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Pressures Over Sale to Russian Firm Crimean Crisis Is Seen as Potentially Weighing on Morgan Stanley's Planned Oil Deal With Rosneft

April 13, 2014, The Wall Street Journal

Covington partner Mark Plotkin is quoted regarding the proposal from Russia's biggest oil producer, OAO Rosneft, which is state-controlled, to purchase Morgan Stanley's oil-trading unit, which needs U.S. government approval by the Committee on Foreign Investment: "If it's turned down, it could look like they're bending to political will. I think it's a bad case either way.

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