Sunday telephone call sparked $70 billion Shell-BG deal

April 8, 2015 2:55 PM

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Shell's purchase of smaller rival BG, the third largest oil and gas merger ever, was prompted by a phone call on a Sunday in the middle of March between Shell's ambitious and acquisitive CEO Ben Van Beurden and BG's veteran chairman Andrew Gould.

Helping to make it happen were three bankers who have advised on some of the oil industry's biggest takeovers -- Alastair Maxwell from Goldman Sachs, Julian Mylchreest from Bank of America Merrill Lynch and former Morgan Stanley star deal maker Simon Robey, now with his own boutique firm Robey Warsh...

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