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Paths to African Partnerships

In recent years, African stars have soared. Governments, investors, and citizens have driven – and benefited from – booms in banking, construction, retail, and telecommunications. All along, of course, African states have...more

How to Avoid Corruption Risks in China [Video]

The recent headlines on China's expanding anti-corruption investigation and enforcement action is a significant event in global anti-corruption enforcement. For companies operating in China, the risks have now increased...more

Mixing Oil and Vinegar - Using Private Placement Variable Deferred Annuity (PPVA) Contracts to Enhance the Investment Return of...

Overview - Master Limited Partnerships are publicly traded partnerships. As of 2010, the market capitalization of MLPs was $220 billion. These publicly traded partnerships invest primarily in energy and associated...more

Massachusetts Rules Against Taxpayer on Treatment of Intercompany Debt—Again

In what is becoming a trend, the Massachusetts Appellate Tax Board (the "ATB") has issued yet another decision denying true debt treatment for an intercompany obligation. In National Grid Holdings, the ATB upheld assessments...more

Financing Petrochemical Projects In China – A Sponsors' Perspective

Although the nature and function of petrochemical processes and products is often a very unfamiliar subject to the average person working outside the chemicals industry, petrochemicals and the end–products that they make...more

Asia: Corporate Newsletter - July 2013

Effect of regulatory non-compliance on suitability of listing - Under the Listing Rules, a listing applicant must be considered by the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (SEHK) as suitable for listing before it can be listed....more

Significant FCPA Enforcement Actions In 2013 – Individuals

77 years – that is how long Great Britain went without a native son winning the Men’s Singles title at Wimbledon....more

Corporate Communicator - Summer 2013

In this issue of the Corporate Communicator, we are providing a short update concerning two recent reporting and governance matters affecting public companies. The first item is developments relating to a proposal by the...more

Guidance for Compliance with SEC Minerals Rules

The Securities and Exchange Commission recently adopted final rules requiring disclosure of the use of “conflict minerals” by public companies, pursuant to a provision of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer...more

Washington Energy Update - April/May 2013

In This Issue: - DOE Begins to Authorize Pending LNG Export Applications — Cautiously - Senators Want to Extend Master Limited Partnerships to Renewables - FERC Takes on Formula Rate Protocols - Energy...more

SEC Issues FAQs On Disclosure Of Payments By Resource Extraction Issuers

The SEC has issued nine frequently asked questions, or FAQs, on the disclosure of payments by resource extraction issuers....more

Southern District of New York Orders Chevron CEO and General Counsel to Testify in RICO Suit Related to $18 Billion Ecuadorian...

On May 14, 2013, Judge Lewis A. Kaplan of the Southern District of New York affirmed a magistrate judge's decision denying plaintiff Chevron Corporation's ("Chevron's") motion to quash deposition notices for Chevron CEO John...more

New Anti-Corruption Provisions in EU Legislation: Increased Accountability for Mining, Oil and Gas Companies

Large non-listed companies incorporated in the European Economic Area (“EEA”) which operate in the oil, gas and mining sectors will need to annually disclose any payments made to the national, regional or local authority of a...more

The Transparency Agenda: Section 1504 and Beyond

A number of significant briefs were filed recently with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in support of Section 1504 of the Dodd-Frank Act, which requires oil, gas, and mining issuers to report on their payments...more

CFPOA Bribery Fine of $10.3 million Imposed on Canadian Company

Griffiths Energy International Inc. (GEI) pleaded guilty on January 22, 2013, to one charge of bribing a foreign official contrary to the Canadian Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act (CFPOA). This is the third...more

Chesapeake Lighthouses and Lighting the Way for Compliance

In the winter 2013 issue of the Colonial Williamsburg magazine is an article by Michael Lombardi, entitled “Lighthouses Marked the Shoals of the Commerce Clause”. In this article, Lombardi wrote about four lighthouses...more

Abu Dhabi Oil & Gas Update: Security Passes for ADNOC Facilities

Companies that manufacture and sell products to Abu Dhabi’s state companies involved in power, water and petroleum may require their employees to access such facilities in order to provide installation, after-sales and...more

Record Gas Prices Impact Local Business

Gas prices are high everywhere, but California is suffering from the highest prices in the United States. When the cost of filling the gas tank forces more and more people to make basic economic choices between driving and...more

Preparing for Compliance with the SEC’s Conflict Minerals Rule: Challenges Ahead!

In This Presentation: Overview and Introductions; Overview of the Conflict Minerals Rule; Overview of the Rule: Conflict Minerals; Overview of the Rule: Key Steps; Overview of the Rule: Reporting Requirements; Overview...more

Doing Business in Canada: Climate Change

The evolving patchwork of Canadian federal and provincial climate laws and programs has created material risks and opportunities for businesses operating in Canada. Understanding climate change policy and legislation is...more

New Executive Order Expands Iran Sanctions to Cover Foreign Subsidiaries of U.S. Companies

On October 9, 2012, the President signed a new executive order (“Executive Order”) implementing certain provisions of the Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act of 2012 (now referred to as the TRA). The TRA expanded...more

TRANSACTIONAL: Corporate: International Joint Ventures in the Oil & Gas Sector

As growth continues to prove elusive in developed markets, multinational companies in the oil and gas sector are increasingly expanding into emerging markets. This trend has been accelerated by significant new discoveries of...more

Stumbling Block or Stepping Stone? Companies Face the Choice: Trip Over the SEC’s New Reporting Requirements or Use them to Launch...

On August 22, 2012, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted final rules requiring oil, natural gas, and mining companies to report to the SEC certain payments to foreign governments. The new rules are aimed at...more

EU Parliamentary Committee backs tough disclosure rules for extractive companies

Introduction - On 18 September, 2012, the European Parliament's Committee on Legal Affairs (the "Committee") voted in favour of proposed EU legislation to impose disclosure obligations aimed at deterring corruption by...more

CIS Legal Update - September 2012

In This Issue: - p1 Presidential Decree Tightens Government Control Over Russian Strategic Sector Companies - p2 ETFs Finally Come to Russia - p2 RF Legislation Expands Government Control Over...more

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