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New EU Sanctions Target Russian Oil Sector, State-Owned Banks and Military Exports

The European Union (EU) enacted Council Regulation (EU) No 833/2014 (the Regulation), which contains ‘Stage 3’ sanctions against Russia. These sanctions resemble – but in other ways are different – from the latest US sanctions,…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

A Focus on Energy: Royalty Trusts [Video]

Latham & Watkins partner Jeff Muñoz explains Royalty Trusts…more
| Energy & Utilities

New Wave of State Law Air Pollution Torts?

The U.S. Supreme Court’s denial of certiorari in Bell v. Cheswick could pave the way for more state common law air pollution tort suits and greater exposure for emitters. A new wave of state common law air pollution tort…more
| Conflict of Laws, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Personal Injury

Emergency UK Legislation Expands Government Powers to Retain and Intercept Data

On July 17th, the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act (“DRIP”) came into effect in the United Kingdom reinstating the Government’s powers to require communication providers to retain traffic data (also known as metadata)…more
| Communications & Media Law, Criminal Law, Privacy, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

California Development: Proposed Amendments to CEQA Guidelines Significantly Change Transportation Analyses

Developers of infill projects could face additional uncertainty and legal vulnerability under new requirements to analyze impacts on transportation. On August 6, the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR)…more
| Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use, Transportation

CAISO Asks FERC to Approve Tariff Changes Establishing Flexible Resource Adequacy Capacity and Must-Offer Obligation Requirements

On August 1, 2014, the California Independent System Operator (“CAISO”) filed proposed tariff changes at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) in FERC Docket No. ER14-2574 that would establish new flexible resource…more
| Energy & Utilities

Beyond Switzerland: Preparing for the Fallout from FATCA and Other Global Transparency Initiatives

You have implemented FATCA; what comes next? Will your company be the next witness in a US tax investigation? Financial institutions around the world must now prepare to respond to anticipated inquiries and investigations as the…more
| Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Taxation

The Activist Investor and Negotiated Share Purchases

Steven Stokdyk is the global Co-chair of Latham & Watkins’ Public Company Representation Practice. He has extensive corporate, finance and acquisition experience representing companies, principal investors and investment banks…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

A Focus on Energy: M&A Trends in the Energy Sector [Video]

Houston-based Latham & Watkins partner Robin Fredrickson talks about M&A trends in the energy sector…more
| Energy & Utilities, Mergers & Acquisitions

RFS Update: EPA Indefinitely Extends 2013 RFS Compliance Deadlines, Final 2014 RFS Still Awaited

As reported in a previous blog, EPA in June extended the compliance and attest engagement reporting deadlines for the 2013 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) to September 30, 2014 and January 30, 2015 (respectively). Today, EPA…more
| Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

How Project Bonds Can Release Asset Value

Whilst project bonds have for some time been a popular source of financing for projects in the US, they have historically been slow to gain momentum in other parts of the world, including the Middle East…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade

Oil Transport: PHMSA Proposes Comprehensive New Rules for High-Hazard Flammable Trains

Proposed sweeping new safety requirements for rail transportation of large quantities of flammable liquids, including crude oil, could increase costs significantly. Since 2013, the Department of Transportation’s (DOT)…more
| Energy & Utilities, Transportation

Ukraine Crisis Update: EU Enacts Sanctions Targeting Military Exports, Oil Sector and State-Owned Banks

The EU’s “Stage 3” sanctions restrict exports to the Russian military, exports of certain technologies for the oil industry, and certain Russian State-owned banks’ access to EU capital markets. New EU Measures Target…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

Virtual Currencies: New York State Department of Financial Services Releases Proposed Regulations

As the first of their kind, the proposed regulations may add legitimacy to virtual currencies, but the new regulatory regime could stifle innovation and development. On July 23, 2014, the New York State Department of…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Science, Computers, & Technology

A Focus on Energy: Traditional MLPs vs. Variable MLPs  [Video]

Latham & Watkins partner Brett Braden explains the difference between traditional and variable MLPs…more
| Energy & Utilities, Finance & Banking
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