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Dutch Prosecutors Record Shell CEO and Ensnare Shell in Nigeria Bribery Scandal

by Michael Volkov on

A CEO never expects to be wiretapped. Let’s face it – a wiretap in the C-Suite is rare. Justice Department prosecutors have always looked for an opportunity. CEOs have loose lips and can suffer significant damage from...more

Business Litigation Alert: "SEC Launches Investigation Into Exxon's Accounting and Climate Change Practices"

by Porter Hedges LLP on

In the face of dropping oil prices, the SEC has launched an investigation into how Exxon Mobil Corp. has valued its assets. While the value of competitors' assets have dropped dramatically since oil prices have plunged,...more

House Votes to End Crude Oil Export Ban

by King & Spalding on

On October 9, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 261-159 to end the 40-year-old ban on the export of domestic crude oil. The bill has been sent to the Senate for consideration, where it is unclear if it will be passed....more

Monthly gas reserve requirement to increase as of 1 January 2016

by Dentons on

On 13 October 2015, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine introduced changes to the Procedure on Establishing Security Reserves of Natural Gas (the “Procedure), significantly increasing the amount of required reserves. The...more

Alaska Needs to Drill For More Oil — It’s All the Fault of Climate Change

According to the BBC, Alaska Governor Bill Walker has concluded that more drilling for oil is necessary in order for Alaska to have the funds necessary to pay to mitigate the costs of climate change in Alaska. Such costs...more

August 2015: Energy Litigation Update

Reserve Reports During the Oil Slump. The collapse of oil prices in the latter half of 2014 has led to SEC scrutiny of exploration and production (E&P) company compliance with rules regarding the calculation and reporting of...more

Oil and Gas Production in Brazil

by BakerHostetler on

The exploration and production of oil and natural gas in Brazil has been on the rise and, as anticipated, the volume of proven reserves in the country has increased in recent years. In 2014, Brazil had 16.2 billion barrels...more

Potential Upstream Investment Under the New Iranian Petroleum Contract

by Morgan Lewis on

The signing of the JCPOA regarding Iran nuclear sanctions may usher in a new era of major international investment in the Iranian oil and gas industry....more

An Introduction to Reserve Based Lending and the UK Market

by King & Spalding on

Reserve based lending (RBL) is a type of financing where a loan is secured by the undeveloped reserves of oil and gas of a borrower. The facility is repaid using the proceeds that derive from sales in the field or portfolio...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - February 7, 2013

by Allen Matkins on

In This Issue: Environmental and Policy Focus - Solar development absorbing California farmland; Vast oil reserve may now be within reach, and battle heats up; Arizona sues U.S. EPA over coal power plant emissions;...more

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