Gulf Keystone settles its spat with investors

City A.M. Reporter
OIL explorer Gulf Keystone Petroleum has withdrawn its opposition to four directors proposed by shareholder M&G Recovery Fund, ending a row with its biggest investors over corporate governance.

Gulf Keystone said in a statement over the weekend that it had reached a “constructive agreement” with shareholders regarding the shape of its board.

Meanwhile, M&G Recovery Fund, holding 5.1 per cent of the company, and Capital Research Global Investors, with 5.6 per cent, will back the appointment of former Glencore chairman Simon Murray as non-executive chairman, the company said.

“I am pleased that unity of purpose has been restored,” Murray said.

“We can now return our focus to the important objective of creating value for all shareholders and continue to deliver operational success.”

Gulf Keystone, which is focused on oil fields in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, this month appointed Murray to head the board, splitting the chairman and chief executive roles to improve governance.