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Energy Update - September 2016

We are pleased to release the latest issue of our client newsletter, Energy Update, designed to inform clients and friends of the firm about important developments affecting US and international energy markets. Please...more

Vineyard Wind offshore project changes hands

Danish fund management company Copenhagen Infrastructure Partnershas acquired Offshore MW LLC, the holder of an offshore wind energy lease issued by the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management over an area south of...more

Return of the MAC – Material Adverse Change Clauses Making a Comeback in Oil and Gas Deals

For many years, US and UK M&A practices have differed in their use of material adverse change clauses (MACs) in sale and purchase documents. Common, even ubiquitous in the US, these clauses, which permit a buyer to refuse to...more

Second Circuit Holds Sarbanes-Oxley’s Five-Year Statute of Repose Applies to Claims Under Sections 9(f) and 18(a), but Re-Affirms...

Twenty-five years ago, in Ceres Partners, the Second Circuit held that the implied private right of action under Section 14 of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934 (“Exchange Act”) was subject to a three-year repose...more

Strategic Considerations for Bridging the Bid-Ask Spread in Upstream M&A During Oil Price Volatility

Oil prices fell on Monday after producers failed to reach agreement on a production cap that would have contracted supply. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) dropped almost 7 percent in early trading, and, although it pared back...more

DOJ Sues to Block Halliburton's Purchase of Competitor Baker Hughes

Nearly a year and a half after the deal was announced, on April 6, 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) challenged Halliburton's proposed $35 billion acquisition of rival oilfield services provider Baker Hughes. The DOJ...more

2015 Energy Year in Review

Akin Gump is pleased to announce it has released its “2015 Energy Year in Review,” which examines the current state of the global energy market and highlights the energy matters with which the firm was involved last year in...more

Going Private Transactions in Canada's Energy Sector – On the Rise?

Are going private transactions on the rise? Conditions are ripe for an increased number of private equity-led buyouts of public companies. In a "lower for longer" commodity price environment, Canadian energy and...more

Distressed Asset Acquisitions Outside Bankruptcy in the Oil and Gas Space

Amidst the current downturn in oil prices, many expect and hope for, an increase in merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in the coming months. Whereas past downturns created an opportunity for major acquisitions, such as...more

Ofgem’s certification review of the Blue Transmission Companies

On 4 February 2016 Ofgem published a decision reviewing the certification status of the Blue Transmission Companies (“BTCs”). The review follows two other previous Ofgem decisions. The reasoning of Ofgem and the EU Commission...more

Energy Sector Alert Series: Risks and Opportunities in Distressed Oil and Gas

In this eight-week alert series, we are providing a broad look at current and emerging issues facing the energy sector. Attorneys from across the firm will discuss issues ranging from environmental disclosures and risk...more

Bridging the Bid-Ask Spread in the Oil Patch

Hope on the sell side and price volatility led to a wide bid-ask spread in 2015 and resulted in fewer financial sponsor-backed mergers and acquisitions transactions in the oil patch. Of late, prices have further plunged,...more

A legal overview of M&A and financing transactions in Nigeria's oil and gas sector

1 Overview of M&A transactions - 1.1 Emergence of local champions - 2015 was a relatively robust year for M&A transactions in Nigeria's oil and gas industry. The majority of the transactions involved divestments...more

Break Fees in Private M&A

The speed of economic change in the energy sector has created legitimate concerns about volatility in the marketplace. This has caused both vendors and purchasers to be more cautious in deal making. One way to help the...more

Legal Trends: Mergers & Acquisitions

The value of Canadian deals announced to date in 2015 (all figures as of December 1, 2015) totalled approximately C$374.1-billion (US$293.5-billion), reflecting a 51 per cent increase over 2014 on an annualized basis. Deal...more

Lessons from the Suncor-Canadian Oil Sands Shareholder Rights Plan Decision

On December 14, 2015, the Alberta Securities Commission (ASC) released its much anticipated decision (the Decision, Re Suncor Energy Inc., 2015 ABASC 984) concerning the 120-day shareholder rights plan adopted by Canadian Oil...more

"Oil and Gas Companies Brace for Fall Redeterminations"

For most of 2015, industry observers have predicted that depressed commodity prices will result in a surge in M&A activity among domestic exploration and production (E&P) companies, as well as a large number of bankruptcy...more

PCAOB Launches Audit Committee “Dialogue”

As part of its audit committee outreach efforts, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board has established a webpage called "Audit Committee Dialogue" focusing on recurrent areas of concern identified by the PCAOB over...more

In re El Paso Pipeline Partners, L.P. Deriv. Litig., C.A. No. 7141-VCL (Del. Ch. Apr. 20, 2015) (Laster, V.C.)

In this post-trial opinion, the Delaware Court of Chancery determined that a general partner breached a limited partnership agreement in connection with a “drop-down” transaction. The Court held that the partnership’s...more

"Managing Related-Party Transactions With Yieldco and MLP Vehicles After El Paso Pipeline"

Sponsors generally form a yieldco or a master limited partnership (MLP) because the structure of these permanent capital vehicles allows for the issuance of equity to investors at a lower cost of capital, providing a...more

Give and Take: Canadian Securities Regulators Ease Disclosure Burdens on Venture Issuers but Enhance Audit Committee Member...

On April 9, 2015, the Canadian Securities Administrators announced amendments to the continuous disclosure and governance obligations of venture issuers in three national instruments: National Instruments 51-102 Continuous...more

Opportunities in Distressed Markets: Insights into the Acquisition and Divestiture Process

Uncertainty - The projections as to the near- and medium-term future of oil and gas prices are mixed – to say the least. Irrespective of the direction prices ultimately go, industry is faced with significant...more

Asia: Corporate Newsletter - July 2013

Effect of regulatory non-compliance on suitability of listing - Under the Listing Rules, a listing applicant must be considered by the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (SEHK) as suitable for listing before it can be listed....more

Dodd-Frank Living Wills: What You Need to Know Now

Financial institutions should undertake Dodd-Frank living will preparation with care....more

Changes to the Mineral Tenure Act Regulation

The good news is that many of the current registration fees will be eliminated including fees for registration of exploration and development work, registration of payment of cash in lieu of work, registration of portable...more

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