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Red Notice Newsletter - October 2015

Welcome to the October 2015 edition of Red Notice, a publication of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. This month on the anticorruption front, a Japanese multinational conglomerate settles U.S. Securities and Exchange...more

Hercules Offshore, Inc. and 14 Affiliates File a Prepackaged Chapter 11 Case

Today, August 13, 2015, Hercules Offshore, Inc. and 14 of its affiliates filed a prepackaged chapter 11 bankruptcy case in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. Hercules and its affiates are,...more

Mexico’s Energy Reforms and Dispute Resolution System

In 2013, Mexico’s President submitted an initiative to Congress to modify the Mexican Constitution to allow private parties to perform exploration and production activities in Mexico. The initiative also included...more

Caveat Optionor: Canadian Court Strikes a Blow for Mineral Exploration Companies

A recent judgment from the British Columbia Court of Appeal provides insight on the interpretation of exploration option agreements. This decision is part of protracted litigation between the parties, American Creek Resources...more

ANP Announces the 13th Bidding Round for Exploration of Oil and Gas in Brazil

The Brazilian National Council of Energy Policy (CNPE) recently authorized the 13th Bidding Round for Brazilian oil and gas resources. The Round includes 266 exploratory blocks, both onshore and offshore, and are distributed...more

Locke Lord QuickStudy: Proposed Regulations Issued on MLP Qualifying Income

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently issued proposed regulations addressing master limited partnership (MLP) qualifying income under Section 7704(d)(1)(E) of the Internal Revenue Code. This Locke Lord QuickStudy...more

New Rules on MLPs & Qualifying Income: What Oil Services and Exploration Companies Need to Know

On Tuesday, May 5, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) released proposed regulations defining qualifying income for Master Limited Partnerships (“MLPs”). MLPs are publicly traded partnerships that are taxed as a...more

Update: Mexico’s Ronda Uno

On April 30, 2015, the Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos (CNH) released a revised version of the Bidding Guidelines for the First Tender published on December 11, 2014. This first tender seeks to auction fourteen (14)...more

The Federal Government Continues to Prosecute Royalty Underpayment Claims Under the False Claims Act

Earlier this month, John Walsh, U.S. Attorney for the District of Colorado, announced that upwards of $66,000 had been recovered from Slawson Exploration Company (Slawson) in a settlement for alleged violations under the...more

Are You an E&P Company Facing a Liquidity Crunch and Considering Restructuring?

In this interview, Latham & Watkins partner Michael Chambers looks at the impact of borrowing base redeterminations on exploration and production (E&P) companies. He also discusses additional debt capacity under high...more

Downturn in the Oil and Gas Industry: It’s Time to Perfect Your Liens

Joint operations in the oil and gas industry long have been one of the conventional ways to reduce and spread the economic risks associated with exploration, drilling and production of crude oil and natural gas. With the...more

Canada Imposes New Trade Restrictions on Russia’s Oil Exploration and Extraction Sector

On Friday, December 19, 2014, the Government of Canada announced amendments to the Special Economic Measures (Russia) Regulations to impose product-specific restrictions on the supply of certain goods to Russia’s oil sector,...more

Ninth Circuit Rejects Use of Preemptive Litigation to Validate Federal Approvals

Shell Gulf of Mexico, Inc., v. Center for Biological Diversity, (11/12/14, No. 13-35835) The Ninth Circuit has rejected a “novel litigation strategy” that Shell Gulf of Mexico, Inc., employed in an effort to preempt a...more

B.C. Supreme Court Upholds Recurring Short-Term Water Use Approvals

The B.C. Supreme Court has recently clarified the interpretation of section 8 of the B.C. Water Act. Section 8 relates to the power of the B.C. Oil and Gas Commission (OGC) to grant approvals to oil and gas companies for the...more

SEC Brings Fraud Charges Against Oil and Gas Company and Its CEO

On August 4, the Securities and Exchange Commission instituted cease-and-desist proceedings against Houston American Energy Corp., an oil and gas exploration and production company, and John F. Terwilliger, its CEO, for...more

Mining, Oil and Gas Exploration and Exploitation Activities in France: Applicable Law and Planned Reform

Background of the Reform - In late 2012, the French Prime Minister established a committee for drafting a reform of the French Mining Code, which governs mining, oil and gas exploration and exploitation activities. The...more

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 Newsletter - August 2014

In This Issue: - Fifth Circuit Reins In Trend of Expanding ESA Liability for Remote Harm - Japan's Pivotal Role in the Global LNG Industry's 50-Year History - Government of Greece to Launch New Licensing...more

U.S.-Mexico Agreement Update on the Transboundary Hydrocarbon Reservoirs

The current moratorium on oil exploration and production in the Western Gap portion of the Gulf of Mexico will end shortly. This development will help to kick start cooperative agreements between countries as well as spur...more

BLM Agrees to Complete Hydraulic Fracturing EIS for Leases in California

A recent agreement between environmentalists and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) may open the floodgates to challenges of the sufficiency of Environmental Assessments (EA) or Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) for oil...more

New York State Assembly Passes Three-Year Fracking Moratorium – Senate Vote Unlikely

On Monday, the New York State Assembly voted 89-34 in favor of a three-year statewide moratorium on hydraulic fracturing. But with the legislative session ending in just a few days, the Senate appears unlikely to take up the...more

Ghana – A Further Push for Transparency in the Petroleum Sector

Many countries rich in natural resources are notorious for secrecy, corruption, and the mismanagement of revenues from oil and gas activities. But Ghana, following the success of its Jubilee development brought on stream in...more

Energy Litigation Update: Measure of Damages for Breach of a Contract to Drill Exploratory Oil or Gas Well: U.S. and English Law.

Measure of Damages for Breach of a Contract to Drill Exploratory Oil or Gas Well - U.S. and English Law. With recent increasing frontier exploration activity, greater attention has fallen on the value of work...more

Focus on Regulatory Law - June 2014

In This Issue: Regulatory Authorities - ..Securities and Market Authority ..Authority for the Regulation of Electronic Communications ..Data Protection Authority ..Commission Nationale Informatique et...more

New Regulation for Exploration and Production of Hydrocarbons in Poland

On May 7, 2014, the Polish Parliament debated the next version of the bill to amend the Act on Mining and Geological Law of April 23, 2014 (the “Bill”). The Bill introduces new approaches with respect to the...more

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