Shell in court over improper behaviour claims

Royal Dutch Shell’s plans to complete its corporate restructuring have been
thrown into jeopardy by a London-based hedge fund.

Trafalgar Asset Managers is set to apply for a court injunction in the
Netherlands to stop the company from buying out its last few minority
shareholders from the Dutch half of the oil giant, Royal Dutch.

The Sunday Times reports that Trafalgar has claimed that during the
merger of the two businesses, which followed investor pressure for change after
its oil reserves accounting scandal, the oil giant behaved ‘improperly’.

Large investors in the two companies were offered shares in the new UK-listed
group, but minority shareholders were just offered cash.

Trafalgar argues that shareholders have not been offered enough for their
holdings, at only 26.1 euros per share (£17.58).

In court tomorrow, the hedge fund will also claim that the Shell board is not
independent, as the same directors have sat on the boards of both companies that
have been merged.

Shell told the Sunday Times that it would not comment ahead of
Tuesday’s hearing.

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