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Tax Measures in UK Chancellor’s 2013 Autumn Statement

Statement builds on economic stability, with a focus on certainty for business. On 5 December, UK Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne released the 2013 Autumn Statement with measures designed to increase...more

Mixing Oil and Vinegar - Using Private Placement Variable Deferred Annuity (PPVA) Contracts to Enhance the Investment Return of...

Overview - Master Limited Partnerships are publicly traded partnerships. As of 2010, the market capitalization of MLPs was $220 billion. These publicly traded partnerships invest primarily in energy and associated...more

TRANSACTIONAL: Project Development / Finance: PF2 and its relevance to PPPs in the GCC

The Private Finance Initiative (PFI) was a public-private partnership (PPP) model introduced by the United Kingdom government back in 1992 as a tool to engage the private sector to design, construct, finance and operate...more

New Miami In The News: Weekly Recap

What do solar energy, venture capital, and Florida banks have in common? They all made New Miami headlines this past week....more

Financing Petrochemical Projects In China – A Sponsors' Perspective

Although the nature and function of petrochemical processes and products is often a very unfamiliar subject to the average person working outside the chemicals industry, petrochemicals and the end–products that they make...more

Senate Hearing on Extending the MLP Rules to Renewables

On July 31, 2013, the Senate Finance Subcommittee Energy, Natural Resources, and Infrastructure held a hearing on the Master Limited Partnership Parity Act (S. 765). The bill would extend the master limited partnership (MLP)...more

Under The Dome: 2013 Summary Of New Maine Laws & Carried Over Legislation - State Of Maine 126th Legislature, 1st Regular Session...

Pierce Atwood LLP is pleased to provide a summary of selected new Maine laws enacted during the 126th Maine Legislature’s 1st Regular Session, as well as legislation carried over to next year’s 2nd Regular Session. Laws and...more

Corporate Communicator - Summer 2013

In this issue of the Corporate Communicator, we are providing a short update concerning two recent reporting and governance matters affecting public companies. The first item is developments relating to a proposal by the...more

TRANSACTIONAL: Corporate/London: Shareholders' Agreements for LNG Midstream Projects

In contrast to joint venture issues relating to upstream oil and gas development, the topic of shareholders' agreements for Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) liquefaction projects has not been covered to a similar extent in...more

Innovations and Opportunities in Energy Efficiency Finance

In this white paper: - Introduction - Energy Efficiency Finance Structures, New and Familiar, and Negotiating Key Agreements - Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPCs) and Applying REITs to Energy...more

Tax-Efficient Capital Vehicles for Unregulated Utilities: REITs, MLPs and Up-Cs Considered

Over the last several years, a confluence of political and market developments have made capital for renewable energy projects harder to come by, which has affected the ability of unregulated affiliates of public utilities...more

Energy Alert: Deadline Approaches For Energy Company Swap Reporting

The CFTC's Dodd-Frank swap reporting and recordkeeping requirements become mandatory on April 10, 2013, for all persons and companies engaging in swaps. These requirements include the agency's swap data reporting and...more

Congress Approves The American Taxpayer Relief Act Of 2012, Preventing "Fiscal Cliff"

After much contention,Congress passed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, and President Obama signed the legislation on January 2, 2013. The Act avoids automatic sunset provisions that were scheduled to take effect...more

Deryck Palmer on What’s Next for the Energy Sector [Video]

In this LEVICK Daily video interview, we discuss the energy sector’s immediate future with Deryck Palmer, a financial restructuring partner with Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP. As energy options continue to expand around...more

New Executive Order Expands Iran Sanctions to Cover Foreign Subsidiaries of U.S. Companies

On October 9, 2012, the President signed a new executive order (“Executive Order”) implementing certain provisions of the Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act of 2012 (now referred to as the TRA). The TRA expanded...more

REGULATORY: FERC: FERC Issues Show Cause Order Against J.P. Morgan Ventures Energy Corporation

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) recently issued an order directing J.P. Morgan Ventures Energy Corporation (“JP Morgan”) to show cause why it should not be found to have violated FERC’s Market Behavior...more

TSXV Provides Guidance on Procedures Relating to Stock Symbol Reservations

On October 1, 2012, the TSX Venture Exchange (the “TSXV”) published a Notice to Issuers providing guidance in respect of procedures relating to stock symbol reservations. Effective October 1, 2012 (the “Effective Date”),...more

EU Parliamentary Committee backs tough disclosure rules for extractive companies

Introduction - On 18 September, 2012, the European Parliament's Committee on Legal Affairs (the "Committee") voted in favour of proposed EU legislation to impose disclosure obligations aimed at deterring corruption by...more

Greater Scrutiny of Corporate Lobbying and Political Activity Underway

On September 13, 2012, the Center for Responsive Politics (CRP), a nonpartisan, nonprofit research group that tracks and analyzes the effect of money in U.S. politics, unveiled a new feature on its website that provides...more

City of Los Angeles Waste Hauling Takes Big Step to Exclusive Franchise System

The City of Los Angeles took another step towards granting exclusive franchises for commercial trash hauling within the City, franchises that would also cover large apartment complexes. Under a plan approved by two City...more

SEC Adopts Payment Disclosure Rules for Resource Extraction Issuers

Most public issuers engaged in the commercial development of oil, natural gas, or minerals must disclose certain payments made to U.S. federal and foreign governments and should implement systems to track these payments....more

District Court Rejects SEC Argument that General Partnership Interests in Joint Ventures Are Securities

The Securities and Exchange Commission brought an enforcement action against defendant Geodymanics, Inc. and others alleging fraud in connection with four oil and gas exploration and drilling ventures, each of which was...more

No-Action Relief Excludes Tax Blocker Entity from Definition of Investment Company

On August 30, 2012, the SEC’s Division of Investment Management said that it would not recommend enforcement action if an oil and natural gas company implementing an alternative capital structure did not register as an...more

OSC Requests Comments On Proposed Amendments To Rule 13-502 (OSC Fee Structure)

On August 23, 2012, the Ontario Securities Commission (“OSC”) released a request for comments on proposed amendments to Rule 13-502 and Companion Policy 13-502CP, which deals with the OSC’s fees model. The proposed amendments...more

CSA Releases Notice Regarding Use And Disclosure Of Preliminary Economic Assessments

On August 16, 2012, the Canadian Securities Administrators (“CSA”) published CSA Staff Notice 43-307 Mining Technical Reports – Preliminary Economic Assessments (the “Notice”). The Notice highlights a number of issues...more

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