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DOC Initiates Biodiesel Antidumping, Countervailing Investigation

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On April 13, 2017, the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) announced that it was formally initiating antidumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) investigations of biodiesel imports from Argentina and Indonesia. The decision...more

Dutch Prosecutors Record Shell CEO and Ensnare Shell in Nigeria Bribery Scandal

by Michael Volkov on

A CEO never expects to be wiretapped. Let’s face it – a wiretap in the C-Suite is rare. Justice Department prosecutors have always looked for an opportunity. CEOs have loose lips and can suffer significant damage from...more

Mexico Issues Manual for Bilateral Power Transactions and Recording Coverage Agreements

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Mexico's Energy Reform of 2013 opened activities of the country's Power Market to private investors. Mexico is passing from a state-run power company, the Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE), to private investors and...more

TransCanada Receives Presidential Permit to Construct Keystone XL Pipeline

by King & Spalding on

On March 24, the Trump Administration granted a Presidential permit to TransCanada, which gives the company authority to “construct, connect, operate, and maintain pipeline facilities” for the Keystone XL Pipeline. The...more

Mexico Energy Regulatory Commission Issues Provisions for Distributed Generation

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Under Mexico's Energy Reform of 2013, the private sector may participate and invest in a number of energy-related activities. One of the most attractive activities is power generation, especially considering that distributed...more

Projects and Energy Weekly Snippets

by Hogan Lovells on

Moz plant illustrates rapid commissioning potential of gas engines - Electricity generation using gas as a fuel has great potential to meet the growing needs of many African countries, especially with a peaking-plant...more

Conflict Minerals Update – SEC Releases Guidance Following District Court Decision

by White & Case LLP on

On April 3, 2017, the US District Court for the District of Columbia (the "Court") entered a final judgment in National Association of Manufacturers, et al. v. Securities and Exchange Commission,1 ruling that Section 1502 of...more

European Parliament Votes To Make Palm Oil Biofuels Sustainable

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On April 4, 2017, Members of the European Parliament (MEP) approved a resolution calling on the European Commission (EC) to phase out the use of palm oil as a component of biofuels and advocating for a single certification...more

El Salvador Makes History and Bans All Mining - Will other countries follow?

by Bennett Jones LLP on

On March 29, 2017, El Salvador’s legislature unanimously voted to ban all metallic mining, including for gold, in the Central American country. El Salvador is the first country in the world to impose a blanket ban on mining...more

Nigerian Natural Gas Drilling Rig Explosion Class Action Blown Away

by Carlton Fields on

The Northern District of California recently denied a motion for class certification in a case against Chevron Corporation connected to a 2012 explosion at a Nigerian natural gas drilling rig and the environmental impacts of...more

SEC Will Not Enforce Part of the Conflict Minerals Disclosure Rule

by Bracewell LLP on

On Friday, April 7, 2017, the acting Chief of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) Michael Piwowar released a statement that the Commission will not recommend enforcement of certain parts of its Conflict...more

ManattJones Global Strategies - April 2017

CEO’s Executive Summary: While a series of high-level meetings and public statements helped to reduce bilateral tensions last month, confused signals on the Administration’s intentions with respect to NAFTA renegotiations and...more

Canadian Mining Company Strikes Gold in US Court

by WilmerHale on

Arbitration analysis: Steven Finizio and Manuel Casas at WilmerHale, consider the US District Court’s decision in Crystallex v Venezuela to uphold the $1.2bn damages award and suggest that the case reaffirms the deferential...more

"SEC Staff Provides Relief From Conflict Minerals Rule"

In statements released on April 7, 2017, the acting chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Michael S. Piwowar, and the SEC's Division of Corporation Finance provided welcome news to companies concerning the...more

Territorial Restrictions in Gas Supply Contracts in Japan – Antitrust Implications and Experience from the European Union

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

Japan, the world’s biggest buyer of liquefied natural gas (“LNG”), is currently investigating the potential anticompetitive effects of territorial restrictions in LNG supply contracts. Historically, LNG suppliers have used...more

ITC Announces Preliminary Biodiesel Antidumping And Countervailing Duty Investigation

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On March 29, 2017, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) published a notice in the Federal Register announcing the commencement of the preliminary phase of a biodiesel antidumping and countervailing duty investigation...more

Contract of Work for IUPK OP: A Tough Decision

by White & Case LLP on

The Indonesian government ("Government") has issued a number of regulations to implement its mining policy, including GR 1/of 2017. In moving towards a single Special Mining Permit Operation Production license (IUPK...more

Mexico Ministry of Energy Releases Management Terms for Independent Power Producers

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Under Mexico's Energy Reform of 2013, the power market opened for private investment sector-wide. However, the Federal Electricity Commission, or Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE), is still in charge for supplying basic...more

New Indonesian Regulation on Mining Divestment Process

by White & Case LLP on

The Indonesian Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources ("MEMR") recently issued further regulations to reflect changes to the divestment process introduced under Government Regulation No. 1 of 20171 ("GR 1/2017"). This...more

Mexico Hydrocarbons Commission Calls Tender for Second PEMEX Farmout

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Eight More Onshore and Offshore Farmouts Set for 2017 and 2018 Mexico's 2013 Energy Constitutional Reform opened exploration and production (E&P) of the oil and gas sectors to private investment and contracting....more

National Biodiesel Board Fair Trade Coalition Files Antidumping, Countervailing Duty Petition

On March 23, 2017, the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) announced that an antidumping and countervailing duty petition had been filed with the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) and the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC)...more

Romanian Legal Update: Changes to the Green Certificates Support Scheme

by Allen & Overy LLP on

The Romanian Government has brought significant changes to the green certificates support scheme (the “GC Scheme”) in an effort to balance the interests of electricity producers from renewable sources (“E-RES Producers”) and...more

State aid: the former French financial support mechanism for solar radiative energy at risk

by White & Case LLP on

By an order dated 15 March 20171, the European Court of Justice (“ECJ”) rules on the compatibility with the European State aid rules of the Ministerial Orders of 10 July 2006 and of 12 January 2010 setting out the feed-in...more

Latin American Environmental Regulatory Tracker

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

This month, Latin American countries sustain their pace issuing progressive environmental measures, and the Region continues to emerge as a global leader on sustainability issues. Product recycling requirements matured...more

EU Rosneft judgment clarifies bank transfers are not sanctioned "financial assistance"

by White & Case LLP on

On 28 March 2017, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) delivered its judgment in a case referred by the UK High Court in which Rosneft has challenged the validity of the EU's sanctions targeting Russia, as well...more

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