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Mining & Metals: Opportunity & Risk— From bust to boom? Positioning for the future

With an ongoing malaise in the mining and metals markets, industry participants have continued to anticipate, identify and respond to risks differently. Some participants have elected to retreat from emerging economies,...more

New Opportunities in UK Water?

OFWAT, the economic regulator of the water and sewerage sector in England and Wales, has set out the price controls that companies must use for regulated activities from 2015 to 2020. This new economic settlement brings...more

NextEra Acquires Hawaiian Utility for $4.3 Billion

NextEra recently acquired Hawaiian Electric Industries (“HEI”) in a transaction valued at $4.3 billion, subject to Hawaii Public Utilities Commission approval and approval by HEI shareholders. HEI shareholders will receive a...more

Sink or Swim as Oil Prices Continue to Fall

As Warren Buffett once wrote in a 2002 letter to the shareholders of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc., "you only find out who is swimming naked when the tide goes out." Well, the tide is going out for many in the oil and gas industry...more

Halliburton’s Acquisition of Baker Hughes Likely to Receive Close Antitrust Scrutiny from Department of Justice

On November 17, 2014, Halliburton Company (“Halliburton”) announced plans to acquire Baker Hughes, Inc. (“Baker Hughes”) for $34.6 billion. Halliburton and Baker Hughes are two of the world’s largest oilfield services...more

M&A Update: No Control, No Conflict, No Problem

On October 24th, the Delaware Chancery Court dismissed a lawsuit challenging the merger of Crimson Exploration and Contango Oil & Gas. Minority Crimson stockholders alleged that Oaktree Capital Management, Crimson’s largest...more

"Opening shot" in negotiations: when does "without prejudice" protection apply?

In Rochester Resources Ltd & ors v Leonid Lebedev & anr [2014] EWHC 2185 (Comm), 2 July 2014, the High Court found that a draft set of Particulars (a Complaint), produced in advance of U.S. Litigation and sent to the other...more

International News: Focus on Mining and Metals

In This Issue: - Features ..Investors in Africa Benefit from Regional Trading Blocs ..Understanding the COMESA Merger Control Regime ..Protecting Your UK Business Against Departing...more

Trends Influencing Energy Transactions

Several trends bode well for continued robust activity in the oil and gas space for the foreseeable future. Capital markets and M&A activity in the energy industry remains robust, with all categories showing...more

6 Oilfield Services Trends In Unconventional Resources

North American drilling and production activity is increasing service and technology demands and leading to shifts in capital markets and M&A transactions. North America continues to be one of the largest oil and gas...more

Texas’ Eagle Ford Formation Leads U.S. in Oil-and-Gas Transactions in 2013

In a year where overall upstream oil-and-gas transactions were down significantly from the previous year, the Eagle Ford shale formation in South Texas proved to be an active region for companies looking to make a deal....more

Energy Newsletter - November 2013

In This Issue: - Investments in LNG Project Companies - Key Issues relating to Shareholding Acquisitions - Risk Service Structure Becomes a Little Less Risky for Russian Offshore Operations - UK's Labour...more

Investments in LNG Project Companies – Key Issues relating to Shareholding Acquisitions

Along with growth in global demand for natural gas, there has been a corresponding increase in the number and value of LNG project investments worldwide. Such investments may take various forms, depending on, amongst other...more

FTC Investigations of Energy and Chemical Transactions – Am I at Risk?

A recent article in the Antitrust Law Journal, “A Survey of Evidence Leading to Second Requests at the FTC,” by Darren S. Tucker, an attorney advisor to a FTC Commissioner who reviewed non-public information on the decisions...more

Paris Energy Series No. 8: Beware of the Boilerplate – The Risks of Standard-form Clauses in Common and Civil Law Jurisdictions

1. Introduction - When commercial agreements are negotiated, certain key terms are generally the subject of intense discussion. Once these terms have been agreed, there is a risk the ‘boilerplate’ provisions1 at the...more

Recent Changes to Mongolia's Foreign Investment Laws: Opportunities and Challenges for Foreign Investors

Driven by its vast abundance of coal, copper, iron ore, gold and uranium (to name a few), Mongolia is forecast to have the world’s fastest growth rate in 2013, at 12% of GDP—a figure Western economies can only dream of in the...more

City of Philadelphia moves forward with plan to sell its regulated gas division

The Mayor of Philadelphia recently announced the hiring of two investment bankers to start the solicitation process for selling the city’s gas division. As a unique feature of this transaction, the gas division is regulated...more

Glencore’s Long March to Take Over Xstrata

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

REGULATORY - Competition Law/Russia: Russia Gives Go-Ahead to Rosneft’s Acquisition of TNK-BP

The Russian Federal Antimonopoly Service (“FAS”) has cleared Rosneft’s US$ 55 billion acquisition of TNK-BP, subject to divestments and conduct remedies. The deal will reduce the number of major oil companies in Russia from...more

Duke Acquires 10 MW PV Project in Arizona from SOLON

Duke Energy Renewables has acquired the 10 MW Black Mountain Solar Project near Kingman. The Project was developed by Tucson-based SOLON Corp. and is expected to achieve commercial operation in October 2013....more

Canadian Government Approves CNOOC’s Acquisition of Nexen

Monumental US$15.1 billion acquisition results in the largest foreign acquisition by a Chinese company to date. On December 7, the Canadian government approved the acquisition of Calgary, Alberta–based petroleum company...more

Transactions: Corporate/London: M&A: The Importance of Bribery and Corruption Due Diligence - A UK Perspective

With M&A activity in the energy sector still buoyant, particularly in developing economies, the need for effective and risk sensitive diligence into potential bribery and corruption by target entities is becoming more...more

FERC Imposes Conditions on Proposed Duke - Progress Merger

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued an order on September 30, 2011 that conditionally approved the proposed merger of Duke Energy and Progress Energy, but stated that issues regarding competition must be resolved...more

Inside M&A - July/August 2011

In This Issue: The Top 5 Traps in Energy M&A Transactions The Top 5 Traps in Distressed M&A Transactions The Top 5 Traps in Energy M&A Transactions by Blake H. Winburne and Matthew R. Archer Energy M&A...more

Energy Newsletter - August 2011

In This Issue TRANSACTIONAL: Corporate/London - The EU's Third Energy Package: Reforms Kick-In but Member State Implementation Lags Behind A revised regulatory framework for promoting integration of, and...more

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