Polsinelli Podcast - What's Around the Corner for Industries Impacted by Energy Issues?
FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 171-FCPA Enforcement in the Energy Industry
Cyber Risks Facing Businesses Today
Private Equity Fees and Expenses
Stephanie Pindyck Costantino Talks Domestic Oil and Gas M&A with The Deal
The Water Values Podcast: Rolling Out AMI in San Francisco with Alison Kastama and Heather Pohl (Part 1)
A Focus on Energy: Royalty Trusts
What Are the Important Issues for Investor-Owned Water Utilities?
A Focus on Energy: M&A Trends in the Energy Sector
A Focus on Energy: Traditional MLPs vs. Variable MLPs
PV Project Finance in Latin America is Easy, Right?
The Water Values Podcast - How Can We Resolve Water Conflicts?
The Water Values Podcast: Water as a Business Risk. And Opportunity. With Will Sarni
The Water Values Podcast - The Economics of Water with David Zetland, Ph.D.
Las Reformas Constitucionales Transcendentales en México: Oportunidades y Retos para el Inversionista Privado
Mexico's Historic Energy Reform: Opportunities and Challenges for Investors
How to Avoid Corruption Risks in China
Polsinelli Podcast - Hot Energy Trends in 2014 by Polsinelli
Bill on Bankruptcy: LightSquared, the Battle among Hedge Funds
California Commercial Building Owners Must Disclose Energy Usage of the Building During Sale, Lease or Financing after July 1, 2013
Reserve Reports During the Oil Slump. The collapse of oil prices in the latter half of 2014 has led to SEC scrutiny of exploration and production (E&P) company compliance with rules regarding the calculation and reporting of...more
In a 2-1 decision, a three-judge panel from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit reaffirmed its previous decision striking down a narrow portion of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) conflict...more
By coincidence, the same day that the three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit struck down (again) a portion of the conflict minerals rule (see this post), the GAO issued a report to Congressional Committees entitled “SEC...more
For many years the Short Term Flat NBP Trading Terms and Conditions 1997 (the “NBP 1997 Terms”) have been the standard terms for trading gas on the UK’s national transmission system for natural gas (the “UK NTS”) and the...more
A Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Administrative Law Judge last week issued an Initial Decision finding that BP America (BP) and certain related BP entities violated FERC’s Anti-Manipulation Rule. Following a...more
On August 3, a federal district court in New York dismissed with prejudice a securities class action suit filed against Chinese oil and gas company PetroChina Co. Ltd. The suit alleged that statements in the company’s 2011...more
The Division of Market Oversight of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, at the request of ICE Futures U.S., has granted a 45-day extension of the public comment period with respect to its proposed amendments to certain...more
On August 4, Vantage Drilling Company, an international offshore drilling contractor, acknowledged that an overseas agent had entered into plea discussions with Brazilian authorities and provided evidence in the ongoing...more
The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) recently published their annual review of Canadian public companies’ continuous disclosure filings in CSA Staff Notice 51-344 - Continuous Disclosure Review Program Activities for...more
The Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Energy and Environmental Markets Advisory Committee will hold a public meeting on July 29. The Advisory Committee will discuss how energy and environmental markets would be affected...more
In all jurisdictions, financing for greenfields
projects is available from traditional sources -
commercial banks, export credit agencies
(ECAs, such as the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) and Korea's...more
In this issue:
- Court of Appeals for Third Circuit Overturns District Court Ruling Regarding Exclusion of Shareholder Proposal From Proxy Statement
- FINRA Updates Its Interpretation of the SEC's Financial...more
TTIP (the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) is a comprehensive trade and investment agreement currently being negotiated between the EU and the US. The main aims of the proposed agreement are to increase trade...more
With recent release, the CFTC hopes to eliminate market uncertainty on forward contracts with embedded volumetric optionality.
UPDATE (June 18, 2015): On May 12, 2015, the CFTC adopted the Proposal as proposed (as used...more
In this episode I discuss enforcement of the FCPA in the energy industry, it genesis and the business response by the energy industry. ...more
An early review of conflict minerals filings for the 2014 reporting period shows improvement in “detail, clarity and quality,” according to this article in BNA. As reported by Elm Sustainability Partners, a conflict minerals...more
The Leadership for Energy Automation Practices (“LEAP”) published its new master agreement, the LEAP Master Agreement for the Purchase and Sale of Physical Commodities Version 3.0 (the “LEAP 3.0”) on June 10. This agreement...more
On May 20, 2015, the US Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) settled an administrative proceeding with global mining /commodities producer BHP Billiton, resolving allegations that the company violated the books and records...more
EMSA has recently published Guidelines on which commodity derivatives fall within the definition of "financial instrument" for the purposes of MiFID I. The Guidelines give clarity on the status of forwards, and guidance on...more
Recently, the CFTC issued a Proposed Order in response to a 2013 request by the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) for exemption of certain SPP electric energy products from CFTC regulation.
Scope of Exemption -
Houston-based Hyperdynamics Corp. announced in an 8-K filed on May 26 that the DOJ had closed its investigation into alleged FCPA violations by the company in the Republic of Guinea. A parallel investigation by the SEC...more
On May 29, 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) issued an Order against Powhatan Energy Fund, LLC and its trading partners, Dr. Houlihan Chen, HEEP Fund, LLC and CU Fund, Inc. (together, “Powhatan”). FERC...more
Canada's new Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act was proclaimed in force today, in keeping with the federal Government's committed timeline. The Act imposes mandatory reporting requirements for each entity engaged in...more
The IRS proposed regulations [REG-132634-14] to provide guidance on what is “qualified income” from a publicly traded partnership’s (PTP) activities regarding minerals or natural resources, such as oil and gas fracturing...more
Molycorp, Inc. is a publically traded Delaware corporation engaged in a the production and sale of rare earth oxides. Private equity investors held 44% of Molycorp’s stock, appointed certain directors and had demand...more
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