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Overview of Amendments to the Tax Code of the Russian Federation, and Federal Laws “On the Customs Tariff” and “On the Continental...

On September 30, 2013 President Putin signed new Federal Law No. 268-FZ (Amending Law) introducing amendments into Parts I and II of the Tax Code of the Russian Federation, as well as the Law of the Russian Federation “On the...more

Chinese Retailer “DragonMart” Fights and Wins a Spot on Mexican Soil

Enrique Peña Nieto has been in talks with his Chinese counterpart since the year started, a sign of both countries burying their retail-related hatchet and deciding to work together to boost their strong economies. This is...more

Land Tenure Risk: Why it Matters for Companies, Investors, and Communities

Two important new reports focus on land tenure conflicts between companies and communities. In September, the Rights and Resources Initiative released a report entitled, “Global Capital, Local Concessions: A...more

TRANSACTIONAL: Corporate / London: UK Looks to US for LNG Imports: US Regulatory Approvals Required

UK energy providers have signed deals to buy LNG from the Sabine Pass and nearby Golden Pass LNG export facilities in the US. The supply of LNG from these export facilities to regasification terminals in the UK is conditional...more

United Kingdom: Minerals Matter - Summer 2013

Summer is finally here and with it comes the latest edition of Minerals Matters. In this edition we have covered a wider range of topics than ever before reflecting the breadth of expertise held within the DLA Piper Mining...more

Business News Digest – July 2013

In this issue: - CFPB's Office of Enforcement Issues a Bulletin - Court Rules Government Cannot Make "Extortionate Demands" on Persons Seeking Land-Use Permits - DOD Issues Proposed Regulations on the...more

ICMM Releases Position Statement on Indigenous Peoples Establishing Commitment to FPIC

The International Council of Mining & Metals (“ICMM”) recently released a position statement on indigenous peoples and mining that explicitly requires its 22 member companies to work to obtain the free, prior, and informed...more

India: The Quixotic Balancing Of Benefits And Risks

I used to say – if your business operates in China, you are likely violating the FCPA in one way or another. Permit me to revise my admonition: if your business operates in India, you are likely violating the FCPA in one...more

Guinea Publishes Its Mining Contracts

The Republic of Guinea is home to substantial reserves of mineral resources, notably in bauxite and iron ore, and is widely considered in the mining and metals sector as a key jurisdiction to watch for significant growth in...more

Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Actions

Antidumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) actions in the United States against foreign companies have increased markedly in recent years. The US Government has prioritized the protection of domestic industries impacted...more

Exxon, Shell Win Colombia Blocks, But Shy Away From Shale

Originally published in Law 360 on October 23, 2012. Units of Exxon Mobil Corp., Royal Dutch Shell PLC and Anadarko Petroleum Corp. picked up leases in Colombia's latest oil auction on Wednesday, growing their footprints...more

The Dos and Don’ts of a Foreign Trade Zone

Originally published in Law 360 on August 24, 2012. Imagine a corporation in the business of building and leasing warehouses to manufacturers, in particular, manufacturers that import raw materials to be manufactured...more

Kazakhstan’s New Trunk Pipeline Law

New law gives the RK government additional control over new trunk pipeline projects. After many changes, extensive negotiations, and numerous interim drafts, the Republic of Kazakhstan (RK) has enacted a Trunk Pipeline...more

Proposed Amendments to Kazakhstan Subsoil Use Legislation

Amendments to the Subsoil Law, Licensing Law, and Administrative Code affect subsoil users. As part of the Republic of Kazakhstan government's efforts to establish greater control over essential elements of the Kazakh...more

Understanding the “Dos and Don’ts” of a Foreign Trade Zone

Imagine a corporation in the business of building and leasing warehouses to manufacturers, in particular, manufacturers that import raw materials to be manufactured here in Arizona. The hypothetical corporation owns a large...more

Global Retailers and Compliance

Can you imagine the discussions inside Target, The Gap, Levi’s and other global retailers the day after the New York Times story broke? I would love to have been an observer of meetings and conversations among top brass at...more

The Conflict Minerals Rule - Phantom or Final?

A recent letter from Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) created expectations that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) had drafted and circulated its long-awaited final rule on conflict minerals. These expectations...more

Obtaining hydrocarbon licences in the Republic of Cyprus

In recent years the Republic of Cyprus (“Cyprus”) has taken great strides in its attempt to develop its hydrocarbon resources. In particular it has concluded a number of bilateral agreements with Egypt,...more

Implementing a Corporate Free, Prior, and Informed Consent Policy: Benefits and Challenges

Table of Contents I. Executive Summary...4 II. The Evolution of Free, Prior, And Informed Consent in International Law and Voluntary Initiatives...9 A. International Legal Standards...9 B. Standards Directly Applicable to...more

Green Building Update - May 21, 2008

IN THIS ISSUE: *Green Building market expected to double by 2012 *Green Building Focus ..State of Green Business 2008 *U.S. Green Building Council opens LEED 2009 for public comment *San Diego community named "Mixed...more

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