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Energy incentives and opportunities to invest in renewable technologies

Opportunities to invest in the renewable energy sector in the United Kingdom have shifted quite dramatically since March 2015. Severe cuts to the Feed in Tariffs (FITs) scheme and the closing of the Renewable Obligations...more

Legal update on the renewable energy sector in Norway

The Norwegian power industry is rapidly changing as the market transits from a reliance on fossil fuel to renewable energy projects. Although energy prices currently are low compared to earlier years, there is heavy demand...more

Business Litigation Alert: "SEC Launches Investigation Into Exxon's Accounting and Climate Change Practices"

In the face of dropping oil prices, the SEC has launched an investigation into how Exxon Mobil Corp. has valued its assets. While the value of competitors' assets have dropped dramatically since oil prices have plunged,...more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely: September 2016 #2

It’s Friday and time for another overview of developments in the field of business and human rights that we’ve been monitoring. This week’s post includes: the GAO’s latest report on the conflict minerals rule; a civil...more

Investigators Continue to Scrutinize Climate Change Disclosures

Critics Claim “Intimidation” - Earlier this month, on September 14, 2016, feuding parties gathered before the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology to address the legitimacy of subpoenas sent to the New York...more

Renewable Energy and Clean Technology Initial Public Offering Guide

Canada’s world leading renewable energy and clean technology sector capital markets offer a wealth of opportunity, with their access to local and global natural resources, finance opportunities for companies at all stages,...more

Green Bond Assessments

“Green Bonds” are a relatively new trend in the bond market. They offer investors an opportunity to invest in “green projects” that help mitigate climate change. Categories of green projects include renewable energy, energy...more

Pressure Builds for EPA and CFTC to Investigate Manipulation in the RIN Markets

In what could foreshadow even further scrutiny of trading activities in the Renewable Identification Number (RIN) market, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) has asked the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the...more

Proposed SEC Rules Modernize Mining Disclosures Using Canadian Rules as the Gold Standard

On June 16, 2016, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission proposed a set of comprehensive mining disclosure rules with the stated intent of “aligning such rules with current industry and global regulatory practices and...more

PROMESA—Energy in Puerto Rico amidst the Debt Crisis

Renewable energy industry participants are hungrily eyeing the tiny U.S. commonwealth of Puerto Rico, trying to determine whether the island’s debt crisis-driven troubles – which recently put a halt on development activities...more

China Sustains Green Bonds Momentum

Green bonds, which tie the proceeds of the issuance to investments that have positive environmental and/or climate benefits, are a rapidly growing asset class. Recent figures have corroborated the narrative of growth...more

Transforming Saudi Arabia: National Transformation Program 2020 approved

On 6 June 2016, the “National Transformation Program 2020” was approved by the Saudi Cabinet. This caps a frenetic few months of activity in the Kingdom that began with the approval of “Saudi Vision 2030” at the end of April,...more

Navigating the Green Bonds markets in China

China’s climate change objectives under the Paris Agreement will require it to invest a massive amount of capital into growing its domestic renewable energy generation, as well as invest in other emissions-reducing efforts....more

Investment trends in renewable energy in Australia

Australia's ability to achieve its renewable energy target has been hampered in recent years by excess supply and falling demand in the wholesale electricity market and political uncertainty regarding incentives for renewable...more

Investing in renewable energy projects in Europe

Europe has seen a renewables surge in the last decade, with green power capacity doubling in the last five years alone. And this flood shows few signs of abating, with Europe1 set to welcome nearly 843 GW of additional...more

Stanford declines to divest fossil fuels

Should university endowments be invested in fossil fuel companies? Or should they divest such holdings? Universities across the U.S. are considering these questions....more

Private Equity Goes Green

In December 2015, world leaders met to negotiate the Paris Agreement. Setting aside whether the Paris Agreement goes too far, not far enough or is just right, one cannot dispute that government commitments to limit an...more

China’s 13th Five-Year Plan – Planning for a Greener Economy

China’s 13th Five-Year Plan – Planning for a Greener Economy - Last month China’s thirteenth “Five-Year Plan” (FYP13) was approved, setting out a social and economic development blueprint for the country for the next...more

China Gives Green Light for Green Bonds

China launched a green bond pilot initiative via the Shanghai Stock Exchange, encouraging further foreign investment in a rapidly growing asset class and paving the way for issuances by non-financial institutions....more

In Case You Missed It - Interesting Items for Corporate Counsel - March 2016

For those gearing up for the 2015 conflict minerals report, due June 1, 2016, note that nothing on the legal front has changed. The D.C. Circuit Court’s ruling that requiring a company to state whether its products are “DRC...more

Moody’s Joins Effort to Standardize Green Bond Market

The municipal green bond market is in its infancy. For it to achieve scale and widespread recognition, a process for verifying whether a bond is “green” is needed so the market can fairly judge the merits of each green bond...more

Apple Leads the Way as Green Bonds Set to Grow in 2016

Green bonds are fixed-income debt instruments earmarked for environmental or climate change initiatives. As companies undertake more “green” initiatives, including investing in renewable energy generation, the green bond...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 3.4.16

It’s Jobs Report Friday. The Journal suggests that it may again be millennials’ time to shine (especially after scoring 421,000 jobs in January) – WSJ... And while we’re talking US jobs, a recent Federal Reserve working...more

Energy Sector Alert Series: Five Essentials for Managing Deal Risk

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

CFTC’s Energy and Environmental Markets Advisory Committee To Hold Public Meeting

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Energy and Environmental Markets Advisory Committee (EEMAC) will hold a public meeting on February 25. Topics to be addressed are: (1) the EEMAC’s report detailing its 2015...more

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