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A new M&A wave for upstream E&P – could it be the final wave?

A year on from being hit by some of the biggest challenges the upstream exploration and production (E&P) sector has faced and so far in 2021, we have seen a greater volume of disclosed North Sea deal value than in the whole of 2020.

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Oil price war may trap private-equity firms in North Sea

The last time crude prices crashed in 2014, the North Sea looked like a treasure trove for private equity looking to buy cheap assets, build them up and sell for a profit. Now, just as these firms are seeking an exit, the oil-price war might leave them trapped