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Investing in Georgia: Economic Development Newsletter - August 2014

Welcome to King & Spalding's economic development news bulletin, Investing in Georgia. In this edition, you will find: - A report on the volume of private activity bond issuances in the United States generally and in...more

The Issue of Priority and Statutory Ship Mortgages in the British Virgin Islands

Shipping business in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) is fast developing, and with this development, it is important to understand some critical elements, being financing and taking of security; hence, the significance of BVI...more

How Convenient: Vessel Registration and Mortgages in the Republics of the Marshall Islands and Liberia

Two registries of significant interest to shipowners are the registries of the Republics of the Marshall Islands and Liberia. Significantly, insofar as it does not conflict with the statutory laws, each country has adopted...more

Capital Thinking: Tax and Retirement

LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY - Senate to Vote on Highway funding bill - This week, the Senate is expected to vote on H.R. 5021, the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2014, which recently passed the House by a...more

P3 Infrastructure Forum

My partner Bob Shuster and I recently attended the annual P3 Infrastructure Forum in NYC. Organized by InfraAmericas, it brings public and private players in the P3 space together for a couple of days to discuss the status of...more

Miami-Dade Keeping up with National P3 Trends

As discussed in our last post about national and local developments in public-private partnership (P3) legislation, Florida is keeping up with the P3 trend and Miami-Dade County is not far behind. Miami-Dade’s Citizens...more

White House Backs the $2.2 Billion Purple Line

On Tuesday, March 4th federal officials recommended the Maryland Transit Administration’s Purple Line Public-Private Partnership Project ("Purple Line") to receive $100 million in federal construction money as part of the...more

Open for investment: How Mexico is paving the way for infrastructure investors

A step-change for Mexican infrastructure - Mexico enacted its new federal public-private partnership (PPP) law, Ley de Asociaciones Público Privadas (Law on Public-Private Partnerships), in January 2012. The...more

The Future Development of Ports and Airports in Queensland

Recently the Queensland Government released the Queensland Ports Strategy and the Economic Directions Statement for Queensland Airports to provide these sectors and private investors information on future infrastructure...more

Mexico Projects: Get Ready, Get Set . . .

Development opportunities in Mexico are expected to abound in the coming years with the support and sponsorship of the Mexican government. By all accounts, it appears to be full steam ahead for Mexico in the infrastructure...more

Executive Order Targets New Sectors of Iranian Economy for Sanctions: Are You Prepared to Comply?

Effective July 1, 2013, President Obama's Executive Order 13645 implements certain provisions of the Iran Freedom and Counter-Proliferation Act of 20121 (IFCA) and expands the Iranian sanctions regime to new sectors of Iran’s...more

Restructuring & Beyond: The marine industry’s routes to safety: Survival strategies and new opportunities for companies, banks and...

Shipping has its fortunes anchored to the health of the global economy. As long as supply exceeds demand, there will be companies at risk of failure. More than four years into the industry’s downturn, market equilibrium...more

New U.S. Sanctions Designations Target Airlines and Lessors in Europe and Asia

The United States has added three airlines from Europe and Asia, as well as two individual airline executives and 13 aircraft, to the list of Specially Designated Nationals (SDNs) due to the airlines’ support for Iran Air and...more

Expanded U.S. Sanctions on Iran Effective July 1, 2013

President Obama has issued a new Executive Order that goes into effect July 1, 2013. The Executive Order targets new areas of the Iranian economy for sanctions, including exchange transactions involving Iranian Rials and...more

Business Across Borders - Licence to travel: how regulation is benefiting business abroad

Our Business Across Borders report series, written by The Economist Intelligence Unit, investigates the biggest issues facing global business. The first of five reports and video commentary, Licence to travel, examines...more

California Heavy-Duty Vehicle Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Regulations

Lessors of tractors or trailers may be subject to California's regulations pertaining to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. California's regulations pertain to heavy-duty tractors and 53-foot or longer box-type...more

Are You “Betting the Company” Through Your Handling of Customer Funds or By Virtue of Transfer of Title Provisions Related to...

Two common types of arrangements between contracting parties can create excessive financial risk for a party. The first is a company serving as a middleman or payment agent by accepting funds from a customer and then...more

EU defines scope of expanded Iran sanctions, including new natural gas, metals and vessels/ tankers bans

On 21 December 2012, the Council of the European Union (EU) adopted the EU-wide legislation clarifying important details of the expanded sanctions measures already agreed by the Council in broad terms on 15 October 2012.1...more

Investing in Georgia - Economic Development Newsletter - July 2012

In This Issue: Recent Developments: - Transparency in Government. Georgia's laws regarding the transparency of government meetings and records had become a jumble of statutes, court opinions and lore that were...more

Towards New Lending Models for Business Aviation

A fundamental component to the growth of the Business Aviation industry is the availability of capital. However, after the 2008 Wall Street meltdown, it looks like banks have lost their appetite for business aircraft...more

Congressional Budget Office Releases Highway Study on Public Private Partnerships and Design-Build

Earlier this month, the Congressional Budget Office published a study entitled Using Public Private Partnerships to Carry Out Highway Projects. The study addresses two issues: 1) can design-build and PPP models provide...more

A Checklist: What to Expect When Financing Vessel Construction

When seeking construction financing for a proposed newbuilding, shipowners should understand and be prepared to address the particular concerns that lenders have in assessing risk and documenting vessel construction...more

U.S. Authorities Weigh in on Emerging Derivatives Model for Global Transport Sector

On October 13, the FMC issued a proposed rule that would clarify and ease Agency regulation of service contracts and NVOCC service arrangements (“NSA”). Under the current regime, the terms of such contracts or NSAs either...more

Legal Aspects of Airfinance in Australia

This article canvasses the following legal issues concerning airfinance transactions in Australia: registration and regulation of aircraft; debt security regimes (domestic and international); owner/operator/financier...more

EU Sanctions against Libya – Listing of Libyan Ports

On 7 June 2011, the Council of the European Union agreed Council Decision 2011/332/CFSP. The Decision set out the Council's intention to freeze the assets of six port authorities in Libya. The asset freeze took effect on the...more

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