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Ukraine crisis update: US and EU expand sanctions and restrict energy exports to Russia

As the Ukraine crisis continues to simmer in the wake of the Malaysia Airlines crash, the US has extended sanctions to three Russian banks, a shipbuilding company and exports of energy sector items to Russia, while the EU has also announced similar measures. Latham looks at the latest developments.

Law Firm: Latham & Watkins | Published: 31 July 2014 | Practice Area: Mining

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Ukraine crisis update: US imposes new sanctions on major Russian banks and energy firms

On 16 July, the US announced “sectoral sanctions” against two Russian banks and two Russian energy firms, including Rosneft. While the EU has not yet implemented additional sanctions, leaders have agreed to consider targeting Russia with such measures by the end of July, as Latham reports.

Law Firm: Latham & Watkins | Published: 18 July 2014 | Practice Area: Capital Markets and Debt Securities

Capacity mechanisms - reigniting Europe’s energy markets

The EU electricity sector has been facing a perfect storm. Factors from within the sector, combined with wider market forces, have created the first real threat to the viability of the conventional generation sector in 30 years, with gas-fired plants particularly badly hit, as Linklaters reports.

Law Firm: Linklaters | Published: 04 July 2014 | Practice Area: Competition Regulators and enforcement

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Power shifts - the latest on a dramatic year for the UK oil industry

2014 is proving to be a year of high drama for the UK oil industry, with all eyes on the Scottish independence referendum as well as the the Wood Review, which has proposed a root and branch revolution of UK Continental Shelf licensing. In this newsletter, Bond Dickinson looks at all the key issues.

Law Firm: Bond Dickinson | Published: 02 July 2014 | Practice Area: Central Government

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The five key drivers for cross-border M&A - 350 companies surveyed

Global M&A continues to recover in the aftermath of the crisis, and cross-border M&A is currently close to a post-crisis high. This Bakers report, which is based on interviews with 350 companies, identifies five key motivating factors for cross-border M&A and explores the inherent challenges.

Law Firm: Baker & McKenzie | Published: 25 June 2014 | Practice Area: Regulation and Enforcement

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Ian Hannam v The Financial Conduct Authority - inside information clarified?

In its decision in Ian Charles Hannam v The Financial Conduct Authority, the Upper Tribunal provided highly anticipated and much needed clarification on the definition and treatment of inside information. Travers takes a detailed look at the case and suggests practical steps for firms to consider.

Law Firm: Travers Smith | Published: 18 June 2014 | Practice Area: Confidentiality

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Oil and gas in Kenya - navigating the law in a fast-rising sector

Exploration interest in Kenya has surged since the country announced its first oil strike discovery by British explorer Tullow Oil two years ago, followed by a number of subsequent finds in the same region. This briefing analyses the legal regime governing the oil and gas sector in Kenya.

Law Firm: DLA Piper | Published: 13 June 2014 | Practice Area: VAT and Sales Tax

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The unusual case of Ian Hannam - ex-JP Morgan banker market abuse finding upheld

In 2012, the FSA imposed a fine of £450,000 on former JP Morgan banker Ian Hannam in relation to two instances of market abuse. Hannam appealed the decision, but was ultimately unsuccessful, in a case which provides useful clarification of the complex market abuse regime, as Macfarlanes reports.

Law Firm: Macfarlanes | Published: 12 June 2014 | Practice Area: Confidentiality

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Cut adrift? Scottish referendum prompts uncertainty for North Sea oil and gas industry

Almost half of firms in the oil and gas sector (45%) say the Scottish referendum is impacting their plans and investment proposals, up from 38% last spring, according to new research. The industry is facing a number of key challenges amid this uncertainty, as this Bond Dickinson briefing explains.

Law Firm: Bond Dickinson | Published: 09 June 2014 | Practice Area: Cross-border: Commercial and International Trade

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Major step in climate change fight - US announces carbon regulations for power plants

The US Environmental Protection Agency has announced regulations to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants. The plan would for the first time establish national limits on carbon emissions from existing power plants, reducing emissions intensity by 30% below 2005 levels by 2030.

Law Firm: DLA Piper | Published: 04 June 2014 | Practice Area: Gas

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