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New Rules For Energy Aid: EU Adopts Revised Guidelines For Assessment Of State Aid in The Energy Sector

For the first time, the European Commission has decided on comprehensive rules for the assessment of State aid in the energy sector. The new text adopted on 9 April 2014 will create the framework for the ability of EU Member...more

U.S. Department of Energy Grants Long-Term Contract to Cameron LNG

On February 11, 2014, the U.S. Department of Energy issued an order conditionally granting long-term contract authorization to export liquefied natural gas by vessel to non-free trade agreement nations from the Cameron LNG,...more

Electrify Africa Act: Catalyzing Investment Opportunities in Sub-Saharan Africa

On February 27, 2014, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs passed H.R. 2548, the Electrify Africa Act, to improve access to electricity in sub-Saharan Africa, through a comprehensive U.S. government approach to electricity...more

Supreme Court Holds That Courts Must Defer To Arbitrators In First Case Addressing International Investment Treaty Arbitration

On March 5, 2014, the United States Supreme Court decided BG Group, PLC v. Republic of Argentina, the first case in which the Court addressed an international investment treaty arbitration (a case between a private investor...more

New Energy Opportunities in Mexico Raise FCPA, Anti-Bribery Risks

Sweeping reforms across Mexico’s oil, gas and electric markets promise more opportunities for the private sector and increased investment from international firms. However, U.S. companies looking to enter this market will...more

European Procurement and Government Contracts Digest: New European Procurement Directives - European Union Overhauls the EU Public...

On 11 February 2014, the EU took the final step in its latest overhaul of its public procurement regime. As well as a new directive dealing for the first time with the award of concession contracts, the EU has issued new...more

The DoD Issues New Interim Rule on PV Devices

The Department of Defense (DoD) recently issued an interim rule amending the applicable Defense Federal Regulation Acquisition Supplement (DFARS) related to country of origin determinations for photovoltaic (PV) devices...more

European Procurement and Government Contracts Digest: New Threshold Values for 2014 & 2015

New Higher Procurement Threshold Values to Apply Across Europe from 1 January 2014 - From 1 January 2014, the threshold values that trigger the need for a regulated public procurement exercise across Europe have been...more

European Parliament approves new funding opportunities for infrastructure projects

Summary - On 19 November, the European Parliament (“EP”) voted to approve the Connecting Europe Facility (“CEF”) Regulation. The CEF Regulation is likely to become law early in 2014. The CEF Regulation is a funding...more

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Update: PART 1: Infrastructure Opportuntities

BACKGROUND - On 8 September 2013, Tokyo was chosen as the host city for the 2020 Olympic Games. Tokyo is set to host the Games of the XXXII Olympiad from 25 July - 9 August 2020, and the Paralympic Games from 25 August...more

DOE Proposes Highly Burdensome Reporting Obligations With Respect To Export Compliance

On September 8, 2008, we posted a commentary on a newly promulgated interim rule relating to “Export-Controlled Items,” that was finalized in 2010 and is now set forth at DFARS Subpart 204.73 and implemented in principal part...more

Russian Legislation Update - May through June 2013

In This Issue: - Procurement - Electric Power/Renewable Energy Sources - First Reading: Public Sector Companies - Excerpt from Procurement: On 7 June 2013 the President signed Federal Law No. 115-FZ...more

Changes to Canada’s Anti-Corruption Regime Are Now in Force

On June 19, 2013, Bill S-14: The Fighting Foreign Corruption Act, received Royal Assent, thereby bringing into force the most significant changes to Canada’s anti-corruption legislation, the Corruption of Foreign Public...more

Canada Announces New Initiative for Disclosure of Payments to Governments

On June 12, 2013, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the introduction of a new transparency initiative in Canada that will require Canadian companies in the extractive industries, including mining, oil and gas,...more

REGULATORY: International Trade: Senate includes Buy American requirement in Water Resources Development Act of 2013

The United States Senate passed the Water Resources Development Act of 2013 by an overwhelming 83-14 margin on May 15, 2013. The legislation included an amendment sponsored by Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Sherrod Brown...more

PEMEX Files Suit to Recover $160 Million in Bribery Case

Mexican state oil company Pemex has filed a lawsuit in New York seeking to recover nearly $160 million from Germany's Siemens and South Korea's SK Engineering & Construction Co. Ltd. in a global bribery case, a law firm...more

TRANSACTIONAL: Upstream Developments -- Latin America Overview of PEMEX’s 3rd Round Model Service Contract

On October 18, 2012, Pemex Exploración y Producción (PEP) published a model contract to be used in the bidding for E&P contracts in Chicontepec (the “Model”), an area in the eastern coastal plains of Mexico estimated to...more

Japan’s New Feed-in Tariffs: Government’s Model Contract Available Now

I. Introduction of FIT in July 2012 - On July 1, 2012, the Act on Special Measures concerning Procurement of Renewable Energy Sourced Electricity by Electric Utilities (Act No. 108 of 2011) (the “RE Act”) came into...more

Energy & Clean Tech Connections: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News -- October 2012

In the October edition of Energy & Clean Tech Connections, we’ve gathered recent information from a wide variety of sources in an effort to keep you abreast of what’s new in the world of clean energy. We draw your attention...more

Anti-Corruption Compliance Message Received? Risk Assessment Is Your Next Step

Recent enforcement activities in Canada under its Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act (CFPOA), including the conviction of Niko Resources Ltd. (Niko) in June of last year and ongoing high-profile Royal Canadian Mounted...more

‘Buy American’ And Solar Devices — DOD Clarification

Originally Published in Law360, February 21, 2012 Last year in January 2011, the president signed the 2011 National Defense Authorization Act (Pub. L. No. 111-383, Section 846), which included a “Buy American”...more

Parliament and Council question the extent of the proposed revision to the EU public procurement regime

Since the end of February, debates have been ongoing in both the European Parliament and in the Council on the proposed revision to the EU public procurement regime. As part of an overall review of the EU public procurement...more

UK Public Procurement Law Digest: New Threshold Values for 2012 & 2013

From 1 January 2012, the threshold values that trigger the need for a regulated public procurement exercise in the UK and across Europe have been increased. Commission Regulation (EC) No. 1251/2011 of 30 November 2011...more

A Deeper Dive into Canada's First Significant Foreign Bribery Case: Niko Resources

The guilty plea of Calgary-based Niko Resources Ltd. represents the most significant development in Canada’s efforts to fight foreign bribery since the 1999 implementation of Canada’s Corruption of Foreign Public...more

Nigerian Oil and Gas Local Content Act

The Nigerian Government recently consolidated into one legislation known as the Nigerian Oil and Gas Oil Content Development Act, which legislation is more commonly referred to as the local content law, various other...more

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