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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

Mexican Energy Reform Progress Report - Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

Finalization of Mexico’s energy reforms is accelerating and specific foreign investment opportunities are emerging, but detailed “Secondary Legislation” will likely be delayed to late April or a special congressional session...more

Chinese Going Global

In recent years, we have seen several joint venture investments by Chinese state-owned and private enterprises in U.S. energy holdings, motivated in large part by the need for Chinese entities to understand the management...more

The CFIUS Review Process And Foreign Investments

Washington is a town that is filled with secrets – some interesting and others not so interesting. I grew up and have practiced law in Washington, DC. all of my career. ...more

Mexico Opens Up Its Energy Industry: The Liberalization of Mexico’s Energy Sector May Lead to New Opportunities for Investors

Mexico’s president, Enrique Peña Nieto, introduced a reform in August 2013, according to which the Mexican state will give up absolute control over the supply of oil, gas and electricity. The relevant bill changing the...more

REsource - Winter 2013/2014

In This Issue: Bringing Non-U.S. Capital Into (and Back Out of) U.S. Real Estate; A Wider Play of Shale: A Hydraulic Fracturing Primer; California Clears Way for Pollution Clean-Up with AB 440; and Which Way is the...more

Historic reform in Mexico clears the way for foreign investment in energy sector: 5 key aspects

The energy reform proposed by Mexico’s Peña Nieto administration has been approved by the Mexican Congress and, in rapid succession, by a majority of the Mexican state legislatures. This sweeping, historic reform amends the...more

Mexican Federal Congress Approves Important Constitutional Energy Reform Bill

As we previously reported, on August 12, 2013, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto submitted a highly anticipated constitutional reform proposal to the Mexican Congress for purposes of restructuring the Mexican energy...more

Mexican Senate and House of Representatives Approve Constitutional Energy Sector Reform

A constitutional reform approved by Mexico's Senate and House of Representatives will transform the country's energy sector, pending expected approval by the majority of state congresses. ...more

Mexico To Vote On Historic Amendment To Open Oil Industry To Private Investment

The Mexican Senate has introduced a constitutional amendment that, if approved, would open the country’s oil market to foreign and private investors. Currently, oil production is controlled exclusively by the state-owned...more

The Oil and Gas Law Review: United States: California

In This Review: - I Introduction - II Legal And Regulatory Framework - III Licensing - IV Production Restrictions - V Assignments Of Interests - VI Tax - VII Environmental...more

Legislative Update Report No. 2013-21 -- Nov 12, 2013

In This Article: Federal Government; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland; Northwest Territories; Nova Scotia; Nunavut; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Québec/Quebec; Saskatchewan; and Yukon....more

OGX Insolvency – What Distressed Investors Need to Know About Brazilian Bankruptcy Process

On October 30, 2013, Brazilian oil company OGX Petróleo e Gas Participações SA (OGX) filed for bankruptcy protection (or “judicial reorganization”) in Rio de Janeiro after restructuring discussions between the company and its...more

Update on Mexican Energy Reforms – Concessions Regime in the Works

Ongoing political negotiations suggest that reforms to Mexico’s oil and gas laws will create a legal regime that will allow for concessions and production sharing contracts. As the Mexican Congress still debates proposed...more

Recent Developments: Mozambique—What Legal Options are Available to Investors in Oil, Gas and Mineral Resources?

Recent developments in Mozambique, including the announcement on October 21, 2013, by opposition party RENAMO (Mozambican National Resistance) that it would no longer abide by the 1992 peace pact that ended years of civil war...more

Opportunities for Japanese Investment in US Unconventional Resource Development

On September 5th, 2013, Latham & Watkins partners Michael P. Darden and Michael King gave a presentation in Tokyo, Japan on unconventional resource development in the US and the opportunities created by changes in the US gas...more

Mexico's Quiet Energy Revolution

As the World focuses on dramatic shifts in government following the dawn of Arab Springs, a dramatic revolutionary change is quietly taking place with our neighbor to the south. Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto has...more

Bilateral Investment Treaties Would Likely Have a Key Role in Mitigating Investment Risks If Mexico Undertakes Energy Reforms

As described in detail in another article in this Newsletter entitled "Mexican Congress to Consider Constitutional Oil and Gas Reforms: Bold Stride Forward or Half-Step?," the reform of Mexico's energy industry and its...more

The Challenge of Monetizing Africa’s Mineral-rich Resources

Clement Fondufe is a partner at Latham & Watkins and the global Chair of the firm's Africa Practice. In this interview, he looks at some of the challenges facing foreign-owned companies operating in Africa’s mining, oil and...more

TRANSACTIONAL: Corporate / London: Turkey's New Petroleum Law: Its objectives and how they will be achieved

Overview - Turkey aims to become a regional energy hub, in terms of both production and transit of hydrocarbons. In particular, and largely in response to recent large gas discoveries by nearby Cyprus and Israel, the...more

Resource nationalism and its impact on infrastructure projects

Introduction - The global demand for natural resources continues unabated. As revenues increase and profits soar in the face of this demand, there has been a resurgence of “resource nationalism” with resource-rich host states...more

Energy Newsletter - February 2013

In This Issue: - DISPUTE RESOLUTION: - International Arbitration: EU Member State Defends Measures Adverse to Energy Sector Investments on the basis of EU law - REGULATORY: - Competition Law/Russia: Russia...more

U.S. Energy Regulation, Development & Finance

The U.S. energy and infrastructure sectors have undergone dramatic change since 2006, the year of Pillsbury’s first contribution to the Getting the Deal Through publications. Natural gas production and reserves have increased...more

Focus on Foreign Investment: Canada Gives Green Light to CNOOC and Petronas Deals, But Red Light to Future SOE Takeovers in Oil...

On Friday, December 7th, the Canadian Government approved two controversial takeovers of Canadian companies under the Investment Canada Act, Canada’s foreign investment review legislation: the acquisition of oil and gas...more

Canadian Oil Sands: A Backgrounder: Players and Projects

Major Existing Producing Projects - Syncrude - Syncrude Canada Ltd. is the world’s largest producer of synthetic crude oil from oil sands and the largest single source producer in Canada. It supplies about 15...more

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