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Infrastructure M&A: Journey to the non-core: How the European infrastructure M&A market is changing

HEADLINES - - Overall appetite for infrastructure investment remains strong. M&A deal value rose 75 per cent from 2010 and 2016. Deal volume grew 196 per cent over this period - The number and value of...more

History Doesn't Bode Well For New Commercial Cargo Preference Bill

Rep. John Garamendi (D-Calif.), joined by Reps. John Duncan (R-Tenn.) and Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.), recently introduced H.R. 1240, the Energizing American Maritime Act, described as a bill "to require a certain percentage of...more

Infrastructure M&A: Journey to the non-core: The shift to non-core infrastructure-who’s investing where?

HEADLINES -   - Between 2010 and 2016, more than half (53 per cent) of all non-core infrastructure investment was made by infrastructure funds - In value terms, transport (41 per cent) and power (28 per cent)...more

Mexico's Energy Regulatory Commission Clarifies 10 Scenarios on Trading for Oil Products

Mexico's Energy Reform of 2013 opened oil and gas sectors to private direct investment and operation. Under that reform, trading of hydrocarbons, oil and petrochemicals (oil products) opened in all value chains, even though...more

New Kenyan Mining Act: A big step forward (French)

Contexte - Cet article présente les principales dispositions de la nouvelle loi minière 2016 en vigueur au Kenya (la “Loi”) qui, après un long processus, a été signée par le Président Uhuru Kenyatta le 6 mai 2016. La...more

Investing in renewable projects in Europe - January 2017

The renewable energy market never stands still. Technical advances and the increased prevalence of competitive tendering mechanisms are driving down costs globally. Changes in political and economic conditions can transform...more

Increase in Energy Industry Losses in Latin America

Recent studies in the insurance industry have shown that the fall in oil prices has historically led to an increase in claims in refineries and petrochemical plants. The 2016 Marsh report, in relation to the 100 claims...more

New Listing Requirements for Malaysian Oil and Gas Companies

We follow up on our client alert from March 2016, in which we considered the consultation process initiated by the Securities Commission of Malaysia (the Securities Commission) with respect to its proposed policy changes on...more

The U.S. Tax Reform and the Energy Sector

President Donald Trump and Republican Congressional leaders have promised a major reform to the U.S. tax code in 2017. This reform, if anything close to these promises, will have significant implications for the energy...more

No English jurisdiction over Nigerian oil pollution claims against Shell

In a highly mediatised ruling, the English High Court refused jurisdiction over claims brought against Royal Dutch Shell and its Nigerian subsidiary, Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd, by over 42,000...more

ManattJones Global Strategies - March 2017

CEO Executive Summary: Tense is the word that best describes U.S.-Mexico relations during February. Mexican anger and frustration over U.S. immigration policy was palpable as the country braces and prepares for some...more

Amendments to Japan's Renewable Energy Act

On April 1, 2017, substantial portions of the Amendments ("Amendments") to The Act on Special Measures Concerning the Procurement of Renewable Energy by Operators of Electric Utilities (the "Act") will become effective. These...more

Recent Regulatory Developments and the New US Presidential Administration's Actions Affecting Public Companies

There have been several recent developments and proposed initiatives related to deregulation impacting US public companies and foreign private issuers ("FPIs"). Below is a brief summary of regulatory changes that have been...more

Indonesia power sector: New regulation on power purchase agreements

The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources of the Republic of Indonesia (MEMR) recently issued Regulation No. 10 of 2017 on Principles of Power Purchase Agreements (Regulation 10/2017) which sets out a number of principles...more

Indonesia power sector: New regulation on tariff and tendering for renewable energy projects

The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources of the Republic of Indonesia (MEMR) recently issued regulation No. 12 of 2017 on the utilisation of renewable energy sources for electricity supply (Regulation 12/2017). Key...more

Indonesia power sector: New regulation on utilisation of natural gas for power generation

The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources of the Republic of Indonesia (MEMR) recently issued MEMR Regulation No. 11 of 2017 on the Utilisation of Natural Gas for Power Generation (Regulation 11/2017). Key...more

Sustainable growth in the Middle East

2016 saw the international community finally reach agreement for collective action on climate change with the rapid ratification and entry into force of the Paris Agreement. Micael Johnstone and Maher Ghanma assess the...more

President Trump's Address to Congress: The Path Forward for 2017

On Tuesday evening, President Trump addressed a joint session of Congress to outline the path forward for his 2017 policy agenda. The president’s agenda is ambitious, yet Trump signaled the White House’s desire to work with...more

Red Notice Newsletter - February 2017

Acting SEC Chief Limits Subpoena Authority to Enforcement Division Acting Director - On February 15, 2017,The Wall Street Journal reported that the acting Chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Michael...more

Top Five Issues for the LNG Industry in 2017

As low oil prices dragged on for another year, LNG sellers and developers continued to face hurdles in 2016. Unfortunately but not surprisingly, we witnessed more projects cancelled or put on hold, including LNG Canada and...more

Chinese Nuclear Reactor Set for UK Generic Design Assessment

In a statement made to Parliament on 10 January 2017, Minister for the UK’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Jesse Norman, confirmed that he had requested the UK’s nuclear regulators, the Office for...more

Overview of REMIT for LNG Sellers to EU

With a robust demand for gas and a desire to reduce its reliance on Russian gas supplies, Europe is a market hotly pursued by liquefied natural gas (“LNG”) sellers and export project developers alike. Those seeking to sell to...more

Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 – Securing PPP Value for Money and the Criticality of Monitoring and Root Cause Analyses

Introduction - Much of the PPP debate in Saudi Arabia has focussed on the importance of shifting the public sector expenditure burden to the private sector. Wherever this has been the sole focus of a PPP programme, the...more

Joint Letter To Trump On China’s Trade Barriers

On February 7, 2017, the Renewable Fuels Association, Growth Energy, and the U.S. Grains Council sent a joint letter to President Donald Trump to request the Administration’s assistance in addressing China’s recent...more

Trade & Manufacturing - News of Note - February 2017

Commerce Extends Steel Import Monitoring and Analysis System - On January 5, the Department of Commerce (Commerce) announced the extension of the Steel Import Monitoring and Analysis (SIMA) system until March 21, 2022....more

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