Michael O'Neil

Michael O'Neil

K&L Gates LLP

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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 SSIL 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 - 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 Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act

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