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Mexico Projects Part III: Round Zero

As a follow-on to our client alerts “México Projects: Get Ready, Get Set . . .” and “México Projects Part II: Off to the Races!,” this alert summarizes one of the next steps of the Constitutional reforms opening both the oil...more

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC—Recent Events in the Dominican Power Sector Open the Door for the Development of Power Generation Projects,...

Recent announcements of key projects in the Dominican power sector and actions taken by the government signal that this sector is finally taking meaningful steps aimed at resolving the structural problems that affect it,...more

Pemex Requests Mexico E&P Areas from SENER

On March 21, 2014 Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) submitted its "round zero" proposal to the Secretaría de Energía (SENER), Mexico's department of energy. Although the details of the proposal are not yet public, SENER has...more

Will Foreign-Owned Mining Companies Build Africa’s Rail and Seaport Infrastructure?

Latham & Watkins partners Glen Ireland, Chair of the firm’s Mining & Metals Industry Group, and Clement Fondufe, Chair of the Africa Practice, look at the challenges facing foreign-owned mining companies and discuss how...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

Russian Legislation Update - 3 – 23 March 2014

In This Issue: - Banking - Anti-Money Laundering - Electric Power/Renewables - Excerpt from Banking: On 5 December 2013 the Bank of Russia issued Instruction No. 147-I “On the Procedure for...more

Update on Russia-Ukraine Sanctions – Multiple Legal Challenges

In response to Russia's actions relating to Crimea, the United States and the European Union have expanded their lists of sanctioned parties and their legal bases for broader sanctions. These sanctions are beginning to...more

Crisis in Ukraine: U.S. Imposes Additional Sanctions Targeting President Putin's Inner Circle

The United States has blocked the assets of a number of senior Russian officials considered to be part of President Putin's inner circle as well as the assets of one Russian bank owned by targeted officials. U.S. companies...more

On The Horizon - Renewable Energy in Asia: Vietnam

1. What are the driving factors for increasing renewable energy production in Vietnam? As with many other countries, an important factor in Vietnam driving the increased use of renewable energy is a heightened sense...more

Foreign Investment Caps in Mexico (2013 & 2014 Reforms)

This document describes the caps and foreign investment regulation for diverse activities and industries under Mexican Law, as updated with the recent reforms of telecom, energy and finance sectors. Please see full...more

On The Horizon - Renewable Energy in Asia: Malaysia

1. What are the driving factors for increasing renewable energy production in Malaysia? At the current rate of production, Malaysia’s oil and gas reserves are expected to last until 2025 and 2042 respectively, if...more

Electrify Africa Act: Catalyzing Investment Opportunities in Sub-Saharan Africa

On February 27, 2014, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs passed H.R. 2548, the Electrify Africa Act, to improve access to electricity in sub-Saharan Africa, through a comprehensive U.S. government approach to electricity...more

The "Bright Star" Fades: The NC Business Court On Letters Of Credit

I've resolved this year to blog about every numbered decision of the Business Court, as opposed to past years, where my lack of enthusiasm about the more boring decisions has left me writing about less than 100% of the...more

On The Horizon - Renewable Energy in Asia: Indonesia

1. What are the driving factors for increasing renewable energy production in Indonesia? Energy is a critical factor needed for the development of economic activity and national defense. - Ensuring domestic...more

Conflict Minerals: Dodd-Frank, the SEC's Rule...and Beyond

Designed to reduce funding sources for those perpetrating human rights abuses and engaging in armed conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo ("DRC") and adjoining countries, Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street...more

On The Horizon - Renewable Energy in Asia: Hong Kong

1. What are the driving factors for increasing renewable energy production in Hong Kong? Growing Energy Consumption and Lack of Indigenous Energy Resources - Hong Kong has a population of about 7 million and is...more

Conflict Minerals Update: D.C. Circuit Hears Oral Arguments

In the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010, Congress required the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to adopt a rule requiring transparency and disclosure regarding the use of “conflict minerals” sourced from the Democratic Republic...more

There May Be Trouble Ahead: Legal Challenges on Home Turf Threaten U.S. Ex-Im Bank Funding for Foreign Mining Projects

The Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) is facing a new wave of legal challenges related to the financing of natural resource projects outside of the US, and which threaten to de-rail one of Western...more

On The Horizon - Renewable Energy in Asia: China

1. What are the driving factors for increasing renewable energy production in China? Government mandates, dwindling fossil fuel reserves, the need to increase energy security, climate change, and the desire to create...more

Mexico Adopts Major Energy Reforms Restructuring its Electric Power Sector

Mexico has recently adopted amendments to the Mexican Constitution that will profoundly change all aspects of the electric power sector in Mexico. Among other things, those amendments reduce the role of the State in the power...more

U.S. Government Implements Temporary Iran Sanctions Relief Measures

As part of the recently negotiated interim agreement with the Islamic Republic of Iran (“Iran”) to temporarily suspend certain aspects of Iran’s nuclear program, the United States and other countries have agreed temporarily...more

Iran’s Nuclear Agreement Negotiations Ease Certain US and EU Sanctions

Earlier this year, the International Atomic Energy Agency confirmed that Iran had met its initial obligations under the Joint Plan of Action (Joint Plan) with the “P5+1” (the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Russia,...more

Subsoil Users May Be Obliged to Finance an Innovative Technologies Park

The Parliament of Kazakhstan is considering a draft Law “On the ‘Innovative Technologies Park’ Innovation-Oriented Cluster” (the “Draft Law”) which may oblige subsoil users to finance the Fund managing the Innovative...more

Temporary Iran Sanctions Relief

Relief is very limited and alleviates threat of sanctions regarding transactions by non-U.S. or foreign persons. On January 30, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) published...more

Iran Sanctions Deal Does Not Alleviate Current U.S. Economic Sanctions: "Iran Is Not Open for Business"

U.S. sanctions involving Iran have been a forefront topic recently, with some continuing confusion as to the current state of the sanctions' provisions for most U.S. businesses. On January 20, 2014, the P5 + 1 Agreement (or...more

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