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Japanese Report: LNG Sale and Purchase Agreement Destination Restrictions Likely Anticompetitive

by Jones Day on

On June 28, 2017, the Japan Fair Trade Commission ("JFTC") published a report based on a survey conducted from July 2016 to May 2017 ("Report"), concluding that destination restrictions provided in liquefied natural gas...more

Russia Sanctions - EU Expands Sanctions Following Alleged Diversion of Siemens Turbines

On August 4, 2017, the Council of the European Union (the “Council”) made six new designations to the list of persons subject to restrictive measures in respect of actions undermining or threatening the territorial integrity,...more

President Trump Signs New Sanctions Legislation into Law

by Jones Day on

On August 2, 2017, President Trump signed the "Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act" ("Act") into law. The Act, which codifies and strengthens sanctions against Russia and expands sanctions against Iran and...more

Energy Newsletter - August 2017

by King & Spalding on

Practical Issues Under Joint Operating Agreements Relating to Withdrawals, Transfers and Changes in Control - In light of their long term objectives and potential future transactions, parties should consider the...more

ExxonMobil Fined $2 Million for Ukraine/Russia Sanctions Violations

by Holland & Knight LLP on

On July 20, 2017, the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced a $2 million civil monetary penalty against Exxon Mobil Corp., including its U.S. subsidiaries ExxonMobil Development...more

Lessons in Failures of Internal Controls

by Thomas Fox on

Last week’s announcement by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) of the resolution of its outstanding Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement action with Halliburton Company continues to resonate and provide...more

House Passes Bill Authorizing Additional Sanctions Against Russia, North Korea and Iran

by Dechert LLP on

After weeks of discussion and procedural uncertainty, the U.S. House of Representatives passed new legislation by a vote of 419–3 that, if enacted into law, will strengthen existing sanctions against Russia and also impose...more

Goodbye to Rocket J. Squirrel – Halliburton Resolves FCPA Enforcement Action

by Thomas Fox on

June Foray died this week. You may not think you have heard of her but let me assure you; you have heard her. Foray was the voice of Rocket J. Squirrel in perhaps the greatest cartoon show ever, Rocky and Bullwinkle....more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely - July 2017 #2

It’s Friday and time for another overview of developments in the field of business and human rights that we’ve been monitoring. This week’s post includes: a decision by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice addressing a...more

Indonesia tightens control over changes in shareholding and boards of oil & gas, power, geothermal and mining companies

by Allen & Overy LLP on

Indonesia just issued a new regulation (Reg. 42/2017) that extends governmental control on private and foreign investment in the energy and mining sectors. Whilst similar forms of control already existed in the upstream...more

U.S. Penalizes Exxon for Violating U.S. Sanctions on Russia, May Have Complicated How U.S. Companies Do Business in Russia

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

On July 20, 2017, the U.S. Treasury Department Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced that ExxonMobil (Exxon) must pay a $2 million penalty for violating U.S. sanctions on Russia.  On the same day, Exxon responded...more

The BKPM Is Licensing Authority In Oil And Gas Matters

by Morgan Lewis on

The Indonesian Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources (MoEMR) has delegated additional authorities to the Indonesian Investment Coordinating Board (Badan Koordinasi Penanaman Modal - BKPM) in issuing certain licenses for...more

The Japan Fair Trade Commission Has Said No to LNG Resale Restrictions—What Does This Mean for Japanese and Non-Japanese LNG...

In June 2017, the Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) issued its conclusion on an earlier market study on liquefied natural gas (LNG) resale restrictions and cautioned that (i) destination clauses, (ii) diversion clauses,...more

2nd Circuit Weighs in on Certifying Classes Involving Foreign Securities

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In In re Petrobras Securities Litigation, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals recently issued an opinion regarding the standards for certifying a class involving foreign securities. Petrobras is a multinational Brazilian gas...more

LNG for Japanese Buyers: End of the Road for Destination Clauses?

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

A recent announcement by the Japanese antitrust regulator could spell the end of destination clauses in certain Asian LNG SPAs. Key Points: ..Asian LNG buyers are seeking to form a buyers’ club to negotiate better and...more

JFTC questions the validity of destination clauses in LNG SPAs

by White & Case LLP on

On 28 June 2017, the Japan Fair Trade Commission ("JFTC") issued a report regarding its "Survey on LNG Trades" based on questionnaires and interviews with Japanese and non-Japanese buyers and sellers of LNG (the "Report")....more

Japan Fair Trade Commission Survey of LNG Trades

by King & Spalding on

On 28 June 2017, the Japan Fair Trade Commission (the “JFTC”) published its highly anticipated “Survey on LNG Trades” (the “Survey”) that reviews the impact of destination restrictions on long term LNG imports into Japan and...more

North Sea decommissioning: Primed for a boom? The complexities and challenges associated with decommissioning offshore oil and...

by White & Case LLP on

Historically, the attitude towards decommissioning disused offshore oil and gas platforms—'abandonment' as it was previously known—has been largely negative, with companies viewing mature installations as a burden rather than...more

Everything You Need to Know About the Australian Domestic Gas Security Mechanism—What Does This Mean for Australian LNG Exporters...

The Australian Domestic Gas Security Mechanism at a Glance - On June 5, 2017, the Australian government released draft amendments to the existing Customs (Prohibited Exports) Regulations 1958 (the “Amended Regulations”)...more

Countering counterparty insolvency

by Hogan Lovells on

These days, the threat of counterparty insolvency looms over the energy sector: whether it is a natural disaster or precipitous decline in the price of oil, perhaps no industry is more susceptible to the financial decline and...more

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

by Holland & Knight LLP on

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

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