Michael O'Neil

Michael O'Neil

K&L Gates LLP

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Recent Settlements Signal Increased Political Law Enforcement by Government Officials

The U.S. government reached settlements with two federal lobbyist registrants recently in what appears to signal increased enforcement of political activity laws. On August 28, 2015, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the...more

10/6/2015 - Campaign Contributions Campaign Finance Reform Civil Monetary Penalty Compliance Creditors Debt Collection DOJ Enforcement Actions Federal Election Commission (FEC) Lobbying Lobbying Disclosure Act Lobbyists PACs Political Campaigns Settlement Trade Associations

Ferry Service Between The United States And Cuba—Imminent Or Not?

Recent decisions by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the Department of Treasury have increased the prospects for regular air and vessel service to and from Cuba. Those decisions do not open the floodgates for...more

6/12/2015 - Aviation Industry BIS Coast Guard Cuba Licensing Rules OFAC Ports Shipping Trade Relations Travelers U.S. Treasury Vessels Visas

Regulating Exploration on the Arctic OCS: U.S. Federal Regulators Propose Rules for Oil and Gas Exploratory Drilling on the Arctic...

In recent years, the energy industry has expressed significant interest in investigating submerged lands on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) in the Arctic for commercial quantities of oil and natural gas. The...more

2/25/2015 - Arctic Drilling BOEM BSEE Energy Sector Exploration and Production Assets Legal History NPRM Offshore Drilling Oil & Gas Regulatory Standards Well Drilling

U.S. Government Implements Cuba Policy Changes

On January 16, 2015, the Office of Foreign Assets Control, U.S. Department of the Treasury (“OFAC”), and the Bureau of Industry and Security, U.S. Department of Commerce (“BIS”), each published regulations implementing the...more

1/26/2015 - Amended Regulation Banking Sector Barack Obama BIS CACR Cuba Embargo Executive Orders Export Administration Regulations Export Controls Exports Imports OFAC Sanctions Telecommunications Trade Relations Travel Permits U.S. Treasury

Cybersecurity: The Obama Administration Proposes Legislation - Proposals Would Standardize Breach Notification Requirements,...

On January 13, 2015, in response to the continuing onslaught of cyber attacks, including the recent cybersecurity attack and data loss at Sony Pictures Entertainment, the Obama Administration sent to Congress three...more

1/21/2015 - Barack Obama Breach Notification Rule CFTC Cyber Attacks Cybersecurity Enforcement Actions FTC Information Sharing Legislative Agendas OCC Popular SEC Sony

National Political Parties Get a Christmas Bonus: Major Campaign Finance Provisions in Must-Pass Legislation

Congressional appropriators released the details of the FY15 funding bill (the “Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act,” or “Cromnibus”) on December 9, 2014, funding the federal government at $1.013 trillion...more

12/12/2014 - Campaign Contributions Campaign Finance Reform Political Campaigns Political Parties

2014 Midterm Elections: Implications for U.S. LNG Exports

Federal elections held nationwide on November 4 ushered in Republican control of the U.S. Senate and expanded the Republican majority in the U.S. House of Representatives. The Republicans now hold majorities in both houses of...more

11/24/2014 - Election Results Legislative Agendas Natural Gas Oil & Gas

FERC Issues Declaratory Orders in Shell and Pivotal Proceedings Related to LNG Production Facilities

On September 4, 2014, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC” or the “Commission”) issued declaratory orders in response to two petitions, each seeking a jurisdictional determination under the Natural Gas Act (“NGA”)...more

9/18/2014 - FERC Liquid Natural Gas Natural Gas Oil & Gas Pipelines Shell Oil Surface Transportation Trucking Industry

United States and European Union Ratchet Up Russia Sanctions

On July 16, 2014, the United States ratcheted up its sanctions on Russia in connection with escalating tensions in Eastern Ukraine. Specifically, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”)...more

7/22/2014 - Banking Sector BIS Energy Sector OFAC Russia Sanctions SDN List U.S. Treasury Ukraine

D.C. Circuit to FERC: Environmental Review of “Related” Pipeline Expansion Projects Must Consider Cumulative Effects, Even After...

On June 6, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia issued a decision in Delaware Riverkeeper Network, et al. v. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, that could significantly impact efforts to expand...more

6/20/2014 - Appeals Energy Energy Projects Environmental Policies FERC Marcellus Shale Natural Gas NEPA Pipelines Renewable Energy

DOE Announces Fundamental Shift in LNG Export Authorization Policy

On Thursday, 29 May 2014, the U.S. Department of Energy (“DOE”) announced a proposed change to the procedures it will use to process applications to export LNG to non-free trade agreement (“non-FTA”) countries. This is a...more

6/6/2014 - Applications DOE Environmental Assessments Exports FERC Greenhouse Gas Emissions Liquid Natural Gas Natural Gas NEPA Non-FTA Countries Oil & Gas Proposed Amendments

A Guide to Political and Lobbying Activities

The U.S. Supreme Court on April 2 struck down an aggregate cap on individual contributions over a two-year election cycle to federal candidates, parties and political committees. (McCutcheon v. Fed. Election Comm’n, 572 U.S....more

4/29/2014 - Federal Election Commission (FEC) Lobbying McCutcheon v. FEC Political Campaigns

M&A in the United States: What Korean Companies Need to Know about CFIUS Review in 2013

On March 15, 2012, the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS FTA) entered into force. The KORUS FTA, the United States’ most commercially significant free trade agreement since the North American Free Trade Agreement...more

7/16/2013 - Acquisitions CFIUS Exports Free Trade Agreement Mergers Oil & Gas Tariffs

M&A in the United States: What Chinese Cleantech Companies Need to Know about

China’s investments in the U.S. have increased rapidly and will continue to grow in order to acquire advanced technology, real estate, market channels and other assets. With solar module oversupply continuing through 2013 and...more

3/4/2013 - CFIUS China Clean Tech Exon-Florio National Security

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