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UK Government initiatives for UK oil and gas : forging links with Mozambique

Last week, the UK Government had a busy week on the oil and gas front – publishing the Draft MER UK Strategy and announcing new measures to encourage investment in the sector and a new City Deal for Aberdeen....more

What Are Green Bonds?

“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

Spear-phishing campaigns continue to infiltrate critical infrastructure

The Department of Homeland Security’s Industrial Control Systems Cybersecurity Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT) has reported that critical infrastructure systems in the U.S. experienced a 20% increase in cybersecurity...more

US Policy Scan 2016

Virtually the only certain political outcome of 2016 is that voters will select a new president to enter the White House in 2017. Against this backdrop, the legislative and electoral outlook in Washington, DC, remains steeped...more

North Carolina Legislative Report

The General Assembly convened for the 2015 legislative long session on January 14 and adjourned September 30. Lawmakers will return to Raleigh for the short session April 25, 2016. The MVA Public Affairs Legislative Report on...more

FTA and FHWA Buy America Updates

Public agencies are routinely facing Buy America requirements in their infrastructure projects. Some of the most difficult situations involve how to satisfy Buy America obligations with public utility relocations. The rules...more

DHS official warns of increase in cyberattacks of industrial control systems

Marty Edwards, head of the Department of Homeland Security’s Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT), recently warned attendees at a conference that ICS-CERT, (which assists U.S. businesses in...more

Congress Enacts Federal Permitting Improvements to Speed Infrastructure Projects

Congress enacted the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015, also known as the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (the FAST Act) on December 4, 2015. A part of the FAST Act, Title XLI—Federal...more

FAST Act Expedites Permitting and Environmental Review for Large Infrastructure Projects

Expedited permitting and environmental review for complex infrastructure projects may soon be a reality. Buried at the end of its most recent transportation reauthorization package (the “FAST Act” or “Act”) is a significant...more

Africa Update - January 2016

Leading the News: Burundi - On December 30th, the African Union (AU) threatened to sanction rival factions in Burundi if they fail to attend the peace talks scheduled to take place in January. AU Commission...more

Congress Acts to Protect Critical Electric Infrastructure Information

On December 4, 2015, President Obama signed into law the “FAST Act”—short for Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act. Though primarily a highway bill, the FAST Act also includes energy security amendments to the Federal...more

Will FAST Act Make Permitting Faster? Streamlining Offered for Infrastructure Projects

The new federal highway funding legislation, the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act), signed into law by President Obama on Dec. 4, 2015, provides long-term funding certainty for surface transportation...more

A New EU Era of Cybersecurity on the Horizon

After almost three years, consensus has been finally reached on the text of the Network and Information Security (“NIS”) Directive, the first-ever, EU-wide cyber security regulation. The NIS Directive (or Cybersecurity...more

New Law Streamlines Federal Permitting and Environmental Review Processes

Major infrastructure developers received a notable holiday gift from Capitol Hill and the White House earlier this month with the December 4, 2015 enactment of the Highway Authorization Act. Title XLI of the Act promises to...more

Energy, Infrastructure Permitting Improvement Legislation Signed by the President

The Highway Authorization Act signed into law by President Obama last Friday, December 4, includes an important set of reforms for streamlining the federal permitting process for infrastructure projects in a broad range of...more

CPUC Proposed Decision Extends Pole Attachment Rights to CMRS Providers

On Friday, October 30, 2015, the Assigned Commissioner to a rulemaking at the California Public Utility Commission (“CPUC”) issued a Proposed Decision to extend the state’s pole, conduit and right of way access rights to...more

Commission requests risk advice from EIOPA

The Commission has written to ????? requesting further technical advice on the identification and calibration of other infrastructure investment risk categories under Solvency 2. ...more

Department of Energy invests $34M in cybersecurity for critical infrastructure

The Department of Energy (DOE) has announced that it will invest $34M to the University of Arkansas and the University of Illinois for two projects designed to “improve and enhance” the protection of the U.S. electric grid,...more

[Event] 2015 Cybersecurity Seminar: Identifying and Mitigating Data Breaches and Related Liabilities - Oct. 29th, Richmond, VA

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month! Please join Williams Mullen, Marsh and EY for an in-depth discussion on effective strategies for identifying and mitigating data breach and related liabilities. WHO...more

Rating Agency Developments

On October 8, Fitch published a report clarifying the application of its United Kingdom RMBS criteria during the ongoing consultation period. On October 12, DBRS published a report describing its methodology for generation of...more

Risk or Reward? Using Drones on Your Construction Project

In this week’s issue of ENR, technology writer Luke Abaffy details the use of drones by Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) to conduct bridge inspections....more

Investments in Digital Health Infrastructure Dominate in August

At our Digital Health Summit earlier this year, Malay Gandhi, Managing Director at Rock Health, noted that once digital health venture investing accounts for 10% of all venture investment, we should start breaking out...more

ACER issues work programme 2016

ACER has published its work programme for 2016. ACER continues to focus on four main objectives: - the post-2014 completion of the internal energy market...more

Appellate Court Upholds TIF District Levy and Collection of Taxes

The Illinois Appellate Court recently upheld the actions of a city council in its establishment and implementation of a TIF district (Devyn Corp. v. City of Bloomington). In this case, the Court addressed the adequacy of a...more

Commission adopts CMU action plan

The Commission has adopted an action plan setting out 20 key measures to achieving a true single market for capital in Europe (Capital Markets Union (CMU)). Key early action points include...more

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