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Antitrust & Competition Newsletter - April 2015

U.S. Supreme Court Holds That State Action Immunity Does Not Apply to State Boards If the Board Is Controlled by Active Market Participants - On Feb. 25, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court held, in a 6-3 decision, that a state...more

Product Law: Legal regime for electronic products in Germany set to change

By way of the Directive on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (Directive 2012/19/EU; so-called WEEE Directive), the EU has required its Member States to adapt their electrical and electronic equipment law until 2014....more

UAE Issues New More Flexible 2015 Commercial Companies Law

The UAE continues to develop a more sophisticated corporate regulatory regime which has significant implications for government-owned companies, limited liability companies and joint stock companies. All companies are...more

The Easter Rebellion and Petrobras’ $17 Billion Write Down

On this day, 99 years ago the Easter Rebellion began. If there is one event that is seared into history as a turning point for Irish independence from Britain, it was the Easter Rebellion. England had finally granted Home...more

Indonesia’s New Draft Oil & Gas Law

Legislators in Indonesia have recently suggested that all petroleum production operations should effectively be state controlled, making many foreign investors in south east Asia’s largest country fear that their assets could...more

Guinea: New Hydrocarbons Code

The Guinean State Minister of Mines and Geology, Kerfalla Yansané, recently announced a possible launch of a bidding round in 2015 for offshore oil blocks in Guinea under the new hydrocarbons code (the “New Code”). Following...more

Sanctions on Iran following preliminary agreement with the P5+1

On 2 April 2015, Iran and the P5+1 nations (United States, United Kingdom, France, Russia, China and Germany) reached a framework agreement in respect of Iran limiting its nuclear programme in exchange for sanctions relief....more

China Update - April 2015

In This Issue: - Quote of the Week - U.S.-China Relations - Trade - Energy & Environment - Excerpt from Quote of the Week: “The Asia-Pacific region – and you know the U.S. is a Pacific power – is...more

Mexico’s Energy Revolution Series: A Liberalized Electricity Sector - April 2015

In This Issue: - Introduction - A Revamped Institutional Architecture - New Makeup of the Electricity Supply Chain .. Generation .. T&D Network .. Retailing - A note of...more

Parameters of Iran Sanctions Relief Announced

On April 2, 2015, the United States and its P5+1 negotiating partners, together with Iran, announced the key parameters of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) regarding Iran’s nuclear program. Further details are...more

Schlumberger and PayPal Settlements Reinforce Breadth of Sanctions Compliance Challenges

Last week, U.S. authorities settled criminal charges against a subsidiary of Schlumberger Ltd. and civil claims against PayPal, Inc. Federal authorities alleged that these companies violated U.S. embargoes and other economic...more

Sanctions implications of the nuclear deal between Iran and the international community

Yesterday, an important tentative deal was agreed between the P5+1, the European Union, and Iran. Below, we look at what elements of the current sanctions could potentially be suspended or lifted if final agreement is reached...more

Framework Agreement reached over Iran’s Nuclear Programme

On 2 April the P5+1, the European Union and Iran agreed to a framework for a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA framework) regarding Iran’s nuclear programme. Further detail on the JCPOA framework can be found in the...more

P5+1 Reach Framework Agreement with Iran

As widely reported, the United States, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United Kingdom (the P5+1), coordinated by the European Union’s High Representative, reached a Framework Agreement with Iran on April 2, 2015,...more

Update: Iran Nuclear Deal

Iran and the Western powers have agreed to agree again. On April 2, 2015, the so-called P5+1 (the United States, the UK, China, France, and Russia) along with the EU, have joined Iran in announcing that they have reached a...more

Key Issues and Considerations in Developing Petrochemical Projects in Newly Emerging Markets

This article provides a brief overview on some of the key issues and considerations that will need to be analysed by foreign sponsors (the “Foreign Sponsors”) looking to develop petrochemical projects in newly emerging...more

Mexico’s Energy Revolution Series: Mexico's Oil and Gas Exploration and Production

In This Issue: - Introduction - A Monumental Constitutional Amendment - Understanding the New Risk Contracts - Navigating the Regulatory Environment - Investment...more

Shooting for Effective Anti-Corruption Compliance: A Look at Recent Developments in Brazil

A recently disclosed bribery scandal related to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, along with other anti-corruption developments in Brazil, has reinforced the importance of implementing effective compliance policies and...more

Schlumberger Faces More Than $232.7 Million in Penalties and Pleads Guilty to Criminal Charges for Violations of U.S. Sanctions

On March 25, 2015, Schlumberger Oilfield Holdings, Ltd. (“SOHL”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Schlumberger Ltd., the world’s largest oil-field services company (collectively “Schlumberger”), agreed to plead guilty to...more

Compliance Reponses to Economic Downturns: A Focus On The Energy Sector

I. The Problem - As I write, oil is hovering around $50 per barrel. The price will inevitably rebound, but all compliance officers need to be prepared for responding to economic downturns in their respective industries...more

"Department of Energy Announces Significant Changes to the US Controls on Exports of Unclassified Nuclear Technology and...

In the first comprehensive rewrite of the U.S. controls on exports of unclassified nuclear technology and assistance in nearly 30 years, the National Nuclear Security Administration of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has...more

Exploring the Impact of Lower Oil Prices on the U.S. – Exports, Economics, Energy Security & Diplomacy

Rapidly changing global energy dynamics, particularly the dramatic decline in crude oil prices, have left many struggling to predict what the fall out will be – on energy prices, American energy companies and workers, and...more

February 2015: International Arbitration Update

Accounting for “Country-Risk” in Assessing Damages in Investor-State Arbitration: Gold Reserve Inc. v. Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, ICSID Case No. ARB(AF)/09/01, Award (Sept. 22, 2014). The careful treatment of the...more

Dispute Resolution Clause in Settlement Agreement Supersedes the Underlying Agreement

Monde Petroleum SA v Westernzagros Ltd [2015] EWHC 67 (Comm) - In 2006, WesternZagros Ltd (WZL), an oil and gas company incorporated in Cyprus, entered into a consultancy agreement with Monde Petroleum SA (Monde), a...more

Loss of cargo due to piracy held not to be an “in-transit loss”

Trafigura Beheer BV v Navigazione Montanari SpA [2015] EWCA Civ 91 - The subject vessel was chartered to carry a cargo of oil from Abidjan, Ivory Coast to Lagos, Nigeria. Clause 46 of the charter (on an amended BPVOY3...more

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