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Trade & Manufacturing - News of Note - February 2017

Commerce Extends Steel Import Monitoring and Analysis System - On January 5, the Department of Commerce (Commerce) announced the extension of the Steel Import Monitoring and Analysis (SIMA) system until March 21, 2022....more

United States Challenges China’s Aluminum Subsidies at the WTO

On January 12, the United States filed a request for consultations at the World Trade Organization (WTO) regarding the substantial subsidies that the Chinese government has been pouring into its primary aluminum industry from...more

European Parliament Adopts Draft Reform of Carbon Market Post-2020

On February 15, 2017, the European Parliament (EP) made a significant step toward reforming the EU Emission Trading System (ETS) post-2020, adopting a draft proposal that seeks middle ground with a tight vote of 379 for/263...more

President Signs Repeal of the SEC's Extraction Payment Disclosure Rule

Further to our February 2, 2017 Update, on February 14 the President signed legislation to annul the SEC’s Extraction Payment Disclosure Rule. The rule would have required public oil and gas companies to disclose in annual...more

The EU Winter Package Briefing Paper

Clean energy for all Europeans - On 30 November 2016 the Commission published its so-called ‘Winter Package’ of eight proposals to facilitate the transition to a ‘clean energy economy’ and to reform the design and...more

CIPO shines spotlight on patenting in climate change mitigation technologies

With the Paris climate agreement having recently come into effect, climate change mitigation technologies have been the focus of widespread discussion and debate. The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) has added to...more

Brexit's impact on energy sector remains uncertain despite recent parliamentary and legal developments

Recent legal and parliamentary developments have yet to resolve the significant uncertainty related to the impact of Britain's exit from the European Union on the UK and international energy sector. In January, Prime...more

New Kenyan Mining Act: A big step forward

Background - This article examines the new Mining Act 2016 in Kenya (the Act) which, after a lengthy legislative process, was finally signed into law by President Uhuru Kenyatta on 6 May 2016. The Act replaces the...more

"SEC Acting Chairman Directs Reconsideration of Conflict Minerals Rule"

The acting chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Michael S. Piwowar, recently released two public statements concerning the conflict minerals rule applicable to companies that file Exchange Act...more

Doing Compliance in an Economic Downturn

The city of Houston has seen a multi-year economic downturn from the drop in the price of oil. Every company in the energy space has been required to dramatically cut its work force, including unfortunately, it compliance...more

Update: Trump's Busy First Week of Office

As reported last week in Bradley’s Governmental Affairs alert in A Sign of Things to Come? Trump’s Regulatory Freeze and Other Early Actions, the Trump administration took immediate action with regard to the Affordable Care...more

Business and Human Rights in Foreign Operations: The Stakes Just Got Bigger

Canadian courts took another step in further opening the country’s courts to civil claims by foreign victims of alleged human rights abuses against Canadian corporations for acts committed abroad. In a January 26, 2017,...more

SEC Resource Extraction Rule to be Eliminated Under Congressional Review Act

As we previously noted, the House was set to vote on the disapproval of the SEC Resource Extraction Rule under the Congressional Review Act. The joint resolution passed the House by a vote of 235 in favor and 187 against. ...more

"Mexican Energy Sector Restructuring: New Opportunities for Renewables"

The ongoing effort to restructure the power sector in Mexico, together with Mexico’s strong policy on combating climate change, have created compelling opportunities for investors in renewable energy projects that likely will...more

House Votes to Invalidate Extraction Payment Disclosure Rule

On February 1, 2017, the U.S. House of Representatives passed House Joint Resolution 41 to annul the Extraction Payment Disclosure Rule. The rule would require oil and gas companies to disclose in annual reports for fiscal...more

EU Legislative Outlook 2017: At A Glance

Sixty years ago in March, Belgium, France, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and West Germany signed the Treaty of Rome, creating the economic union that today is the European Union (EU). The founding nations perhaps never...more

Latin American Environmental Regulatory Tracker

This month’s tracker reflects key initiatives from December 16, 2016 – January 15, 2017. Greetings! While there was some slowdown in regulatory activity towards the end of the year, as usual, there were also some fairly...more

OPEC Cuts: What now for the Supply Chain?

On Wednesday 30 November 2016, the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) reached an agreement that committed its members to introduce oil production limits for the first time in eight years. It is hoped...more

Energy Update - February 2017

We are pleased to release the latest issue of our client newsletter, Energy Update, designed to inform clients and friends of the firm about important developments affecting US and international energy markets. Please...more

Serious Fraud Office Makes Big Splash with UK Bribery Act Resolution with Rolls Royce

After years of fits and starts, and promises and disappointments, the Serious Fraud Office and the UK Bribery Act made its initial splash on the anti-corruption enforcement landscape. Since 2011, companies have been...more

Italian Constitutional Court Backs Feed-in Tariff Cuts – What's Next?

On 24 January 2017, the Italian Constitutional Court published decision no. 16/2017 confirming the constitutional legitimacy of the so-called spalma incentivi law, which reduced the feed-in tariffs for photovoltaic plants...more

U.S. and Mexico Sign Bilateral Agreement to Promote Stability of Interconnected Power Grid

On January 7, 2017, the United States Department of Energy (DOE), the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and Mexico's Ministry of Energy (SENER), the Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE) and the National Center for...more

Why Do People Bribe and What Stops Them? [Video]

In an interview with Barry Vitou, Partner, Pinsent Masons, as posted in www.thebriberyact.com, we discuss why people bribe, what stops them, and what someone should do if they crossed an ethical or legal guardrail. Is it ever...more

Letters of Credit: Autonomy Principle is Re-confirmed

The Court of Appeal has confirmed the "autonomy principle" of letters of credit under English law, holding that PetroSaudi Oil Services (Venezuela) Ltd ("PetroSaudi") and its director and General Counsel, Mr Buckland, had...more

Carbon Matters - Autumn/Winter 2016/2017

The Annual United Nations Climate Change Conference took place in Morocco against a backdrop of optimism and international agreement to move forward towards a low carbon economy – a signi cant shift from previous conferences...more

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