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IREG Update - California Commissioner calls for divestiture from carbon-based investments

California Commissioner calls for divestiture from carbon-based investments - California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones calls for insurance industry divestment from thermal coal and announces a new requirement for...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 2.10.16

We’ve all heard about the billions in tax savings associated with corporate tax inversions, but Deal Professor says the real tax-avoidance game is in a strategy called “earnings stripping”—a technique in which a multinational...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - February 2016 #3

Treasury plans lending perimeter changes - Treasury has published the draft Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) Order 2016 for approval by both Houses of Parliament. Treasury...more

Court in BP Oil Spill Litigation Denies Standing for Special Purpose Entities Created Solely for Litigation

A January 4, 2016 opinion in the Southern District of Texas by Judge Keith Ellison (“Op.”) in the In re: BP p.l.c. Securities Litigation, MDL No. 4:10-md-2185, has taken up the issue of whether plaintiffs can properly assign...more

Energy Sector Alert Series: Risks and Opportunities in Distressed Oil and Gas

In this eight-week alert series, we are providing a broad look at current and emerging issues facing the energy sector. Attorneys from across the firm will discuss issues ranging from environmental disclosures and risk...more

Proposal Calls for CA Insurers to Divest From Coal

On January 25, 2016, California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones asked California insurers to voluntarily divest their investments in the thermal coal industry. In addition, beginning in April 2016, California insurers...more

Evaluating the Health of Loan and Bond Markets for 2016

Corporate borrowers and issuers typically access the credit markets only for need or opportunity, so may not actively monitor loan market conditions. As a leading firm with a nationally ranked practice representing borrowers...more

Egypt Liberalises Electricity Market to Allow Private Sector Participation

In 2015, Egypt issued its unified Electricity Law no. (87), paving the way for market liberalisation of its power generation and distribution services. A few months on from its introduction, what are some of the key...more

Arbitrage and Investment Opportunities with Respect to Midstream Oil and Gas Assets

In the current price environment, highly leveraged exploration and production (E&P) companies facing liquidity-induced stress find themselves facing a dilemma. As borrowing-base cuts loom, capital markets remain tight and...more

California Insurance Commissioner Asks Insurers to Exit Thermal Coal Investments

On January 25 the California Insurance Commissioner issued a press release, and also sent email messages to insurers licensed in California, indicating that he is requesting all insurers doing business in California to...more

Kamala Harris Puts Exxon Under Her Microscope: California AG Reportedly Has Launched Review of Oil Giant’s Statements On Climate...

Students of history know that fighting a two front war is a hazard to be avoided. According to the L.A. Times, however, that is precisely the dilemma that now faces Exxon Mobil: dual investigations from attorneys general on...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 1.29.16

AIG may have shrugged off Carl Icahn for now, but Xerox has succumbed to his calls for breaking up and is expected to announce sometime today [update: it did] that it will separate its legacy hardware side from its services...more

Mining in Africa – getting in sync with the cycle

With one third of the world’s mineral reserves and two thirds of the world’s diamond production, Africa should have basked in the era of roaring commodity prices and booming optimism. Over the last decade, Africa’s average...more

U.S. Treasury Department Eases Sanctions Under Iran Nuclear Deal

Changes Authorize Certain Transactions by Foreign-Incorporated Companies - On January 16, 2016, the U.S. Treasury Department eased economic sanctions on Iran and issued new licenses authorizing three new categories of...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 1.25.16

So the bull market may be on its way out of town after a nearly 7-year stretch [care to jump on the “blame the Fed” bandwagon?], but even when combined with usual predictors like declines in industrial production and...more

Real Estate Investment Trust as a Vehicle for Utility Funding

A recent Wall Street Journal article (January 15) highlights the use of a real estate investment trust (REIT) for financing the acquisition of Oncor Electric Delivery Company (Oncor) upon its exit from bankruptcy. In a...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 1.22.16

Stocks took a breather yesterday (that’s turning into something of a global rally this morning), helped along in part by rising oil prices and hopes of a new ECB stimulus package this spring – WSJ... Let’s call it the...more

SEC Extractive Industry Transparency Requirements Move Forward

On December 11, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) issued a new proposed rule to implement a key provision of the Dodd-Frank Act that targets corruption and increases transparency requirements for payments...more

The Partial Lifting of Iranian Sanctions – Not Quite Business As Usual

Implementation Day under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action signed by the P5+1 (United States, United Kingdom, France, Russia, China and Germany), the European Union, and Iran (“JCPOA”) came on January 16, 2016 and...more

Iran Nuclear Sanctions Relief Implemented: New Opportunities Await Non-US Companies, but Comprehensive US Transaction and Export...

On January 16, 2016, the United States, its negotiating partners and Iran announced the arrival of Implementation Day for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), to which the parties agreed on July 14, 2015 with...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 1.12.16

The trail-blazing and transcendent David Bowie died this weekend after an 18-month battle with cancer. Incredibly, his reach extended beyond music, cinema, holiday duets, fashion, and stage and into our world of finance, as...more

State Attorneys General Investigations and Enforcement: What to Expect in 2016

In recent years, state Attorneys General (“state AGs”) have significantly increased their investigative and enforcement efforts across a wide range of industries and matters, and these new efforts present a growing challenge...more

SEC proposes revised payment disclosure rules for companies engaged in resource extraction

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) has re-proposed Rule 13q-1 and an amendment to Form SD to implement Section 13(q) of the US Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”), which was added by...more

CFTC rule change brings record-keeping relief for commodity dealers and end-users

Aiming to reduce needless regulatory costs on America’s farmers, grain elevators and other commercial end-users of the commodity markets, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) recently amended a record-keeping...more

FERC enforcement report cites screenshots, keylogger

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has issued an Order to Show Cause and Notice of Proposed Penalty against Coaltrain Energy, L.P. and six individuals relating to alleged fraudulent transactions in PJM Interconnection...more

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