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Regional Manufacturing Outlook - July 2015

Manufacturing is important to our national economy in terms of its contribution to the UK’s productivity performance, exports, innovation capacity and employment. It also makes significant contributions to local...more

Why project bonds are on the rise in Latin America

Latin American project bonds continue to grow as a source of infrastructure financing, particularly as private capital is needed to close multi-billion-dollar shortfalls in spending for needed infrastructure projects in Latin...more

LBI Enters Into DPA and Former Executives Plead Guilty to Resolve DOJ FCPA Investigation

On July 17, the DOJ announced that Louis Berger International Inc. (“LBI”) had agreed to enter into a Deferred Prosecution Agreement to resolve the DOJ’s FCPA investigation into the New Jersey-based construction management...more

Letters of the Law: 'O' is for Omission

Most contractors would not argue with the scope of their work being increased (provided they are to be paid for the increase) but they might not be so pleased if the scope is reduced and the employer seeks to pay them less....more

DOJ–Louis Berger, Two Executives Resolve FCPA Charges

The DOJ resolved another FCPA action with the company entering into a deferred prosecution agreement, paying a criminal fine and agreeing to the imposition of a monitor after self reporting and cooperating. Two of the firm’s...more

Louis Berger International Pays $17 Million Penalty for FCPA Violation

On July 17, 2015, Louis Berger International, Inc., a New Jersey-based construction management company, entered into a deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) with the Department of Justice under which it agreed to pay a $17.1...more

Letters of the Law: 'N' is for Novation

Party A contracts with Party B. Party C is substituted for Party B. The contract is now between Party A and Party C. In other words Party C has stepped into the position of Party B. Party C has assumed Party B's rights...more

Letters of the Law: 'M' is for Mediation

Mediation as a concept is not new in the Middle East but its use as a dispute resolution solution in construction disputes is very much in its infancy. Internationally Mediation is a well-known dispute resolution process and...more

Bahamas Resort Baha Mar Files For Bankruptcy in Delaware

On June 29, 2015, Baha Mar Ltd, the development company behind a $3.5 billion Bahamian resort and its affiliated debtors, filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the U.S. District Court of...more

DOJ Breaks its Silence in 2015 FCPA Enforcement

Last week, the DOJ announced its first corporate enforcement action under the Foreign Corrupt Practice Act (“FCPA”) for 2015. IAP World Services, Inc., a Florida-based defense and government contractor, agreed to pay $7.1...more

Update on Petrobas Scandal – Recent Arrests of Construction Company Executives

The sprawling Petrobas corruption scandal continues to grow and stretch across Brazil’s political and economic landscape. Prosecutors handling the case continue to reach new targets and arrest more individuals who profited...more

George Carlin and Erga Omnes: the Petrobras Bribery Scandal Expands

On this date in 2008 George Carlin died. If you grew up in the late 1960s or early 1970s and you had anti-parental or anti-establishment inklings, which of course all teenagers do, you knew about George Carlin. In the early...more

Letters of the Law: 'K' is for KPIs

Key Performance Indicators (or KPIs) are sets of data against which the performance of a project or the organisations involved in delivering the project can be measured. KPIs are quantifiable measurements, agreed in...more

Letters of the Law: 'J' is for Jurisdiction

The first step when you cannot resolve your dispute is the "jurisdiction" clause in your contract. In some contracts the jurisdiction clause has been ferociously reviewed, considered and negotiated. Other contracts completely...more

Kuwait Power and Water Projects to Flourish Following Publication of PPP Regulations

New PPP Regulations - Further to the publication of the new PPP law in August 2014, the corresponding executive regulations were published in the official gazette on 29 March 2015....more

The Announcement of Criminal Charges against Lumber Liquidators Underscores the Need for Lacey Act Compliance

On Wednesday, April 29, 2015, Lumber Liquidators announced in its most recent 10Q that the United States Department of Justice plans to pursue criminal charges surrounding allegations the company illegally imported wood in...more

OAS UPDATE: Bankruptcy Court Grants Limited Temporary Relief in Chapter 15 Case

Background: Grupo OAS, a Brazilian construction conglomerate linked to a massive corruption scandal (“OAS”), filed for Chapter 15 creditor protection in the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York on April 15,...more

Bank ordered to honour refund guarantees despite foreign court orders prohibiting payment

The Claimant Buyers brought proceedings against the Defendant Bank under refund guarantees issued by the Bank in support of two shipbuilding contracts between the Buyers and Sellers. Pursuant to the contracts, the Claimant...more

Letters of the Law: 'H' is for Handing Over

Getting in, getting on and getting out is how contractors make their money and having a completed project to put to use is how employers make theirs. Getting to the point of handing over the works is, usually, high priority...more

Energy Newsletter - April 2015

In This Issue: - Global Solar Energy – A Bright Future - Shared (Common) Facilities in LNG Projects - Hydropower Concessions – Long Awaited Reform - FERC's Order No. 807 Addresses Open Access And...more

Letters of the Law: 'F' is for Fire Safety

A to Z of Construction Law in Qatar Series - Achieving fire safety standards is paramount for the successful completion of many construction and engineering projects but what approval is needed, how does it affect the...more

Why Miami Offers Attractive Opportunities to Chinese Investors

More so than ever, wealthy Chinese investors are actively seeking returns abroad when it comes to real estate investments. China’s 2014 GDP growth of 7.4% was the slowest since 1990 and China’s growth outlook is gloomy due to...more

Letters of the Law: 'E' is for Express Terms

Contract terms are not always in black and white. Express terms are those which are specifically agreed between the parties. In a written contract 'express' terms are those written on the pages of the contract. However,...more

Foreign Bribery And Corruption - Australian Law

Increasingly, Australian companies are entering into cross border business relationships and in doing so are discovering that the law and the local culture can be quite different. This is especially true in the use of bribes...more

Letters of the Law: 'D' is for Decennia

Sometimes the greatest risk lies in what a contract does not say. Construction contracts usually state a length of time during which the contractor is liable to return to the handed-over project to complete outstanding...more

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