Breaking up BHP is hard to do

A demerger of BHP Billiton's non-core assets aligns with the company's desire to simplify its structure, but its status as a dual-listed entity would make for an unwieldy unwinding process.

This week’s intense speculation about the prospect of a demerger of BHP Billiton’s non-core assets has underplayed one of the central aspects of the group’s structure: the fact that it is a dual-listed entity.

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