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Project Finance

  • September 7, 2018

    SEC, Consultant Lose Quick Win Bids In EB-5 Scheme Suit

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's claim that a financial aid consultant broke securities law by soliciting investors for an alleged Ponzi-esque visa fraud scheme through an unregistered company will move forward, after a California federal judge denied the commission's and consultant's bids for quick wins Thursday.

  • September 7, 2018

    Ferrovial Unit Wins €308M Texas Road Work Contracts

    A Ferrovial unit won three contracts worth a total of €308 million ($356 million) to widen two highways in Houston and Fort Worth, Texas, and to build a bridge and an underpass on another in Austin, the Spanish infrastructure firm said on Friday.

  • September 6, 2018

    3rd Circ. Partially Grants NJ Permits In Pipeline Fight

    A Third Circuit panel on Wednesday upheld federal permits for Transco’s $116 million pipeline upgrade in New Jersey, but said the state was wrong to think federal law preempted its power to hold adjudicatory hearings on the state’s own permits, which must now be held.

  • September 6, 2018

    House Judiciary Panel Approves Expedited Permitting Bill

    The House Judiciary Committee voted on Thursday in favor of a Republican-sponsored bill aimed at speeding up the permitting process for projects that require review by federal agencies, a move that proponents said would create jobs and that Democrats slammed for allegedly undermining important oversight.

  • September 6, 2018

    FERC Chair Denies WH Collaboration On Coal, Nuke Bailout

    Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Kevin McIntyre has denied the agency is working with the White House on a controversial plan to bail out coal and nuclear power plants, as recently suggested by his chief of staff, and defended FERC's independence, according to a letter released Thursday by congressional Democratic leaders.

  • September 6, 2018

    State AGs Join Fight Over DOI Flip On Migratory Bird Kills

    Democratic attorneys general from eight states sued the U.S. Department of the Interior in New York federal court seeking to undo its decision not to criminally prosecute individuals and companies for accidentally killing or injuring migratory birds, joining environmental groups that have already challenged the policy about-face.

  • September 6, 2018

    KKR Rakes In $7.4B For 3rd Global Infrastructure Fund

    KKR & Co. LP has completed fundraising for its third global infrastructure fund after collecting $7.4 billion from investors, with plans to target "critical infrastructure investments" in a range of sectors, including energy, waste and social infrastructure, the private equity firm said Thursday.

  • September 6, 2018

    Canadian Energy Co. Invests $80M In Japanese Solar Plant

    Canada-based Grasshopper Solar Corp., a global developer and manager of solar assets, said on Thursday that it has invested $80 million in Japanese civil engineering and construction firm Setouchi Koken's Iizuka Solar Plant located in Fukuoka, Japan.

  • September 5, 2018

    Greenpeace Looks To End Dakota Pipeline RICO Suit

    Greenpeace Inc. and related entities asked a North Dakota federal judge to throw out a lawsuit alleging they were responsible for impeding work on the controversial Dakota Access pipeline, saying the accusations in the complaint are not specific enough and serve only to chill the speech of pipeline opponents.

  • September 5, 2018

    Kinder Morgan Takes Groundwater Case To High Court

    A Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP subsidiary has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review the Fourth Circuit’s ruling that the Clean Water Act prohibits pollution to groundwater that’s connected to other waterways, arguing states — not the federal government — have the authority to regulate such discharges.

  • September 5, 2018

    Enviros Ask DC Circ. To Nix Mountain Valley Pipeline Approval

    A coalition of environmental groups and tribal officials told the D.C. Circuit that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission got it wrong when it approved a certificate that greenlighted the $3.5 billion Mountain Valley Pipeline, arguing the commission overstated the need for the project and understated its harms.

  • September 5, 2018

    Ill. Energy Co. Says US Treasury Owes For Solar Grant

    A subsidiary of energy company Invenergy LLC launched a complaint Tuesday in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, alleging the U.S. Department of the Treasury withheld more than $500,000 in grant money related to the construction and operation of a $70 million solar facility in Illinois.

  • September 5, 2018

    Local Gov'ts Want In On Fight Over Fuel Economy Rollback

    A coalition of local governments including those of New York, Chicago and Los Angeles has asked the D.C. Circuit for permission to participate in a challenge led by California to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's bid to revisit certain Obama-era greenhouse gas emission standards for cars and light trucks.

  • September 5, 2018

    Ukraine Says Russian Energy Co. Can't Enforce $112M Award

    Ukraine urged the D.C. Circuit to toss Russian energy company PAO Tatneft's bid to enforce a $112 million arbitral award it won following the forced 2007 seizure of a Ukrainian oil refinery, saying an exception to sovereign immunity doesn't apply in this instance.

  • September 5, 2018

    Enviros Urge Judge Not To Freeze Clean Water Rule Decision

    Environmental groups asked a South Carolina federal judge to reject the federal government’s request that he delay the effect of his ruling that cleared the way for implementation of Obama-era water regulations.

