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Opportunity in FCC Review of Charter Communications and Time Warner Cable Merger

The Federal Communications Commission has opened a proceeding to review the proposed merger announced in May between Charter Communications Inc. and Time Warner Cable Inc., and the associated acquisition of Bright House...more

How New Rail Regulations May Spur Midstream M&A

Over the past several months we’ve seen a rise in mergers and acquisitions among midstream energy firms. A variety of factors will likely push more firms to consider M&A, but one factor stands out: new regulations surrounding...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

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 171-FCPA Enforcement in the Energy Industry [Video]

In this episode I discuss enforcement of the FCPA in the energy industry, it genesis and the business response by the energy industry. ...more

FERC approves Iberdrola-UIL merger

Federal utility regulators have issued an order authorizing transactions the merger of utilities affiliated with Iberdrola, S.A. and UIL Holding Corporation. Iberdrola is a Spanish-owned utility holding company, owning...more

Tax Incentives Offer Hope for UK Oil and Gas Industry Affected by Low Oil Prices

In the March 2015 Budget, chancellor George Osborne reacted to a significant fall in crude oil prices and to industry calls by reversing a tax hike that he imposed in 2011. This move could provide a lifeline to aging fields...more

Blog: PCAOB Publishes New “Audit Committee Dialogue”

The PCAOB has announced the publication of a new paper designed to address audit committees. The paper, Audit Committee Dialogue, provides insights from inspections of public company auditors that should assist audit...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

Antitrust & Competition Newsletter - April 2015

U.S. Supreme Court Holds That State Action Immunity Does Not Apply to State Boards If the Board Is Controlled by Active Market Participants - On Feb. 25, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court held, in a 6-3 decision, that a state...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

Mello-Roos Act Can Lawfully Finance Eminent Domain Actions

California Appellate Court Affirms Public Water District's Action to Buy Private Water Company - The Mello-Roos Act can be used to finance acquisitions by eminent domain, the Second District Court of Appeal affirmed in 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

U.S. Renewable Energy Financing And Regulatory Outlook 2015

Orrick and Clean Energy Pipeline have launched a series of reports dedicated to exploring investment opportunities and challenges in the global renewable energy sector. In the first issue, we analyzed the investment...more

FTC Consent Agreement with Par Petroleum Demonstrates Increased Agency Focus on Competitive Effects

On March 18, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) ordered Par Petroleum Corporation to terminate its storage and throughput rights at a key gasoline terminal in Hawaii. This action will settle FTC charges seeking to...more

China poised to acquire distressed assets

As distress in the mining industry deepens, better quality assets are being pushed onto the market. Unlike many other assets on the divestment chopping block over the past 24 months, these assets are priced to sell. And...more

Energy Newsletter - March 2015

In This Issue: - Opportunities in Distressed Markets: Insights into the Acquisition and Divestiture Process - A Project Owner's Primer On Delay In Start-Up Insurance - UKCS: Maximising Economic Recovery...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

Flint Hills Resources Expands Ethanol Operations Into The Southern U.S.

Flint Hills Resources has completed the acquisition of an ethanol plant near Camilla, Georgia, from Southwest Georgia Ethanol, LLC. Flint Hills Resources' biofuels business now includes seven ethanol plants with a combined...more

Energy Technology Connections Newsletter: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News - February 2015

In This Issue: - Leaders in the News - Event Highlights - Innovator Profile - Washington Update - Energy Navigator - Upcoming Events - Excerpt from Leaders in the News: We’re excited to...more

The Bureau of Economic Analysis Reporting Requirements for Foreign Direct Investment: Still Time for Timely Filing

In September of 2014, new foreign investment reporting requirements from the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) became effective. The new regulations require the BEA to collect data on the acquisition...more

FERC Proposes to Strengthen Hold-Harmless Policy for Electric Mergers

The policy would impose greater scrutiny and controls on “transaction-related” costs that utilities commit not to pass through to ratepayers and would open the door to cost recovery for acquisitions driven by utility need....more

FERC Proposes Tighter “Hold-Harmless” Commitment Standards for Utility Mergers

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is proposing to revise its standards for determining whether proposed utility mergers and other asset transfer transactions subject to its jurisdiction under Section 203 of the...more

Inside M&A - Winter 2015

Recent U.S. Cases Highlight Liability Risks to Executives in Mining, Heavy Industrial Transactions - Historically, corporate executives rarely faced personal or criminal liability resulting from mining or environmental...more

"China M&A: Reform Plan Promotes Mixed Ownership of State-Owned Enterprises"

Chinese state-owned enterprises (SOEs) have played a significant role in the world's second-largest economy, with over 155,000 SOEs valued at approximately $17.4 trillion at the end of 2013 spanning almost every industry...more

Will plunging oil prices increase energy M&A?

The recent sharp fall in oil prices, which has seen Brent crude oil and US crude oil both fall below $50 a barrel, has shocked the oil industry. Growing US shale production and high Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting...more

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