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Angola's New Private Investment Law

On 11 August 2015, Angola's New Private Investment Law ("NPIL") came into force on its publication in Angola's Gazette, repealing the previous 2011 law. Like its predecessor, the NPIL sets out the rules applicable to...more

Iran Nuclear Deal Survives Congressional Review Period, But Opponents Are Not Conceding Defeat

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with Iran survived its first major test last month when the United States Congress failed to pass a resolution of disapproval that would have prevented U.S. implementation of the...more

Ending the Crude Oil Export Ban

On September 17, the House Energy and Commerce Committee passed a bill to end the 40-year-old ban on the export of domestic crude oil. The Committee vote was passed by a Republican majority, with three Democrats adding their...more

Energy & Environment Update - September 2015 #4

ENERGY AND CLIMATE DEBATE - After a busy week with Yom Kippur and visits from Pope Francis and Chinese President Xi Jinping, Congress is focusing this week on finalizing a continuing resolution and preparing for new...more

Africa Update - September 2015 #4

Leading the News - Burkina Faso: On September 17th, U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice condemned the unconstitutional seizure of power by elements of the Presidential Security Regiment in Burkina Faso and...more

Iran Sanctions Relief: Opportunities and Challenges for US and EU Financial Institutions

Although US and EU sanctions targeting Iran are not likely to be lifted before early 2016, there are a number of issues which US and EU-based financial institutions should be aware of in preparation for sanctions relief as a...more

Energy & Environment Update - September 2015 #3

Energy and Climate Debate - Congressional activities are abbreviated this week, with the observance of Yom Kippur and Pope Francis’ visit to the United States. Pope Francis will address a joint session of Congress...more

Africa Update - September 2015 #3

Leading the News - Burkina Faso: On September 16th, elements of Burkina Faso’s military declared they were in control of the nation after presidential guards stormed a cabinet and seized President Michel Kafando,...more

Push to lift ban on crude oil exports gains momentum in Congress

Proponents of lifting the US ban on crude oil exports have made significant progress in recent weeks. The House Energy and Commerce Committee approved a bill today to lift the decades-long statutory prohibition. This follows...more

Iran Deal “Clears” Congress, But No Sanctions Relief Yet

On September 10, 2015, Senate Democrats in the U.S. Congress blocked a vote on a widely anticipated resolution to reject the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (“JCPOA”) regarding Iran’s nuclear program. On September 11, the...more

The Iran Sanctions Program: Is There Relief in Sight for Re/Insurers Under The Iran Nuclear Agreement?

The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) administers complex and comprehensive trade and financial sanctions against the Government of Iran. The Iran sanctions prohibit virtually all...more

Africa Update - September 2015

Leading the News: South Sudan - On August 27th, emergency relief teams from the United Nations (U.N.) Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Food Programme (WFP) reached more than 27,000 people in the town of Wau...more

Cross-border infrastructure and presidential permits

A recent report casts doubt on whether proposed federal legislation would actually accelerate decisions on the siting of cross-border energy infrastructure. Cross-border pipelines and electric transmission lines play an...more

U.S. Government Approves Crude Oil Swaps with Mexico While Congress Considers Repealing the Underlying Export Restrictions

On August 14, 2015, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) indicated that it would approve a number of export license applications permitting parties in the United States to swap crude oil...more

Switzerland Is the First Country to Lift Some Sanctions on Iran

Certain US sanctions on Iran may be lifted mid to late 2016 or even later. On August 13, Switzerland became the first country to formally lift certain sanctions on Iran, following the announcement of the Iran nuclear...more

International Trade Alert: Business Opportunities in Iran - Are You Properly Equipped to Join the Race?

As European business gears up for a post-sanctions environment and the strengthening of relationships in an economically significant emerging market, many clients continue to face mixed messages with regards to what they can...more

US Imposes Significant Export Restrictions on Russian Oil and Gas Field

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) added the Yuzhno-Kirinskoye Field, a Russian oil and gas field, to the Entity List on August 7, 2015. The action effectively prohibits all persons from...more

Accelerating toward a clean energy future: EPA steps on the gas (and renewables) with the release of power plant carbon rules

On August 3, 2015, President Obama unveiled highly anticipated final Clean Air Act (CAA) rules to address carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from new and existing power plants. Taken together, EPA’s rules represent the most...more

EU sanctions on Iran: Technical Amendments

The European Council has adopted two technical amendments to the EU’s sanctions on Iran. While related to the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) agreed with Iran on 14 July, their effect is...more

First EU Steps to Prepare for Sanctions Relief under Iran Deal

On July 31, 2015, the European Union (EU) adopted the first measures to prepare for the implementing of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with Iran by allowing EU Member States to authorise certain activities...more

Sanctions Round Up: Second Quarter 2015

After almost two years of negotiations, the P5+1 and Iran reach a final comprehensive agreement regarding Iran’s nuclear program, which will likely result in the gradual lifting of international and US sanctions by early next...more

The Nuclear Deal With Iran: The Lifting of Sanctions and Implications for Business

On July 14, 2015, after two years of sometimes intense negotiations, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia, and China (known as the “P5+1” countries), along with the European Union, signed a Joint...more

Tax Policy Update

First it was three years, now it’s three months. The Senate’s attempt to pass a multiyear highway bill ran off the road this week after House Republicans announced they will adjourn one day early for the month-long August...more

Energy & Environment Update - July 2015 #4

Energy and Climate Debate - Energy and climate issues will garner substantial attention between now and the August recess, and congressional, Administration, and international efforts will remain high through the end of...more

Finalized Iran Nuclear Deal Outlines Changes for U.S. and EU Sanctions

On July 14, 2015, negotiators from Iran, the EU, and the P5+1 countries —China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Germany—announced that they had reached a consensus on the final text of the Joint...more

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