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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

UKCS: Maximising Economic Recovery and the Oil and Gas Authority

The UK's oil and gas industry is of national importance as it makes a substantial contribution to the UK's energy security, economy and employment. Some 42 billion barrels of oil equivalent (boe) have already been produced...more

Blog: Will Congress Revisit The Conflict Minerals Rule?

According to a Bloomberg BNA report, a representative of the Chamber of Commerce, one of the plaintiffs in National Association of Manufacturers, Inc. v. SEC, the conflict minerals case currently pending in the DC Circuit,...more

Focus on Tax Strategies & Developments - March 2015

In This Issue: - U.S. International Tax Policy: 10 Questions for 2015 - The New UK Diverted Profits Tax - France Implements Horizontal Tax Consolidation - China’s New General Anti-Avoidance Rules: An...more

European Competition Law Newsletter – March 2015

A recent European Commission (EC) fining decision against UK-based broker ICAP confirms that companies which merely facilitate a cartel will be tarred with the same brush as those which actually engage in the cartel. The...more

Red Notice Newsletter - February 2015

Introduction - Welcome to the February 2015 edition of Red Notice, a publication of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. - This month on the anticorruption front, several companies face the consequences of...more

DOE Overhauls Export Controls for Nuclear Technology

On February 23, 2015, the Department of Energy (DOE) released a long-awaited final rule overhauling its Part 810 Regulations (10 C.F.R. Part 810) governing the export of certain nuclear technology and assistance. Effective on...more

Global Mining and Metals Industry Group: Kazakhstan push for reform

Kazakhstan’s new legal and regulatory changes are part of a push for progress and are a step in the right direction in creating a simpler, more transparent and attractive environment for international investment in the mining...more

DOE Issues the Part 810 Final Rule: Summary and Compliance Steps for Industry

Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued the final rule amending its regulations at 10 C.F.R. Part 810 on “Assistance to Foreign Atomic Energy Activities” (“Part 810”). The rule takes effect on March 25, 2015....more

The New EU Accounting Directive and (Non-) Financial Reporting Obligations

On 15 November 2014, Directive 2014/95/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 October 2014, amending Directive 2013/34/EU as regards disclosure of non-financial and diversity information by certain large...more

Mexico’s Energy Reforms – Round 1 Update: More Participating Companies

As an additional update to the bulletin published on 2 February 2015, we are sending this follow up regarding additional companies participating in Mexico’s Licensing Round 1 shallow water oil and gas tender. ...more

Economic Downturns and Increased Compliance Risk

Oil is hovering around $50 per barrel. For most of the US economy this drop in oil price has provided a much-needed economic boost. One piece on the NPR website, entitled “Oil Price Dip, Global Slowdown Create Crosscurrents...more

BP’s 2015 general terms & conditions for the sale and purchase of crude oil and petroleum products: key changes to be aware of

BP Oil International Limited (BP) recently published the 2015 edition of its General Terms & Conditions for Sales and Purchases of Crude Oil and Petroleum Products (GTCs). The previous GTCs were published in 2007, albeit with...more

Trade & Manufacturing - February 2015

In This Issue: - President Obama Presses For Advancement Of Trade Deals During State Of The Union - U.S. Sanctions Updates - Keystone Pipeline Debate Continues After Congress Approves Bill News Of...more

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC – The Dominican Electricity Industry Association Issues Proposals for the National Accord for the Reform of the...

As announced in our January 14, 2015 newsletter, on January 19, 2015, the Dominican government gave formal start to the discussions regarding the “National Accord for the Reform of the Electricity Sector,” which President...more

Plunging Oil Prices: Options for Long-term Project Participants affected by the Price Collapse

Plunging oil prices over the past six months have left many participants in long-term energy projects looking at very different deals from the ones they signed. Having hovered around US$115 per barrel in June 2014, prices...more

The Bureau of Economic Analysis Reporting Requirements for Foreign Direct Investment: Still Time for Timely Filing

In September of 2014, new foreign investment reporting requirements from the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) became effective. The new regulations require the BEA to collect data on the acquisition...more

"The 'Law 42' Arbitrations Against Ecuador and the Importance of BIT Language"

Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs) afford investors a series of guarantees against expropriation or unfair treatment of investments in foreign jurisdictions. They also typically allow investors to enforce those rights...more

The Top 10 Questions Facing the LNG Industry in 2015

The only constant in the LNG industry again appears to be change – unpredictable change. The LNG supply and demand balance shifted in 2014 as LNG supply appears, at least temporarily, to have surpassed demand. Other...more

LEX PETROLEA: Sources and Successes of International Petroleum Law

In the widely cited and sometimes wildly interpreted 1982 arbitration award issued by the tribunal in Aminoil v. Kuwait, the Government argued that compensation for its expropriation of Aminoil's concession should be based on...more

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