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The Commodity Futures Trading Commission has re-opened the comment period on (1) its proposed rules establishing position limits on certain exempt and agricultural commodities and (2) its proposed amendments to its...more
On Sunday March 1, 2015, the Honourable Joe Oliver, Federal Minister of Finance addressed the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (“PDAC”) at the annual PDAC Convention in Toronto and announced certain proposals...more
On February 24, the CFTC submitted for publication in the Federal Register a notice reopening the comment periods for the two Position Limit rulemakings, in anticipation of questions and comments that may arise from the...more
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
“In 2008, the United States produced on average approximately 5 million barrels of oil a day. By the end of 2014, that number had increased to more than 9 million barrels and the Energy Information Agency predicts production...more
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
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.
The Infocast Wind Power Finance & Investment Summit 2015 was held from February 10 to 12 in San Diego. Below are selected sound bites regarding the tax equity market and other finance related matters....more
On February 5, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission charged Broadwind Energy, Inc. (Broadwind), its former Chief Executive Officer and its Chief Financial Officer for accounting and disclosure violations that, as the...more
Can private litigants bring claims under the Commodity Exchange Act alleging manipulation in ERCOT’s energy markets? On February 3, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas answered “no,” granting...more
On January 16, 2015, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) fined an asset manager, using financial instruments to hedge its clients’ risk, for failing to register as a Commodity Trading Advisor (CTA). See Summit...more
On February 2nd, President Obama released his Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 budget request to Congress. Along with the budget, the Department of the Treasury (Treasury) released a volume called “General Explanations of the...more
Following a consultation on the issues last year, an Order was laid before the UK Parliament on Monday (9 February 2015) to prevent suppliers of water, gas, electricity, communications services and IT from cutting off supply...more
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
A recent case highlights the importance of periodically reviewing an energy company's marketing materials and related activities (including statements made on websites) to ensure that the company is not holding itself out --...more
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
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
Update regarding Mexico’s Licensing Round 1 shallow water oil and gas tender -
According to the Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos (e.g., the National Hydrocarbons Commission; “CNH”), as of Thursday, January 28th,...more
In response to the protracted crisis in Ukraine, the Obama administration authorized traditional and innovative economic sanctions against Russian and Ukrainian persons through Executive Orders 13660, 13661, 13662 and 13685....more
We are coming off a solid economic performance in 2014 marked by improvements in hiring, wages and corporate investments. It has been a magnificent year for both the stock and bond markets, even with a...more
The much anticipated Decree Law for Offshore Areas 1 and 4 was published on 2 December 2014 (Decree Law No. 2/2014). It provides a clear and comprehensive legal framework for their development and includes significant...more
In the past few years, many energy companies with investments in renewable energy projects have considered forming “yieldcos,” with five formations in 2013 and 2014. A yieldco is a growth-focused public company, typically...more
For the past several years, low interest rates and higher commodity prices have resulted in generally favorable financial conditions in the energy sector, keeping energy bankruptcy activity to a minimum. With the recent sharp...more
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
2014 was a year of considerable progress in terms of UK Electricity Market Reform (EMR), the cornerstone of the Government’s plans to reform the electricity sector. In this note (part 2 of a series) we outline key EMR...more
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