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New Law Significantly Expands Legal Basis for US Sanctions Against Russia

On 16 December 2014, President Obama announced that he will sign the Ukraine Freedom Support Act of 2014 (hereinafter the “Act”) into law. As discussed in our update dated 12 December 2014, the Act represents a potentially...more

U.S. Congress Passes Russia Sanctions Legislation

On Saturday, the U.S. Congress passed the Ukraine Freedom Support Act of 2014 (H.R. 5859), which, once signed by the president, will impose or authorize broad sanctions on Russia’s energy and defense sectors and increase...more

SEC Continues To Focus On Microcap Fraud

The Commission continues to focus on microcap fraud actions with two new manipulation cases involving penny stocks. In one a former registered representative acted as an unregistered broker and then engaged in a series of...more

U.S. Government Provides Guidance Regarding Certain Temporary Aviation-Related Iran Sanctions Relief

As previously advised, on January 20, 2014, Iran and the group of nations known as the P5+1 (United States, U.K., France, Russia, China and Germany) implemented a Joint Plan of Action (JPOA) whereby Iran agreed to accept...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

OFAC Clarifies Treatment of Deferred Payments, Oil and Gas “Production,” and Artic Offshore Projects Under Russia Sanctions Regime...

On December 11, 2014, the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) released new guidance related to existing U.S. sanctions against Russian entities designated on the Sectoral Sanctions...more

Mexico: E&P Regulator Issues First Call for Bids under Round One

The Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos (CNH) has issued the first call for bids under Round One and the terms and conditions (T&Cs) governing the tender. CNH seeks to award 14 production-sharing contracts for the exploration...more

EU clarifies Russian sanctions

This alert follows our previous alerts on the Russia/Ukraine sanctions. On 5 December 2014, the European Commission published Regulation 1290/2014 (the Amending Regulation) with effect from 6 December 2014. This...more

US Clarifies Sanctions Provisions and US Senate Passes a Bill to Codify and Expand Sanctions

As noted in previous updates, the United States and European Union continue to impose sanctions against Ukrainian and Russian individuals and entities as a result of the turmoil in Ukraine. On 11 December 2014, the US Senate...more

Rating Agency Developments

On December 10, Moody’s released its approach to rating sustainable net cash flow for CMBS and CRE CDO CLO Real Estate collateral in the Americas and ex-Japan Asia Pacific. On December 10, Moody’s released its approach to...more

OFAC Publishes Guidance Relating to Provision of Temporary Sanctions Relief (Iran)

On December 9, 2014, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), published in the Federal Register (Vol. 79, No. 236, pp. 73141–73143) previously issued guidance relating to the provision of...more

The Joint Plan of Action: A Recap of the Easing Of Sanctions Against Iran By The United States And European Union

On 24 November 2013, an agreement was reached between the E3+3 (also known as the P5+1, and which includes the United States, United Kingdom, Russia, China, France and Germany) and Iran....more

3 Top Legal Issues to Tackle on Solar Projects

The Middle East and North Africa region is on the cusp of a new energy revolution. US$50 billion has been set aside for investment in solar power projects by 2020, as MENA governments seek to maximise the long term value of...more

Points & Authorities - Fall 2014

In This Issue: - Legal Considerations for Web Based Start-Ups - California’s Water Anxiety Prompts Landmark Groundwater Legislation - Points from the President - Factor Beware: A Judgment Lien...more

Argentina amends its hydrocarbons law to boost exploration and production of conventional and unconventional hydrocarbons

On October 31, 2014 Argentina amended its hydrocarbons law to create incentives for foreign investment and to boost the country's conventional and unconventional hydrocarbons exploration and production (the "Hydrocarbons...more

Letters of credit, on-demand bonds, and the "fraud exception"

On the 9th of September 2014, the Privy Council in the United Kingdom delivered a judgment in Alternative Power Solution Ltd. v. Central Electricity Board reaffirming the established principle that, other than in cases of...more

Patchwork options

More difficult project funding environment brings innovative financiers to the fore - A combination of factors since the global financial crisis has made it increasingly difficult for companies other than the majors to...more

Rating Agency Developments

On November 28, DBRS released its general corporate methodology. On November 28, DBRS released its methodology for rating companies in the gaming industry. On November 26, DBRS released its methodology for rating Canadian...more

Australian Government supports innovation in mining, energy, oil and gas

The Australian Government (through Minister for Industry Ian Macfarlane) on 31 October 2014 launched ‘Accelerating Commercialisation’, an initiative aimed at accelerating the commercialisation of intellectual property...more

Green Sukuk: Financing the Gulf Region’s Renewable Energy Infrastructure

In this lw.com interview Latham & Watkins partner Harj Rai and associate Lee Irvine discuss how an issuance of green sukuk would allow Islamic investors, for the first time, access to ethical and socially responsible...more

DOE Announces New Grant Topics To Help Small Businesses Develop Clean Energy Technologies

DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) recently announced three new subtopics related to bioenergy under its SBIR and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs...more

OCS Operators and Lenders Beware - Comment Period Ending on BOEM Risk Management, Financial Assurance and Loss Prevention Notice...

Monday, November 17, 2014, is the last day to provide comments to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) in connection with its Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) with respect to risk management, financial...more

Rating Agency Developments

On November 6, Fitch released its updated criteria for rating securitizations in emerging markets. On November 5, DBRS released its methodology for rating companies in the automotive manufacturing industry. On November 5,...more

Navigating Russia Sanctions: US, EU, and Japan Update

US, EU and Japanese sanctions targeting Russia are becoming increasingly aligned as a result of each jurisdiction’s continued tailoring of sanctions targeting Russia. In each jurisdiction there are now laws which block funds...more

Continued boom or bust for Japanese renewables?

When Japan instituted the Renewable Energy Act (REA) in 2012, the stated policy was to encourage the development of renewable energy but to avoid the “boom and bust” cycles seen in other countries. Looking back, there is no...more

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