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Financial assurance and mine rehabilitation reform in Queensland

by DLA Piper on

In May 2017, the Queensland Government released two discussion papers outlining proposed changes to Queensland's financial assurance and rehabilitation framework. The consultation period has now closed and the Queensland...more

Across the Board-Episode 6, will your assets be stranded?

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode, I visit with Rakhi Kumar, the Managing Director, Head of ESG Investing and Asset Stewardship for State Street Global Advisors (SSGA) on the firm’s recent white paper entitled, “SSGA’s Perspective On Effective...more

Combating climate change: NYDFS calls on insurance industry to help

by Hogan Lovells on

On 26 July 2017, the New York Department of Financial Services (the “NYDFS”) issued Circular Letter No. 9 (2017) (the “Circular Letter”) and a corresponding press release, directed at all life, property/casualty, and health...more

Window on Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital - Vol. 1, Issue 21

by Clark Hill PLC on

US Budget Deficit Narrowed to $42.9 Billion in July: The federal budget deficit fell sharp­ly in July from a year earlier, largely because of a quirk in the calendar. The U.S. Treasury Department said that the budget gap came...more

2017: The year for sovereign green bonds?

by White & Case LLP on

Green bonds allow sovereign issuers to tap into new pools of capital and meet their international environmental obligations. However, there have been only two sovereign green bond issuances to date. It's been almost 10...more

EPA Issues Recommendations to Streamline Superfund Cleanup Process and Promote Site Reuse

by White & Case LLP on

On July 25, 2017, the United States Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") Superfund Task Force (the "Task Force") released a report that aims to improve the federal Superfund contaminated site cleanup program. The policies...more

Investors’ Climate Change Voting Records Face Scrutiny

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Companies who engage with their large institutional shareholders on environmental and social issues during the 2018 proxy season should keep in mind that these investors are facing pressure from other investors on their...more

Considerations for Participants in the Expanding Market for Compensatory Mitigation Credits

by Sullivan & Worcester on

In a recent blog post, we described the basic statutory and regulatory framework supporting the increasing popularity of mitigation banking. In this update, we offer some additional observations for property owners and other...more

Japan Legal Update - Volume 27 | July 2017

by Jones Day on

On June 7, 2017, Japan signed the "Multilateral Convention to Implement Tax Treaty-Related Measures to Prevent Base Erosion and Profit Shifting" ("MLI"). The MLI is a part of the OECD/G20 base erosion and profit-shifting...more

As Trump Declares “We Are Out” of the Paris Accord, Investors Demand More Climate Change Risk Disclosure from Within

by Sedgwick LLP on

Investors from around the world have spoken. For the first time in history, they have publicly demanded more transparent and complete corporate financial risk disclosures related to climate change. While climate change risk...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The DOJ is dismissing charges against former JPMorgan employees allegedly mixed up in the London Whale trading scandal that cost JPM more than $6 billion....more

Minimizing Risks and Maximizing Opportunities in China-Latin America Investment

On June 1, 2017, Skadden hosted the webinar “Minimizing Risks and Maximizing Opportunities in China-Latin America Investment.” Topics of discussion included the increasing importance of Chinese investment in Latin America,...more

Blog: Task Force Provides Framework And Guidance For Climate-Related Financial Disclosures

by Cooley LLP on

The Financial Stability Board’s Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) has recently issued its exhaustive final report—Recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures—and...more

TCFD Report Will Shape Future Expectations for Climate-Related Financial Disclosures

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

On June 29, 2017, the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD or Task Force) released its Final Report providing recommendations on voluntary climate-related financial disclosures. The recommendations,...more

China Updates New Industry Catalogue - PRC reduces regulatory procedures for foreign investments following its 2016 reforms

On June 28, 2017, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) of the People’s Republic of China (China) promulgated the 7th updated version of the Catalogue of Industries for...more

What’s New in Washington: 10 Things You Need to Know

On June 30, Congress gaveled out for the July 4 recess after postponing a critical vote to begin debate on an Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal-and-replace bill. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and the GOP caucus...more

Water Infrastructure: The Current State of Funding and Considerations for Private Investors

by Sullivan & Worcester on

Almost a decade ago, EPA estimated the needed investment in our domestic water and wastewater infrastructure at approximately $105 billion; today it is estimated at over $600 billion. There is no indication thus far that the...more

Energy Technology Connections Newsletter: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News - June 2017

by Mintz Levin on

A Note from the Editors - Our June edition of Energy Technology Connections brings you recent industry highlights and features a list of upcoming energy industry events throughout the nation. The Leaders in the News...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Here’s the other shoe for that news that all the big banks passed their Fed stress tests the other day: are the “bad old days of enormous leverage and freewheeling deals” and the risk inherent in them back, too?....more

Bank of England’s Response to Financial Risks Arising from Climate Change

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

On 16 June 2017, the Bank of England (BoE) published an article setting out its response to climate change, explaining that climate change and society’s response to it presents certain financial risks. These risks arise...more

D.C. District Court Determines that Dakota Access Environmental Assessment was Inadequate

On June 14, 2017, the District Court for the District of Columbia issued a decision in Standing Rock Sioux Tribe v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The Court found that the Army Corps of Engineers (“the Corps”) had not...more

The Financial CHOICE Act and Shareholder Engagement

by Bryan Cave on

The Financial CHOICE Act introduced in the House this spring has largely garnered attention because of its rollback of Dodd-Frank, but the bill would also significantly change the rules governing shareholder resolutions for...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Uber’s troubles over the past few months have been well documented (here, among many other places). Still, this weekend’s news that the ride-hailing company’s board is considering a three-month leave of absence for CEO Travis...more

Call for Projects: Tunisia Launches its Renewable Energy Program

by Jones Day on

The Tunisian Ministry of Energy, Mines and Renewable Energies has launched the first phase of its renewable energy program, which includes the development of 210 megawatts ("MW") as follows...more

Recap: The 2017 Ceres Conference on Sustainability

From April 26th-28th, San Francisco hosted the 2017 Ceres Conference. Ceres is a non-profit organization advocating for sustainability leadership. The annual conference brings together more than 600 investor and company...more

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