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Compliance into the Weeds-Episode 62, Sentencing of VW Employee Oliver Schmidt

by Thomas Fox on

As many of you all know, Matt Kelly can rant with the best of them, right up there with Howard Sklar. I was quite intrigued when I read Matt’s December 11, 2017 blog post entitled, “At What Cost Dishonesty? For VW Exec, Seven...more

Minerals Matters Autumn 2017

by DLA Piper on

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of Minerals Matters. A lot has happened since the last edition but the issues that affect business remain the same and certainty remains elusive and in many respects even harder to...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - December 2017

WV DEP Waives Clean Water Act Authority Over Atlantic Coast Pipeline - "The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection waived the state's authority under the federal Clean Water Act to determine if another major...more

Senate’s Tax Bill’s Impact on the Tax Equity Market: Five Differences from the House Bill

The US tax reform bill that the Senate passed on December 2, 2017—along partisan lines in a 51 to 49 vote—is a mixed bag for the tax equity market. The bill is now headed to the conference committee, consisting of House of...more

The Senate’s New Base Erosion Tax: Highlights for Renewable Energy

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On December 2, 2017, the Senate approved its version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The Senate Bill includes the base erosion and anti-abuse tax, a new tax intended to apply to companies that significantly reduce their US tax...more

Charting the Growth of Human Rights and Ethical Reporting in the EU

Increasingly, businesses across Europe must report on a wide range of ethical and related matters in addition to publishing their financial results. Requirements for businesses to undertake non-financial reporting have...more

The Climate Report - Fall 2017

by Jones Day on

US. REGULATORY AND LITIGATION DEVELOPMENTS - EPA PROPOSES TO RESCIND CLEAN POWER PLAN - What EPA Did - In a decision expected and promised since the election of President Donald Trump, the United States...more

China Prioritises Environmental, Social, and Governance Factors in Overseas Investment

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The Chinese government has announced a US$4 trillion investment in developing infrastructure globally under the “Belt and Road Initiative” (BRI). Under the BRI the Chinese government will spend US$750 billion on overseas...more

PA PUC Approves PA-American Water’s Fair Market Value Acquisition of McKeesport Wastewater System

by Cozen O'Connor on

In one of the first acquisitions to be decided pursuant to a 2016 amendment to the Pennsylvania Public Utility Code (Code) that allows a public utility to rate base fair market value instead of depreciated original cost, the...more

The Revival of North Carolina General Assembly Special Sessions and Why They Matter

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

Brief History of Special Sessions - In odd numbered years, after the North Carolina General Assembly adjourns its Long Session, the body typically abstains from lawmaking through the commencement of the Short Session the...more

Proposition 65 Legislative Changes Likely “Lack Merit”

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On October 5, 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 1583 into law. It was promoted as a means of reducing frivolous Proposition 65 (Prop 65) lawsuits, but, as discussed below, it is doubtful that it will...more

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator E. Scott Pruitt Addresses Consent Decrees/Settlement Agreements: October 16th...

United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) Administrator E. Scott Pruitt issued two documents dated October 16th addressing procedures involved in the resolution of litigation through consent decrees and settlement...more

Corporate social responsibility and diversity policies: comply or explain

by White & Case LLP on

On 11 September 2017, Belgium published a new bill requiring certain large companies to disclose "non-financial" (relating to social, environmental and employee matters, protection for human rights, anti-corruption and...more

SFC Obtains Disqualification and Court Orders Against Hanergy’s Former Chairman and Current Directors

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The Court of First Instance’s decision has important implications for directors of listed companies when failing to act in the best interests of the company. Background - On July 15, 2015, the Securities and Futures...more

Financial assurance and mine rehabilitation reform in Queensland

by DLA Piper on

In May 2017, the Queensland Government released two discussion papers outlining proposed changes to Queensland's financial assurance and rehabilitation framework. The consultation period has now closed and the Queensland...more

Across the Board-Episode 6, will your assets be stranded?

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode, I visit with Rakhi Kumar, the Managing Director, Head of ESG Investing and Asset Stewardship for State Street Global Advisors (SSGA) on the firm’s recent white paper entitled, “SSGA’s Perspective On Effective...more

Renewable Energy Update - August 2017 #4

by Allen Matkins on

Renewable Energy Focus - California clean economy thriving, but emissions have spiked - Energy Manager Today - Aug 22 - The ninth annual California Green Innovation Index, released by the nonpartisan nonprofit...more

Investment opportunities in the Fisheries and Aquaculture sector in Oman

by Dentons on

Oman's "Tanfeedh" programme has been established to promote economic diversification in the Sultanate. Tanfeedh aims to reduce dependence on the oil and gas sector, focusing on five key business sectors – manufacturing,...more

Corporate Sustainability Efforts on Upswing

by Sullivan & Worcester on

Despite the new administration’s efforts to rollback Obama Era environmental regulations, most businesses in the U.S. are maintaining their commitments to sustainability. According to Lucid’s 2017 Sustainability Outlook...more

Investment funds enter the North Sea oil and gas market

by DLA Piper on

As the oil and gas market is beginning to recover, new players for example from Asia, Russia or the Middle East, may enter the North Sea....more

Managing Decommissioning Risks In Asian M&A Transactions

by King & Spalding on

By the end of 2026, approximately 134 producing Concessions and Production Sharing Contracts (each, a “PSC”) will have expired in South Asia. It is expected that 900 fields will cease production (with 45% of such fields being...more

Two Recent Cases Spotlight Ability of Third Parties to Access Facility Information

by Williams Mullen on

Facility owners and operators and property developers need to meet environmental permit or performance criteria, but they also face significant compliance and logistical challenges in just managing and reporting information...more

RCRA Corrective Action Liability: Can it be Imposed on a Company that Never Owned or Operated the Facility?

by Williams Mullen on

The North Carolina Court of Appeals recently issued a ruling that will have a significant impact on business transactions involving property subject to a permit or corrective action obligations under the Resource Conservation...more

Practical Issues Under Joint Operating Agreements Relating to Withdrawals, Transfers and Changes in Control

by King & Spalding on

The Joint Operating Agreement (“JOA”) is one of the most important documents to be considered in relation to a direct or indirect change in the ownership of interests in any oil and gas project, whether by way of (a) a...more

Investors’ Climate Change Voting Records Face Scrutiny

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Companies who engage with their large institutional shareholders on environmental and social issues during the 2018 proxy season should keep in mind that these investors are facing pressure from other investors on their...more

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