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Focus on Oman: Diplomacy and Dividends

The crucial role of Oman, a sultanate located at the southeastern tip of the Arabian Peninsula, is becoming apparent as the dust settles on the recent Iranian nuclear deal. Oman is adept at balancing relationships in a...more

Five Key Points about the New European Union Conflict Minerals Agreement

On June 15, the European Union announced that it had reached a “political understanding” on many of the substantive components of a new conflict minerals regulation. The regulation, once drafted, will be submitted to the...more

The Private Equity Review - France Fifth Edition

The fifth edition of The Private Equity Review comes on the heels of a solid but at times uneven 2015 for private equity. Deal activity and fundraising were strong in North America, Europe and Asia, but the year ended with...more

A few questions about Implementation of the EU public procurement directives

The public procurement market in the EU is huge. Every year more than a quarter of a million public institutions and authorities in the EU spend around 14% of GNP on acquiring services, construction works and goods of all...more

Solar Installer Update: Commerce Publishes Final Results in the 2nd Administrative Review of 2012 Antidumping Duty Order Against...

Today, June 20, 2016, the U.S. Department of Commerce (through its International Trade Administration or ITA office) published a notice of Final Results in the 2nd annual Administrative Review for the 2012 antidumping duty...more

SEC Proposes Updated Mining Disclosure Rules ? Industry Guide 7 to be Eliminated

On June 16, 2016, the SEC proposed new rules to update disclosure requirements for mining properties. The intent of the proposed rules is align them more closely with current industry and global standards, specifically...more

Energy Newsletter - June 2016

Oil and Gas Unitization: Specific Considerations for Cross-Border Unitization - Setting the Scene - There are more than twenty bilateral unitization Treaties and Joint Development Agreements (JDAs) in place today...more

China Sustains Green Bonds Momentum

Green bonds, which tie the proceeds of the issuance to investments that have positive environmental and/or climate benefits, are a rapidly growing asset class. Recent figures have corroborated the narrative of growth...more

Indonesia’s revised negative investment list

Recent changes to Indonesia’s revised Negative Investment List have largely been positive, with relaxation being the order of the day. In this briefing we look at some of the key changes and their likely impact on foreign...more

Saudi’s Vision 2030 – Why Government Capacity Building Is So Important

Introduction - Considering the complexity involved in developing a national public-private partnership (PPP) program, it is generally accepted that governments do not typically have the internal skill sets required to...more

Saudi’s Vision 2030 – The Challenge Of Implementation And Some Analysis On Institutional And Regulatory Public Private Partnership...

On 25 April 2016, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman announced Vision 2030, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s vision for life without crude oil. It’s fair to say that the announcement has been positively received, both...more

Implications of Brexit for the mining and minerals sectors

The debate surrounding Britain’s proposed exit from the EU (Brexit) has primarily focused upon its potential impact on the British economy, Britain’s international standing and its capacity for self-governance. This article...more

Transforming Saudi Arabia: National Transformation Program 2020 approved

On 6 June 2016, the “National Transformation Program 2020” was approved by the Saudi Cabinet. This caps a frenetic few months of activity in the Kingdom that began with the approval of “Saudi Vision 2030” at the end of April,...more

Did Ethiopian Electric Power Violate California’s Corporate Securities Law?

Last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced a $6.5 million settlement with Ethiopian Electric Power, which was described in the SEC’s order as “a government-owned power utility headquartered in Addis Ababa,...more

The New North Sea – Part 2: the legal mechanics of “MER UK”

This is the second in a series of posts on the new regulatory regime for the North Sea oil and gas industry following the enactment of the Energy Act 2016.  In the first post we introduced the new regime.  Here, we look at...more

Trade & Manufacturing - June 2016

President Obama Signs American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2016 - On May 20, President Obama signed the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2016 into law (the Act). The Act restores the ability of the...more

Germany’s Reform of the EEG Provides New Opportunities for Investors in Renewables

The reformed Renewable Energy Sources Act will create expanded market opportunities across the renewable energy sector and new investment opportunities in generation projects and smart grid operational technologies....more

European Commission Refers Poland To EU Court Of Justice Over Biofuel Restriction Disagreement

On May 26, 2016, Poland was referred to the European Union (EU) Court of Justice for establishing restrictions for certain imported biofuels and raw materials used for the production of biofuel....more

Bennett Jones Spring 2016 Economic Outlook

This Spring Outlook has three sections. The first section sets out our view of the economic outlook commencing with a very short summary of recent world economy dynamics, followed by a review of the outlook for global growth...more

Changes to Japan's Existing Renewable Energy Feed-in-Tariff System

On May 25, 2016, the Japanese Diet passed a law that will authorize a range of changes to Japan's existing renewable energy feed-in tariff (FIT) system. The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), which sought the...more

‘Fit for 50’ – Restructurings Likely as Oil Industry Enters New Normal

Prior to the recent collapse in oil values, prices existed at over $100 a barrel for over three years. It made the economics of oil exploration, production and sale comparatively straightforward, but embedded costs into the...more

European Commission Asserts Broad Power to Scrutinize Transactions Involving Chinese State-Owned Enterprises

EC decision considering the control over SOEs may have far-reaching implications for future transactions of all Chinese SOEs in Europe. In its recent decision in Case COMP/M.7850 - EDF / CGN / NNB Group of Companies, the...more

Development of Competitive Natural Gas Market in Mexico

Mexico has prepared a plan for the development and implementation of an open and competitive marketplace for natural gas (Implementation Plan). The hope is that the Implementation Plan will result in a fully competitive...more

Oil and Gas Unitization: Specific Considerations for Cross-Border Unitization

Setting the Scene - There are more than twenty bilateral unitization Treaties and Joint Development Agreements (JDAs) in place today between governments that share an international (usually maritime) boundary. These...more

China Ramps Up Renewables

China has made notable strides to transition towards a lower-carbon economy. Most recently, local authorities were ordered to halt construction of coal-fired power plants in 13 provinces where capacity already outstrips...more

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