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Deals of the Year 2012: Sinopec

Size Acquisition of a 49% equity interest in Talisman’s UK subsidiary for $1.5 billion in cash
Advisers HSBC (Sinopec), JP Morgan (Talisman)
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Sinopec’s acquisition of a 49% equity interest in Talisman’s UK subsidiary for $1.5 billion in cash stood out not least because it was among the first high-profile acquisitions by a Chinese state-owned enterprise in the North Sea, one of the world’s most important oil and gas fields. The joint-venture structure allowed Sinopec to benefit from the well-established capability of TEUK in mature field operations and field-life extensions, with a rapid execution timeline. The transaction gave Sinopec a North Sea presence in line with the stated group strategy of establishing regional hubs across international oil and gas provinces. HSBC acted as the sole adviser to Sinopec, while JPMorgan advised Talisman. For HSBC, internal teams combined across the franchise – including Beijing, Hong Kong, Calgary and London – to implement the deal, demonstrating the need for a global team on a transaction of this nature.

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