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ManattJones Global Strategies - June 2017

CEO Executive Summary: U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer formally notified Congress of the Trump administration’s intention to renegotiate NAFTA beginning Aug. 16. While he and his Mexican counterpart set Dec. 15 as...more

Gas Company Receives First Declination of 2017 Under FCPA Pilot Program

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The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) on June 16, 2017, announced its first declination of 2017 and the closing of its investigation of Linde North America Inc. and Linde Gas North America LLC (collectively, Linde) concerning...more

Mexico’s Energy Industry: Mexico Tender Round 2.1: Shallow Water Oil Sells Big

On June 19, 2017, the Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos (CNH) completed the Presentation and Opening of Bid Proposals for the First Tender of the Ronda Dos (“Round 2.1”), which was first announced on July 20, 2016. Round 2.1...more

Arbitration Bribery Corruption and Disputes - it's not as easy as ABCD

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Foreign Corrupt Practices Act ("FCPA") - For energy, mining, and resources companies, the cost of corruption—and getting caught—is real. Less than two months ago, Odebrecht S.A. was ordered by a U.S. federal judge to pay a...more

Sea Change? What Does Trump’s Decision on the Paris Agreement Mean?

This week, President Trump announced his decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement, describing it as “disadvantaging the United States” and indicating that the United States will “cease implementation”...more

Trade & Manufacturing - News of Note - May 2017

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U.S. Government To Investigate Effects Of Steel, Aluminum Imports On National Security - In late April, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross initiated two investigations to determine the effects of imported steel and aluminum on...more

Human rights claims against English-based multinational energy companies

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London is home to some of the world's largest multinational energy companies. In recent years, they have become the targets of claims for alleged human rights violations committed overseas. In this article, we consider the...more

Nigerian Oil and Gas and the “7 Big Wins”: Rhetoric or Matter-of-Fact

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In October 2016, the Nigerian government unveiled its plan to develop a stable and enabling environment that will maximise investment opportunities in the oil and gas sector (the Industry) and yield increased growth in the...more

Litigation Trends in the Global Oil and Gas Industry: What You Need To Know

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Michael Davison is head of the Hogan Lovells Litigation, Arbitration, and Employment Practice Group. For close to 30 years, he has been helping clients avoid disputes. He is currently working from the firm’s London office as...more

Doing Business in Saudi Arabia 101: Investing in the Kingdom

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President Donald Trump will be making his first official overseas trip as president to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, commencing May 20, 2017. During the course of the president’s trip, over US$100 billion worth of...more

Risk Mitigation and Allocation Strategies in Contract Drafting for Terminal Services Agreements

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A terminal services agreement (TSA) is a contract for a mining producer/shipper to warehouse and through-put its product en route to its customers. The following article outlines a number of ways TSAs can be drafted to...more

South Africa’s Junk Status Downgrade

On 3 April, 2017, S&P Global led the way in downgrading South Africa’s Sovereign Credit Rating to non-investment-grade ‘Junk’ status. This following President Zuma’s purging of his Cabinet on 31 March, 2017, in which a total...more

Energy Newsletter - April 2017

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Navigating Private Equity Fund Limitations for Energy Infrastructure-Focused Investments - Energy infrastructure funds have emerged as a class of funds that offer investors the potential for long-term stable returns, as...more

The opportunity and promise of decommissioning

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The UK's oil and gas decommissioning regime has long been seen to be in the front-line of petroleum developments and operations around the world, and much has been said about the resulting decommissioning liabilities and...more

Boletín Mensual de Comercio Internacional: Abril - Información con énfasis en la Regulación Comercial y de Arbitraje Internacional

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Durante el mes de abril destacan los siguientes temas: Comercio, Acceso, Propiedad Intelectual, Competencia Económica, Arbitraje...more

Changes in gas transit regulations

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Customs warehouse regime for extended gas storage by foreign gas traders and introduction of backhaul transactions - Ukraine now allows VAT-free temporary storage for up to 1095 days (3 years) of natural gas by gas traders...more

Guarantee Structure that Launched Argentina’s Successful Renewable Energy Auctions

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In October 2015, Argentina issued Law No. 27,191 (“Renewables Law”) to expand Law 26,190, which established a national regime for the production and use of renewable sources of electricity. The Renewables Law extends this...more

Saudi Arabia PPP Update – Vision 2030 and the National Transformation Programme, Malaysian Economic Cooperation, and the New Saudi...

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King Salman Abdulaziz Al-Saud’s recently concluded 31-day trip to Asia saw Saudi Arabia and Malaysia sign a series of four memoranda of understanding (MOUs) relating to economic cooperation, trade, investment and human...more

Host Country Benefits of Export Projects

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Hydropower, as an affordable, reliable and sustainable source of electricity, has played an important role in the growth and industrialisation of many emerging market economies, including Laos, Kenya, Sarawak (Malaysia),...more

Dutch Prosecutors Record Shell CEO and Ensnare Shell in Nigeria Bribery Scandal

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A CEO never expects to be wiretapped. Let’s face it – a wiretap in the C-Suite is rare. Justice Department prosecutors have always looked for an opportunity. CEOs have loose lips and can suffer significant damage from...more

Mexico Issues Manual for Bilateral Power Transactions and Recording Coverage Agreements

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Mexico's Energy Reform of 2013 opened activities of the country's Power Market to private investors. Mexico is passing from a state-run power company, the Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE), to private investors and...more

Projects and Energy Weekly Snippets

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Moz plant illustrates rapid commissioning potential of gas engines - Electricity generation using gas as a fuel has great potential to meet the growing needs of many African countries, especially with a peaking-plant...more

Conflict Minerals Update – SEC Releases Guidance Following District Court Decision

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On April 3, 2017, the US District Court for the District of Columbia (the "Court") entered a final judgment in National Association of Manufacturers, et al. v. Securities and Exchange Commission,1 ruling that Section 1502 of...more

"SEC Staff Provides Relief From Conflict Minerals Rule"

In statements released on April 7, 2017, the acting chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Michael S. Piwowar, and the SEC's Division of Corporation Finance provided welcome news to companies concerning the...more

Contract of Work for IUPK OP: A Tough Decision

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The Indonesian government ("Government") has issued a number of regulations to implement its mining policy, including GR 1/of 2017. In moving towards a single Special Mining Permit Operation Production license (IUPK...more

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