Saudi Aramco has asked its advisers to suspend investor relations work, according to reports

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Saudi Aramco is said to be still exploring all options (Source: Getty)

Oil giant Saudi Aramco, which has caused controversy in the City over its rumoured plan to list on the London Stock Exchange, has asked its investor relations advisors to suspend their work according to a report from Reuters.

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The Saudi Arabian state-owned company had employed FTI Consulting in relation to its planned £1.5bn initial public offering.

But a report citing unnamed sources that the firm had been called off the case has sparked speculation that Aramco may have given up on a listing outside its home market.

This was fuelled by a Reuters report from yesterday which claimed that China was interested in buying a five per cent stake directly.

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But a person with knowledge of the matter told City A.M. that the oil company was still exploring all options.

According to Reuters, one of the sources said Aramco might simply be looking to broaden the role of its current media adviser Brunswick into the investor relations field.

Brunswick and FTI Consulting declined to comment.

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