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Energy Sector Alert Series: Climate Change Disclosures in 2016

In this eight-week alert series, we are providing a broad look at current and emerging issues facing the energy sector. Attorneys from across the firm will discuss issues ranging from environmental disclosures and risk...more

Insurance Commissioner Calls For Thermal Coal Divestment And Disclosure

Late last month, California’s Insurance Commissioner announced that he had “asked all insurance companies doing business in California to voluntarily divest from their investments in thermal coal”. Thermal coal, also known...more

Energy Sector Alert Series: Risks and Opportunities in Distressed Oil and Gas

In this eight-week alert series, we are providing a broad look at current and emerging issues facing the energy sector. Attorneys from across the firm will discuss issues ranging from environmental disclosures and risk...more

Evaluating the Health of Loan and Bond Markets for 2016

Corporate borrowers and issuers typically access the credit markets only for need or opportunity, so may not actively monitor loan market conditions. As a leading firm with a nationally ranked practice representing borrowers...more

What Does COP-21 Mean for Business?

6 Answers From Around the Globe - The historic COP-21 Paris Agreement on climate change is the first major development in the climate area at the international level since adoption of the Kyoto Protocol in...more

Property Tax on Italian Photovoltaic Plants to Decrease Sharply

There is good news for owners of photovoltaic (PV) plants in Italy. In circular no. 2/E, released on 1 February 2016 (the circular), the Italian Revenue Agency has provided official guidance on new rules enacted by on 28...more

Arbitrage and Investment Opportunities with Respect to Midstream Oil and Gas Assets

In the current price environment, highly leveraged exploration and production (E&P) companies facing liquidity-induced stress find themselves facing a dilemma. As borrowing-base cuts loom, capital markets remain tight and...more

California Insurance Commissioner Asks Insurers to Exit Thermal Coal Investments

On January 25 the California Insurance Commissioner issued a press release, and also sent email messages to insurers licensed in California, indicating that he is requesting all insurers doing business in California to...more

Mining in Africa – getting in sync with the cycle

With one third of the world’s mineral reserves and two thirds of the world’s diamond production, Africa should have basked in the era of roaring commodity prices and booming optimism. Over the last decade, Africa’s average...more

Bridging the Bid-Ask Spread in the Oil Patch

Hope on the sell side and price volatility led to a wide bid-ask spread in 2015 and resulted in fewer financial sponsor-backed mergers and acquisitions transactions in the oil patch. Of late, prices have further plunged,...more

US and EU Iran Sanctions Relief: What Non-US Persons Need to Know

Even in light of EU and US relaxation of sanctions against Iran after Implementation Day, non-US Persons should evaluate any proposed dealings with Iran to make sure such activities do not violate any new or continuing...more

Purposeful Due Diligence Is More Than A Compliance Shield [Video]

In the second part of a Front-Line Interview, Control Risks CEO, Richard Fenning, addresses the deployment of due diligence as elevating, enhancing, and complementing a sensible risk-based approach to corruption risk. In this...more

Iran Sanctions Lifted? Implementation Day Creates Compliance Minefield

U.S.-Iranian relations took a major step forward on January 16, 2016, with the arrival of “Implementation Day” under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Although this may present new business opportunities in...more

Real Estate Investment Trust as a Vehicle for Utility Funding

A recent Wall Street Journal article (January 15) highlights the use of a real estate investment trust (REIT) for financing the acquisition of Oncor Electric Delivery Company (Oncor) upon its exit from bankruptcy. In a...more

SEC Extractive Industry Transparency Requirements Move Forward

On December 11, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) issued a new proposed rule to implement a key provision of the Dodd-Frank Act that targets corruption and increases transparency requirements for payments...more

U.S. Government Licenses Certain Iran-Related Transactions Conducted by Foreign Subsidiaries of U.S. Companies

On January 16, 2016, the International Atomic Energy Agency verified that Iran had carried out its nuclear commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (“JCPOA”), triggering reciprocal obligations by the United...more

A legal overview of M&A and financing transactions in Nigeria's oil and gas sector

1 Overview of M&A transactions - 1.1 Emergence of local champions - 2015 was a relatively robust year for M&A transactions in Nigeria's oil and gas industry. The majority of the transactions involved divestments...more

"Oil and Gas Companies Utilize Restructuring Strategies to Navigate Industry in Flux"

Precipitous commodity price declines that began in mid-2014 continued to disrupt the oil and gas industry in 2015, outlasting the expectations of many analysts. By the end of 2015, prices for both Brent and WTI crude were...more

International Business Attitudes to Corruption (Part I) [Video]

In the first of a two-part interview, Richard Fenning, CEO, Control Risks, addresses the Control Risks 2015/2016 Survey International Business Attitudes To Corruption. In this Front-Line interview, Mr. Fenning...more

Public Utility Companies Look to Gobble up Municipal Systems through Private Sales

Large privately held, publicly regulated utility companies with a focus on rapid growth and expansion throughout the Commonwealth have a new target - municipally owned water and wastewater systems. Pennsylvania legislation...more

Tax Update (Australia): Prospecting for Tax Deductions - The ATO Consolidates and Clarifies Its Views About When Exploration and...

The Commissioner of Taxation has released TR 2015/D4 - Income Tax: deductions for mining and petroleum exploration expenditure (Draft Ruling). The Draft Ruling will replace TR 98/23 - Income Tax: Mining exploration and...more

Biobased Companies Included In LUX Research List Of Top Innovative Companies

On December 21, 2015, LUX Research released a list of Top 10 Innovative Companies from 2015, chosen from 1,189 companies. Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG®) Member Elevance Renewable Sciences received an...more

Break Fees in Private M&A

The speed of economic change in the energy sector has created legitimate concerns about volatility in the marketplace. This has caused both vendors and purchasers to be more cautious in deal making. One way to help the...more

SEC proposes revised payment disclosure rules for companies engaged in resource extraction

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) has re-proposed Rule 13q-1 and an amendment to Form SD to implement Section 13(q) of the US Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”), which was added by...more

Legal Trends: Mergers & Acquisitions

The value of Canadian deals announced to date in 2015 (all figures as of December 1, 2015) totalled approximately C$374.1-billion (US$293.5-billion), reflecting a 51 per cent increase over 2014 on an annualized basis. Deal...more

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