THE HAGUE, January 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ —
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Royal Dutch Shell plc (“Shell”) (NYSE:RDS.A)(NYSE:RDS.B) notes the positive result of the BG Group plc (“BG”) shareholder meetings held earlier today and is pleased to note that BG shareholders voted in favour of the recommended combination between Shell and BG. Further details on the resolutions passed by the BG shareholders can be found at http://www.bg-group.com.
The transaction is expected to complete on February 15, 2016, subject to the satisfaction or waiver of certain customary conditions, including the sanction of the scheme of arrangement to implement the combination by the High Court of Justice.
Commenting on the BG shareholder vote, Ben van Beurden, CEO of Shell, said:
“I am very pleased that BG shareholders have voted in favour of the combination and look forward to welcoming them onto our register when the transaction closes. BG adds attractive deep water and integrated gas positions and will act as a catalyst for accelerating the re-shaping of our business. We now look forward delivering the benefits of the combination as quickly as possible following completion.”
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