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KPMG Advises Sinopec on Acquisition of Talisman’s UK North Sea Business

KPMG Advises Sinopec on Acquisition of ...

Sinopec announced on 23 July 2012 that their overseas investment arm, SIPC, would acquire a 49% equity interest in Talisman Energy Inc.’s UK subsidiary for about US$1.5 billion.


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China Petrochemical Corporation (Sinopec) announced on 23 July 2012 that their overseas investment arm, Sinopec International Petroleum Exploration & Production Corporation (SIPC), would acquire a 49% equity interest in Talisman Energy Inc.’s UK subsidiary for about US$1.5 billion. 

The transaction was completed on 18 December 2012. This acquisition not only provided Sinopec access to the oil & gas business of the UK’s North Sea for the very first time, but also marked a milestone signalling the presence of Chinese energy enterprises in the development of North Sea oil & gas. From a global perspective, it also represented this year’s biggest M&A deal targeting UK oil & gas assets, with the largest announced value.

Honson To, Head of Transactions and Restructuring for KPMG in China, summed up his thinking on the KPMG’s involvement: “We are proud to have advised Sinopec on this transaction. Our team included M&A professionals from China and the UK, working together seamlessly to provide advice on financial and tax due diligence, transaction structuring and financing structuring. Our assistance to Sinopec will continue post transaction. China’s outbound investments have rapidly increased over the last few years as more Chinese companies globalize. We expect the trend to continue.” 

Peter Fung, Chairman of KPMG’s Global China Practice (GCP), further commented, “We congratulate Sinopec on another successful global acquisition, one which demonstrates Chinese enterprises’ increasingly important role in the international M&A market. KPMG has long stood by Chinese companies in their quest to ‘Go Global’ - KPMG was involved in 10 out of the top 20 M&A deals in the 12 months ending 30 September 2012, including the largest-ever China outbound transaction. Looking ahead, we believe that more Chinese enterprises will seek global acquisitions and GCP is dedicated to serve them in the process, by integrating the firm’s international resources and deploying the most appropriate professionals with the right background and project experience.” 


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