During the pit of BP despair, when its counterparties began declaring that it would no longer engage the firm in oil trades, it lost a number of employees, including 20 traders who were based in Hong Kong.
Now it’s suing.
The company has filed a lawsuit against the former senior staff in Singapore, after around 20 employees left in quick succession last month.
In court documents, BP claims that the unit’s head of trading and legal manager orchestrated a mass departure and conducted negotiations with Brightoil, a Hong Kong-listed competitor.
Details are unclear, though suits in these situations are fairly common. The traders intend to fully defend themselves, though they’ve yet to file an official response.