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Slick deal

5 December 2012 By Kevin Allison, Christopher Swann

The miner’s complex plans to buy oil explorers Plains and McMoRan swiftly erased $5 bln of value. Freeport Chairman Jim Bob Moffett also runs and partly owns McMoRan, which gets a rich 74 pct premium. The strategic and governance bravado affirm the industry’s Wild West culture.

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