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Sanctions Round-Up: Second Quarter 2014

In this issue: - US Authorities End Quarter Full of Enforcement Actions with $8.9 Billion BNP Settlement - US and EU Make Numerous Ukraine-Related Designations as Separatist Aggression Continues - US...more

Introduction of the Exploration Development Incentive

In the 2014 Budget, the Federal Government announced that it would introduce Exploration Development Incentive (EDI) tax credits to encourage and stimulate growth in the junior mining industry. This is a simpler approach to...more

Proposed Implementing Legislation for the Mexican Energy Reform Will Create an Open, Competitive Electrical Power Industry

The Mexican Congress is debating a historic package of legislation to restructure the nation’s electrical power sector. This legislation will create a more open and competitive power industry in Mexico, giving the private...more

China Update - June 2014 #2

In This Issue: - Quote of the Week - U.S.-China Relations - China News - Energy & Environment and Trade - Excerpt from U.S.-China Relations: 6th Round of the US-China Strategic and...more

They think it's all over…

The late, great Ken Wolstenholme, if asked about the House of Commons Treasury Committee Report on Private Finance 21, could well say the same for PF2. Just as Costa Rica's Bryan Ruiz hammered home the final nail in the...more

Italian Government Cuts Incentives for Photovoltaic Plants

The final wording is not yet official, and there may still be some last minute changes before its publication in the Official Gazette, but the Italian Ministry of Economic Development and the Ministry of Finance felt certain...more

ACER 2014 REMIT Report Confirms Continued Inquiries into Market Conduct

ACER calls for substantial funding increase to enable more aggressive monitoring and enforcement efforts in coordination with national regulators. On Tuesday 10 June 2014, the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy...more

Africa Update - June 2014

In This Issue: - Leading the News - United States – Africa Relations - North Africa - East Africa - West Africa - Sub-Saharan Africa - General Africa News - Excerpt from...more

Abengoa Yield PLC Highlights From IPO

Abengoa Yield plc began trading on the NASDAQ on June 13th. The Form F-1 (the equivalent of a form S-1 for a foreign issuer) is available below. The IPO was priced at $29 a share. This was above the expected range of $25 to...more

Mexico Projects Part V: Upcoming CFE Projects

One of the goals of the Mexican Constitutional reforms opening both the oil and gas and electricity sectors to private investment is to make the Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE) an “empresa productiva del Estado” (a...more

Congress and Industry Want Resource Extraction Rules Finalized

In 2013 the United States District Court for the District of Columbia vacated the SEC resource extraction disclosure rules that were mandated by Section 1504 of the Dodd-Frank Act. Fifty-eight Democratic lawmakers have...more

Africa Update - June 2014

In This Issue: - Leading the News - United States – Africa Relations - North Africa - East Africa - West Africa - Sub-Saharan Africa - General Africa News - Excerpt from Leading the...more

The Final Step of the Mexican Energy Reform

Mexican Congress opened a new chapter in the country’s oil, gas and electricity sectors when it opened all three to foreign investors. Supported by two thirds of the congress and most of Mexico’s states, the reform also...more

Explore - Insights from the DLA Piper Mining Sector

In This Issue: - Editorial - About our Mining Sector - Seismic Shift - A Whole New Ball Game – Coal Sales in China - OHADA – What Foreign Investors Need to Know - Breaking the Drought – the...more

New NDRC Regulatory Measures on Outbound Investment Effective May 8, 2014

On April 8, 2014, the National Development and Reform Commission (“NDRC”), a ministry-level authority under the State Council responsible for the administration of domestic investment in China and outbound investment out of...more

Highlights of Mexico's Energy Reform Legislation

Following the historic constitutional energy reforms the Mexican Congress passed in December 2013, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto submitted on April 30, 2014, for approval of the Mexican Congress, the secondary...more

China-Mexico Energy Trade Ties in Progress

China and Mexico have been at opposite ends for decades, especially since the latter accused the former of flooding the U.S. market with cheap goods that affected the sales of its own. However, now that the Mexican oil and...more

House Passes Electrify Africa Act

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Electrify Africa Act of 2014, approving a plan to bring power to over 50 million Africans and further open the door for U.S. investors in the continent's development and...more

Africa – from petrodollars to progress

African states rich in resources are striving to increase domes tic involvement in their economies – especially in oil and gas. In attempting to increase domestic participation throughout the value chain, some African states...more

Let the Market Decide: The Third Wave of Energy Investment in Latin America and Caribbean

I recently moderated an ABA/ACORE webinar focused on cross-border renewable energy development in Latin America and the Caribbean. To introduce the topic, I recounted a recent experience at an on-the-record dinner hosted by...more

A Look at Mexico’s Solar Energy Potential and Future

Based on information from Greentech Media, Mexico offers a great solar energy opportunity. This was confirmed in the Solar Energy Section Report published by Mexico’s energy department SENER. According to the document,...more

EU State aid rules and the UK's nuclear future

EU law states that the granting of aid by an EU Member State in favour of a particular undertaking is prohibited if it distorts or threatens to distort competition and affects trade between EU Member States....more

Mexico Energy Reform – Secondary Legislation Submitted to Congress

On April 30, 2014, President Enrique Peña Nieto formally presented to the General Congress of the United Mexican States (Congress) the much anticipated secondary legislation to implement the revolutionary constitutional...more

The Renewable Energy Sector’s New Frontier: Latin America And The Caribbean

While most jurisdictions within Latin America and the Caribbean base their core electric generation asset portfolio on fossil fuels, renewable energy technologies are now changing the regional energy landscape. Now, wind,...more

[INFOGRAPHIC] The US$590 Bn Mexican Infrastructure Plan in a Nutshell

Last April 29, 2014, Mexican Government published its Infrastructure Plan to be executed from 2014 to 2018. The total budget is US$590 bn in 743 projects. This infographic shows a brief of the content. Some examples of...more

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