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Inside M&A - Winter 2015

Recent U.S. Cases Highlight Liability Risks to Executives in Mining, Heavy Industrial Transactions - Historically, corporate executives rarely faced personal or criminal liability resulting from mining or environmental...more

The Fall in Crude Oil Prices: Headline Issues to Watch

Oil price movement through 2014 and into 2015 is a consequence of market fundamentals. Europe’s continued economic woes, paired with the slowdown in China’s economy, have led to a fall in demand for oil....more

"China M&A: Reform Plan Promotes Mixed Ownership of State-Owned Enterprises"

Chinese state-owned enterprises (SOEs) have played a significant role in the world's second-largest economy, with over 155,000 SOEs valued at approximately $17.4 trillion at the end of 2013 spanning almost every industry...more

Oil Prices Rise After Death of Saudi King

Oil prices surged following Saudi Arabia's Royal Court announcement of the death of King Abdullah on Friday. Brent crude climbed as much as 2.6 percent, while West Texas Intermediate jumped 3.1 percent, following the...more

Consultation Draft Rules Issued by the China Securities Regulatory Commission Regarding Foreign Investment in Futures Contracts

The China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) has issued draft rules for consultation purposes relating to the proposed investment by foreign investors and dealing by foreign brokerages in futures contracts in the...more

Alien Tort Case Development: Ninth Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Claims Against Occidental Petroleum

In mid-December, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the dismissal of claims filed pursuant to the Alien Tort Statute (“ATS”) against Occidental Petroleum. Plaintiffs in the case argued that Occidental should be held...more

China Regulator Proposes to Permit Designated Domestic Futures Contracts to be Traded by Foreigners

The China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) is soliciting public comment on proposed rules (Interim Measures) that would open Chinese futures markets to direct trading by non-Chinese persons apparently for both...more

Analysis: Vote is "Affirmative" in USITC's Final Determination of Injury to U.S. Solar Cell Industry from Imports of CSVP Solar...

By a vote held on January 21, 2015, the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) made an affirmative final determination of “material injury” to the U.S. solar cell manufacturing industry due to low-priced Crystalline...more

Update: U.S. Ramps Up Ukraine-Related Sanctions Yet Again

On December 19th, President Obama signed Executive Order (EO) 13685 specifically targeting Crimea and those responsible for the usurpation of the peninsula back in March. This latest EO was the forth in a series aimed at...more

UK Electricity Market Reform: 2014 – a year in review

2014 was a year of considerable progress in terms of UK Electricity Market Reform (EMR), the cornerstone of the Government’s plans to reform the electricity sector. In this note (part 2 of a series) we outline key EMR...more

How Oil and Gas Companies can Optimize Technology Performance and Costs During Oil Price Volatility

An unexpected surge in production coupled with weakened global demand has resulted in a 50 percent drop in the price of crude oil since June 2014 and currently averaging US$50 a barrel. The Organization of the Petroleum...more

Convention on Supplementary Compensation for Nuclear Damage to Take Effect

Japan recently submitted its instrument of acceptance to the International Atomic Energy Agency’s Convention on Supplementary Compensation for Nuclear Damage, triggering the CSC’s entry into force on April 15, 2015....more

Carbon Matters - Winter 2014/2015 (Global)

In This Issue: - EU Emissions Trading System - Surprise Agreement On The Road To Paris - Changes to climate change agreements on the horizon - Fracking – The Saga Goes On - In Brief - Excerpt from...more

Energy Newsletter - January 2015

In This Issue: - Mexico: E&P Regulator Issues First Call for Bids under Round One - Have the Challenges of the Energy Transition been Overcome? - Challenges for energy security in Europe: Do European...more

Federal District Court Ruling in Fukushima Daiichi Case Has Implications for Global Nuclear Liability Management

A recent ruling in Cooper v. Tokyo Electric Power Company, No. 12-CV-3032, S.D. Cal., Oct. 28, 2014, one of three lawsuits filed in the United States related to the 2011 incident at the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power plant,...more

Patenting Your Basement Fusion Reactor: Utility Requirements Under U.S. Patent Law

Multiple projects are currently underway to demonstrate feasibility of fusion energy. The goal of the ITER multinational project in southern France (of which the United States is a participant) is to deliver ten times the...more

Amendment to the Kazakhstan Legal Regime for the Oil & Gas Industry

The Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan “On introduction of amendments and additions to certain legislative acts on subsoil use matters” No. 271-V 3PK was adopted on 29 December 2014 and, save for the specified provisions,...more

The “LNG Permitting Certainty and Transparency Act”— A Positive Step Toward Expediting U.S. LNG Export Projects

Restrictive regulations and permitting processes that operate at glacial speed (as opposed to market speed) pose the primary hurdles to greater U.S. exports of liquefied natural gas (LNG). In response to a chorus of...more

Amendments to the Kazakhstan Legal Regime for the Mining Industry

The Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan “On introduction of amendments and additions to certain legislative acts on subsoil use matters” No. 271-V 3PK was adopted on 29 December 2014 and, save for the specified provisions,...more

Change Your Entire Energy Export Policy Using This One Weird Trick! BIS “Clarifies” Short Supply Controls to Make Oil Exporting...

On December 30 the Commerce Department shifted the oil export landscape as it had existed for 40 years, with only a little administrative sleight-of-hand. ...more

ExxonMobil Decision by ICSID: A win for ExxonMobil or Venezuela?

On 9 October 2014, an International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) tribunal comprised of H. E. Judge Gilbert Guillaume (President), Professor Gabrielle Kaufmann-Kohler and Dr. Ahmed Sadek El-Kosheri...more

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC – Government Sets Date to Start Discussions About the National Accord for the Electricity Sector Reform and...

The Dominican government has announced that formal discussions about the so-called “National Accord for the Reform of the Electricity Sector,” which President Medina formally called for by means of Decree 389-14, dated...more

Sanctions Round-Up: Fourth Quarter 2014

In this issue: - US and EU continue sanctions against Russia for its activity in Ukraine; - US and EU sanctions against the Crimea region; - US makes major change in Cuban relations; - The EU...more

Climate Resolutions for the New Year

The tradition of setting a New Year’s resolution is thought to date all the way back to ancient Babylonia. To please the gods at the start of each year, Babylonians would promise to pay off debts and return their neighbor’s...more

EU Commission Calls For Comments On Emissions Trading Revisions

On December 19, 2014, the European Union (EU) Commission called for comments on EU Emission Trading System Directive revisions. The revisions include changes to how carbon allowances will be made available to participants in...more

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