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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

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 – 1.22.16

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

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

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

SEC Reproposes Rules for Resource Extraction Issuers

The Proposed Rules call for enhanced disclosures by companies in the oil, natural gas, and mining industries. On December 11, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC or the Commission) reproposed rules (the Proposed...more

SEC Re-Proposes Rules for Resource Extraction Issuers Under Dodd-Frank Act

On December 11, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) proposed rules required under Section 1504 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the “Act”). Section 1504 of the Act added...more

SEC Reproposes Rule 13q-1 Requiring Extraction Industries to Publicly Disclose Payments to Governments

On Friday, December 11th, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted to repropose Rule 13q-1 to require disclosure of certain payments made by resource extraction companies to the U.S. or other governments. The...more

Green Bonds – how to unlock its full potential?

The green bond market is presently one of the fastest growing fixed-income segments, with issuances tripling between 2013 and 2014. There is a sense of excitement and optimism surrounding the market; initially led and...more

Rating Agency Developments

On December 2, Fitch updated its criteria for rating prepaid energy transactions. On December 1, Fitch released updated criteria for grant anticipation revenue vehicles (GARVEE) bonds....more

Déjà Vu ? SEC Proposes “New” Rules for Disclosure of Government Payments by Resource Extraction Issuers

On December 11, the SEC re-proposed rules requiring disclosure of government payments by resource extraction issuers. The proposed rules will require resource extraction issuers to disclose payments made to the U.S. federal...more

Liberal Reforms in Morocco

The wave of liberal reforms that has swept over the Kingdom of Morocco in recent years has intensified over the past few months, under the impetus of His Majesty the King, Mohammed VI. Recent reforms across nearly all lines...more

Blog: SEC Proposes New Resource Extraction Disclosure Rules — Will They Face Another Legal Challenge?

Last Thursday, the SEC voted (with Commissioner Piwowar in dissent) to propose rules, mandated by Section 1504 of the Dodd-Frank, that would require disclosure on Form SD of certain payments made to the federal and foreign...more

ESMA not to extend collateralisation exemption

ESMA has announced that it will not further extend the existing three-year grace period for non-financial firms’ use of non-collateralised bank guarantees to cover transactions in energy derivatives cleared by EU central...more

ESMA Issues Public Statement on Collateralization of Bank Guarantees for Energy Derivatives

On November 19, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) issued a public statement (Public Statement) regarding its decision not to extend the current three year grace period which permits non-financial firms to...more

Energy Newsletter - November 2015

Not Quite Left Out to Dry: Remedies Under International Investment Treaties Available to Renewable Energy Investors Harmed by Retroactive Legislative Changes - Introduction: In recent years, project developers,...more

The Petrobras Scandal Reaches Into Texas

As Houston is still the epicenter of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement world, it is probably not too surprising that the Petrobras scandal has reached the Lone Star state. This week there were two reports...more

The Rise in Arbitration Claims Filed by Renewable Energy Investors Under the Energy Charter Treaty

In the past three years, the number of claims filed by renewable energy investors under the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) has risen significantly. In particular, Spain, who had been the subject of only a handful of...more

Somewhere over Africa: When Eurobonds and high yield bonds meet - New issuers and investors are driving growth and change in...

In 2015, two simultaneous market trends are developing across emerging markets: (1) The emergence of the international capital markets as a primary funding source for African issuers (sovereign and corporate) across the...more

Standing of Petrobras Opt-Out Plaintiffs Challenged

A recent motion to dismiss filed by the defendants in the In re Petrobras Securities Litigation, No. 14-cv-9662 (S.D.N.Y.) consolidated litigation challenges the standing of several institutional opt-out plaintiffs. ...more

What Exactly Is “Constructive Engagement”?

Yesterday, I wrote about SB 185 (De León) which mandates that California’s two giant pension funds to liquidate their investments in thermal coal companies on or before July 1, 2017.  One aspect of the bill that I didn’t...more

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