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New UK Regime for National Security and Infrastructure Investments

• The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy published a Green Paper consulting on amendments to UK merger control and public interest intervention legislation to cover gaps in the current framework for...more

CFIUS, POTUS Block Chinese Acquisition of U.S. Semi-conductor Maker

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More Acquisitions May Be Blocked in the Future - Last month, asserting national security concerns, President Trump blocked a $1.3 billion acquisition of Oregon-based Lattice Semiconductor by a subsidiary of the Canyon...more

Learning from Bid Protests: Don’t Lose Your Protest Before You Begin

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The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently published four protest decisions that were all denied due to timeliness issues. This string of cases serves as a reminder that no matter how strong a protest’s basis...more

Unintended Consequences: Ex-U.S. Activities Impacting U.S. Federal Health Care Business

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Given the uptick in global awareness and enforcement of anti-bribery and corruption laws, most health care companies are attuned to the risks associated with legal infractions caused by ex-U.S. activities. However, ex-U.S....more

Mexico's Energy Industry Round 2 Farmouts: PEMEX finds new partners

• Mexico’s second farmout bid round to find partners for PEMEX oil and gas development yielded mixed results, with 2 onshore licenses awarded and 1 shallow water PSC vacated with no bids • Egyptian company Cheiron...more

FinCEN Issues Advisory on Widespread Public Corruption in Venezuela

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The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) released an advisory on September 20, 2017, to alert financial institutions of widespread public corruption in Venezuela and the methods Venezuelan senior political figures...more

Arbitration Award Ruling That, Because of Cultural Differences, a Local Afghan Subcontractor Is Not Bound by the F.A.R. Provisions...

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Aspic Eng’g & Constr. Co. v. ECC Centcom Constructors, LLC, No. 17-cv-00224-YGR, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 111767, at *10-12 (N.D. Cal. July 18, 2017) - This matter came before the Court on a motion to vacate a final...more

FCPA Accounting Provisions Have Teeth: Halliburton to Pay $29.2 Million to Settle FCPA Charges

Along with the anti-bribery provisions, the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) contains accounting provisions that apply to publicly traded companies. These provisions require that companies maintain and adhere to...more

USTR Requests Input on Impact of Trade Agreements on Government Procurement

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On August 21, 2017, the Department of Commerce (Commerce) and the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) issued a request for public comment on the impact of government procurement provisions of U.S. trade...more

Judicial acceptance of the SCL Delay and Disruption Protocol 2nd Edition

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The recent Australian case of Santos Ltd v Fluor Australia Pty Ltd [2017] QSC 153 gives credence to the Society of Construction Law Delay & Disruption Protocol 2nd ed in determining the sufficiency of the plaintiff’s pleaded...more

AFRICA - A Legal Guide for Business Investment and Expansion: South Africa

1 .What role does the government of South Africa play in approving and regulating foreign direct investment? South Africa is a constitutional democracy and an active member of the international investment community. It...more

Boletín Mensual de Telecomunicaciones - Julio 2017

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Las siguientes publicaciones fueron hechas por autoridades del gobierno federal durante Julio de 2017 en relación con el Sector de Telecomunicaciones de México...more

Mexico Telecommunications Update - July 2017

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The following announcements were made by public government authorities in July 2017 regarding Mexico's telecommunications sector...more

Applicability of the Buy American Act and Trade Agreements Act

President Trump made headlines in April by signing an Executive Order urging federal agencies to “Buy American and Hire American.” While this Order makes no substantive legal changes and, for now, appears to be more bark...more

AFRICA - A Legal Guide for Business Investment and Expansion: Kenya

1. What role does the government of Kenya play in approving and regulating foreign direct investment? There is no regulation on foreign direct investment in Kenya except in specific sectors where state corporations have a...more

Republic of Guinea Passes Public–Private Partnership Law to Lure Investors

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Guinea's Urgent Need for Critical Infrastructures - Guinea is a geological goldmine, quite literally, when one considers the high concentration of natural resources in its soil (including diamonds, gold, iron, bauxite,...more

New competition register enters into force

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On July 29, 2017, the Act Introducing a Register for Competition (Wettbewerbsregistergesetz – WregG, "Competition Register Act") will enter into force. Companies violating competition or other rules must or can be excluded...more

Mexico's "Red Troncal" project

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General Guidelines for the Red Troncal Project - On July 17, 2017, Telecomm issued preliminary general guidelines for the Red Troncal Project. This document outlined the general criteria through which Telecomm seeks to...more

Saudi Arabia's Transformational Privatization Plans

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The leadership of Saudi Arabia (the “KSA”) has embarked on a bold transformation strategy to revitalize KSA’s economy and to position it for the demographic and economic challenges that lie ahead. The flagship transaction for...more

Telecomm Publica los Criterios Generales Para un Posible Concurso del Proyecto de la Red Tronca

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El organismo público descentralizado Telecomunicaciones de México (Telecomm) publicó, el 17 de julio de 2017, los criterios generales que podrían aplicarse al posible concurso para el desarrollo y crecimiento de la Red...more

Telecomm Releases General Criteria For Potential Backbone Network Project Bids

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The Mexican government agency, Telecomm, on July 17, 2017, released the general criteria for a potential bid for the development and expansion of the Backbone Network Project (Red Troncal)....more

DoD IG Report Highlights Flaws in DLA Compliance with Buy American Act and Berry Amendment

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

A recent report from the Department of Defense (DoD) Inspector General (IG) identified a number of significant flaws regarding the Defense Logistics Agency’s (DLA) compliance with the Buy American Act (BAA) and the Berry...more

Germany Strengthens Foreign Investment Control: New Rules to Thoroughly Screen Investments in Enlarged Number of Key Industries

Germany ends its longtime liberal approach to foreign investments by increasing its intervention possibilities at national level and by lobbying a stricter regime at the EU level. Since the takeover of German robotics...more

Russia Concerns Negatively Impact GSA Schedule Contractors

There is no shortage of news these days involving Russia. You would think that U.S. government contracting would be immune from these considerations. You’d be wrong. That’s because on July 11 2017, the Government removed...more

Boletín Mensual de Telecomunicaciones - Junio 2017

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Las siguientes publicaciones fueron hechas por autoridades del gobierno federal durante Junio de 2017 en relación con el Sector de Telecomunicaciones de México....more

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