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Senate passes Tax Extender Package at 11th hour

The Senate passed the “Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014? (H.R. 5771) on Tuesday night just before Congress adjourned for 2014. As Molly Bryson described in her December 5, 2014 post following the House’s passage of the...more

FCC Delays Vote on Net Neutrality Laws

Last month, President Obama urged the FCC to “reclassify consumer broadband services under Title II of the Telecommunications Act – while at the same time forbearing from rate regulation and other provisions less relevant to...more

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

Energy Storage Update: 2014 California Storage RFO

Orrick and Clean Energy Pipeline have launched a series of reports dedicated to exploring investment opportunities and challenges in the global renewable energy sector. In the first issue, we analyzed the investment...more

Cole Porter Was Right: The Economic Cost of Climate Change

There has already been significant discussion of the economic impacts of climate change. Damage from catastrophic events, the cost to build adaptation measures such as sea walls; these have all been examined. ...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

California Public Utilities Commission to Approve Grant Program to Promote Broadband Internet for Public Housing

Application Submission Scheduled for Mid-December Through Mid-January - The California Public Utilities Commission is scheduled to approve the California Advanced Services Fund Public Housing Broadband Grant Guidelines...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

Amendments to EU Sanctions against Russia

The EU adopted amendments to the current EU sanctions against Russia on 4 December 2014. These amendments are implemented via Council Regulation (EU) No 833/2014 (as amended) (“Regulation 833/2014”). They are intended to both...more

New Senate Bill Significantly Expands U.S. Sanctions Against Russia

The bill, if passed, would impose severe sanctions on “foreign persons” that make significant investments in Russian crude oil projects....more

Energy Newsletter - December 2014

In This Issue: - Plans to build the first coal gasification plant in Britain - Letters of credit, on-demand bonds, and the "fraud exception" - Argentina amends its hydrocarbons law to boost exploration...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

CalPERS’ Commitment to Infrastructure (Real Assets Annual Program Review, November 2014)

On November 17, 2014, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS), the largest U.S. public pension fund with approximately $300 billion in assets, conducted its annual real assets program review. CalPERS’...more

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