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SBM Offshore N.V. signs five party $340M leniency agreement to resolve Petrobras bribery allegations in Brazil

SBM Offshore N.V. has reached a $340M settlement with both criminal and administrative prosecutors in Brazil to resolve allegations of bribery relating to the Petrobras scandal, the first deal of its kind in Brazil and a...more

UK Electricity Market Reform: How far have we come?

In this note (part 3 of a series) we reflect on the Government’s continuing implementation of Electricity Market Reform (EMR), highlight key developments in 2015 and Q1 and Q2 2016, and outline EMR milestones we expect to...more

Utilities contracts following a change of law in Poland

On July 28, 2016, a far-reaching amendment to the Public Procurement Law (PPL) takes effect. The amendment implements into Polish law the provisions of new EU directives that coordinate the rules for awarding public...more

Red Flags Squelch Corrupt PDVSA Deal

As the Petrobras corruption scandal seems to be going strong, we turn our attention to what may be the most corrupt of all the national energy companies, the Venezuelan state oil company Petroleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA)....more

Slow but steady: US M&A H1 2016

The frenzied pace of US M&A in 2014 and 2015 calmed in the first half of 2016, returning the market to far more sustainable and familiar activity levels. After two blockbuster years, the first half of 2016 has brought...more

Distress in the oil and gas industry: What happened to the price of oil?

To the delight of motorists everywhere, the price of oil suddenly halved in the second half of 2014, dropping from over $100 to less than $50 a barrel. It’s safe to say no one saw the fall coming: most banks and industry...more

Quantum Quarterly - Issue VIII – 1st Quarter 2016

We are pleased to present the latest edition of Quantum Quarterly, a publication of King & Spalding’s International Arbitration Group. This edition features an interview with Suzana M. Blades and Alberto F. Ravell, Managing...more

U.S. Customs Aims to Increase Enforcement of the Jones Act

In what could foretell a significant increase in the enforcement of the coastwise trade provisions of the Jones Act, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (Customs) announced on July 18 the creation of the National Jones Act...more

One Small Step… Alberta Energy Regulator Makes Change to Interim Measures

HIGHLIGHTS - The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) has considered feedback on the interim measures put in place in Bulletin 2016-16 and issued revisions and clarifications in Bulletin 2016-21.....more

Unitization: Specific Considerations for LNG Export Projects

Unitized Gas to LNG Export - A number of global LNG export projects – existing, under construction and planned – process (or will process) natural gas produced from unitized gas fields. Gas produced from unitized gas...more

Understanding the SEC’s Proposed New Mining Disclosure Rules: Questions and Answers

On June 16, 2016, the SEC proposed a major overhaul of the disclosure requirements for companies that are engaged in material mining operations, including royalty companies. The proposed rules would replace the SEC’s...more

China Issues China Manufacturing 2025 Strategy Sub-plan for Energy Sector

On June 21, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) published the China Manufacturing 2025 – Energy Equipment Implementation Plan (Plan), jointly issued by the MIIT, the National Development and Reform...more

SCOTUS Puts an End to Ecuador’s Appeal of $96 Million Arbitration Award in Favor of Chevron

A long-running dispute between Chevron and Ecuador appears to have reached its end after the Supreme Court declined to take up Ecuador’s question of whether United States courts had jurisdiction to confirm a $96 million...more

EU Agreement on Trade Rules for Conflict Minerals

The European Union (EU) institutions have reached broad agreement on trade rules for so-called "conflict minerals". While the technical details still need to be established, we summarize the expected new EU rules below....more

The potential impact of the LMEshield initiative on base metals warehouse financing structures

Parties to warehouse financing structures using LMEshield warehouses will need to revisit their familiarity and assumptions regarding the methods for taking and perfecting security over metal stored in warehouses and over...more

Key Milestone towards the Standardisation of Mineral Reserve and Resource Reporting

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") has proposed to modernise its rules for mineral property disclosure and more closely align them with international regulatory standards and practices. The SEC has...more

SEC Adopts Resource Extraction Rules

Responding to a court order, the SEC adopted rules to require resource extraction issuers to disclose payments made to governments for the commercial development of oil, natural gas or minerals. The rules, mandated by the...more

Tokyo Dispute Resolution and Crisis Management Newsletter - June 2016

Dispute-Management - Best Practices in Construction Projects - Introduction - What do you do when an unforeseen event threatens to increase the costs or time necessary to complete a major construction project?...more

Qatar Market Update – June 2016

In our June market overview we are seeing that the low price of oil is continuing to affect the economy in Qatar, with cut-backs and redundancies evident. However, despite the slow-down it is forecast that US $22.2 billion...more

Five Key Points about the New European Union Conflict Minerals Agreement

On June 15, the European Union announced that it had reached a “political understanding” on many of the substantive components of a new conflict minerals regulation. The regulation, once drafted, will be submitted to the...more

A few questions about Implementation of the EU public procurement directives

The public procurement market in the EU is huge. Every year more than a quarter of a million public institutions and authorities in the EU spend around 14% of GNP on acquiring services, construction works and goods of all...more

Energy Newsletter - June 2016

Oil and Gas Unitization: Specific Considerations for Cross-Border Unitization - Setting the Scene - There are more than twenty bilateral unitization Treaties and Joint Development Agreements (JDAs) in place today...more

Transforming Saudi Arabia: National Transformation Program 2020 approved

On 6 June 2016, the “National Transformation Program 2020” was approved by the Saudi Cabinet. This caps a frenetic few months of activity in the Kingdom that began with the approval of “Saudi Vision 2030” at the end of April,...more

Trade & Manufacturing - June 2016

President Obama Signs American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2016 - On May 20, President Obama signed the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2016 into law (the Act). The Act restores the ability of the...more

‘Fit for 50’ – Restructurings Likely as Oil Industry Enters New Normal

Prior to the recent collapse in oil values, prices existed at over $100 a barrel for over three years. It made the economics of oil exploration, production and sale comparatively straightforward, but embedded costs into the...more

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