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The instruction is a coup for Clifford Chance partner Geraint Hughes, who has fostered the Shell relationship with a string of deals during the past 18 months, culminating in this transaction, which could be worth up to $3bn (£1.6bn). Hughes and Clifford Chance declined the opportunity to comment.
A Slaughters partner said: “Following Shell’s panel review we wouldn’t expect to be instructed on every transaction.”
In a separate development, Shell is looking to beef up its in-house team in the Hague, with the addition of a senior US securities attorney.
Shell’s UK general counsel Richard Wiseman told The Lawyer: “That is a direct response to the events of last year. There was a recognition that we needed to build up the in-house expertise in that area.”
The oil company was plunged into controversy last year after it overstated its oil reserves. A High Court case is pending.