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ManattJones Global Strategies - June 2017

CEO Executive Summary: U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer formally notified Congress of the Trump administration’s intention to renegotiate NAFTA beginning Aug. 16. While he and his Mexican counterpart set Dec. 15 as...more

An Unusual Way To Hold an Oil and Gas Lease

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Here is what we believe is an unusual situation: A gas unit is formed. The gas well ceases to produce. Another gas well produces from an oil unit, but the lease at issue is not included in the oil unit. Is the lease...more

Gas Company Receives First Declination of 2017 Under FCPA Pilot Program

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The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) on June 16, 2017, announced its first declination of 2017 and the closing of its investigation of Linde North America Inc. and Linde Gas North America LLC (collectively, Linde) concerning...more

Mexico’s Energy Industry: Mexico Tender Round 2.1: Shallow Water Oil Sells Big

On June 19, 2017, the Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos (CNH) completed the Presentation and Opening of Bid Proposals for the First Tender of the Ronda Dos (“Round 2.1”), which was first announced on July 20, 2016. Round 2.1...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick’s indefinite leave of absence just got a whole lot more definite with news late yesterday that, bowing to pressure from shareholders, Kalanick has resigned from his post altogether....more

A strict enforcement of time bar provisions

by White & Case LLP on

Time bar provisions are a relatively common feature of construction contracts, but often arouse concern because they are seen to be "harsh". A recent case from Northern Ireland confirms that notwithstanding any "harsh"...more

Texas Mineral Deeds Survive the Statute of Frauds

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

According to Mr. Bumble, the law is an ass. I disagree (Know a lawyer who’s an ass? That’s another conversation). In Davis v. Mueller the law was not an ass, per se, but as applied by the Texas Supreme Court it showed little...more

U.S. States, Cities, & Corporations Unite to Uphold Paris Climate Accord

On June 1st, 2017, President Trump announced that the United States would withdraw from the landmark Paris climate accord, sparking serious concern about the future of global efforts to mitigate climate change. In response,...more

Hogan Lovells China Desk Brochure

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A bridge between China and Europe, the Middle East and Africa - The Hogan Lovells China Desk seeks to help you benefit from the opportunities arising from the evergrowing economic ties between the EMEA region and China....more

Projects and Energy Weekly Snippets

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Weekly projects and energy updates in South Africa - EDF signs 420 MW hydro construction deal with Cameroon - On Tuesday, an agreement was signed between the French power utility Électricité de France (EDF) and the...more

Alberta Court of Appeal Releases Landmark Decision on Contractual Interpretation

On May 26, 2017, the Alberta Court of Appeal (Court) released a landmark decision in IFP Technologies (Canada) Inc. v. EnCana Midstream and Marketing, which will impact principles of contractual interpretation in...more

Arbitration Bribery Corruption and Disputes - it's not as easy as ABCD

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Foreign Corrupt Practices Act ("FCPA") - For energy, mining, and resources companies, the cost of corruption—and getting caught—is real. Less than two months ago, Odebrecht S.A. was ordered by a U.S. federal judge to pay a...more

Draft Changes to Ukrainian Model Gas Storage Agreement re Arbitration Clause

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On 2 June 2017, the Ukrainian Regulator placed at its website draft changes to the Model Gas Storage (Injection, Withdrawal) Agreement (the “Model Agreement”). The changes are referred here to as the “Draft”....more

Brazil's Developing Gas Marketing: Opportunities for Arbitration

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Historically, natural gas did not play a significant role in Brazil’s energy mix, never exceeding 4% of Brazil’s primary energy supply until the late 1990s. Today, natural gas accounts for 12% of Brazil’s primary energy...more

Often Overlooked Sublease Issues For Office Tenants

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With oil prices still far below their highs of a few years ago, many energy companies—some of which expanded rapidly when oil was north of $100 a barrel—now find themselves with more office space than they can reasonably use...more

West Virginia Court Pivots Toward Industry in Recent Post-Production Deduction Case

by McGuireWoods LLP on

A recent decision by the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals has called into question its own precedent on the permissibility of post-production deductions and the calculation of oil and natural gas royalties, reversing...more

Casing Controversy: Comparative Fault Codal Article Concerns Contract Claims Only

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In Justiss Oil Company, Inc. v. Oil Country Tubular Corp., et al, the Louisiana Third Circuit Court of Appeal joined its sister circuit –the Louisiana Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal, in finding that La. Civ. Code art. 2323...more

Sea Change? What Does Trump’s Decision on the Paris Agreement Mean?

This week, President Trump announced his decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement, describing it as “disadvantaging the United States” and indicating that the United States will “cease implementation”...more

Major Decision by the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals – Non-Participating Royalty Interest Owner Rights Clarified

On May 31, 2017, the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals issued a significant opinion regarding the clarification of rights for non-participating royalty interest owners (“NPRI”). In the opinion Gastar Exploration, Inc. v....more

Trade & Manufacturing - News of Note - May 2017

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U.S. Government To Investigate Effects Of Steel, Aluminum Imports On National Security - In late April, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross initiated two investigations to determine the effects of imported steel and aluminum on...more

Oil and Gas Industry Update: District Court Upholds Rejection of Sabine Gas Gathering Agreements

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In a highly anticipated decision—HPIP Gonzales Holdings, LLC v. Sabine Oil & Gas Corp. (In re Sabine Oil & Gas Corp.), 2017 BL 83510 (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 9, 2017)—Judge Jed S. Rakoff of the U.S. District Court for the Southern...more

Human rights claims against English-based multinational energy companies

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London is home to some of the world's largest multinational energy companies. In recent years, they have become the targets of claims for alleged human rights violations committed overseas. In this article, we consider the...more

Nigerian Oil and Gas and the “7 Big Wins”: Rhetoric or Matter-of-Fact

by Dentons on

In October 2016, the Nigerian government unveiled its plan to develop a stable and enabling environment that will maximise investment opportunities in the oil and gas sector (the Industry) and yield increased growth in the...more

Texas Supreme Court Discusses Rights Conveyed by a Mineral Lease

The recent Lightning Oil Company v. Anadarko E&P Onshore, LLC F/K/A Andarko E&P Company, LP, decision of the Texas Supreme Court, which clarified the rights and obligations of owners of the surface property and the mineral...more

Litigation Trends in the Global Oil and Gas Industry: What You Need To Know

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Michael Davison is head of the Hogan Lovells Litigation, Arbitration, and Employment Practice Group. For close to 30 years, he has been helping clients avoid disputes. He is currently working from the firm’s London office as...more

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