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Brexit Negotiations: As the First Phase Draws to a Close, the Next Phase Awaits

The UK and the EU have published a joint report at the conclusion of the first phase of the UK’s Article 50 withdrawal negotiations. Agreement has been reached in principle on three key issues: the rights of EU citizens in...more

Bonn Climate Talks Discuss Litigation Trend Linking Climate Change and Human Rights

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Climate change has been in the news recently in the wake of the Bonn Climate Talks, which took place between November 6 and 17, 2017. One key take away from the Talks: energy companies must seriously consider potential...more

Notify the ATO of Your Water Rights: Foreign Register of Water Entitlements is Now in Place

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As of 1 July 2017, foreign persons must now register their interests in relevant water entitlements with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). The Water Register has been combined with the existing register of foreign...more

Renewable Energy in the Asia-Pacific Fourth Edition

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DLA Piper is proud to release the 4th edition of Renewable Energy in the Asia-Pacific. This publication is an ambitious task, seeking to capture the key renewable energy market highlights across the vast Asia-Pacific region,...more

The International Tax Impact Of The 2017 Tax Cuts And Jobs Act

We drafted a tax alert that addresses the impact of the much anticipated "Tax Cut and Jobs Act" (H.R. 1) on the international corporate tax landscape. ...more

Energy Newsletter - November 2017

by King & Spalding on

Choice of Law in Host Government Agreements - Choice of law stands as the second “pillar” of contract stabilization, together with stabilization clauses and international arbitration. In fact, choice of law provisions...more

Choice of Law in Host Government Agreements

by King & Spalding on

Choice of law stands as the second “pillar” of contract stabilization, together with stabilization clauses and international arbitration. In fact, choice of law provisions sometimes consist of stabilization clauses in the...more

ITC Proposes Tariffs in Solar Trade Case

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

After hearing days of arguments and considering dozens of filings from solar companies both opposed to and in support of trade action, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) today recommended tariffs on imported solar...more

An Asian LNG Spot Price – Have We Reached the Tipping Point?

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For several years, many government agencies, LNG industry players and commodity trading organisations have been pushing for the development of an Asian LNG market price that is independent of oil prices and reflective of the...more

Japan: De-Regulation, The Japan Fair Trade Commission and Take or Pay Disputes

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1. INTRODUCTION - Historically, the Japanese gas and electricity markets could best be described as a collection of regional monopolies, each with its own energy champion (the “Japanese Incumbents”). In more recent...more

Green finance: Legal frameworks and international practice

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Green finance has been defined as “financing of investments that provide environmental benefits in the broader context of environmentally sustainable development”. As the number of “green finance” transactions is increasing...more

Vietnam Directs Divestment of State-Owned Enterprises

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The Situation: Vietnam, like other developing countries, is challenged by the prominence of state-owned enterprises throughout its economy. The Development: The Vietnamese government has directed that state ownership in a...more

State-Owned Belarusian Oil, Petrochemical, and Refinery Companies Remain Open for U.S. Business

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On October 24, OFAC issued General License No. 2D renewing sanctions exemptions for nine Belarusian entities to make transactions otherwise prohibited by Executive Order 13405. Of note, the list of nine entities includes...more

President Trump 'Decertifies' the JCPOA, but the US Remains a Party to the Deal

Pursuant to the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 (INARA), the president is required to make certifications every 90 days that Iran is complying with its obligations under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action...more

EU expands sanctions against North Korea, as well as Russia and Libya

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The EU has adopted a wide range of new sanctions measures against North Korea including a broad investment ban applicable across all sectors. In addition, the EU has designated certain Russian persons involved in a transfer...more

Jurisdiction and parent company liability – Court of Appeal keeps door ajar for extra-territorial human rights related claims

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The Court of Appeal has handed down its judgment in a landmark case on jurisdiction and parent company liability (Lungowe and Ors. v Vedanta Resources Plc and Konkola Copper Mines Plc [2017] EWCA Civ 1528). The judgment...more

France Moves Toward Ending All Regulated Tariffs for Natural Gas Sales

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The Ruling: The Conseil d'État (France's Administrative Supreme Court) has ruled that the public service obligation to supply natural gas at regulated tariffs in France contravened EU law. In particular, it affirmed that no...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - October 2017

An Obscure Statute Is Helping Trump Save U.S. Coal, Nuclear - "Rick Perry is using an authority granted to him as U.S. energy secretary to call on the independent Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to change its rules...more

Mexico's Energy Industry Round 2 Farmouts: PEMEX finds new partners

• Mexico’s second farmout bid round to find partners for PEMEX oil and gas development yielded mixed results, with 2 onshore licenses awarded and 1 shallow water PSC vacated with no bids • Egyptian company Cheiron...more

Implementing CAATSA - OFAC Issues Amended Russian-Related Sectoral Sanctions Under Directives 1 and 2

On September 29, 2017, OFAC modified Directives 1 and 2 of Executive Order 13662 to reduce the permissible maturity for new debt issued by Russian financial and energy entities designated under these directives, as well as...more

Russian Sanctions Roundtable - October 2017

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Dechert London’s International Trade and EU Law Team with the support of the Russo-British Chamber of Commerce recently hosted a roundtable discussion on the sanctions against Russia. ...more

US Amends Russia Sanctions Directives on Debt for Financial and Energy Sectors

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On September 29, 2017, the US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) amended Directive 1 and Directive 2 of the Russia Sectoral Sanctions in accordance with Section 223 of the Countering...more

ITC Decision Could Cloud Outlook for Solar Project Developers

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A recent decision by the U.S. International Trade Commission ("ITC") could have long-term consequences for the U.S. solar industry. On September 22, 2017, the ITC found, by a vote of 4-0, that rising imports have caused...more

FCPA Accounting Provisions Have Teeth: Halliburton to Pay $29.2 Million to Settle FCPA Charges

Along with the anti-bribery provisions, the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) contains accounting provisions that apply to publicly traded companies. These provisions require that companies maintain and adhere to...more

Greenhouse gas emissions trading schemes: A global perspective - UK

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EU's trading scheme framework dominates, but Brexit brings uncertainty - As early as 2002, the UK began preparing for international emissions trading. It initiated a pilot emissions trading scheme (UK ETS) in anticipation...more

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