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China Inc. goes private -- one mediocre piece at a time

Beijing's restructuring of state-owned enterprises will generate some opportunities for foreign investors, but in a seller's market the government is always looking out mainly for itself. Continue reading

Cooler heads prevail: Why mediation is growing as a tool in bankruptcy

Warring parties prefer backroom discussions instead of intense litigation battles in court. But timing is everything and the choice of mediator is crucial. Continue reading

Noble Energy picks up crosstown explorer Rosetta Resources for $3.9B

The all-stock deal is the first of what's expected to be a wave of corporate mergers in the U.S. oil and gas industry after the fall in oil prices. Continue reading

Why Chesapeake Energy's struggles continue in the post-McClendon era

The oil and gas company successfully detangled its rat's nest and shed $6 billion in assets, but production cuts and debt stand in the way of a full recovery. Continue reading

Antitrust protections no 'road map' for merger challenges, regulators say

Common fear that merger agreement covenants will tip off officials to competitive harms called unfounded. Continue reading

For these five companies, the ability to find oil and gas will make it easier to find buyers

Eclipse, Gulfport, RSP Permian, Synergy and Sanchez Energy post the best reserve replacement ratios. Companies falling short -- like Chevron and BP -- could be tempted into an acquisition. Continue reading

As DryShips works to pay down debt, negative headwinds could loom

The maritime transportation company is selling some ships to its CEO, but a major hedge fund investor has reduced its stake, and an industry consultant is negative on the sale. Continue reading

Oil giant Shell strikes $70B deal to buy U.K.'s BG Group

The Anglo-Dutch oil producer offers a 50% premium to BG's Tuesday closing price in the biggest takeover agreement in the sector since the 1999 creation of ExxonMobil. Continue reading

A dozen producers ready to ride the coming surge in natural gas prices

Falling production and increased consumption should boost the clean-burning fuel. Even Chesapeake Energy, a former punching bag for short sellers, should be a big winner. Continue reading

Airlines could use a dose of higher fuel prices to curb the expansion impulse

Domestic carriers rallied last year as costs fell. An uptick now could check profit-draining capacity creep. Continue reading

Insurgents know no bounds when it comes to the FTC

Antitrust hurdles? What antitrust hurdles? Activists often don't see any real regulatory problems. Continue reading

Danger lurks for debt investors in the oil and gas fields

Funds aimed at distressed energy firms have proliferated, but pitfalls await overzealous managers. Continue reading

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Claire Poole

Senior Writer: Energy

Private equity firms face difficulty in energy investing due to declining commodity prices, fierce competition

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