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In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - May 2016 #3

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: - Don’t Expect New Crowdfunding Rules to Create a Startup Boom - Equity crowdfunding went live this week under the SEC’s recent rulemaking, but many...more

Investment trends in renewable energy in Australia

Australia's ability to achieve its renewable energy target has been hampered in recent years by excess supply and falling demand in the wholesale electricity market and political uncertainty regarding incentives for renewable...more

Investing in renewable energy projects in Europe

Europe has seen a renewables surge in the last decade, with green power capacity doubling in the last five years alone. And this flood shows few signs of abating, with Europe1 set to welcome nearly 843 GW of additional...more

CFTC Proposed Guidance on Gas and Capacity Contracts Further Reduces Dodd-Frank Swap Burdens on End-Users

On April 4, 2016, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued proposed guidance that two products – common in competitive wholesale electric and natural gas markets – would not be considered swaps under the...more

Tokyo Dispute Resolution and Crisis Management Newsletter - April 2016

Energy Charter Treaty Arbitration - Claims Against Spain and Italy as a Result of Alterations to their Renewable Energy Legislation - In recent years, there have been a raft of Energy Charter Treaty (“ECT”)...more

Energy SPACs

In the first quarter of 2016, two energy-focused, special-purpose acquisition companies (SPACs) made their Nasdaq market debuts, including 2016’s largest U.S. initial public offering (IPO) to date. On February 29,...more

Bridging the Week - April 2016 #2

CFTC Again Extends Deadlines for New OCR Compliance; Puts Pressure on FCM Clients Who Will Not Provide Adequate Information Regarding Trading Control - Late last week, staff of the Division of Market Oversight of the...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

Question and Answer from the Tax Equity Structuring, Financial Modeling and HLBV Accounting Seminar

The tax equity investor invests to own only a portion of the production tax credits (PTCs) up front, since there is an unknown of the actual production levels of the wind farm. What does the project company do with the...more

Federal Budget 2016 Extends Mineral Exploration Tax Credit

Canada’s Liberal party released their first Federal Budget on March 22, 2016 since taking office last year. Despite projecting a staggering deficit of approximately $30 billion, the Budget contains welcome news to issuers of...more

Going Private Transactions in Canada's Energy Sector – On the Rise?

Are going private transactions on the rise? Conditions are ripe for an increased number of private equity-led buyouts of public companies. In a "lower for longer" commodity price environment, Canadian energy and...more

Hedging with Distributed Renewable Generation Sources in Times of Fossil Fuel Price Volatility

Until very recently, mainstream power purchasers have not viewed renewable energy as a reliable hedge against other energy sources, mostly because the costs associated with constructing or purchasing the output of renewable...more

Proposed changes for mineral, oil and gas corporations listing in Malaysia

The Securities Commission of Malaysia (SC) published a consultation paper regarding its proposed policy on the admission of mineral, oil and gas (MOG) exploration or extraction corporations or assets to the main market of...more

In Case You Missed It - Interesting Items for Corporate Counsel - March 2016

For those gearing up for the 2015 conflict minerals report, due June 1, 2016, note that nothing on the legal front has changed. The D.C. Circuit Court’s ruling that requiring a company to state whether its products are “DRC...more

Apple Leads the Way as Green Bonds Set to Grow in 2016

Green bonds are fixed-income debt instruments earmarked for environmental or climate change initiatives. As companies undertake more “green” initiatives, including investing in renewable energy generation, the green bond...more

Distressed Asset Acquisitions Outside Bankruptcy in the Oil and Gas Space

Amidst the current downturn in oil prices, many expect and hope for, an increase in merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in the coming months. Whereas past downturns created an opportunity for major acquisitions, such as...more

Dodd-Frank Almost 6 Years Later: Where Are We Now? Energy-Related Derivatives Regulation

In the almost six years since the enactment of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act), the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has, in large part, finalized its rulemakings...more

Federal Counterpart to New York’s Investigation of Climate Change Disclosures by Fossil Fuel Companies

Recently, three House Democrats urged the Department of Justice (DOJ) to launch an investigation of an alleged conspiracy by the fossil fuel industry to deceive the public on climate change in order to benefit the sale of its...more

Tax Equity Structuring, Financial Modeling and HLBV Accounting

Akin Gump partner, David Burton and Alfa Business Advisors director, Vadim Ovchinnikov hosted a seminar on Tax Equity Structuring, Financial Modeling and HLBV Accounting yesterday. The seminar covered a variety of topics...more

Electric Utility Securitizations—Plant Closings

Given the significant number of nuclear plants (approaching 20) and coal-fired plants (approaching 400) that have been recently closed or designated for closing, or are at risk of closing, utilities not already considering...more

Energy Sector Alert Series: Climate Change Disclosures in 2016

In this eight-week alert series, we are providing a broad look at current and emerging issues facing the energy sector. Attorneys from across the firm will discuss issues ranging from environmental disclosures and risk...more

Energy Sector Alert Series: Risks and Opportunities in Distressed Oil and Gas

In this eight-week alert series, we are providing a broad look at current and emerging issues facing the energy sector. Attorneys from across the firm will discuss issues ranging from environmental disclosures and risk...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

Arbitrage and Investment Opportunities with Respect to Midstream Oil and Gas Assets

In the current price environment, highly leveraged exploration and production (E&P) companies facing liquidity-induced stress find themselves facing a dilemma. As borrowing-base cuts loom, capital markets remain tight and...more

California Insurance Commissioner Asks Insurers to Exit Thermal Coal Investments

On January 25 the California Insurance Commissioner issued a press release, and also sent email messages to insurers licensed in California, indicating that he is requesting all insurers doing business in California to...more

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