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China-Pakistan Economic Corridor: A New Frontier for Investment Treaty Disputes?

by Dechert LLP on

China’s One Belt One Road initiative (“OBOR Initiative”) provides promising and lucrative opportunities for foreign investors to invest in large-scale infrastructure projects across Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Europe....more

Saudi Council of Ministers Approves 100% Foreign Ownership of Engineering Consultancies

by Jones Day on

Currently, Saudi Arabian law permits foreign direct investment in engineering consultancies operating in the private sector only through a professional company licensed by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry ("MOCI")....more

Republic of Guinea Passes Public–Private Partnership Law to Lure Investors

by Jones Day on

Guinea's Urgent Need for Critical Infrastructures - Guinea is a geological goldmine, quite literally, when one considers the high concentration of natural resources in its soil (including diamonds, gold, iron, bauxite,...more

Call for Projects: Tunisia Launches its Renewable Energy Program

by Jones Day on

The Tunisian Ministry of Energy, Mines and Renewable Energies has launched the first phase of its renewable energy program, which includes the development of 210 megawatts ("MW") as follows...more

FCPA Compliance Report-Episode 321-Adelle Elia, Chief Integrity Officer at Louis Berger

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode I visit with Adelle Elia, the Chief Integrity Officer at Louis Berger. Some of the highlights include: Why is her title “Chief Integrity Officer” as opposed to Chief Compliance Officer or Chief Ethics and...more

Brexit round-up (construction focus)

by Dentons on

It's been five months since the UK voted to leave the EU. Whichever way you look at the vote's after-effects, whether in economic, political, legal or constitutional terms, we are entrenched in a period of uncertainty – a...more

Significant Increases to EB-5 Program Filing Fees Effective on December 23, 2016

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has increased fees by an average of 21 percent for certain U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) applications, including the U.S. Immigrant Investor Program (EB-5)....more

Asia's infrastructure opportunity

by White & Case LLP on

Both Japan and China have significantly increased their commitment to invest in Asian infrastructure, but steps must be taken in a number of other areas to unleash the region's full potential....more

5 things to know about PPPs in Senegal

by Dentons on

1. Public Private Partnerships are the “Main pillar of the Plan Senegal Emergent”. The Plan Senegal Emergent (PSE) is the country’s strategic plan for development and economic growth over the next decade. The PSE aims...more

Dentons/CHINCA MEA Project Reporter - Chinese contractors and Middle East and Africa projects markets

by Dentons on

On a bi-monthly basis, we will present a shortlist of upcoming projects in the Middle East and Africa which may be of interest to Chinese contractors and investors looking to do business in the region. These are projects...more

Saudi’s Vision 2030 – Why Government Capacity Building Is So Important

by King & Spalding on

Introduction - Considering the complexity involved in developing a national public-private partnership (PPP) program, it is generally accepted that governments do not typically have the internal skill sets required to...more

Saudi’s Vision 2030 – The Challenge Of Implementation And Some Analysis On Institutional And Regulatory Public Private Partnership...

by King & Spalding on

On 25 April 2016, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman announced Vision 2030, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s vision for life without crude oil. It’s fair to say that the announcement has been positively received, both...more

Romanian Legal Update: New Package Of Laws On Public Procurement And Concessions Enters Into Force In Romania

by Allen & Overy LLP on

Public procurement and concessions will be regulated by four new laws, namely (i) the public procurement law, (ii) the sectorial public procurement law, (iii) the concessions law and (iv) the law on remedies (the New Laws)....more

Turkey: Amendments to PPP legislation on way

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The Republic of Turkey has been undergoing a largescale reform in the healthcare sector in the past decade, spearheaded by the Ministry of Health under its Health Transformation Program which was launched in 2003. The EUR 20...more

Real Estate in Africa: Eight things you need to know

by DLA Piper on

Insight from CBRE/DLA Piper survey to help potential investors in African real estate bridge the gap between perception and reality Real estate markets in parts of Africa have undergone considerable improvement in...more

Financial information and set-off requirements under the FIDIC Red Book

by King & Spalding on

The Privy Council’s recent judgment in NH International (Caribbean) Limited v National Insurance Property Development Company Limited (Trinidad and Tobago) provides a rare example of a common law court interpreting specific...more

One belt one road - China's new outbound trade initiative

by DLA Piper on

China’s 'One belt one road' initiative was first introduced by President Xi Jinping during his visits to Central and Southeast Asia in September and October 2013. With the dawn of 2016, it is appropriate time to take stock...more

Dubai Embraces PPP … Again

by Allen & Overy LLP on

THE BACKGROUND - PPPs in the UAE or the wider GCC are not new. They have historically been undertaken under project-specific legislation or approvals. Mubadala Development Company initiated PPPs in the UAE with UAE...more

Russia: Economic Sanctions on Turkey

by White & Case LLP on

On 29 December 2015, the Russian Government adopted Resolutions No. 1457 and No. 1458 specifying the scope of sanctions and restrictions which were imposed by the President Decree No. 583 and further extended by Decree No....more

Congress Extends EB-5 Again Without Changes Despite Months of Legislative Meetings, Lobbying, Proposals, and Negotiations

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In what is considered a significant victory for real estate developers, Congress capped off months of handwringing and numerous proposals by extending the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program without amendment until September 30,...more

Global infrastructure: South Korea's vision - South Korea: Building for the future

by White & Case LLP on

South Korea is taking big strides globally with infrastructure financing, as both state-owned agencies and private banks fuel new investment in major ventures. With projects under way in countries as far flung as Mexico,...more

Rising to the challenge: South Korea: Building for the future

by White & Case LLP on

South Korea is one of Asia's powerhouses, and its strong exports sector and willingness to adapt its economy make it highly attractive to investors. South Korea's economic development has been remarkable. It became the...more

Why project bonds are on the rise in Latin America

by White & Case LLP on

Latin American project bonds continue to grow as a source of infrastructure financing, particularly as private capital is needed to close multi-billion-dollar shortfalls in spending for needed infrastructure projects in Latin...more

George Carlin and Erga Omnes: the Petrobras Bribery Scandal Expands

by Thomas Fox on

On this date in 2008 George Carlin died. If you grew up in the late 1960s or early 1970s and you had anti-parental or anti-establishment inklings, which of course all teenagers do, you knew about George Carlin. In the early...more

OAS UPDATE: Bankruptcy Court Grants Limited Temporary Relief in Chapter 15 Case

by King & Spalding on

Background: Grupo OAS, a Brazilian construction conglomerate linked to a massive corruption scandal (“OAS”), filed for Chapter 15 creditor protection in the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York on April 15,...more

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