Royal Dutch Shell & Eni

Barclays is an investor in both, Royal Dutch Shell and Eni. The two companies currently face corruption charges over a $1.3bn Nigerian oil deal. Allegedly, the two oil companies paid bribes to win a licence in 2011 for a highly-valued oil field off the west African coast. Moreover, Shell and Eni were allegedly aware that the majority of that sum was destined, not for Nigeria’s national coffers, but for a company controlled by a convicted money launderer. It is alleged that hundreds of millions of dollars were then distributed to a number of middlemen and well-connected officials, among them the former Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan. Thus, some of the most senior executives of two of the biggest companies in the world could face prison sentences.