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Global Transportation Finance Newsletter - June 2017

by Vedder Price on

So, what is LIBOR? LIBOR—the London Interbank Offered Rate—is one of the most ubiquitous benchmarks for determining short-term interest rates in bank (and other) lending. LIBOR rates are short-term fixed rates quoted for...more

Federal Court Rules That the Ship Mortgage Act Preempts State Law Protecting Permits From Becoming Security Interest

by Lane Powell PC on

Last month, in Bank of the Pacific v. F/V ZOEA, 2017 WL 823298, Case No. 3:15-cv-05758-RSL, the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington ruled that the federal Ship Mortgage Act, 46 U.S.C. §§ 31321...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Uber’s board is sticking with the devil it knows. And that means that CEO Travis Kalanick’s safe where he is, despite a few pretty awful months for the ride-hailing company and promises to change the company culture....more

Choice of Venue and Maritime Lien Claims

by Dentons on

Preferred maritime liens can raise challenging issues during maritime disputes—especially during bankruptcy. Creditors may encounter problems when filing for seizure due to their unique nature, with venue is becoming a...more

Watershed Ruling in U.S. Rejects OW Bunker’s Maritime Lien Claims

by Reed Smith on

In a watershed decision concerning the scope of maritime liens under the U.S. Commercial Instruments and Maritime Lien Act (“CIMLA”), the District Court for the Southern District of New York recently held that OW Bunker...more

Hanjin Shipping Co., Ltd: Liquidation or a Different Path?

by White & Case LLP on

On September 1, 2016, a rehabilitation procedure was commenced in the Seoul Central District Court in respect of Hanjin Shipping Co., Ltd (Hanjin). This action followed many months of discussions between Hanjin and its...more

Focus on Oman: Diplomacy and Dividends

The crucial role of Oman, a sultanate located at the southeastern tip of the Arabian Peninsula, is becoming apparent as the dust settles on the recent Iranian nuclear deal. Oman is adept at balancing relationships in a...more

Commodities contracts and the impact of the OW Bunkers case

by Reed Smith on

As we reported in an earlier Client Alert, the UK Supreme Court recently handed down its highly anticipated judgment in the Res Cogitans case. The Supreme Court was unanimous in finding that a contract to supply bunkers to...more

New sanctions impose further restrictions on North Korea

by Reed Smith on

The United Nations, the European Union and United States recently expanded sanctions on North Korea, issuing new restrictions which impact the mineral, energy, shipping, banking, finance, and aviation industries. United...more

Res Cogitans - A Class of Its Own

by Reed Smith on

Bunker Supply Contracts, Retention of Title Clauses, The Sale Of Goods Act 1979 and One Highly Publicised Insolvency Combine to Give Vessel Owners a Global Headache - The Supreme Court’s ruling in this already...more

Islamic Finance News 2016 Annual Guide

by K&L Gates LLP on

A volatile year for Islamic finance – the only way is up? Once again the close of the year has come around more quickly than we ever thought possible, and it is time again for our annual review and outlook of the Islamic...more

United States Lifts Certain Sanctions Against Iran, With Limited Impact on U.S. Companies

by Perkins Coie on

The United States suspended certain “secondary sanctions” against Iran that apply to non-U.S. companies for transactions that take place outside of the United States and do not involve U.S. persons on “Implementation Day,”...more

FSRUs: Looking back at the Evolution of the FSRU Market

by King & Spalding on

The growth of the floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) market has been exponential over the past decade. The birth of the industry can be traced back to mid-2001, when El Paso contracted with Belgian ship-owner...more

Rating Agency Developments

On October 15, 2015, DBRS released a report entitled Operational Risk Assessment for European Structured Finance Originators. On October 15, 2015, Fitch published its updated U.S. Auto Loan ABS Rating Criteria. On October 16,...more

PortMiami espera continuar con el éxito de las P3

by Bilzin Sumberg on

Una nueva colaboración público-privada (“P3” o “PPP”) llega a PortMiami. Royal Caribbean Cruises, LTD (“RCCL”) busca diseñar, construir, financiar, operar y mantener una nueva terminal para cruceros en el área noreste del...more

Australian Infrastructure – The Challenges to 2031

by K&L Gates LLP on

Released in May 2015 by Infrastructure Australia, the Australian Infrastructure Audit examines our asset base and sets out the needs and challenges facing the Australian infrastructure sector and its participants over the...more

Iranian Nuclear Accord Reached, But Specific Implementation of Meaningful Sanctions Relief Will Not Be Immediate

by K&L Gates LLP on

On July 14, 2015, the “P5+1” nations (the United States, China, France, Germany, Russia, and the United Kingdom), together with the European Union and the Islamic Republic of Iran (“Iran”), reached a Joint Comprehensive Plan...more

Ferry Service Between The United States And Cuba—Imminent Or Not?

by K&L Gates LLP on

Recent decisions by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the Department of Treasury have increased the prospects for regular air and vessel service to and from Cuba. Those decisions do not open the floodgates for...more

Gambling and the Bank Secrecy Act

by K&L Gates LLP on

The Bank Secrecy Act (“BSA”) is a complex set of federal laws and regulations that require “financial institutions” to keep records, make reports, and conduct due diligence as a means of helping the federal government detect...more

Major Changes to Cuban Assets Control and Export Regulations Create New Opportunities for Trade

by Blank Rome LLP on

Action Item: On January 16, 2015, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control and the U.S. Department of Commerce amended the Cuban Assets Control Regulations and the Export Administration...more

OFAC Clarifies Treatment of Deferred Payments, Oil and Gas “Production,” and Artic Offshore Projects Under Russia Sanctions Regime...

On December 11, 2014, the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) released new guidance related to existing U.S. sanctions against Russian entities designated on the Sectoral Sanctions...more

VP Biden Calls for Greater Investment in Port Infrastructure

by Nossaman LLP on

On November 12, during a keynote address at the annual convention of the American Association of Port Authorities in Houston, Vice President Biden issued a call to action for greater investment in U.S. port facilities....more

Calculating Title Insurance Claims: Reduction in Value vs. Insured Claim

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

First Am. Bank v. First Am. Transp. Title Ins. Co., 759 F.3d 427 (5th Cir. 2014) – After a mortgagor filed bankruptcy, a lender brought claims under a ship mortgage insurance title policy. The lender appealed the...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 102-interview with Bruce Carton

by Thomas Fox on

In this interview I visit with Bruce Carton, founder and editor of Securities Docket. We discuss the recently concluded 2014 Securities Enforcement Forum; its panels, discussions and vibe. ...more

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

by Cozen O'Connor on

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

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