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ManattJones Global Strategies - October 2016

CEO’s Executive Summary: The economy dominated the news in September. The President presented an austere 2017 federal budget that concentrates 42% of its cuts on Pemex, forcing the firm to further deepen spending cuts. The...more

Blog: Climate Change Tops The List Of Issues In Comments On Reg S-K Concept Release

According to BNA, at a recent conference, Corp Fin Director Keith Higgins reported that the highest proportions of comments so far received on the Reg S-K Concept Release related to better environmental and social...more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely: September 2016 #2

It’s Friday and time for another overview of developments in the field of business and human rights that we’ve been monitoring. This week’s post includes: the GAO’s latest report on the conflict minerals rule; a civil...more

Green Bond Assessments

“Green Bonds” are a relatively new trend in the bond market. They offer investors an opportunity to invest in “green projects” that help mitigate climate change. Categories of green projects include renewable energy, energy...more

Energy Newsletter - September 2016

Implementing Islamic Financing for Renewable Energy Projects - The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region has recently seen a surge of interest in developing renewable energy, in particular solar energy projects. Led...more

China Policy for Lender Liability in Green Finance Guidelines

In April 2015, the Final Report of the People’s Bank of China’s Green Finance Task Force made 14 recommendations to facilitate the establishment of China’s green finance system. Recommendation 13 proposed the imposition of...more

BOEM Updates Financial Assurance and Risk Management Requirements for Offshore Leases

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) recently announced revisions to its financial assurance and risk management requirements for companies holding oil and gas leases in federal waters. BOEM regulations establish a...more

China to Promote Green Finance at G20

Now in its eleventh year, The G20 Summit heads to the city of Hangzhou, China – the first time a G20 summit has been held for heads of state in China. As this years’ destination, China is maximising its role as the host...more

Recent Developments in Green Bonds

Brief Overview of Green Bonds - Green Bonds raise funds for new and existing projects with environmental benefits. They are similar to mainstream bonds with the difference residing essentially in a defined use of...more

Foreclosing Residential Lenders Ignore Environmental Issues at Their Own Risk

Several years ago, we assisted a lender who foreclosed on rural residential property and then discovered that vandals had removed metal pipes from the basement of the house. That was bad enough, but the removed piping had...more

Green Bonds: Green Striping to Fuel China’s Green Economy?

China has become the world’s largest green bond market, with green bonds issued in the first half of 2016 reaching 75 billion yuan (US$11 billion), 33% of the world total. This figure is approximately two percent of the total...more

Renewable Energy Update - August 2016 #2

Renewable Energy Focus - California's regional electricity grid plan on hold - Los Angeles Times - Aug 8 - Governor Jerry Brown’s plan for a regional electricity grid is being put on hold this year, and...more

Managing Environment Risk in Trade Agreements Post-Brexit: What Can We Expect?

The UK’s decision to leave the European Union (EU), assuming the UK does not negotiate continued participation in the EU’s Internal Market and the Common Commercial Policy (on similar terms as now), will impact its existing...more

U.S. DOT Unveils Build America Bureau

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, senior Department staff, and even an official from the White House gathered at U.S. Department of Transportation headquarters on July 20th to celebrate the grand opening of the...more

IRS Issues Proposed Rules on Income Inclusion under Section 50(d)(5)

The IRS just published long-awaited temporary regulations under section 1.50-1T governing the section 50(d)(5) income inclusion rules. These rules apply to lessees of investment credit property when the lessor elects to treat...more

UK Electricity Market Reform: How far have we come?

In this note (part 3 of a series) we reflect on the Government’s continuing implementation of Electricity Market Reform (EMR), highlight key developments in 2015 and Q1 and Q2 2016, and outline EMR milestones we expect to...more

Renewable Energy Update - July 2016 #2

Renewable Energy Focus - California’s biggest utilities break own record for solar power Sacramento Bee - Jul 15 - California’s booming solar industry had a record day last week when the state’s largest utilities...more

Global Government Solutions® 2016 Mid-Year Outlook

This newest edition of the Global Government Solutions® series highlights increased government involvement in global commerce and provides the latest regulatory information corporate leaders need to navigate the intersection...more

Dentons Global Energy Summit 2016 Analysis

On 17 May 2016, Dentons' third annual Global Energy Summit brought together key industry leaders to discuss current challenges facing the energy sector and the opportunities arising from them. Over 200 delegates and 50...more

LNG In Morocco

Morocco is currently implementing important changes to its energy mix, which may provide interesting opportunities in the LNG sector. This article presents a brief overview of the origin of the national development plan for...more

Sustainable Development Update - July 2016

Sustainable Development Focus - What does the future hold for green bonds and solar investment? - PV-Tech - Jul 5 - Green bonds first appeared in the market in 2007, with initial issuance from development...more

Proposed SEC Rules Modernize Mining Disclosures Using Canadian Rules as the Gold Standard

On June 16, 2016, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission proposed a set of comprehensive mining disclosure rules with the stated intent of “aligning such rules with current industry and global regulatory practices and...more

Lack of Court Direction Requires Developers and Lenders to Estimate Their Own Significance Thresholds for GHG Emissions Past 2020

This June, the California Supreme Court heard the last set of oral arguments before breaking for the summer. Cleveland National Forest Foundation v. San Diego Association of Governments, 231 Cal.App.4th 1056 (2014)...more

"Corporations Turn to Synthetic PPAs to Reduce Energy Costs, Carbon Footprints"

Synthetic power purchase agreements (PPAs) for renewable energy have emerged in recent years as a promising opportunity for corporations to reduce and stabilize their long-term energy costs and advance their sustainability...more

FTC Civil Penalties on the Rise—Inflation Adjustments Increase Civil Penalty Amounts

For the first time since 2009, the potential civil penalties for violating an administrative consent order under Section 5(b) of the FTC Act is going up. The maximum civil penalty the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) can now...more

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