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Acting (and Potentially Permanent) CFTC Chairman Warns of “Aggressive and Assertive Enforcement Action by the CFTC Under the Trump...

In remarks before the International Futures Industry Conference, Acting Chairman J. Christopher Giancarlo—who was just nominated by President Trump to be permanent Chairman—talked about the future of the Commodity Futures...more

The U.S. Tax Reform and the Energy Sector

President Donald Trump and Republican Congressional leaders have promised a major reform to the U.S. tax code in 2017. This reform, if anything close to these promises, will have significant implications for the energy...more

Sustainable growth in the Middle East

2016 saw the international community finally reach agreement for collective action on climate change with the rapid ratification and entry into force of the Paris Agreement. Micael Johnstone and Maher Ghanma assess the...more

2016 California Energy and Climate Legislative Update

California took legislative action in 2016 aimed at addressing climate change, advancing renewable energy, and maintaining the state’s emphasis on safety in the energy sector. In 2016, the California legislature took...more

"SEC Acting Chairman Directs Reconsideration of Conflict Minerals Rule"

The acting chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Michael S. Piwowar, recently released two public statements concerning the conflict minerals rule applicable to companies that file Exchange Act...more

SEC Resource Extraction Rule to be Eliminated Under Congressional Review Act

As we previously noted, the House was set to vote on the disapproval of the SEC Resource Extraction Rule under the Congressional Review Act. The joint resolution passed the House by a vote of 235 in favor and 187 against. ...more

House Votes to Invalidate Extraction Payment Disclosure Rule

On February 1, 2017, the U.S. House of Representatives passed House Joint Resolution 41 to annul the Extraction Payment Disclosure Rule. The rule would require oil and gas companies to disclose in annual reports for fiscal...more

New administration sets stage for shift in domestic preference requirements and enforcement activities

The presidential memoranda signed on January 24, 2017, by President Trump relating to the Keystone XL and Dakota Pipelines included a message of particular significance to the government contractor community: Buy American....more

Mining & Metals 2017: A tentative return to form

With miners staging a recovery on equity markets in 2016 and China concerns easing, growth is back on the agenda. But the recovery is not without its challenges and uncertainties....more

Sustainability Reporting Trends in the New Year – ’16 going on ‘17

If you’re feeling uncertain or confused about the future of sustainability reporting in the United States, you’re not alone. With the business world’s adoption of sustainability reports moving full steam ahead—and increasing...more

Top 10 Considerations for Iowa Employers Post Election

There has already been a great deal written about the outcome of the 2016 election. Polls, long considered lagging indicators, were not indicators at all. As the dust settles and the recounts conclude, personal, professional...more

The Trump Administration: Change By Executive Action and Inaction

The election of Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of the United States, along with Republican control of the majority of both the House of Representatives and the Senate, will likely result in significant changes in U.S....more

Trump’s Promised First 100 Days: What Asian Businesses Need to Know

Companies operating in Asia should take heed of five areas the US president-elect has said he will act on in his first 100 days, which could provide potential opportunities and challenges for Asian businesses—including the...more

The Table Flip: Trump, the Iran Nuclear Deal, and American Business

- A President Trump will have authority to reinstate sanctions lifted by the Iran Nuclear Deal as well as revoke certain authorizations provided for business with Iran. - Several economic and geopolitical factors may...more

Opening Iranian Skies: OFAC Issues General License I to Jumpstart the Commercial Aviation Industry, and Iran Tests its Ballistic...

The sanctions stranglehold on Iran is loosening as the Obama Administration continues to chip away at restrictions on the commercial passenger aircraft industry. Pursuant to the phased enactment of the Joint Comprehensive...more

Maine solar legislation released

The Maine legislature has printed a bill whose enactment would reshape the state's solar energy laws. The bill, An Act To Modernize Maine's Solar Power Policy and Encourage Economic Development, has been numbered as LD 1649....more

What about Canada and Australia? Iran Sanctions changes beyond the U.S. and EU

There has been much discussion of U.S. and EU sanctions changes following Implementation Day under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (“JCPOA”), but a number of countries had imposed sanctions for Iran and it is worth...more

Energy Newsletter - February 2016

Middle East PPP Policy Developments: Kuwait and Dubai - Introduction - In a climate of falling oil prices and tightening government budgets, several states in the Gulf Cooperation Council region (GCC) are looking...more

Middle East PPP Policy Developments: Kuwait and Dubai

In a climate of falling oil prices and tightening government budgets, several states in the Gulf Cooperation Council region (GCC) are looking again at Public Private Partnerships (PPP) as one of several business models for...more

South Carolina Legislative Update

Infrastructure, workforce development, Sharia Law, and automobile dealer closing fees seemed to dominate last week’s activities of the South Carolina General Assembly. Below are a few highlights...more

Alberta announces new oil and gas royalty framework

Following the general election on May 5, 2015, Alberta’s new government moved swiftly to strike a panel (the Panel) to review and recommend changes to Alberta’s oil and gas royalty framework....more

‘Implementation Day’: Key Aspects of US and EU Implementation of Iran Sanctions Relief

On January 16, 2016, the International Atomic Energy Agency verified that Iran had complied with the nuclear-related technical aspects of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action it had to complete before the first phase of...more

Congress Approves Export of U.S. Crude Oil

On December 18, President Obama signed into law HR 2029, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016, the so-called Omnibus Appropriations bill. This $1.15 trillion measure funded the Federal Government through FY 2016....more

U.S. Lifts Nuclear-Related Sanctions on Iran on Implementation Day

I. Introduction - On January 16, 2016, “Implementation Day” occurred under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). This historic sanctions relief followed verification from the International Atomic Energy Agency...more

Implementation Day: Iran Sanctions Relief Officially Takes Effect - IAEA Verifies That Iran Fulfilled Nuclear-Related Obligations...

Jan. 16, 2016, marked a significant milestone ("Implementation Day") as the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) verified that Iran had fulfilled its nuclear-related obligations under the landmark Joint Comprehensive...more

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