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Shell shareholders vote for BG Group takeover despite opposition

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Terry Macalister Energy editor: Wednesday 27 January 2016 14.25 GMT

At a specially convened general meeting in The Hague on Wednesday, 83% of Shell shareholders voted for the acquisition, despite claims that the Anglo Dutch group was paying too much for its rival during a period of collapsing oil prices.

The reputation of Ben van Beurden, the Shell chief executive, was challenged by the deal, which was opposed by large sections of the City as well as leading shareholders such as Standard Life.

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