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New EU Law on the Screening of Foreign Direct Investments in Europe

• The European Commission has released a set of documents, including a proposal for an ‘FDI Regulation,’ which sets out an EU framework for screening foreign direct investments. • This proposal would grant the European...more

Recent Federal Actions to Streamline the NEPA Process

by Stoel Rives LLP on

There has been a string of actions in the past few weeks addressing the federal government’s policy goal of streamlining the NEPA review process. Although a number of actions have been taken, it presently boils down to this:...more

NIAC Warns That United States Is “Falling Short” Defending Critical Infrastructure; Recommends Eleven-Step Action Plan

by King & Spalding on

The President’s National Infrastructure Advisory Council (“NIAC”) issued a draft report at the end of August assessing the U.S.’s cyber preparedness related to critical infrastructure. ...more

European Commission Proposes Screening Mechanism for Foreign Direct Investment into the European Union

by Jones Day on

The European Commission ("Commission") has published a legislative proposal that seeks to establish a screening framework across the European Union ("EU") for foreign direct investment ("FDI") that may affect security or...more

European Commission proposes common approach to foreign direct investment screening

by Allen & Overy LLP on

European Commission (EC) President Juncker has outlined legislative measures on the screening by EU Member States of foreign takeovers and investments. The new screening system aims to improve cooperation and coordination...more

European Commission proposes a Regulation establishing a framework for the review of foreign direct investments into the EU

by White & Case LLP on

Key Takeaways - Regulation introduces an EU review process with screening rights for the Commission, but without enforcement powers - Impact of Regulation expected to be largely procedural; practical consequences...more

Global Privacy & Cybersecurity Update Vol. 15

by Jones Day on

UNITED STATES - Regulatory—Policy, Best Practices, and Standards - FTC Comments on Improvements to IoT Device Security - On June 19, the Federal Trade Commission ("FTC") submitted comments to a working group organized by the...more

Aviation Happenings - Summer 2017

Aviation Happenings - Summer 2017 The Summer 2017 edition of Schnader’s Aviation Group newsletter examines some of the most recent and relevant case and developments in aviation law, including: • Midair Collision Case...more

Recent Enforcement Developments and Trends Regarding China's Cybersecurity Law

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

Since the Cybersecurity Law of China took effect three months ago, various peripheral regulations have been published by the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) and other related agencies. These regulations have...more

Implementing China’s Cybersecurity Law

by Jones Day on

China’s Cybersecurity Law was issued on November 7, 2016, by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, and it came into effect on June 1, 2017. The Cybersecurity Law marks the first comprehensive law in China...more

Presidential Council Releases Infrastructure Cybersecurity Report And Recommendations

by King & Spalding on

On August 22, 2017, the President’s National Infrastructure Advisory Council (“NIAC”) issued a Report on securing critical U.S. infrastructure against cyber-attacks. The Report states that the U.S. is underprepared for the...more

Executive Order Set to Expedite Permitting and Authorization of Infrastructure Projects

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

During the campaign and thus far in the current administration, the President has prioritized the modernization of the Nation’s infrastructure and promised a $1 trillion investment plan to help fund that vision. There is rare...more

China’s new cybersecurity law

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

Mimi Yang, a Ropes & Gray government enforcement partner in Hong Kong, provides an overview of China’s new cybersecurity law (CSL), which came into effect in June 2017. ___________ The new cybersecurity law of China has...more

Amid the Chaos, Trump Signs Executive Order Streamlining Environmental Permitting and Disbands Infrastructure Council

This past week, a couple of new developments took place at the federal level on infrastructure, although if you blinked, you may have missed it....more

Trump Signs Executive Order to Streamline Environmental Review and Permitting Process for Infrastructure

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On August 15, President Donald J. Trump signed a second executive order "streamlining" the federal environmental permitting process with a goal of making construction of transportation, water, and other infrastructure...more

Another step forward filling in blanks in the cyber security law or more questions than answers?

by Hogan Lovells on

Another step forward filling in blanks in the cyber security law or more questions than answers? On 11 July 2017, the China Cyberspace Administration ("CAC") released the draft Key Security ("Draft Regulations") for public...more

Transmission Developers in Missouri Will Have to Get County Assents Before the PSC Can Grant Approval

by Stinson Leonard Street on

Wednesday, August 16, the Missouri Public Service Commission (PSC) denied Grain Belt Express Clean Line's (GBX) application for a certificate of convenience and necessity (CCN) for a 4,000 MW high-voltage direct current...more

Executive Order Aims to Streamline Environmental Permitting of Infrastructure Projects

by Nossaman LLP on

In furtherance of the administration’s broad infrastructure initiative, President Trump on August 15 signed an executive order (EO) entitled “Establishing Discipline and Accountability in the Environmental Review and...more

Second term for Uhuru Kenyatta begins with work clearly cut out

by Hogan Lovells on

Kenya’s 2017 General Elections have been one of the most anticipated and closely monitored. For the first time, the sitting president, Uhuru Kenyatta was working to defend his position against a united opposition. Close to...more

D.C. Federal Court Approves NEPA Environmental Impact Statement for Major Drinking Water Project

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

After more than 13 years of litigation, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia approved the Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the State of North Dakota’s Northwest Area Water Supply...more

Governors of 38 States Join a Cybersecurity Compact

by Wilson Elser on

On July 16, 2016, the chair of the National Governors Association (NGA), Governor Terry McAuliffe (D-VA), unveiled his 2016-2017 initiative, Meet the Threat: States Confront the Cyber Challenge. Over the past year, the...more

Regulation of Natural Gas Gathering Lines In the Face of Unprecedented Demands on US Pipeline Infrastructure

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Existing gathering line regulation reflects collaboration between pipeline operators and regulators, a model useful for new regulatory efforts as well. Background - America’s natural gas pipeline network transports...more

Hackers Could Target Airports, Planes, Satellites, Ships, Cars, and Trains

Cybersecurity for critical infrastructure continues to be of concern, including the transportation sector. A new study by ABI Research concludes that although the transportation sector continues to increase spending on...more

Are Industrial Control Systems the Linchpin for Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity?

by BakerHostetler on

Over the past few months, news headlines around the globe have been littered with reports of cyberthreats to the critical infrastructure of countries of all sizes. What were once just ominous theories of catastrophic...more

Senate Confirms FERC Nominees

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

The Senate voted last week to confirm the nominations of Neil Chatterjee and Robert Powelson to fill two of the four Commissioner vacancies in FERC leadership. The nominations were approved by the full Senate, on a voice...more

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