Norton Rose Canada LLP on Monday welcomed an energy and maritime lawyer from McInnes Cooper LLP, bolstering its new Arctic projects team that's cashing in on a push to develop iron, offshore oil and gas, timber, and other resources in Canada's far north.
A project and corporate finance partner who specializes in securitizing financial and hard assets in the energy sector has joined Katten Muchin Roseman LLP from Linklaters LLP, Katten recently announced.
The former general counsel of private investment fund firm RNK Capital LLC has joined Seyfarth Shaw LLP as a New York-based corporate transactional partner focused on advising small and middle-market fund managers and energy companies, Seyfarth announced Tuesday.
A project and structured finance corporate energy attorney with subspecialties in real estate and private equity transactions has joined DLA Piper from Thompson & Knight LLP as a partner in the firm's corporate and finance practice in Houston, DLA Piper announced Tuesday.
The Boston office of Greenberg Traurig LLP has picked up a former Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP energy and infrastructure expert with deep roots in governmental affairs and international projects, the firm announced Thursday.
A veteran mergers and acquisitions attorney who specializes in energy deals has left foundering law firm Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP and joined White & Case LLP as a partner in the firm's Beijing office, White & Case said Tuesday.
An energy project finance attorney who specializes in the U.S. and Latin American sectors has joined McDermott Will & Emery LLP as a partner in its energy advisory practice group in Washington, D.C., McDermott announced Tuesday.
Bird & Bird LLP's Hong Kong office has welcomed a former Baker Botts LLP energy and infrastructure pro who last year made headlines with an environmental challenge to the island's biggest ongoing transportation project, the firm said Tuesday.
Two veteran project finance attorneys currently serving as in-house counsel for companies in the power and renewable energy industry will join Chadbourne & Parke LLP as partners in the firm's Los Angeles office on Aug. 1, Chadbourne said Friday.
A veteran international project finance, energy, and mergers and acquisitions attorney formerly with Patton Boggs LLP has joined Greenberg Traurig LLP as a shareholder in its Washington office and will head the firm's Africa practice, Greenberg Traurig said Friday.
Quarles & Brady LLP has added two former DLA Piper energy and environmental attorneys as partners in its Chicago office, the firm announced Thursday.
A Senate panel on Thursday approved President Barack Obama’s nominee to replace the outgoing chair of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, as well as the renomination of a current commissioner, setting them up for confirmation by the full Senate next week.
Former Fulbright & Jaworski LLP attorney and veteran energy company in-house counsel Kevin McDonald has returned to the firm as a litigation partner in its Houston office, the firm announced Tuesday.
Chadbourne & Parke LLP has plucked a seasoned energy and infrastructure expert with regulatory experience from Thompson & Knight Abogados SC to beef up its Mexico City project finance group and help steer global projects, Chadbourne said Wednesday.
A construction law and energy expert who was previously an in-house counsel for a subsidiary of the Qatar Foundation has joined Holland & Knight LLP as a partner in the firm's Abu Dhabi office, Holland & Knight said Monday.
McGuireWoods LLP has lured back an energy, infrastructure development and mergers and acquisitions expert from Bracewell & Giuliani LLP and added the new partner to its Baltimore office, the firm announced Friday.
Kelley Drye & Warren LLP has reclaimed a former American Petroleum Institute attorney with expertise in hot-button matters hydraulic fracturing and greenhouse gas regulation for its environmental and energy law group in Washington, the firm said Wednesday.
Patton Boggs LLP has opened an office in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and snagged seven attorneys formerly affiliated with Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP to boost its practices in mergers and acquisitions, energy, capital markets, and Islamic finance, the firm announced Wednesday.
King & Wood Mallesons bolstered its ability to represent energy companies in its Beijing office with the addition of a transactional team led by a partner from the bankrupt firm of Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP, the firm said Thursday.
Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP’s downfall continued to shake up the market Tuesday as Blank Rome LLP and Wiggin & Dana LLP picked up partners after Cullen & Dykman LLP opened a new office with a former Dewey energy pro.
While mergers in other industries are driven by cost efficiencies or economies of scale, law firm mergers are typically focused on the potential to leverage clients and the overall quality of the attorney population, branding and market position. As a result, full disclosure of third-party vendor or support function operating costs can be a secondary concern until after the deal closes. Firms need to hit the ground running the moment the merger is inked, says Matthew Sunderman of HBR Consulting LLC.
Recent guidance from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission should provide greater flexibility for new nonincumbent, cost-based, participant-funded transmission projects. For example, developers may now select a subset of customers and negotiate directly with those customers to reach agreement on rates, terms and conditions, say attorneys with Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.
The New York Times recently reported that a Chinese military unit had hacked more than 140 organizations over the last several years, stealing valuable intellectual property such as technology blueprints, proprietary manufacturing processes, business plans and pricing documents. The revelation raises the possibility of a new wave of U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission enforcement actions, class actions and derivative lawsuits related to cybersecurity, say attorneys with King & Spalding LLP.
Courts, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, state agencies, environmental groups and individual citizens will face new and difficult questions in 2013 involving stormwater, nutrients, wetlands and water rights. Out of several cases and complaints that arose in response to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Sackett v. EPA, Smith v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be an interesting one to watch, say attorneys with McGuireWoods LLP.
The Mine Safety and Health Administration recently published a revised pattern of violations rule, making it easier for the MSHA to shut down mines that have demonstrated a disregard for the health and safety of miners. The new rule eliminates the requirement that the MSHA could only consider final orders when it reviewed a mine for POV status, which, not surprisingly, brought many opposed commentators, say attorneys with Seyfarth Shaw LLP.
The Russian Federal Antimonopoly Service has cleared Rosneft’s $55 billion acquisition of TNK-BP, which will arguably make Rosneft the world’s largest public oil and gas company engaged in the production of liquid hydrocarbons. The transaction allows the Russian state to gain more influence over the world’s largest oil and gas industry, but it remains to be seen how active the FAS will be in the sector, say attorneys with King & Spalding LLP.
The modern world is increasingly vulnerable to widespread, prolonged power disruptions and outages caused by geomagnetic storms. Provided that policies usually include exclusions for risks that are arguably more remote, it makes sense for insurers to also incorporate exclusions for such storms, say Jason Reeves of Zelle Hofmann Voelbel & Mason LLP and William Murtagh of National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration.
In 2013, we expect to see significant changes in the areas of waste and contamination, including vapor intrusion, waste management and cleanup, brownfields and issues related to real estate purchases. Out of several relevant cases, it will be interesting to watch Soco West v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which challenges a unilateral Resource Conservation and Recovery Act compliance order, say attorneys with McGuireWoods LLP.
Recently, the San Francisco Superior Court denied a challenge to the California Air Resources Board's cap-and-trade regulation, which sought to invalidate the use of a standards-based approach for determining whether projects should be awarded offset credits. This decision should provide a welcome shot in the arm to CARB's efforts, but it also does little to assure that a robust supply of offsets will be available to meet demand, say attorneys with Paul Hastings LLP.
The U.S. energy infrastructure is under stress, revealing critical flaws in gas-electric coordination, but a new dynamic is emerging to address these vulnerabilities, with key steps being taken in the coming weeks. How the regulatory authorities continue to address this issue is of paramount importance to all market participants, say attorneys with DLA Piper.