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How Can the Automotive Industry Strengthen Its Regulatory Compliance Process and Reduce Its Compliance Risks?

Many Americans listened last week to the admissions by the now former President of Volkswagen that the company had been “dishonest” and had cheated on the U.S. emissions tests. How was this happening at the world’s #1...more

VW Emissions Testing Scandal – View from the Board

The Board of Directors role in the Volkswagen (VW) emissions test scandal is one that is only now being scrutinized. In an article in the New York Times (NYT), entitled “Problems at VW Start at the Boardroom”, James B....more

EPA Proposes Changes To RCRA Hazardous Waste Export And Import Regulations

Prompted by a 2013 Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) report on hazardous waste exports from the U.S. and changes to the 2001 Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD) Council Decision for...more

The VW Scandal: Insular Senior Management and Ethical Breakdowns

The Volkswagen scandal will be studied for years. One of many themes from the Volkswagen scandal will rest on the complete absence of any commitment to corporate governance. Volkswagen’s weird corporate structure (it is owned...more

The Defeat Device: Compliance and Ethics in the Auto Industry

Things are seriously bad when one of the world’s most respected business focused publications, the Financial Times (FT), asks if the auto “industry faces ‘Libor moment’”? Yet that was a headline yesterday in the lead article...more

100 subsurface areas of solid minerals and groundwater are auctioned in the Republic of Kazakhstan

The RK Ministry of Investments and Development has approved a list of subsurface areas of solid minerals and groundwater subsurface use rights to which will be auctioned in Kazakhstan. The list includes 100 subsurface areas...more

EU Customs Practice Group - June 2015

EU CUSTOMS POLICY - Union Customs Code Developments It has become clear that there are further delays in finalising the draft Union Customs Code (UCC) Implementing and Delegated Acts within the Commission, in light of a...more

Environmental Protection Tax Law of the People’s Republic of China (2015 Draft)

June 10, 2015 marked the day that the Chinese government released a new draft law for public comment. China’s increased awareness of the long lasting effects of pollution on the country’s land, water, and people is reflected...more

Generating Revenue from a Solar Project – the Power Purchase Agreement

King & Spalding's renewable energy practice group described the bright future of solar power in its April 2015 Energy Newsletter. Ongoing photovoltaic (PV) projects in Latin America, Africa and the Middle East, certainly...more

California ‘Under 2 MOU’ Demonstrates Ambition and Bottom Up Support for GHG Reductions in the Lead Up to COP 21

On May 19, 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown entered into a Memorandum of Understanding on Subnational Global Climate Leadership (the “MOU”) with eleven other leaders from jurisdictions in North America, South America and...more

The Announcement of Criminal Charges against Lumber Liquidators Underscores the Need for Lacey Act Compliance

On Wednesday, April 29, 2015, Lumber Liquidators announced in its most recent 10Q that the United States Department of Justice plans to pursue criminal charges surrounding allegations the company illegally imported wood in...more

Mexico’s Energy Revolution Series: A Liberalized Electricity Sector - April 2015

In This Issue: - Introduction - A Revamped Institutional Architecture - New Makeup of the Electricity Supply Chain .. Generation .. T&D Network .. Retailing - A note of...more

EC Calls for Data on Colloidal Silver (Nano) in Cosmetic Products

On March 24, 2015, the European Commission (EC) announced a call for data on the ingredient “colloidal silver (nano).” According to the EC, it has received notification of several cosmetics products containing the ingredient...more

European Chemicals Agency Releases Practical Guide on Biocidal Products Regulation

Not a moment too soon, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) released a useful and clearly written Practical Guide on Biocidal Products Regulation, ECHA-14-B-19-EN. ECHA is the European Union (EU) agency tasked with...more

Even Further Down the Rabbit Hole: New EU Legislation Adds to GMO Quagmire

A vote by European Union (EU) lawmakers in mid-January gave individual governments within the 28-nation bloc the authority to decide whether genetically modified organisms (GMOs) can be grown and cultivated within their...more

UK Electricity Market Reform: 2014 – a year in review

2014 was a year of considerable progress in terms of UK Electricity Market Reform (EMR), the cornerstone of the Government’s plans to reform the electricity sector. In this note (part 2 of a series) we outline key EMR...more

Carbon Matters - Winter 2014/2015 (Global)

In This Issue: - EU Emissions Trading System - Surprise Agreement On The Road To Paris - Changes to climate change agreements on the horizon - Fracking – The Saga Goes On - In Brief - Excerpt from...more

Amendment to the Kazakhstan Legal Regime for the Oil & Gas Industry

The Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan “On introduction of amendments and additions to certain legislative acts on subsoil use matters” No. 271-V 3PK was adopted on 29 December 2014 and, save for the specified provisions,...more

Trends in Chinese Regulation for Manufacturers to Watch in 2015

In China, there are an overwhelming number of measures to govern almost all aspects of the process of manufacturing a product, bringing that product to market, and maintaining that product’s integrity and competitiveness in...more

EU Commission Calls For Comments On Emissions Trading Revisions

On December 19, 2014, the European Union (EU) Commission called for comments on EU Emission Trading System Directive revisions. The revisions include changes to how carbon allowances will be made available to participants in...more

Trade & Manufacturing - January 2015

In This Issue: - Trade-Related Energy Issues at Forefront of Political Debate in 2015 - Customs and Border Protection Issues Update of Enforcement Activities Related to Trade Orders - News of...more

Commerce Department Issues New Guidance on Technical Crude Export Issues

Action Item: New policy guidance in the form of “Frequently Asked Questions” was published by the Commerce Department on December 20, 2014, with regard to crude oil export controls. Stakeholders interested in crude oil...more

Solar Installer Alert: Commerce Issues Cash Deposit Instructions to Customs in Taiwan CSPV Products Antidumping Case

On Monday, December 29, 2014, the U.S. Department of Commerce (through its U.S. International Trade Administration or “ITA”) issued instructions to U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (U.S. Customs) for collecting cash deposits...more

DOI Proposes Overhaul Of Federal And Indian Mineral Lease Royalty Valuation Standards

On January 6, 2015, the Department of the Interior’s Office of Natural Resources Revenue (“ONRR”) issued a proposed regulation that would substantially modify existing regulations in 30 C.F.R. Part 1206 for the valuation for...more

International Organisations: Immunity From Suit And Legal Process

An international organisation is not a State, and is only afforded immunity to the extent granted by statute. It is relatively uncommon for international organisations to come before the English courts, though economically...more

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