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The Shale Play Today - June 2014

In This Issue: - Observations of the Sixth Annual DUG Conference - Mergers, Midstream, and the Marcellus and Utica Shales - Sunoco's Natural Gas Liquids Pipeline Delayed? - How Local Drilling Regulations May...more

Aubrey McClendon’s American Energy Partners LP Announces Agreements to Purchase over $4 Billion of Shale Acreage in Utica,...

In two press releases Monday, American Energy Partners LP announced agreements to purchase shale acreage in the Utica and Marcellus shale for $1.75 billion, and acreage in the Permian Basin in Texas for $2.5 billion. The...more

Renewable Energy Group Announces Completion Of Syntroleum Acquisition

On June 3, 2014, Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (REG) announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, REG Synthetic Fuels, LLC, has closed its acquisition of substantially all of the assets of Syntroleum Corporation. ...more

REG Makes Deal For Full Ownership Of Dynamic Fuels

On May 21, 2014, Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (REG), a leading U.S. biodiesel producer, and Tyson Foods, Inc. (Tyson) announced that they have agreed to REG's acquisition of Tyson's 50 percent ownership position in Dynamic...more

6 Oilfield Services Trends In Unconventional Resources

North American drilling and production activity is increasing service and technology demands and leading to shifts in capital markets and M&A transactions. North America continues to be one of the largest oil and gas...more

ITC Companies Settle FERC Enforcement Action Regarding Federal Power Act Section 203 and 205 Violations for $750,000

On March 11, 2014, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued an order approving a settlement between the FERC Office of Enforcement (OE) and four subsidiaries of ITC Holdings Corp. (the ITC Companies) that...more

Trends Influencing Oil & Gas Mergers and Acquisitions

While oil and gas M&A activity declined slightly in 2013, the industry seems poised to reward players who understand the market’s signals. M&A activity in 2013 reveals some interesting trends driving the market. With...more

2013 – Consolidation Among Electric and Gas Companies Continues at a Measured Pace

This paper surveys some of the major developments in energy merger and acquisition transactions during 2013 as well as some of the key regulatory developments that either affected or are likely to affect activity going...more

Texas’ Eagle Ford Formation Leads U.S. in Oil-and-Gas Transactions in 2013

In a year where overall upstream oil-and-gas transactions were down significantly from the previous year, the Eagle Ford shale formation in South Texas proved to be an active region for companies looking to make a deal....more

Capital Markets Report -- 2014

In This Issue: Introduction; Chapter 1 - The Maturing Market for Shareholder Activism in Canada; Chapter 2 - The Year the Music Stopped – The Precipitous Decline in SOE Investment in Canada’s Oil and Gas Sector in...more

Energy Newsletter - November 2013

In This Issue: - Investments in LNG Project Companies - Key Issues relating to Shareholding Acquisitions - Risk Service Structure Becomes a Little Less Risky for Russian Offshore Operations - UK's Labour...more

Investments in LNG Project Companies – Key Issues relating to Shareholding Acquisitions

Along with growth in global demand for natural gas, there has been a corresponding increase in the number and value of LNG project investments worldwide. Such investments may take various forms, depending on, amongst other...more

US Leads, Europe Second as Wind Industry Spends $430M on Patent Protection

Totaro & Associates, a Santa Barbara, CA based consulting firm has released a new research report on the wind turbine technology and intellectual property (IP) landscape. The research shows that the US has the greatest...more

FTC Investigations of Energy and Chemical Transactions – Am I at Risk?

A recent article in the Antitrust Law Journal, “A Survey of Evidence Leading to Second Requests at the FTC,” by Darren S. Tucker, an attorney advisor to a FTC Commissioner who reviewed non-public information on the decisions...more

American Suspicions Could Deter Chinese Investment

Chinese officials have long complained about American national security reviews, insisting they are an obstacle to Chinese investment in the United States....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

Bill C-60: A More Restrictive Approach to Foreign State-Owned Enterprise Investment in Canada

Introduction & Background - On December 7, 2012, the Government of Canada (the “Government”) approved two major foreign state-owned enterprise (“SOE”) acquisitions of Canadian oil sands businesses: the China National...more

Mergers & Acquisitions: Shifting Sands in Canadian Anti-Bribery and Trade Control Laws Raise the Stakes in Due Diligence

Recent developments in Canadian anti-corruption, economic sanctions, and export control laws are having a significant impact on the due diligence that should be conducted on potential targets in the context of mergers and...more

Canada Imposes Wide-Reaching Export, Import and Investment Bans Against Iran

Effective May 29, 2013, Canada significantly expanded its existing economic sanctions measures against Iran by implementing a general ban on supplying or sourcing goods to or from Iran and a prohibition on making any...more

Paris Energy Series No. 8: Beware of the Boilerplate – The Risks of Standard-form Clauses in Common and Civil Law Jurisdictions

1. Introduction - When commercial agreements are negotiated, certain key terms are generally the subject of intense discussion. Once these terms have been agreed, there is a risk the ‘boilerplate’ provisions1 at the...more

Recent Changes to Mongolia's Foreign Investment Laws: Opportunities and Challenges for Foreign Investors

Driven by its vast abundance of coal, copper, iron ore, gold and uranium (to name a few), Mongolia is forecast to have the world’s fastest growth rate in 2013, at 12% of GDP—a figure Western economies can only dream of in the...more

City of Philadelphia moves forward with plan to sell its regulated gas division

The Mayor of Philadelphia recently announced the hiring of two investment bankers to start the solicitation process for selling the city’s gas division. As a unique feature of this transaction, the gas division is regulated...more

New Bill Heightens Potential For More Investment Canada Reviews Of SOE Acquisitions

Last week the Canadian Government introduced amendments to the Investment Canada Act (ICA) to implement its revised policy towards state-owned enterprises (SOEs) which it announced in December last year....more

Glencore’s Long March to Take Over Xstrata

At long last, Glencore has overcome the final regulatory hurdle and secured the approval of China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) to acquire the 66 percent of Xstrata that it does not already own. But not before agreeing to...more

REGULATORY: EU Competition Law: European Commission clears the acquisition of TNK-BP by Rosneft

The European Commission (“Commission”) has approved without conditions Rosneft’s US$ 54.8 billion acquisition of TNK-BP. The Commission’s 8 March approval came two months after the Russian Federal Antimonopoly Service (“FAS”)...more

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