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New Senate Bill Significantly Expands U.S. Sanctions Against Russia

The bill, if passed, would impose severe sanctions on “foreign persons” that make significant investments in Russian crude oil projects....more

Argentina amends its hydrocarbons law to boost exploration and production of conventional and unconventional hydrocarbons

On October 31, 2014 Argentina amended its hydrocarbons law to create incentives for foreign investment and to boost the country's conventional and unconventional hydrocarbons exploration and production (the "Hydrocarbons...more

Business Litigation Report -- November 2014

In This Issue: - Main Article: ..Foreign Investor Protection v. National Sovereignty: The Pros and Cons of Investor-State Arbitration - Noted With Interest: ..Gelboim et al. v. Bank of America Corp. et...more

A vintage year for Gulf IPOs

This year has seen a resurgence of activity in the Middle East equity capital markets, with players such as National Commercial Bank and Qatar Petroleum in the spotlight and growing interest from both regional and...more

Mexico’s Energy Reform Provides Significant Opportunities In Oil And Gas Exploration And Production

Mexico’s new energy legislation, which went into effect on August 12, 2014, will completely restructure the Mexican energy sector, including both hydrocarbons and electricity. This legislation opens up oil and gas...more

Mongolia's new Petroleum Law now in effect – key points of its investor-friendly incentives

In the latest effort by the Government of Mongolia (GoM) to increase foreign investment and accelerate economic activity, the Great Khural, or Parliament, has adopted the Law of Mongolia on Petroleum. The law is already in...more

Encouraging Gas Development in China—A Work In Progress

The Chinese government recently issued several reform measures intended to open up its gas industry to foreign oil and gas developers. An inflow of foreign capital and technology, it is hoped, will spur construction of the...more

Mexico's New E&P Contracts

Historical Background - Early Mexican E&P: Early in the last century, Mexico became both an important oil producing nation and trendsetter in nationalization of oil industries. In the process it told a...more

Renewable Energy In The Asia Pacific: A Legal Overview (3RD EDITION (with specific 2014 additions))

It is rare to find a government in the Asia Pacific region that is not willing to promote their nation’s “push for renewables” amidst an increasingly carbon constrained world. Behind closed doors, governments are well aware...more

Mozambique's New Petroleum Legislation: Are Investors Ready to Hit the Gas?

Mozambique’s new Petroleum Law and new Petroleum Tax Law have been long awaited by foreign investors who have been looking for a clear and comprehensive legal framework to facilitate investment in the development of 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

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

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

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

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