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Opening of Mexico energy market a benefit to NAFTA partners

On December 12, 2013, Mexico’s lower house of Congress finally passed energy reforms, opening the country’s state-monopolized industry after 75 years. The 353-134 vote will allow private companies as well as international...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

With new law, Mongolia opens to investors

The Great Hural, Mongolia’s Parliament, has ratified a new investment law, already in effect since November 1, that dramatically alters the investment landscape in Mongolia. The new investment law is one of the first...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

Bill C-60: A More Restrictive Approach to Foreign State-Owned Enterprise Investment in Canada

Introduction & Background - On December 7, 2012, the Government of Canada (the “Government”) approved two major foreign state-owned enterprise (“SOE”) acquisitions of Canadian oil sands businesses: the China National...more

Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement: Inclusion of Japan in Talks Raises Stakes/Opens Opportunities to Address Trade Barriers

On April 24, 2013, the Obama Administration notified Congress of its intent to include Japan as the 12th country to take part in negotiations for the Trans- Pacific Partnership (TPP). The notification begins a formal...more

Proposed Amendments to Investment Canada Act Capture Control-in-Fact Investments by State-Owned Enterprises

On April 29, 2013, the Federal Government introduced its 2013 budget implementation bill, Bill C-60,1 which would also implement announcements made by the Federal Government on December 7, 2012 concerning investments by...more

"End of a trend"? Canada Approves CNOOC/Nexen and Petronas/Progress Acquisitions, but Revises Approach to SOE Investment

Introduction & Background - On Friday, December 7, 2012, the Canadian government (the “Government”) issued determinations under the Investment Canada Act (the “Act”), approving acquisitions by foreign state-owned...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 Government Adjusts Rules for Foreign Investment

On December 7, 2012, the Canadian Minister of Industry announced decisions under the Investment Canada Act (ICA) to allow acquisitions by two foreign state-owned enterprises (SOEs): of Nexen Inc. by China National Offshore...more

Doing Business in Canada: Foreign Investment

In addition to certain industry sector regulations that may apply, both the Investment Canada Act and the Competition Act subject foreign investments to review in Canada. While the Canadian government encourages foreign...more

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