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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

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

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

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

The flight of the operators: Resignation provisions under joint operating agreements

“The Devil is in the details, but so is salvation” - So said Admiral Hyman G Rickover, regarded as the father of the United States’ nuclear powered navy. It is with similar sentiments that both operators and non-operators in...more

Renewable Energy In Russia: Recent Developments

Russia recently introduced procedures for the transfer of a power generating company’s rights and obligations under long-term capacity agreements for future projects that use capacity payments to secure a return on...more

Will the Saudi PPP Program Succeed?

Introduction - It has been widely reported that Saudi Arabia is planning implementation of an economic reform program like none ever seen before. At the heart of the program is the privatization of large swathes of the...more

BP, Executive Pay and the Surfin’ Bird

Surf music is certainly an under-rated rock and roll genre. One of my favorites is The Trashmen’s Surfin’ Bird. It reached Number 4 on the Billboard Chart in 1963. I happened to hear it recently when I was reading about some...more

Significant developments in Canadian energy – for the month of March 2016

Conventional - March 9, 2016 – Encana Corporation is exploring the sale of more non-core assets in the United States and Canada that could net proceeds of approximately $1 billion. Encana is open to offers on all of...more

Trade & Manufacturing - News of Note - April 2016

EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Agreement Released - On February 29, the European Commission and the U.S. Department of Commerce released the long-awaited text of the European Union (EU) – United States Privacy Shield, an...more

Offshore Leaks and the New Transparency

Last week’s joint investigation by Huffington Post and Fairfax Media into oil intermediary Unaoil, which offered up revelations that seem to implicate a number of big oil and gas companies in grand corruption, quickly...more

New Model Iranian Petroleum Contract

As we look forward to the release of the new model Iranian Petroleum Contract, Dentons' oil and gas partners James Dallas and Alistair Black analyse the contents of the recently released "Principles of the New Contract Model"...more

Paris Energy Series No.10: The Paris Agreement on Climate Change: Beware the Shield?

Arbitral Implications for the Oil and Gas Sector - On 12 December 2015, the Paris Agreement (or the "Agreement") on climate change was signed by 195 States and the EU, provoking scenes of euphoria among the delegates...more

Oil and Gas Company Discloses SEC Investigation into Potential FCPA Violations

On March 15, an Ohio-based provider of sand products used in the oil and gas industry disclosed that in December 2015, the SEC notified it of an investigation of potential violations of the FCPA and other securities laws...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

European Commission Adopts Delegated Regulation on Presentation of Investment Recommendations and Disclosure of Conflict of Interest Under MAR - The European Commission has adopted a Delegated Regulation supplementing...more

Rating Agency Developments

On March 8, 2016, Fitch updated its global rating criteria for single- and multi-name credit-linked notes. On March 8, 2016, DBRS published its methodology for rating European covered bonds. On March 4, 2016, DBRS published...more

Thoughts from the SCCE Utilities & Energy Compliance & Ethics Conference

Ed. Note-today we have a guest post from Mike Snyder of TRACE International (and noted Aggie) on his observations from the recently concluded SCCE Utilities and Energy Conference. I recently attended the SCCE Utilities...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

EBA Publishes Results of the CRDIV-CRR/Basel III Monitoring Exercise as of June 30, 2015 - On March 2, the European Banking Authority ("EBA") published its report of its ninth Basel III monitoring exercise, particularly...more

The Day of North Korea Sanctions: the UN Imposes the Toughest North Korea Sanctions Yet While OFAC and State Designate More North...

After weeks of negotiations and a Putin-backed delay, the UN Security Council unanimously adopted resolution 2270 on March 2, 2016, imposing new sanctions against North Korea. According to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry,...more

Implementation Day Arrives For Iran Agreement

On January 16, the International Atomic Energy Agency announced that Iran has fully implemented its nuclear-related commitments described under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) bringing about Implementation Day...more

Ontario Announces Climate Change Mitigation and Low Carbon Economy Act and the Cap-and-Trade Program Regulations

The Ontario government (Government) has taken significant steps in its fight against climate change by introducing two significant pieces of climate change legislation: - The Climate Change Mitigation and Low Carbon...more

What about Canada and Australia? Iran Sanctions changes beyond the U.S. and EU

There has been much discussion of U.S. and EU sanctions changes following Implementation Day under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (“JCPOA”), but a number of countries had imposed sanctions for Iran and it is worth...more

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