factor

Publication Year : 2005

Authors: Monami Sengupta & Umashanker Shastry

Industry: Oil and Natural Gas


Case Code: MAA0033

Teaching Note:  Not Available

Structured Assignment:  Not Available

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Russia was the leading oil exporter in the erstwhile USSR. The collapse of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s led to a sudden decline in Russia's oil productivity. However, after a brief spell of oil and financial crises, there was revival in oil production from 1999. Russian oil soon became the cynosure for foreign investments. Many European and American oil giants renewed their interests in the Russian oil sector. This was despite the Yukos Oil controversy that had for a while, shocked western oil companies. The arrival of British Petroleum in 2003, Total of France and Conocophilips of the United States in 2004 further underlined Russia's oil potential.

Pedagogical Objectives:

  • To discuss the evolution and growth of oil sector in Russia and the role played by Foreign Direct Investment in Russia's growing oil potential
  • To discuss the effects of Russian oil sector on other oil producing countries in the world
  • To discuss the reasons why Russia continues to resist joining OPEC.

Keywords : Oil production,Government and Business Environment Case Study, Soviet Union break, Reforms, Administrative policies, Vertical integration, BP-TNK merger, Yukos issue, Creation of largest companies in Russia, Total's move, Conocophilips venture, Lukoil merger, Gazprom merger, Government regulations, Oil exports, OPEC

Contents : 
Evolving phase for investments since 1991
The FDI wave takes off
YUKOS—Its doom
Break of a new dawn
Box: Gazprom’s Oil Venture
Lifting the ring fence
Russia’s largest integrated oil & gas company

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