  • September 5, 2018

    Batch Of Akin Gump Attys Leave To Launch New Moscow Firm

    A group of now former Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP attorneys comprising roughly half the firm's Moscow office have decided to strike out on their own to form a new law firm based in the Russian capital in light of trans-Atlantic "geopolitical tensions," the group said Wednesday.

  • September 4, 2018

    3rd Circ. Bats Down Permit Challenge To $1.9B Pa. Pipeline

    The Third Circuit on Tuesday declined to review Pennsylvania’s preliminary approval of a Williams Partners LP division’s Atlantic Sunrise pipeline project, asserting the court’s right to hear federal pipeline appeals and ruling that the Delaware Riverkeeper Network, Sierra Club and others had failed to make a case for appealing the state’s decision.

  • September 4, 2018

    Withers Lands Ex-Bryan Cave Arbitration Pro In NY

    Withers LLP has nabbed a former Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP attorney to lead its international arbitration team in the United States, bolstering its New York offerings with her experience representing clients in industries including hospitality, infrastructure, energy, insurance and pharmaceuticals, according to a Tuesday announcement.

  • September 4, 2018

    EPA Can't Escape Gold King Mine Claims, Court Told

    New Mexico, Utah and the Navajo Nation have blasted the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's efforts to shake their claims stemming from the 2015 Gold King Mine spill, accusing the agency of trying to ditch liability for the contaminated water release despite promising to take full responsibility.

  • September 4, 2018

    CPP Case Delays Must End, Supporters Tell DC Circ.

    Clean Power Plan supporters urged the D.C. Circuit on Tuesday to finally decide the merits of the rule, arguing that the Trump administration doesn't deserve any more time to craft a potential replacement, especially since what's been proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is weaker than the CPP itself.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: A Superhero Supreme

    Burden Walker

    As a clerk for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, my job was to mirror my boss’ views and values in everything I did. Years later, I find that I am still striving to live up to the values Justice Ginsburg instilled in me, as both a lawyer and a spouse, says Burden Walker, an assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Maryland.

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    Clerking For Ginsburg: 4 RBG Lessons On Having It All

    Rachel Wainer Apter

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is everything she is cracked up to be​ — f​eminist icon​, brilliant jurist​, fierce dissenter. She is also an incredible boss, mentor and friend.​ ​Her advice has shaped how I have tried to balance building a career and ​raising children, says Rachel Wainer Apter, counsel to the New Jersey attorney general.

  • Opportunity Zones Abound But Investors, Tread Carefully

    David Levy

    Opportunity zones, created under 2017’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, have the potential to be a powerful driver of investment activity in low-income communities throughout the U.S. But in order to benefit from the program’s capital gains tax exemption, investors must comply with a complex and somewhat unclear set of rules. Attorneys at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher and Flom LLP provide the details.

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    Clerking For Ginsburg: How To Play The Long Game

    Arun Subramanian

    One of us was a clerk when Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg read her Ledbetter dissent from the bench, inviting Congress to act, and the other clerked a few years later, when RBG's prominently displayed copy of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act served as a daily reminder that dissents are not just for show, say Arun Subramanian and Mark Musico of Susman Godfrey LLP.

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    Clerking For Ginsburg: In Pursuit Of Precision

    Trevor Morrison

    As clerks for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, we learned early on that, when preparing a memorandum or draft opinion, it was essential to present any opposing argument in its strongest possible light. There is a lesson here for today's public debates, says Trevor Morrison, dean of NYU Law School.

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    Clerking For Ginsburg: My RBG Guide To Judging

    Goodwin Liu

    I clerked for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg before the days of RBG bobbleheads and “You Can’t Spell Truth Without Ruth” T-shirts. I had no idea I would become a judge, and I feel lucky every day that I had the chance to learn from her, says California Supreme Court Justice Goodwin Liu.

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    Clerking For Ginsburg: 4 Things I Learned

    Judge John Owens

    A lot has changed since I clerked for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg 20 years ago. At that time, I had hair and no wife. I also thought I knew everything — but working for the justice made me realize very quickly that I actually knew very little, says Ninth Circuit Judge John Owens.

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    Clerking For Ginsburg: The Equality Lessons

    Margo Schlanger

    In 1993, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court, and I began my two-year clerkship with her. In her first opinion as a justice, and in dozens since, Justice Ginsburg reminded us how the law needs to operate if equality is to be a reality, says Margo Schlanger, a professor at the University of Michigan Law School.

  • 6 Trends Will Shape Future International Commercial Disputes

    Cedric Chao

    The world of international litigation and arbitration tends to move slowly — however, I expect the pace of change to accelerate in the coming decade as six trends take hold, says Cedric Chao, U.S. head of DLA Piper's international arbitration practice.

  • The Future Of Authenticating Audio And Video Evidence

    Jonathan Mraunac

    The recent emergence of artificial intelligence-based technology has prompted serious concerns about the future integrity of recordings. Attorneys must think critically about standards for authenticating audio and video evidence as well as legislative and regulatory safeguards to discourage pervasive manipulation and forgery, says Jonathan Mraunac of Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.