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As time goes by, shareholders gain power but add little

An alternative to single or dual class structures, popular in France, seems to have no effect on valuation. Few U.S. companies adopt the scheme, which encourages long-term holdings. Continue reading

Uranium Energy raising $10M after research report causes shares to drop 26%

The uranium mining company is selling stock in a private placement to two institutional investors despite the report claiming that Uranium Energy paid for a stock promotion. Continue reading

Three oil companies fattening up into attractive takeover targets

Callon Petroleum, Concho Resources and Jones Energy are rolling up assets and could be picked off themselves as M&A activity reignites in the sector. Continue reading

The five worst boards of 2015

Executive compensation is the most common problem among these vulnerable companies, with entrenched directors and undemocratic voting methods also drawing criticism. Continue reading

For Johnson Controls, a split creates opportunity and vulnerability

The move to shed its automotive unit provides the firepower necessary to build the remaining businesses. It also leaves the company small enough to be swallowed by a rival. Continue reading

How to separate the risky from the safe among oil and gas companies

Seven operators are pretty good bets amid lower commodity prices, but six others are struggling with losses and high debt loads. Continue reading

Oil producer Afren misses payment on $360M note as debt restructuring nears

Afren expects to have defaulted on all three of its bonds by next month as creditors await shareholder approval for a restructuring that will wipe out their equity. Continue reading

Adam Gottbetter, securities lawyer, reverse merger adviser, sentenced to 1.5 years for conspiracy

The founder of Gottbetter & Partners, Gottbetter Capital and Gottbetter Capital Markets also agreed to pay $4.6 million in a settlement with the SEC. Continue reading

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

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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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