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Five Key Points about the New European Union Conflict Minerals Agreement

On June 15, the European Union announced that it had reached a “political understanding” on many of the substantive components of a new conflict minerals regulation. The regulation, once drafted, will be submitted to the...more

SEC Proposes Rules to Update Disclosure Requirements for Mining Registrants

On June 16, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC) issued a press release proposing rules to modernize disclosures for mining properties (the “Proposed Rules”), currently set forth in Item 102 of Regulation...more

Delaware Chancery Court Dismisses Challenge to MLP Drop Down Transaction

The Delaware Chancery Court recently dismissed a challenge to a transaction in which a master limited partnership (the "MLP") repurchased an interest in a crude oil pipeline in 2015 previously sold to its general partner (the...more

Will Oil Prices Drop? What’s in Store for the Upstream and Midstream Sectors Ahead

Oil prices hit a seven-month high on Tuesday, with WTI ending the day at $48.31. Prices have been on the rise since hitting lows under $30 in February, with the most recent boost caused by global supply disruptions and...more

Energy Tax Law Alert: IRS Rules That Payment for Intertie Constitutes Taxable Contribution in Aid of Construction

The IRS has issued a private letter ruling concluding that the reimbursement by a solar electric generator of an electric distribution company’s costs to construct an intertie is a contribution in aid of construction under...more

Court Of Chancery Explains What Is Required To Plead Bad Faith

This is an interesting decision for at least two reasons. First, in it the new Vice Chancellor demonstrates that he is both well-versed in Delaware business entity law and fully capable of carrying out the Court of Chancery’s...more

The flight of the operators: Resignation provisions under joint operating agreements

“The Devil is in the details, but so is salvation” - So said Admiral Hyman G Rickover, regarded as the father of the United States’ nuclear powered navy. It is with similar sentiments that both operators and non-operators in...more

Bankruptcy Court Rules that Gathering Agreements Can Be Rejected

Potential Significant Impacts on Midstream Companies - On March 8, 2016, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York (the “Court”) ruled from the bench in In re Sabine Oil & Gas Corp. in a...more

Strategic Considerations for Bridging the Bid-Ask Spread in Upstream M&A During Oil Price Volatility

Oil prices fell on Monday after producers failed to reach agreement on a production cap that would have contracted supply. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) dropped almost 7 percent in early trading, and, although it pared back...more

CFTC Proposes Dodd-Frank Relief to Certain Energy Industry Contracts

The proposal furthers an ongoing effort to minimize Dodd-Frank burdens on commercial end users. On April 4, the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued an order proposing guidance about the Dodd-Frank...more

Offshore Leaks and the New Transparency

Last week’s joint investigation by Huffington Post and Fairfax Media into oil intermediary Unaoil, which offered up revelations that seem to implicate a number of big oil and gas companies in grand corruption, quickly...more

Preparing for a Joint Venture Partner’s Bankruptcy

With the extended collapse in energy prices, many exploration and production (E&P) producers are now focused on not only adjusting their own drilling activities, but also on carefully assessing their partners’ financial...more

Navigant’s Consulting’s Report on Residential Solar Misconstrues Value of Tax Attributes

Navigant Consulting on February 19 submitted a report, Solar Project Return Analysis for Third Party Owned Solar Systems, to the Arizona Public Service (APS). The thesis of the report is that residential solar developers are...more

2015 Energy Year in Review

Akin Gump is pleased to announce it has released its “2015 Energy Year in Review,” which examines the current state of the global energy market and highlights the energy matters with which the firm was involved last year in...more

Jordan Cove LNG Setback

In a move that surprised some industry observers, on March 11, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued an order (the “Order”) that (i) denied Jordan Cove Energy Project, L.P.’s (“Jordan Cove”) application...more

Treatment of Gas Gathering Contracts in Bankruptcy

On March 8, 2016, Judge Shelly Chapman, presiding over the Chapter 11 cases of Sabine Oil & Gas Corporation and its affiliates ("Sabine"), granted Sabine's motion to reject certain midstream agreements between Sabine and...more

New York Bankruptcy Court Authorizes Rejection of Midstream Contracts

Bad news for midstream counterparties of bankrupt oil & gas producers: you may not be able to rely (as much as you might have expected) on covenants “running with the land” to save your contracts from rejection in...more

Sabine ruling: significant impact on future oil and gas exploration, pipeline company restructurings – key takeaways

The US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York has issued a ruling in a chapter 11 case that could have a significant impact on future restructurings in the oil and gas industry....more

Energy Alert: Bankruptcy Court Rejects Midstream Contracts

In a highly anticipated ruling being carefully watched by both distressed upstream producers of natural gas and the pipelines that gather the gas, Judge Shelly Chapman of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern...more

Tax Equity Market Insights from the Infocast Wind Finance Conference

Below are selected insights from the Infocast Wind Finance conference last week in San Diego. First, as an indicator of the overall interest in wind finance, the conference had twice as many registrants as last year. The...more

Evaluating the Health of Loan and Bond Markets for 2016

Corporate borrowers and issuers typically access the credit markets only for need or opportunity, so may not actively monitor loan market conditions. As a leading firm with a nationally ranked practice representing borrowers...more

Iran Sanctions Lifted? Implementation Day Creates Compliance Minefield

U.S.-Iranian relations took a major step forward on January 16, 2016, with the arrival of “Implementation Day” under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Although this may present new business opportunities in...more

SEC Extractive Industry Transparency Requirements Move Forward

On December 11, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) issued a new proposed rule to implement a key provision of the Dodd-Frank Act that targets corruption and increases transparency requirements for payments...more

U.S. Government Licenses Certain Iran-Related Transactions Conducted by Foreign Subsidiaries of U.S. Companies

On January 16, 2016, the International Atomic Energy Agency verified that Iran had carried out its nuclear commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (“JCPOA”), triggering reciprocal obligations by the United...more

Public Utility Companies Look to Gobble up Municipal Systems through Private Sales

Large privately held, publicly regulated utility companies with a focus on rapid growth and expansion throughout the Commonwealth have a new target - municipally owned water and wastewater systems. Pennsylvania legislation...more

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