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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Top 10 Questions Facing the LNG Industry in 2015

The only constant in the LNG industry again appears to be change – unpredictable change. The LNG supply and demand balance shifted in 2014 as LNG supply appears, at least temporarily, to have surpassed demand. Other...more

LEX PETROLEA: Sources and Successes of International Petroleum Law

In the widely cited and sometimes wildly interpreted 1982 arbitration award issued by the tribunal in Aminoil v. Kuwait, the Government argued that compensation for its expropriation of Aminoil's concession should be based on...more

Mexico Energy Law – Round 1 Update

Update regarding Mexico’s Licensing Round 1 shallow water oil and gas tender - According to the Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos (e.g., the National Hydrocarbons Commission; “CNH”), as of Thursday, January 28th,...more

"Brazil: Recent Corruption Scandals Offer First Test of Brazilian Anti-Corruption Act"

As in China, in 2014, authorities in Brazil significantly increased investigations and enforcement actions. Brazilian headlines recently have been dominated by the corruption scandal involving Petrobras (Brazil’s state-run,...more

"Sectoral Sanctions Add New Layer of Complexity to OFAC Sanctions"

In response to the protracted crisis in Ukraine, the Obama administration authorized traditional and innovative economic sanctions against Russian and Ukrainian persons through Executive Orders 13660, 13661, 13662 and 13685....more

Oil, Gas and Compliance: The ‘Deep Blue Sea’ of Corruption

In Thieves of State, author Sarah Chayes (part two of my interview with Sarah will appear next week) defines the ‘resource curse,’ as where “valuable raw materials are discovered in a country lacking robust institutional...more

Mozambique’s Decree Law: Worth the Wait

The much anticipated Decree Law for Offshore Areas 1 and 4 was published on 2 December 2014 (Decree Law No. 2/2014). It provides a clear and comprehensive legal framework for their development and includes significant...more

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

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