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Monaco-Based Company Alleges Extortion Following Media Reports of Mass Bribery

On May 16, a Monaco-based industrial solutions company released a statement denying claims made in a media report that linked the company to allegations of bribing foreign government officials to secure contracts within the...more

Cuba Natural Gas

CNG – Cuba Natural Gas - With the recent shift in U.S. government policy regarding Cuba, is now the time for the energy industry, particularly liquefied natural gas (LNG) project developers, to consider Cuba?...more

European Commission Gives Portugal Two Months To Address Issues With Biofuel Law Compliance

On April 28, 2016, the European Commission (EC) encouraged Portugal to become fully compliant with the Renewable Energy Directive (Directive) through the release of an April infringements fact sheet. The Directive has set the...more

New sanctions impose further restrictions on North Korea

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

Doing business inside the UAE’s freezones

If you are considering establishing a business in the UAE, you would be wise to spend time investigating the various idiosyncrasies of the local market. One of the first decisions you will arrive at is where to base your...more

Navigating the Green Bonds markets in China

China’s climate change objectives under the Paris Agreement will require it to invest a massive amount of capital into growing its domestic renewable energy generation, as well as invest in other emissions-reducing efforts....more

South African Department of Energy calls for Expressions of Interest for 600 MW Gas Fired Power Plant

On 11 May 2016, the South African Department of Energy announced a call for expressions of interest for the appointment of strategic partners to assist state-owned companies in the development of a 600 MW gas-fired power...more

Trade & Manufacturing - May 2016

Relief from Unfair Imports of Plastic Retail Carrier Bags to Continue for Five More Years - On April 27, the International Trade Commission (Commission) issued the public views of its unanimous determination in favor of...more

DOJ Closes FCPA Investigation into Onshore, Rig-based Well Servicing Contractor Without Prosecution; SEC Negotiations Continuing

On April 28, an onshore, rig-based well servicing contractor with operations in the United States, Mexico, and Russia announced that the DOJ had closed its investigation into possible violations of the FCPA in relation to the...more

Key Developments in The Photovoltaic Sector in Italy

In Depth - In 2015, solar photovoltaic (PV) systems in Italy generated 24,676 GWh of electricity, representing 9.1 per cent of Italy’s domestic electricity production and 7.8 per cent of the country’s overall...more

Investing in renewable energy projects in Europe

Europe has seen a renewables surge in the last decade, with green power capacity doubling in the last five years alone. And this flood shows few signs of abating, with Europe1 set to welcome nearly 843 GW of additional...more

Amendment to the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material Enters Into Force

On May 8, 2016, the amendment to the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material (“CPPNM”) , (“CPPNM Amendment”) entered into force. The CPPNM Amendment revises the CPPNM by seeking to further strengthen the...more

Draft Mining Charter would restructure BBBEE transactions in the South African mining industry

On 15 April 2016, the Department of Mineral Resources ("DMR") published the draft Reviewed Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment Charter for the South African Mining and Minerals Industry, 2016 ("Draft Mining Charter") for...more

PF Newsletter: Solar in Sub-Saharan Africa

With capital costs falling and the technology ever improving, concentrating solar power (CSP) and solar photovoltaic (PV) technologies present increasingly enticing investment opportunities for a number of emerging economies;...more

PF Newsletter: The Global Oil Economy

With a sustained fall in crude oil prices since June 2014 — around US$40 per barrel at the time of writing (and as low as US$27 early in 2016) — our conventional understanding of the global oil economy continues to be...more

Opening Iranian Skies: OFAC Issues General License I to Jumpstart the Commercial Aviation Industry, and Iran Tests its Ballistic...

The sanctions stranglehold on Iran is loosening as the Obama Administration continues to chip away at restrictions on the commercial passenger aircraft industry. Pursuant to the phased enactment of the Joint Comprehensive...more

Hague Court Finds Arbitration Panel Has No Jurisdiction Against Russia Pursuant to Unratified Treaty

The District Court of the Hague overturned a record $50 billion in damages awards issued by the Permanent Court of Arbitration (“PCA”), to the former controlling shareholders of the Yukos Oil Company on the grounds that...more

LMEShield and other developments – the LME’s continuing pivot to Asia

The announcement of the LMEShield initiative arrives off the back of a number of other Asia focused developments for the LME. The LMEShield initiative takes the LME yet one step further towards its desire of having LME...more

Panel Offers Insights on Doing Business in Colombia

As Colombia moves toward a peace agreement with FARC rebels and works to accomplish reforms necessary for OECD accession, the nation stands poised at the threshold of significant growth and transformation. Such was the...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 5.3.16

Craig Steven Wright—the Australian who claims to be famed Bitcoin mastermind Satoshi Nakamoto—is not exactly being welcomed with open (and unquestioning) arms – NYTimes... Stocks came booming back yesterday after a tough...more

Long-term supply (and off-take) agreements: some recent themes

This Client Alert seeks to highlight certain recurring issues and themes arising in the context of long-term commodity supply and off-take agreements. It draws upon the recent collective experience of our lawyers as well as...more

Maritime greenhouse gas emissions – update on the outcome of MEPC 69

In our March alert on this subject, we looked ahead to the 69th meeting in London of the Marine Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) (MEPC 69). MEPC 69 has now taken...more

Federal Court Remands Albanian Power Company’s Suit

In March, a New York federal court remanded an Albanian power company’s suit seeking enforcement of an Albanian court’s judgment. In Albaniabeg Ambient Sh.p.k. v. Enel S.P.A., the federal court reasoned that, although the...more

Global Energy Game Changers

The global energy sector is undergoing a dramatic transformation. Advanced technologies, distributed networks and new regulations in nearly every subsector have strangled yesterday's business models. Foundational elements...more

Dialogue on Carbon Pricing and the World Bank Spring Meetings with Citizens Climate Lobby at S&W

On April 14, S&W hosted a stakeholder dialogue sponsored by the Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL), Partnership for Change and the Nobel Peace Prize Forum as a part of the ancillary discussions surrounding the spring International...more

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