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Operating in Europe, North Africa and Asia Pacific, this gas-focused explorer and producer was founded in 2015 by energy industry veteran Sam Laidlaw, 64, with major investors including China Investment Corporation and Carlyle Group. In 2019, under chief executive Jim House, 59, it reported sales of £1.7bn. In May, it withdrew from a deal to buy $250m of North Sea assets from the Italian utility company Edison, and in June announced plans to cut 400 jobs globally — a fifth of its workforce.

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Company details
CompanyNeptune Energy
ActivityOil & gas exploration and production
LocationCentral London
Sales £m1,726
Profit £m1,173
Year endDec 19
Principal shareholdersChina Investment Corporation (49%), Carlyle Group (30.6%), CVC Capital Partners (20.4%)

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