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FTC Consent Agreement with Par Petroleum Demonstrates Increased Agency Focus on Competitive Effects

On March 18, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) ordered Par Petroleum Corporation to terminate its storage and throughput rights at a key gasoline terminal in Hawaii. This action will settle FTC charges seeking to...more

Opportunities in Distressed Markets: Insights into the Acquisition and Divestiture Process

Uncertainty - The projections as to the near- and medium-term future of oil and gas prices are mixed – to say the least. Irrespective of the direction prices ultimately go, industry is faced with significant...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

FERC Proposes to Strengthen Hold-Harmless Policy for Electric Mergers

The policy would impose greater scrutiny and controls on “transaction-related” costs that utilities commit not to pass through to ratepayers and would open the door to cost recovery for acquisitions driven by utility need....more

Inside M&A - Winter 2015

Recent U.S. Cases Highlight Liability Risks to Executives in Mining, Heavy Industrial Transactions - Historically, corporate executives rarely faced personal or criminal liability resulting from mining or environmental...more

"China M&A: Reform Plan Promotes Mixed Ownership of State-Owned Enterprises"

Chinese state-owned enterprises (SOEs) have played a significant role in the world's second-largest economy, with over 155,000 SOEs valued at approximately $17.4 trillion at the end of 2013 spanning almost every industry...more

Will plunging oil prices increase energy M&A?

The recent sharp fall in oil prices, which has seen Brent crude oil and US crude oil both fall below $50 a barrel, has shocked the oil industry. Growing US shale production and high Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting...more

The Glencore giant, the law’s Lilliputians, and the mining and metals markets: Glencore-Rio Tinto II: Can it negotiate the merger...

James Killick, John Tivey, Rebecca Campbell, Jan Jeram and Anthony Elghossain of global law firm White & Case examine the process and the issues that may arise should such a deal come to fruition. The market’s been...more

Mining & Metals: Opportunity & Risk— From bust to boom? Positioning for the future

With an ongoing malaise in the mining and metals markets, industry participants have continued to anticipate, identify and respond to risks differently. Some participants have elected to retreat from emerging economies,...more

New Opportunities in UK Water?

OFWAT, the economic regulator of the water and sewerage sector in England and Wales, has set out the price controls that companies must use for regulated activities from 2015 to 2020. This new economic settlement brings...more

NextEra Acquires Hawaiian Utility for $4.3 Billion

NextEra recently acquired Hawaiian Electric Industries (“HEI”) in a transaction valued at $4.3 billion, subject to Hawaii Public Utilities Commission approval and approval by HEI shareholders. HEI shareholders will receive a...more

Sink or Swim as Oil Prices Continue to Fall

As Warren Buffett once wrote in a 2002 letter to the shareholders of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc., "you only find out who is swimming naked when the tide goes out." Well, the tide is going out for many in the oil and gas industry...more

Halliburton’s Acquisition of Baker Hughes Likely to Receive Close Antitrust Scrutiny from Department of Justice

On November 17, 2014, Halliburton Company (“Halliburton”) announced plans to acquire Baker Hughes, Inc. (“Baker Hughes”) for $34.6 billion. Halliburton and Baker Hughes are two of the world’s largest oilfield services...more

M&A Update: No Control, No Conflict, No Problem

On October 24th, the Delaware Chancery Court dismissed a lawsuit challenging the merger of Crimson Exploration and Contango Oil & Gas. Minority Crimson stockholders alleged that Oaktree Capital Management, Crimson’s largest...more

"Opening shot" in negotiations: when does "without prejudice" protection apply?

In Rochester Resources Ltd & ors v Leonid Lebedev & anr [2014] EWHC 2185 (Comm), 2 July 2014, the High Court found that a draft set of Particulars (a Complaint), produced in advance of U.S. Litigation and sent to the other...more

International News: Focus on Mining and Metals

In This Issue: - Features ..Investors in Africa Benefit from Regional Trading Blocs ..Understanding the COMESA Merger Control Regime ..Protecting Your UK Business Against Departing...more

Trends Influencing Energy Transactions

Several trends bode well for continued robust activity in the oil and gas space for the foreseeable future. Capital markets and M&A activity in the energy industry remains robust, with all categories showing...more

6 Oilfield Services Trends In Unconventional Resources

North American drilling and production activity is increasing service and technology demands and leading to shifts in capital markets and M&A transactions. North America continues to be one of the largest oil and gas...more

Texas’ Eagle Ford Formation Leads U.S. in Oil-and-Gas Transactions in 2013

In a year where overall upstream oil-and-gas transactions were down significantly from the previous year, the Eagle Ford shale formation in South Texas proved to be an active region for companies looking to make a deal....more

Energy Newsletter - November 2013

In This Issue: - Investments in LNG Project Companies - Key Issues relating to Shareholding Acquisitions - Risk Service Structure Becomes a Little Less Risky for Russian Offshore Operations - UK's Labour...more

Investments in LNG Project Companies – Key Issues relating to Shareholding Acquisitions

Along with growth in global demand for natural gas, there has been a corresponding increase in the number and value of LNG project investments worldwide. Such investments may take various forms, depending on, amongst other...more

FTC Investigations of Energy and Chemical Transactions – Am I at Risk?

A recent article in the Antitrust Law Journal, “A Survey of Evidence Leading to Second Requests at the FTC,” by Darren S. Tucker, an attorney advisor to a FTC Commissioner who reviewed non-public information on the decisions...more

Paris Energy Series No. 8: Beware of the Boilerplate – The Risks of Standard-form Clauses in Common and Civil Law Jurisdictions

1. Introduction - When commercial agreements are negotiated, certain key terms are generally the subject of intense discussion. Once these terms have been agreed, there is a risk the ‘boilerplate’ provisions1 at the...more

Recent Changes to Mongolia's Foreign Investment Laws: Opportunities and Challenges for Foreign Investors

Driven by its vast abundance of coal, copper, iron ore, gold and uranium (to name a few), Mongolia is forecast to have the world’s fastest growth rate in 2013, at 12% of GDP—a figure Western economies can only dream of in the...more

City of Philadelphia moves forward with plan to sell its regulated gas division

The Mayor of Philadelphia recently announced the hiring of two investment bankers to start the solicitation process for selling the city’s gas division. As a unique feature of this transaction, the gas division is regulated...more

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