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How to Attract New Sources of Nuclear Finance? Avoid Nuclear Industry Jargon and Learn to Speak the Banks’ Language

The nuclear industry is at a turning point. In a post-Fukushima environment and with a changing industry structure, new technologies and new sources of competition, one of the key challenges for the future of the industry is...more

USDA Awards Fulcrum Sierra Biofuels, LLC $105 Million Loan Guarantee

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has guaranteed a $105 million loan through Bank of America, N.A. to help Fulcrum Sierra Biofuels build a plant in McCarran, Nevada that would convert municipal waste into renewable...more

U.S. Export-Import Bank Financing of Australian LNG Project Avoids Endangered Species Act Challenge – For Now

In the K&L Gates’ Global Government Solutions 2014 Annual Outlook, we reported on a case filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California raising questions about whether inter-agency consultations...more

How Project Bonds Can Release Asset Value

Whilst project bonds have for some time been a popular source of financing for projects in the US, they have historically been slow to gain momentum in other parts of the world, including the Middle East....more

World Bank Suspension and Debarment Report

On June 26, 2014, the World Bank’s Office of Suspension and Debarment (OSD) released its public report covering sanctions arising from World Bank-financed projects during OSD’s first six years of operation. The report...more

Square peg round hole

Italy’s project finance rules have an awkward legal foundation. If investors and sponsors can gain the benefit of project bond technology, radical reforms are needed - The recent placement of project bonds to finance...more

Green Banks: Financing Tomorrow’s Clean Energy Projects

In February 2014, lawyers from Latham & Watkins participated in the inaugural Green Bank Academy held in Washington, D.C. State energy and finance officials from across the US attended the Academy to discuss the role of green...more

Energy Newsletter - May 2014

In This Issue: - Important Case on Subsurface Trespass Pending before the Texas Supreme Court - U.S. Fifth Circuit: The CWA and OPA Preempt State Law Claims for Pollution Incidents on the OCS - Texas...more

IFLR Project Finance Report 2014: US

Section 1 – Collateral/security 1.1 What types of collateral/security are available? It is customary in a project financing of a project or portfolio of projects located within the US (a US project financing) that, on...more

California Transportation Commission's 2013 Project Funding Surpasses $3 Billion

California's infrastructure received another push in the right direction last week as the California Transportation Commission (CTC) allocated $152 million to 36 projects statewide -- bringing its total transportation funding...more

EP III: an open pit for finance? The impact of the Equator Principles on the industry’s environmental and social performance

The Equator Principles (EP) is a risk management framework, adopted by financial institutions, for determining, assessing and managing environmental and social risk. EP applies globally to all industry sectors and covers...more

The Mongolian energy industry: filling in the gaps - (Mongolia)

Mongolia is attracting great interest thanks to its astonishing, barely exploited mineral wealth and its rapid economic development: the International Monetary Fund forecasts Mongolia’s gross domestic product will grow on...more

Anatomy of a Public-Private Partnership

This article explores the anatomy of a public-private partnership in the context of major real estate projects entered into by a governmental body with a real estate developer or owner. The author has been involved in a...more

Paris Energy Series No. 7: Take-or-pay Conditions in Gas Supply Agreements

I. Introduction - Take-or-pay provisions are now fairly common in long-term offtake and supply agreements in the energy sector, a notable example being gas supply agreements. In essence, take-or-pay provisions...more

TRANSACTIONAL: Project Development / Finance: First Energy Concession under innovative model to reach financial close in the...

Jabal Omar Development Company (JODC) recently embarked on its first PPP initiative in the Holy City of Makkah, a district energy project (Project) to service the company’s USD5.5bn mixed-use development at Makkah...more

Rating Agency Developments - Febuary 04, 2013

On February 1, Fitch updated its methodology for analyzing non-performing loan securitizations. On February 1, Fitch updated the public sector liquidity and spread assumption addendum for its covered bonds criteria....more

Project Finance Primer for Renewable Energy and Clean Tech Projects

Executive Summary Investments in the clean technology sector often combine capital intensity with new technologies. Securing project finance can prove to be a critical step in the path to commercialization. Project finance...more

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