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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

German Government Expands Authority Over Takeovers by Investors from Outside the EU

by Jones Day on

On July 18, 2017, the German government enacted changes to the Foreign Trade and Payments Ordinance ("AWV") that significantly expand the scope of the law....more

Republic of Guinea Passes Public–Private Partnership Law to Lure Investors

by Jones Day on

Guinea's Urgent Need for Critical Infrastructures - Guinea is a geological goldmine, quite literally, when one considers the high concentration of natural resources in its soil (including diamonds, gold, iron, bauxite,...more

The Evolution of the President’s Commission to Enhance National Cyber Security

by NAVEX Global on

Through a presidential commission and executive order, the presidencies of the former and current administrations have been linked in a shared effort to bolster our nation’s cyber security. ...more

German Government Tightens Rules for German Investment Control Covering M&A Transactions by Foreign Acquirers

by White & Case LLP on

On July 18, 2017, the Ninth Regulation Amending the Foreign Trade and Payments Regulation (Neunte Verordnung zur Änderung der Außenwirtschaftsverordnung ("AWV")) entered into force. The federal government is thus responding...more

China’s New Cybersecurity Law Is a Start

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On June 1, China’s new Cybersecurity law took effect. The new law applies not only to domestic Chinese companies but has wide-ranging implications for U.S. and other foreign companies doing business in China....more

Draft Regulation Expands Critical Information Infrastructure Definition and Requirements

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

Another draft rule, “Regulation on the Security Protection of Critical Information Infrastructure” (Draft Regulation), was released for public comments on July 10, 2017, by the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC). The...more

The Chinese Government Issued Draft Cybersecurity Regulations to Protect Critical Information Infrastructure

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

On June 10, 2017, the Cyberspace Administration of China (the “CAC”) released the Draft Regulations on the Security Protection of Critical Information Infrastructure. The CAC is seeking public comments with a deadline of...more

Singapore: Consultation Exercise on Draft Cybersecurity Bill

by Morgan Lewis on

The unveiling of the draft cybersecurity bill sheds light on proposed cybersecurity compliance standards and the broad, sweeping powers of Singapore’s Cyber Security Agency....more

German Government Amends German Foreign Trade and Payments Ordinance to Widen Control of Foreign Takeovers of Critical German...

by WilmerHale on

On July 12 the German federal government adopted important amendments (the amendments) to the German Foreign Trade and Payments Ordinance (the Ordinance), allowing for wider control of foreign corporate takeovers with a view...more

Germany: Recent Amendments on Review of Foreign Investments - Steps to Take When Making an Investment in Germany

by Dechert LLP on

The German government agreed last week to amend the German Foreign Trade and Payments Ordinance (AWV) to address potential concerns raised by foreign investments in certain sectors of the German economy. The amended AWV...more

Coast Guard, DHS Mandate Cybersecurity Reporting, Move to Require Maritime Cybersecurity Programs - Trump Administration, Congress...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Cybersecurity risks to the nation's critical infrastructure (CI) – defined as 17 CI sectors, including the transportation and maritime sector – continue to grow exponentially. The U.S. government and Department of Homeland...more

German Government Increases Foreign Investment Oversight

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Changes to the German Foreign Trade and Payments Ordinance (Außenwirtschaftsverordnung – FTPO) will impact certain cross-border transactions. Key Points: ..The changes, which entered into force on 18 July 2017, allow...more

Chinese walls? Germany reinforces the control of foreign investments

by Hogan Lovells on

On 12 July 2017, the German Federal Government significantly reinforced the barriers for the acquisition of German companies by non-EU companies. The new Regulation for the Amendment of the Foreign Trade and Payments...more

Trump to Nominate Kevin McIntyre as FERC Chairman

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Last week, President Donald Trump announced his intention to nominate Republican Kevin J. McIntyre to be the Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). FERC has been operating without a quorum since the...more

Authorities Investigating Cyber Intrusion of Numerous U.S. Nuclear Power Plants

It’s scary to think about, but anything that is online is hackable. Including critical infrastructure like nuclear power plants. It has been reported that U.S. authorities are investigating a cyber intrusion that has hit...more

An In-Depth Examination of China’s New Cybersecurity Law

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On June 1, 2017, China’s new cybersecurity law, the Network Security Law of the Peoples Republic China (“Cybersecurity Law”) went into effect. The Cybersecurity Law contains an overarching framework regulating network...more

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