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The United States agreed to suspend certain sanctions against Iran over the weekend as part of an agreement to curb the Iranian nuclear program. The agreement, which provides for a six-month first step towards a...more
The trustee in bankruptcy for Energy Conversion Devices, parent of United Solar of Greenville, is suing three Chinese solar panel companies. The allegations filed in Federal District Court in Detroit against Trina Solar Ltd,...more
It’s easy to wag a finger at companies incurring costly violations under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), to date this year.
They stand accused of bribing, defrauding, and other actions you don’t like to see...more
A settlement between the European Union (EU) and the Chinese government on the import of photovoltaic solar cells to the EU became effective on August 6, 2013. The settlement resolves a US $27 billion dumping and subsidy...more
On June 19, 2013, Bill S-14: The Fighting Foreign Corruption Act, received Royal Assent, thereby bringing into force the most significant changes to Canada’s anti-corruption legislation, the Corruption of Foreign Public...more
On June 12, 2013, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the introduction of a new transparency initiative in Canada that will require Canadian companies in the extractive industries, including mining, oil and gas,...more
We commented in a previous alert that the European Commission had launched an investigation into "dumping" of solar panels in the European market by Chinese companies. Yesterday (4 June 2013) it was announced that the...more
Recent developments in Canadian anti-corruption, economic sanctions, and export control laws are having a significant impact on the due diligence that should be conducted on potential targets in the context of mergers and...more
Effective May 29, 2013, Canada significantly expanded its existing economic sanctions measures against Iran by implementing a general ban on supplying or sourcing goods to or from Iran and a prohibition on making any...more
At long last, Glencore has overcome the final regulatory hurdle and secured the approval of China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) to acquire the 66 percent of Xstrata that it does not already own. But not before agreeing to...more
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Take-or-pay provisions are now fairly common in long-term offtake and supply agreements in the energy sector, a notable example being gas supply agreements.
In essence, take-or-pay provisions...more
The European Commission (“Commission”) has approved without conditions Rosneft’s US$ 54.8 billion acquisition of TNK-BP. The Commission’s 8 March approval came two months after the Russian Federal Antimonopoly Service (“FAS”)...more
Liberalization of the EU natural gas sector began almost two decades ago. Since then, the European Commission (the “Commission”) has used various mechanisms to facilitate market opening including competition law enforcement,...more
In This Issue:
- President Obama Announces Plan To Launch Talks On Transatlantic Trade And Investment Partnership; Formal Notice To Congress Will Follow
- China Issues Guidelines For The Development Of Energy...more
In This Issue:
- U.S. Regulatory; EU Regulatory: Cybersecurity Efforts to Secure Critical Infrastructure including the Energy Sector Advance in the United States and European Union
Since it is early in 2013 (according to the Gregorian calendar), this competition law update considers possible competition law developments in the year ahead. Rather than a “Janus” approach of rounding up last year, it...more
International trade and investment in the energy sector takes place in a framework of treaties based on the conviction that all boats rise on the tide of free trade and underpinned by legal obligations, including the...more
The European Commission (“Commission”) has announced two formal proceedings to investigate potential competition law violations by energy companies in Eastern Europe. The Commission is investigating whether Bulgarian Energy...more
With the nip of winter in the air, the announcement of price increases by Britain’s largest natural gas and electricity firms raises the perennial debate about the competitiveness of energy markets. In a surprising...more
The Court of Justice of the EU (“Court of Justice”) has dismissed an appeal by the German energy company E.ON Energie AG (“E.ON”) against a lower court’s judgment upholding a European Commission (“Commission”) decision...more
Over the last year and a half, Canadian corporate culture has been undergoing significant change in response to new and vigorous enforcement of the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act (CFPOA) by the Royal Canadian...more
In This Issue:
- Recent Common Sense Decisions on Source Aggregation: A Roadmap for Regulating Oil and Gas Emissions?
- The FTC’s Revised Green Guides...more
The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has started an investigation against Coal India Limited (CIL) alleging unfair trade practices and abuse of a dominant position in the supply of coal to power producers. If the...more
The U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce) is upholding tariffs it proposed earlier this year on imports of Chinese crystalline silicon photovoltaic (PV) cells and panels. The decision is the agency’s final determination in...more
The EU General Court has decided in favour of the Greek state-owned power company Public Power Corporation (PPC) against a European Commission decision sanctioning the utility’s continued virtual monopoly rights over lignite...more