Project Finance

  • November 25, 2015

    Texas Appeals Court Dumps Longview's $600M Shale Win

    A Texas appeals court on Wednesday tossed an estimated $600 million judgment against Huff Energy Fund LP over Eagle Ford Shale mineral rights, ruling there was insufficient evidence to find Longview Energy Co. had a legitimate opportunity to obtain the disputed property.

  • November 25, 2015

    Enviros Blast Texas Agency Over Delayed Pollution Permits

    Local and national environmental groups filed suit against the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality in state court Wednesday, challenging the agency’s failure to take action on eight pending air pollution permits requested by companies including BP and Exxon.

  • November 25, 2015

    Fed. Circ. Won't Alter Injury Findings In Wind Tower Case

    The Federal Circuit on Wednesday upheld the U.S. International Trade Commission's determination that certain wind towers from China and Vietnam had harmed domestic industry, even though four out of six ITC officials determined that domestic producers hadn’t been substantially harmed by the imports during the period of review.

  • November 25, 2015

    Global Climate Deal Would Boost CPP's Survival Chances

    The Clean Power Plan is the linchpin of the climate-change commitment the U.S. will bring to global climate talks Monday in Paris, and if the participants are able to strike an international deal to curb global warming, it could help the Obama administration fend off the legal onslaught the controversial CPP regulations are facing, experts say.

  • November 25, 2015

    NY-NJ Bridge Enviro Study Is Solid, Judge Says

    The U.S. Coast Guard’s favorable environmental analysis of an expansion to a bridge that spans New Jersey and Staten Island, New York, complied with the National Environmental Policy Act, a New York federal judge said Tuesday.

  • November 25, 2015

    6 Key Questions Facing The $20B Hudson Tunnel Project

    Federal and state officials' recent announcement of a funding agreement for the estimated $20 billion Hudson River tunnel project linking New Jersey and New York was a sign of progress, but questions surrounding the private sector's role in that massive undertaking and the political support necessary to seal the deal still loom large.

  • November 25, 2015

    PE Group Buys Gold, Silver Mine In $775M Deal

    G-Resources Group this week said it has sold its stake in a gold and silver mine in Indonesia to a consortium of investors including private equity firms EMR Capital and Farallon Capital for $775 million including debt, as G-Resources turns its focus away from mining.

  • November 25, 2015

    Pa. Judge Allows Town's Gas Drilling Ordinance To Stand

    A Pennsylvania state court judge has upheld a Butler County municipality’s zoning ordinance allowing natural gas drilling in a number of areas, in a case that prompted a developer to sue the environmental groups raising opposition to the measure.

  • November 25, 2015

    Alaska Pays $65M To Buy Out TransCanada LNG Contract

    Alaska has paid TransCanada Corp. $64.6 million to terminate a contract over a proposed liquefied natural gas project, moving the corporation’s share in the project over to the state, Gov. Bill Walker announced Tuesday.

  • November 24, 2015

    2nd Fla. Solar Energy Ballot Item Heads To State High Court

    The Florida attorney general on Tuesday asked the state's high court to review a proposed 2016 ballot question that would add a constitutional amendment regulating solar energy sales about a month after a competing initiative to open up those sales passed court muster.

  • November 24, 2015

    AWG Group Says Argentina's Arbitrator Bias Claim Falls Flat

    U.K.-based AWG Group Ltd. urged a District of Columbia federal court Monday to enforce a nearly $21 million arbitration award that Argentina is liable for after prematurely ending a water privatization contract, saying there is no merit to Argentina’s accusations of evident partiality against one of the arbitrators.

  • November 24, 2015

    Congo Fights Info Demand In €567M Unpaid Contract Row

    The Republic of the Congo on Monday urged a D.C. federal court to rule that it doesn't have to respond to certain "improper" requests for information on its assets in a dispute over an international arbitration award for unpaid public works contracts, which the court found totaled more than €567 million ($603.5 million).

  • November 24, 2015

    Sutherland Picks Up Former Kaye Scholer Energy Finance Pro

    A former Kaye Scholer LLP green energy finance partner who advises private equity investors and others on power generation projects has joined Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP as a partner in the firm’s New York office.

  • November 24, 2015

    Google Invests In Solar Power For NC Server Farm

    Google is ramping up its investment in solar power to help run its 61-megawatt server farm in Lenoir, North Carolina, the tech giant announced Tuesday.

  • November 24, 2015

    House Lawmakers Seek To Defund EPA Clean Water Rule

    Nearly 90 lawmakers on Monday urged congressional leaders to strip funding for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Water Rule from spending bills for the 2016 fiscal year, the latest legislative attempt to thwart a controversial rule that has already been blocked from going into effect.

