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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

Renewable Energy In Russia: Recent Developments

Russia recently introduced procedures for the transfer of a power generating company’s rights and obligations under long-term capacity agreements for future projects that use capacity payments to secure a return on...more

Will the Saudi PPP Program Succeed?

Introduction - It has been widely reported that Saudi Arabia is planning implementation of an economic reform program like none ever seen before. At the heart of the program is the privatization of large swathes of the...more

BP, Executive Pay and the Surfin’ Bird

Surf music is certainly an under-rated rock and roll genre. One of my favorites is The Trashmen’s Surfin’ Bird. It reached Number 4 on the Billboard Chart in 1963. I happened to hear it recently when I was reading about some...more

Significant developments in Canadian energy – for the month of March 2016

Conventional - March 9, 2016 – Encana Corporation is exploring the sale of more non-core assets in the United States and Canada that could net proceeds of approximately $1 billion. Encana is open to offers on all of...more

Trade & Manufacturing - News of Note - April 2016

EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Agreement Released - On February 29, the European Commission and the U.S. Department of Commerce released the long-awaited text of the European Union (EU) – United States Privacy Shield, an...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

New Model Iranian Petroleum Contract

As we look forward to the release of the new model Iranian Petroleum Contract, Dentons' oil and gas partners James Dallas and Alistair Black analyse the contents of the recently released "Principles of the New Contract Model"...more

Paris Energy Series No.10: The Paris Agreement on Climate Change: Beware the Shield?

Arbitral Implications for the Oil and Gas Sector - On 12 December 2015, the Paris Agreement (or the "Agreement") on climate change was signed by 195 States and the EU, provoking scenes of euphoria among the delegates...more

Oil and Gas Company Discloses SEC Investigation into Potential FCPA Violations

On March 15, an Ohio-based provider of sand products used in the oil and gas industry disclosed that in December 2015, the SEC notified it of an investigation of potential violations of the FCPA and other securities laws...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

European Commission Adopts Delegated Regulation on Presentation of Investment Recommendations and Disclosure of Conflict of Interest Under MAR - The European Commission has adopted a Delegated Regulation supplementing...more

Rating Agency Developments

On March 8, 2016, Fitch updated its global rating criteria for single- and multi-name credit-linked notes. On March 8, 2016, DBRS published its methodology for rating European covered bonds. On March 4, 2016, DBRS published...more

Thoughts from the SCCE Utilities & Energy Compliance & Ethics Conference

Ed. Note-today we have a guest post from Mike Snyder of TRACE International (and noted Aggie) on his observations from the recently concluded SCCE Utilities and Energy Conference. I recently attended the SCCE Utilities...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

EBA Publishes Results of the CRDIV-CRR/Basel III Monitoring Exercise as of June 30, 2015 - On March 2, the European Banking Authority ("EBA") published its report of its ninth Basel III monitoring exercise, particularly...more

The Day of North Korea Sanctions: the UN Imposes the Toughest North Korea Sanctions Yet While OFAC and State Designate More North...

After weeks of negotiations and a Putin-backed delay, the UN Security Council unanimously adopted resolution 2270 on March 2, 2016, imposing new sanctions against North Korea. According to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry,...more

Implementation Day Arrives For Iran Agreement

On January 16, the International Atomic Energy Agency announced that Iran has fully implemented its nuclear-related commitments described under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) bringing about Implementation Day...more

Ontario Announces Climate Change Mitigation and Low Carbon Economy Act and the Cap-and-Trade Program Regulations

The Ontario government (Government) has taken significant steps in its fight against climate change by introducing two significant pieces of climate change legislation: - The Climate Change Mitigation and Low Carbon...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

Distressed Download

The Distressed Download Newsletter is a roundup of recent news from Orrick's Distressed Download blog, a resource for the latest news and industry trends in the distressed debt and restructuring markets. European...more

China RoHS II v. EU RoHS II – What’s the Difference?

China’s new Restriction of the Use of Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Products (RoHS II) regulation was issued on January 21, 2016 and is set to enter force on July 1, 2016. One of the main changes from...more

Tokyo Dispute Resolution and Crisis Management Newsletter - February 2016

Implementation Day Arrives: Sanctions on Iran are Lifted - Status update on the effect to US and EU Sanctions - Implementation Day – the day the International Atomic Energy Agency (“IAEA”) announced that Iran had...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 2.19.16

Barclays has agreed to pay $50 million to settle claims by Plaintiff Axiom Investment Advisors that it “misused a system intended to block stale foreign exchange prices as a way to boost the bank’s profits while hurting...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 2.18.16

What’s this? A rally hat trick for Wall Street? Asking for 4 might just be greedy at this point, but Mikey needs a new pair of shoes . . . – WSJ and Bloomberg... Even much-maligned bank stocks were feeling the love...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

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 2.17.16

If we’ve learned any lessons this year, it’s not to get excited about a 2-day rally. That said, we’ve not had much to cheer about in the 2016 markets, so let’s get crazy. With markets closed on Monday, the Friday-Tuesday...more

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