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Oil and Gas Contractor Cal Dive International Inc. Decides to Explore Bankruptcy

On March 3, 2015, Cal Dive International, Inc. and five affiliates filed voluntary chapter 11 bankruptcy petitions in Delaware. The cases are docketed at 15-10458 and have not, as of this posting, been assigned to any...more

European Competition Law Newsletter – March 2015

A recent European Commission (EC) fining decision against UK-based broker ICAP confirms that companies which merely facilitate a cartel will be tarred with the same brush as those which actually engage in the cartel. The...more

Red Notice Newsletter - February 2015

Introduction - Welcome to the February 2015 edition of Red Notice, a publication of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. - This month on the anticorruption front, several companies face the consequences of...more

DOE Overhauls Export Controls for Nuclear Technology

On February 23, 2015, the Department of Energy (DOE) released a long-awaited final rule overhauling its Part 810 Regulations (10 C.F.R. Part 810) governing the export of certain nuclear technology and assistance. Effective on...more

Global Mining and Metals Industry Group: Kazakhstan push for reform

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

Crude Oil Exports: A View from the 114th Congress

The 114th Congress convened January 3 with energy at the top of its agenda. Both the House and the Senate kicked off the new session with approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline. That was just the start. Senator Lisa Murkowski...more

OPEC’s Price War Is Entrenching North American Shale Producers’ Global Competitive Advantage

Oil price uncertainty strengthens the global competitive advantages of U.S.—and Canadian—unconventional oil projects. Both countries offer excellent geology, robust supporting infrastructure, deep local capital markets,...more

DOE Issues the Part 810 Final Rule: Summary and Compliance Steps for Industry

Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued the final rule amending its regulations at 10 C.F.R. Part 810 on “Assistance to Foreign Atomic Energy Activities” (“Part 810”). The rule takes effect on March 25, 2015....more

Business Restructuring & Insolvency Year in Review

Excerpt from A Year in Review: We are pleased to say that 2014 was another successful year for Morrison & Foerster’s Business Restructuring & Insolvency Group. Despite continuing market headwinds, the last year brought...more

China Outlines Plans for its Carbon Trading Markets

The Climate Department of China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) recently published an article entitled “Regarding the Fundamental Conditions and Operational Thinking Behind the Promotion and Establishment...more

The New EU Accounting Directive and (Non-) Financial Reporting Obligations

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

Canada Imposes Additional Sanctions, Including Against Rosneft

On February 17, 2015, the Government of Canada announced a new round of sanctions against Russian and Ukrainian individuals and entities, including leading Russian oil firm NK Rosneft OAO....more

Mexico’s Energy Reforms – Round 1 Update: More Participating Companies

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. ...more

Energy Newsletter - February 2015

In This Issue: - LEX PETROLEA: Sources and Successes of International Petroleum Law - The Top 10 Questions Facing the LNG Industry in 2015 - Drilling Contracts – Avoiding Misunderstanding - Iran's Upstream...more

Economic Downturns and Increased Compliance Risk

Oil is hovering around $50 per barrel. For most of the US economy this drop in oil price has provided a much-needed economic boost. One piece on the NPR website, entitled “Oil Price Dip, Global Slowdown Create Crosscurrents...more

U.S. Government Agency Narrows Scope of Crude Oil Export Ban

On December 30, 2014, the U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security ("BIS") issued answers to six FAQs regarding the longstanding U.S. crude export oil ban. In these FAQs, BIS stated that lease condensate...more

BP’s 2015 general terms & conditions for the sale and purchase of crude oil and petroleum products: key changes to be aware of

BP Oil International Limited (BP) recently published the 2015 edition of its General Terms & Conditions for Sales and Purchases of Crude Oil and Petroleum Products (GTCs). The previous GTCs were published in 2007, albeit with...more

When Oil Prices Head South, So Do the Bakken Oil Trains

Bakken crude oil increasingly heads south as low oil prices erode its competitive advantage in the U.S. East Coast market. The price of WTI crude oil—the benchmark price for most U.S. shale crudes—is moving toward parity with...more

Trade & Manufacturing - February 2015

In This Issue: - President Obama Presses For Advancement Of Trade Deals During State Of The Union - U.S. Sanctions Updates - Keystone Pipeline Debate Continues After Congress Approves Bill News Of...more

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC – The Dominican Electricity Industry Association Issues Proposals for the National Accord for the Reform of the...

As announced in our January 14, 2015 newsletter, on January 19, 2015, the Dominican government gave formal start to the discussions regarding the “National Accord for the Reform of the Electricity Sector,” which President...more

Russia: Environmental Liability for Off-Shore Oil and Gas Operations

Russian off-shore subsoil use operations: status and perspectives - After Rosneft's recent discovery of substantial light oil and gas reserves at the Universitetskaya-1 well in the Kara Sea, regular development of...more

Plunging Oil Prices: Options for Long-term Project Participants affected by the Price Collapse

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

Iran's Upstream Oil and Gas Sector: An Update on Sanctions, Nuclear Talks and the New Petroleum Contract

Although the Islamic Republic of Iran has the world's fourth largest proven oil reserves and second largest natural gas reserves, UN, U.S. and EU sanctions relating to its nuclear program have significantly affected Iran's...more

The Bureau of Economic Analysis Reporting Requirements for Foreign Direct Investment: Still Time for Timely Filing

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

"The 'Law 42' Arbitrations Against Ecuador and the Importance of BIT Language"

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

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