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Senegal's New Mining Code

Senegal has officially introduced its new mining code, which has been a work in progress since 2012 when proposals were first made to revise the former mining code introduced in 2003. In recognising the potential that the...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

No English jurisdiction over Nigerian oil pollution claims against Shell

In a highly mediatised ruling, the English High Court refused jurisdiction over claims brought against Royal Dutch Shell and its Nigerian subsidiary, Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd, by over 42,000...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

Red Notice Newsletter - February 2017

Acting SEC Chief Limits Subpoena Authority to Enforcement Division Acting Director - On February 15, 2017,The Wall Street Journal reported that the acting Chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Michael...more

Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 – Securing PPP Value for Money and the Criticality of Monitoring and Root Cause Analyses

Introduction - Much of the PPP debate in Saudi Arabia has focussed on the importance of shifting the public sector expenditure burden to the private sector. Wherever this has been the sole focus of a PPP programme, the...more

Trade & Manufacturing - News of Note - February 2017

Commerce Extends Steel Import Monitoring and Analysis System - On January 5, the Department of Commerce (Commerce) announced the extension of the Steel Import Monitoring and Analysis (SIMA) system until March 21, 2022....more

President Signs Repeal of the SEC's Extraction Payment Disclosure Rule

Further to our February 2, 2017 Update, on February 14 the President signed legislation to annul the SEC’s Extraction Payment Disclosure Rule. The rule would have required public oil and gas companies to disclose in annual...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

Doing Compliance in an Economic Downturn

The city of Houston has seen a multi-year economic downturn from the drop in the price of oil. Every company in the energy space has been required to dramatically cut its work force, including unfortunately, it compliance...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

Serious Fraud Office Makes Big Splash with UK Bribery Act Resolution with Rolls Royce

After years of fits and starts, and promises and disappointments, the Serious Fraud Office and the UK Bribery Act made its initial splash on the anti-corruption enforcement landscape. Since 2011, companies have been...more

Italian Constitutional Court Backs Feed-in Tariff Cuts – What's Next?

On 24 January 2017, the Italian Constitutional Court published decision no. 16/2017 confirming the constitutional legitimacy of the so-called spalma incentivi law, which reduced the feed-in tariffs for photovoltaic plants...more

Letters of Credit: Autonomy Principle is Re-confirmed

The Court of Appeal has confirmed the "autonomy principle" of letters of credit under English law, holding that PetroSaudi Oil Services (Venezuela) Ltd ("PetroSaudi") and its director and General Counsel, Mr Buckland, had...more

Changes in Non-Refined Mineral Export and Divestment Policies in Indonesian Mining

Recent Indonesian regulations1 implement a series of changes in respect of the regulation of the export of raw ores and concentrates but in doing so also implement very significant changes in respect of the conversion of...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

Hubs on the horizon: how and when will an Asian LNG hub price signal hit long-term LNG contracts?

Long-term LNG contracts with price review clauses continue to dominate the Asian LNG market. The pricing in those contracts remains predominantly oil-based. The evident reason for that is the absence of a reliable price...more

New Sheriff In Town As Rolls-Royce Pays Record Penalty For Foreign Bribery And Corruption

On 17 January 2017, the UK Serious Fraud Office (“SFO”),[1] the US Department of Justice (“DOJ”),[2] and the Brazilian Ministério Público Federal (“MPF”) announced an $800 million global settlement with Rolls-Royce plc and...more

Rolls Royce Global Enforcement Action-Part III, the US DPA

Today I continue my exploration of the Rolls-Royce global corruption enforcement action by considering the company’s resolution in the US under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Before we dive into that, I first...more

VW Fallout Continues: Mobile Source Emissions Enforcement Likely to Continue Full Speed Ahead under Trump Administration

The headlines generated by the Volkswagen emissions scandal continue to amaze the environmental community and the general public, both here and abroad. The events are shocking in part because they involve a household name in...more

Rolls-Royce Global Enforcement Action: Part I

When most people across the globe think of Rolls-Royce, one word comes to mind – excellence. Yet that image largely relates to Rolls-Royce Limited, the automobile manufacturer, which was founded in 1909. Just a few years...more

Trade & Manufacturing - News of Note - January 2017

Customs and Border Protection Issues Update On Enforcement Of Trade Orders - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) released its AD/CVD Update for June/July 2016. As explained in the January 2015 and the August 2016...more

Court Finds That Enron’s Fraud Does Not Void Contract Entered Into With Enron Subsidiary

A federal appellate court has upheld a district court order enforcing an arbitration award by the ICC against the Republic of Nigeria in favor of Enron Nigeria Power Holdings, Ltd. (“ENPH”), a former subsidiary of Enron...more

Saudi Arabia unveils new US$50 billion water desalination programme - The Kingdom to offer privatisations as well as new water...

The Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture of Saudi Arabia has announced a new water desalination programme involving private sector participation worth over an estimated US$50 billion. The programme will be...more

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