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Energy Newsletter - April 2014

In This Issue: - UK Shale Exploitation: Securing Subsurface Access Rights - Taking the Road Best Travelled? CFE seeks electric-gas "convergence" - Pemex Requests Mexico E&P Areas from SENER -...more

Mexican Energy Reform Progress Report - Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

Finalization of Mexico’s energy reforms is accelerating and specific foreign investment opportunities are emerging, but detailed “Secondary Legislation” will likely be delayed to late April or a special congressional session...more

United States to Participate in New World Trade Organization Trade Negotiation to Lower Tariffs on “Green Goods”

On March 21, the Obama Administration formally notified Congress that it intends to enter into a new plurilateral trade negotiation in the World Trade Organization (WTO) to eliminate tariffs on environmental goods. The...more

Energy And Environment Update

In This Issue: Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Administration; Department of Commerce; Department of Energy; Environmental Protection Agency; Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; International; States; and...more

The Elevator Speech Overview

The House and Senate were both in session this week, the President was traveling overseas. President Obama announced his backing for an overhaul of the NSA bulk phone data collection program, a plan that differs from the...more

Polish Shale Gas Law Update – Tax-Free Opportunities!

After years of anticipation and delay, the Polish government has finally taken significant steps forward in opening up the shale gas industry in Poland. Either fortuitously or intentionally, this comes just in time. The E.U....more

Ivory Coast: New Mining Code

A new mining code (the “New Mining Code”) was voted by the Ivorian Parliament on March 5. Current mining titles will be valid for their remaining term but their renewals will be subject to the provisions of the New Mining...more

Energy And Environment Update -- February 18, 2014

In This Issue: Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Administration; Department of Energy; Department of State; Environmental Protection Agency; Government Accountability Office; International; States; and...more

Energy And Environment Update -- January 29, 2014

In This Issue: Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Administration; Department of Commerce; Department of Energy; Department of Transportation; Environmental Protection Agency; Federal Energy Regulatory Commission;...more

UK Introduces New Brown-Field Tax Allowance

The Additionally-Developed Oil Fields Order (Order) was made on 15 November 2013 and is treated as having come into force on 1 April 2013. The Order introduces a new allowance which reduces the amount of adjusted ring fence...more

Washington Energy Update - November 2013

In This Issue: - Trans-Pacific and Trans-Atlantic Treaties: Opportunities and Challenges for LNG Exports - Suit Against Chinese Solar Firms Seeks Nearly US$1 Billion in Damages - Major Energy Bills Get Started in...more

With new law, Mongolia opens to investors

The Great Hural, Mongolia’s Parliament, has ratified a new investment law, already in effect since November 1, that dramatically alters the investment landscape in Mongolia. The new investment law is one of the first...more

Severance Tax Debate Continues

Through the summer and leading up to the adoption of Ohio’s biennial budget, changes to Ohio’s severance tax were discussed in the General Assembly and in the media. Severance tax provisions were cut from discussions fairly...more

International Tax News - October 2013

COLOMBIA ISSUES TAX HAVENS LIST: 4 THINGS TO NOTE FOR THOSE DOING BUSINESS IN COLOMBIA - Colombia has issued its list of tax havens – an act that will negatively impact the tax effects of doing business in Colombia...more

Three West Coast States Join with British Columbia in Regional Climate Pact

On October 28, 2013, the states of California, Oregon, and Washington joined with the Canadian province of British Columbia to sign a regional agreement that promises to coordinate long-term climate policy, including the...more

Overview of Amendments to the Tax Code of the Russian Federation, and Federal Laws “On the Customs Tariff” and “On the Continental...

On September 30, 2013 President Putin signed new Federal Law No. 268-FZ (Amending Law) introducing amendments into Parts I and II of the Tax Code of the Russian Federation, as well as the Law of the Russian Federation “On the...more

Australia's Carbon Repeal – Unveiled

Draft legislation, published on 15 October 2013, sets out the Australian Government's plans to repeal the Clean Energy Act 2011 (Cth) and associated legislation (Carbon Acts) with effect from 1 July 2014. The impact, if...more

Mixing Oil and Vinegar - Using Private Placement Variable Deferred Annuity (PPVA) Contracts to Enhance the Investment Return of...

Overview - Master Limited Partnerships are publicly traded partnerships. As of 2010, the market capitalization of MLPs was $220 billion. These publicly traded partnerships invest primarily in energy and associated...more

Mexican #Energy Reform: Pemex and Taxes

Two things are certain on this Mexican Energy Reform: Pemex and Taxes. President Peña proposed changes in the taxation rules for Pemex trying to set a more flexible and standard tax system applicable for any type of...more

Mexican #Energy Reform: We need to talk about PEMEX

Mexico Moment (#MEMO) is being fuelled by structural reforms that promise open markets in telecom, energy, finance and infrastructure. Now all three major political parties, academics and NGOs are publicly discussing their...more

Asia Pactific: Renewable Energy & Climate Change Group

In This Issue: - Renewable Energy Sector Overview – Asia Pacific - Japan’s renewable energy feed-in tariff regime - South African REIPP Programme – Lessons Learned To Date - Tariffs Kick-Start Japanese...more

A new test for the Pacto por México: energy reform – key points for energy companies

President Enrique Peña Nieto has submitted a sweeping Energy Reform Bill (ERB) to Mexico’s Congress. In his recent State of the Union Address, President Peña Nieto confirmed his commitment to move forward decisively with...more

Comprehensive tax reform is coming in Mexico: key highlights for businesses

Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto has submitted to the Mexican Congress a proposed bill for the comprehensive overhaul of Mexico’s federal tax system. If adopted by the Congress, these reforms would take effect as of...more

Heritage Loses to Tullow Oil in Tax Indemnity Dispute

On June 14, 2013, the High Court in London ruled that Heritage should pay Tullow Oil c.$313 million under the terms of a tax indemnity relating to the 2010 transaction that saw it acquire Heritage oil licenses in Lake Albert,...more

Massachusetts Rules Against Taxpayer on Treatment of Intercompany Debt—Again

In what is becoming a trend, the Massachusetts Appellate Tax Board (the "ATB") has issued yet another decision denying true debt treatment for an intercompany obligation. In National Grid Holdings, the ATB upheld assessments...more

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