  • November 24, 2015

    Wireless Internet Group Seeks 'Neutral' Rural Broadband Push

    Representatives of wireless Internet providers told the Federal Communications Commission last week that the working plan for competitive bidding for a rural broadband expansion program threatens to box out wireless providers, according to a filing Monday.

  • November 24, 2015

    US Can't Ink Paris Climate Deal, CPP Challengers Say

    President Barack Obama's attempts to broker a global climate change agreement in Paris starting next week could be undermined by legal challenges to his Clean Power Plan and the U.S. Senate's refusal to approve any climate deal, attorneys general leading the legal challenge against the regulations said on Monday.

  • November 23, 2015

    Florida Gov. Aims To Put $10B Into Infrastructure

    Florida Gov. Rick Scott called for $10 billion in transportation funding next year as part of a budget plan Monday, saying maintaining a healthy infrastructure is important to the statewide economic environment.

  • November 23, 2015

    Pa. Justices Could Reshape Standards In Enviro Challenges

    A case recently teed up by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court over the use of revenue from gas leases on public land could strengthen the state's Environmental Rights Amendment and make it easier for plaintiffs to challenge permitting, land use and other government approvals for disputed projects.

  • November 23, 2015

    EB-5 Petitions Spike Amid Program Uncertainty

    The number of EB-5 visa petitions received in the last fiscal year hit a new high, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said in a recent report, with applicants rushing to file while lawmakers mull potential changes to the immigrant investor program.

Expert Analysis

  • How China Now Enforces Its Environmental Protection Law

    Michael W. Vella

    The Environmental Protection Law of the People’s Republic of China was promulgated over 25 years ago. But only recently have substantive amendments, combined with public awareness and government leadership, provided reason to hope that the law can serve its mission to protect China’s environment, say Michael Vella and Lillian He of Jones Day.

  • OPINION: In Search Of Our Best Law Firm Selves

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    Several developments over the past few months caught the eye of Jim Maiwurm, chairman emeritus of Squire Patton Boggs. Try as he might, he could not resist the temptation to comment on a few — such as the expansion of the Dentons “polycentric” empire, a confused verein controversy, and provocative suggestions that the law firm partnership model is a dinosaur.

  • From The Book Of Jargon: Happy Meal

    In this short video — the latest installment from the "Book of Jargon" — Latham & Watkins LLP partner Courtenay Myers Lima defines "happy meal."

  • FERC Geographic Proximity Test Rejected — What's Next?

    Anthony B. Cavender

    Developers and private builders subject to the Federal Power Act should carefully consider the implications of the D.C. Circuit's recent opinion on the scope of the “municipal preference” under Section 7(a) of the FPA, say Anthony Cavender and Amy Pierce at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.

  • Cuba Is Open For Foreign Investment — Except From The US

    Arti Sangar

    To address its crumbling infrastructure challenge, the Cuban government has opened the door wide and hung a sign proclaiming: Foreign Investors Welcome. However, existing sanctions and the Helms-Burton Act mean U.S. investors and infrastructure developers will have to wait on the sidelines, say Arti Sangar and Chad Purdie at Diaz Reus & Targ LLP.

  • New Federal Rules Acknowledge It’s Time To Drop The 'E'

    Gregory Leighton

    The amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure scheduled to take effect Dec. 1 are designed to usher in a new era in the U.S. litigation system, this time acknowledging that what was once known as “e-discovery” is now just discovery. The amendments are sweeping in scope, but none is more important than the revised Rule 37(e), say Gregory Leighton and Eric Choi of Neal Gerber & Eisenberg LLP.

  • Wind Integration Costs At Issue In Oregon PURPA Dispute

    While the need for the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act has been increasingly questioned, it remains a vehicle for developers of renewable power projects to require utilities to buy their power at state-administered costs. Recent litigation between the Portland General Electric Company and PaTu Wind Farm may shed additional light on PURPA's adaptability to the evolving competitive marketplace, says Arthur Adelberg of Barclay Damon LLP.

  • EU Moves To Bring More Private Capital To Infrastructure

    Despina Doxaki

    One of the goals of the “capital markets union” under consideration in the European Union is to improve access to the public markets for infrastructure projects in order to diversify the potential funding sources. A number of measures are also being taken to make it easier for insurance companies to invest in infrastructure projects, says Despina Doxaki of Chadbourne & Parke LLP.

  • 3 Ways Technology Is Changing Law Office Designs


    A growing number of attorneys and firms are eschewing tradition by embracing technology to change not only the way we work, but also the way we organize our offices, says Anthony Johnson, founder and CEO of American Injury Attorney Group.

  • Applicants May Forgo Fla. Sports Development Program

    Douglas K. Gartenlaub

    As the city of Orlando, Florida, moves forward with its new plan for a larger, privately financed stadium, fellow applicants under the state's Sports Development Statute are left waiting on legislative whim, and future applicants face an even more rigorous application process, says Douglas Gartenlaub of Burr & Forman LLP.