One of the biggest-ever mergers in the oil industry. The largest corporate bond sale on record. The most lucrative initial public offering in "human history." The timetable: two and a half years.
After a summer when the IPO of Saudi Arabia’s state oil-giant Aramco appeared set for semi-permanent limbo, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has not only revived it, but imposed a schedule for achieving a series of deals that would test any management team.