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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

EU Extends Current Sanctions Against Russia and Crimea

Signaling increased tensions with Russia regarding its alleged intervention in eastern Ukraine, the European Union on June 19 and 22, 2015, took action extending sanctions targeting Russia and Crimea, including measures that...more

Foley Hoag Climate Update: June 2015

Two of the most critical weeks in the calendar ahead of the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UN Climate Change Convention have commenced. The formal negotiations in Bonn, scheduled from 1st-11th June 2015, will...more

Austria and Luxembourg Will Challenge Hinkley Point C State Aid

Following an 11-month investigation into UK support for the Hinkley Point C nuclear project, the Commission approved a modified UK support package on 8 October 2014. Austria announced yesterday that it will launch its...more

Chinese Arbitration Award Affirmed In Mineral Company Dispute

The court ruled that ACC Resources is bound by an arbitral award issued by the China International Economic & Trade Arbitration Commission (“CIETAC”). The award required the mineral company to pay its supplier, Calbex Mineral...more

PCAOB Launches Audit Committee “Dialogue”

As part of its audit committee outreach efforts, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board has established a webpage called "Audit Committee Dialogue" focusing on recurrent areas of concern identified by the PCAOB over...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 171-FCPA Enforcement in the Energy Industry [Video]

In this episode I discuss enforcement of the FCPA in the energy industry, it genesis and the business response by the energy industry. ...more

Blog: This Year’s Conflict Minerals Filings Show Some Improvement, According To Early Review

An early review of conflict minerals filings for the 2014 reporting period shows improvement in “detail, clarity and quality,” according to this article in BNA. As reported by Elm Sustainability Partners, a conflict minerals...more

Pipeline Foes Prone to Exaggerate the Ease and Likelihood of Exporting LNG

If fuel from the Marcellus Shale, perhaps the largest known source of natural gas in the world, is one day shipped through pipelines in Massachusetts and exported as liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Europe or elsewhere, should...more

Changes to Sanctions on Iran

What are the prospects for business with Iran after the June 30 deadline to complete negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program? In exchange for limitations on Iran’s ability to develop nuclear weapons, the European Union...more

Tax Policy Update

NUMBER OF THE WEEK: 15. The number of member nations now under increased scrutiny from European Union regulators who are aggressively hunting for violations of the EU’s “state aid” rules. The possible violations arise from...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

Fair and Effective Markets Review Publishes Final Report - On June 10, 2015, the Fair and Effective Markets Review (FEMR), established by the Chancellor in June 2014 to conduct a review of fixed income, currency and...more

EU Seeks to Balance Emissions Controls and Global Competitiveness

The European Union has placed a growing emphasis on climate change policies in recent years, and the week of June 15–19 marks the 10th annual European Union Sustainable Energy Week focusing on “sustainable mobility,”...more

Eletrobras Hires U.S. Law Firm to Conduct FCPA Investigation

On June 10, Eletrobras, Brazil’s state-run power company, announced that it had hired Hogan Lovells to investigate potential violations of the FCPA and other anti-corruption laws and corporate policies. The focus of the...more

Guide To Doing Business in Australia: Minerals Exploration & Mining (Updated)

MINERALS EXPLORATION AND MINING: Minerals exploration and mining is a very important industry in Australia. Australia has significant reserves of minerals including iron ore, coal, gas, uranium, nickel, gold and rare...more

China Proposes “RoHS 2” Framework for Comment

On May 15, 2015, China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (“MIIT”) released a latest Draft for Comments (“May 2015 Draft”) of the “Management Methods for the Restriction of the Use of Hazardous Substances in...more

Braving the Headwinds Hitting U.S. Wind Energy

The development of offshore wind projects in the U.S. has been a story of high hopes and many setbacks. Thus far, 2015 has perpetuated the same storyline, with major setbacks plaguing one of the major U.S. offshore wind...more

Energy Newsletter - June 2015

In This Issue: - The "Preliminary Agreement" – Framing or Frustrating the Deal? - Recent Maritime Cases Illustrate the Different Legal Risks Involved with Conducting Offshore Oil and Gas Operations - Texas...more

Are your sponsorship and hospitality controls enough to satisfy the FCPA? Maybe not

On May 20, 2015, the US Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) settled an administrative proceeding with global mining /commodities producer BHP Billiton, resolving allegations that the company violated the books and records...more

Using Utility Models to Protect your Intellectual Property in Taiwan

A new “green” attitude is pervading Taiwan. Besides ongoing environmental efforts, Taiwan is home to multiple green technology companies. While revenue results for some Taiwanese solar cell manufacturers declined this year,...more

Hydraulic Fracturing: State Regulatory Roundup Vol. 42

Fracking Insider Readers: We are pleased to bring you Volume 42 of our State Regulatory Roundup, including updates in Maryland, Texas, and Wyoming. As we explained in earlier volumes, we designed the Roundup to provide quick...more

Transmission line for Canadian imports advances

A proposed high-voltage direct current transmission line designed to import Canadian power into the New England grid has received a favorable environmental recommendation from the U.S. Department of Energy. The New...more

Foley Hoag Climate Update: May 2015

Two of the most critical weeks in the calendar ahead of the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UN Climate Change Convention have commenced. The formal negotiations in Bonn, scheduled from 1st-­-11th June 2015, will...more

Congress Returns From Memorial Day Recess

The House and Senate return this week from the annual Memorial Day recess for a four-week work period that runs through June. Both chambers then break for one week for Independence Day. After that, the House is scheduled to...more

ESMA Guidelines on the application of Sections C6 and C7 of Annex I to MiFID I

EMSA has recently published Guidelines on which commodity derivatives fall within the definition of "financial instrument" for the purposes of MiFID I. The Guidelines give clarity on the status of forwards, and guidance on...more

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