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PUC Pipeline Case Presents Issue of Who Qualifies as a Public Utility Corporation

A recently filed case before the Pennsylvania Public Utility Corporation (“PUC”) raises the issue of what type of pipeline company qualifies as a “public utility corporation” under Pennsylvania statutes. The term is not...more

Allen v. El Paso Pipeline GP Co., L.L.C., C.A. No. 7520-VCL (Del. Ch. May 19, 2014) (Laster, V.C.)

In this opinion, the Court of Chancery applied the two-pronged Tooley standard to determine whether a plaintiff’s breach of contract claims in the limited partnership context were derivative or direct. Finding such claims to...more

Actions Speak Louder Than Words or Partnership by Ambush?: Formation of Partnerships in Texas after ETP v. Enterprise

On March 4, 2014, a Dallas jury awarded Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. (“ETP”) $319 million in damages after finding that Enterprise Products Partners, L.P. (“Enterprise”) had formed a binding partnership with ETP to build a...more

Partnership Verdict in Dallas: You May be Married and Not Know it

On Tuesday, March 4, 2014, a Dallas jury found that Enterprise Products Partners, L.P. (Enterprise) had entered into a partnership with Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. (ETP) to jointly develop a crude oil pipeline from...more

An Overview of The Up-C Structure in Energy Deals

The UP-C structure — which offers tax benefits to pre-IPO investors and sponsors — likely will expand among energy companies. In 2013, several energy companies went public using a so-called UP-C structure. In using...more

Fear Alone Won’t Get You An Injunction

With apologies for being absent for a week, ponder this question when you embark on a fight with the officers and directors of the energy company you own a part of: How does your subjective fear of harm factor into your right...more

Life Cycle Of A Company – Choice Of Entity And Key Contents Of Organization Documents

I. GENERAL. A. Introduction. In selecting a form of business entity for an oil patch deal in Texas the organizer or initial owners can consider the following five business entity forms: • Corporation •...more

IRS Publishes Safe Harbor for Monetizing Certain Tax Credits

Following Historic Boardwalk Hall LLC v. Commissioner, 694 F.3d 425 (3d Cir. 2012), which rejected a partnership's allocation of rehabilitation tax credits to a purported partner, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently...more

ISS Adopts Updates To Canadian Corporate Governance Policy For 2014

Institutional Shareholder Services (“ISS”) has adopted updates to its Canadian Corporate Governance Policy (“CCGP”), which will take effect for shareholder meetings held on or after February 1, 2014. ISS is a leading and...more

Contemplating IRS Safe Harbor for Rehabilitation Credits and Its Impact on the Energy Investment Tax Credit

The IRS recently issued Revenue Procedure 2014-12, providing a safe harbor under which the IRS will not challenge partnership allocations of “section 47” federal rehabilitation tax credits. In the aftermath of the IRS’s win...more

How to Avoid Corruption Risks in China [Video]

The recent headlines on China's expanding anti-corruption investigation and enforcement action is a significant event in global anti-corruption enforcement. For companies operating in China, the risks have now increased...more

Tax Measures in UK Chancellor’s 2013 Autumn Statement

Statement builds on economic stability, with a focus on certainty for business. On 5 December, UK Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne released the 2013 Autumn Statement with measures designed to increase...more

Mixing Oil and Vinegar - Using Private Placement Variable Deferred Annuity (PPVA) Contracts to Enhance the Investment Return of...

Overview - Master Limited Partnerships are publicly traded partnerships. As of 2010, the market capitalization of MLPs was $220 billion. These publicly traded partnerships invest primarily in energy and associated...more

TRANSACTIONAL: Project Development / Finance: PF2 and its relevance to PPPs in the GCC

The Private Finance Initiative (PFI) was a public-private partnership (PPP) model introduced by the United Kingdom government back in 1992 as a tool to engage the private sector to design, construct, finance and operate...more

FERC to Review Limitations on Payment of Dividends by Public Utilities from Capital Accounts

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission recently announced that it intends to review whether to grant blanket relief to certain public utilities from the prohibition in the Federal Power Act against payment of dividends by...more

New Miami In The News: Weekly Recap

What do solar energy, venture capital, and Florida banks have in common? They all made New Miami headlines this past week....more

Massachusetts Rules Against Taxpayer on Treatment of Intercompany Debt—Again

In what is becoming a trend, the Massachusetts Appellate Tax Board (the "ATB") has issued yet another decision denying true debt treatment for an intercompany obligation. In National Grid Holdings, the ATB upheld assessments...more

Litigation Update on 14 Patronage Capital Cases in Eight States

Since 2009, at least 14 cases have been filed against electric cooperatives over patronage capital (or capital credits) in eight states: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, South Carolina, and...more

Financing Petrochemical Projects In China – A Sponsors' Perspective

Although the nature and function of petrochemical processes and products is often a very unfamiliar subject to the average person working outside the chemicals industry, petrochemicals and the end–products that they make...more

Senate Hearing on Extending the MLP Rules to Renewables

On July 31, 2013, the Senate Finance Subcommittee Energy, Natural Resources, and Infrastructure held a hearing on the Master Limited Partnership Parity Act (S. 765). The bill would extend the master limited partnership (MLP)...more

Under The Dome: 2013 Summary Of New Maine Laws & Carried Over Legislation - State Of Maine 126th Legislature, 1st Regular Session...

Pierce Atwood LLP is pleased to provide a summary of selected new Maine laws enacted during the 126th Maine Legislature’s 1st Regular Session, as well as legislation carried over to next year’s 2nd Regular Session. Laws and...more

Asia: Corporate Newsletter - July 2013

Effect of regulatory non-compliance on suitability of listing - Under the Listing Rules, a listing applicant must be considered by the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (SEHK) as suitable for listing before it can be listed....more

Administrative Law Judge Recommends 4.7 Percent Increase for Xcel Energy's Minnesota Customers

On July 8, 2013, Xcel Energy Inc., submitted a filing with the SEC detailing an Administrative Law Judge’s decision in a pending electric rate case in Minnesota and calculating the decision’s impact on one of its...more

Significant FCPA Enforcement Actions In 2013 – Individuals

77 years – that is how long Great Britain went without a native son winning the Men’s Singles title at Wimbledon....more

Spotlight on Tennessee: 2013 Tax and Related Legislation

The 2013 Session, 108th General Assembly, considered numerous tax and related initiatives, many of which passed. The subject matter of these initiatives this year was very broad, ranging from efforts toward amending the...more

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