THE INTERNATIONAL Financial Corporation has persuaded a band of top commercial banks to join it in investing in Russian oil giant Lukoil, so it can exploit the Karachaganak oil, gas, and condensate field. The banks involved are ABN-AMRO Bank, Bayerische Hypo- und Vereinsbank Aktiengesellschaft, Crédit Lyonnais, ING Bank, Natexis Banques Populaires, RZB-Austria, SG Investment Banking, and WestLB.

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