Project Finance

  • March 1, 2018

    Communications Trade Group Devoted 2017 To Disaster Relief

    Communications companies in the U.S. spent much of 2017 engaging in disaster relief and restoration efforts following hurricanes that rocked the Gulf Coast and Caribbean and wildfires that ripped through California, according to a report by the Communications Sector Coordinating Council.

  • March 1, 2018

    Pa. DEP Chief Defends Hike In Gas Well Permit Fees

    The head of Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection on Thursday defended a proposed increase for oil and gas well permitting fees, telling state legislators the hike to $12,500 is designed to promptly provide the necessary staffing to process permit applications.

  • March 1, 2018

    Attys Vital As Miami Turns To Transit-Oriented Development

    With the Miami area's population climbing and available land on the decline, transit-oriented development is emerging in the market as an attractive means both for tackling the resulting challenges and keeping up with market preferences — and lawyers are positioned to play a central role in its advancement.

  • March 1, 2018

    Novel Ruling Redraws Battle Lines Of Climate Change Suits

    A recent ruling that the alleged global warming liability of Exxon, BP and other fossil fuel producers is a question of federal law creates a new avenue for climate change tort litigation and sets the stage for proponents and critics of climate science to cross swords before federal judges, experts say.

  • March 1, 2018

    EPA Eases Methane Standards, Eyes Relaxed Coal Ash Rule

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday eased methane standards for new oil and gas industry sources and took steps to relax a coal ash disposal rule, the latest in a series of moves undoing regulations imposed by the Obama administration.

  • March 1, 2018

    Maui Asks 9th Circ. To Revisit CWA Groundwater Finding

    The county of Maui, Hawaii, on Thursday asked the Ninth Circuit to reconsider a panel finding that wastewater injections whose pollution reaches navigable U.S. waters via groundwater are subject to Clean Water Act permitting requirements.

  • March 1, 2018

    Orrick, Shearman & Sterling Nab 22 Andrews Kurth Attys

    In the latest round of departures from Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP amid its decision to merge with Hunton & Williams LLP, Shearman & Sterling LLP announced on Thursday that it has opened an Austin, Texas, office with eight partners joining, and Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe picked up 14 lawyers from Andrews Kurth's public finance team.

  • March 1, 2018

    Nat’l Monument Cut Benefited Utah Lawmaker, Watchdog Told

    A conservation group said Thursday it is asking the U.S. Department of the Interior’s inspector general to conduct a formal investigation into the modified boundaries of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, claiming a Utah state legislator is personally profiting from the changes.

  • March 1, 2018

    Pipeline Co. Urges Judge To Delay Block On La. Project

    The developer of a crude oil pipeline connected to the controversial Dakota Access pipeline urged a Louisiana federal judge on Thursday to put on hold her ruling blocking its construction while the company challenges that decision at the Fifth Circuit.

  • March 1, 2018

    Landowners Can't Speed Up Pipeline Eminent Domain Suit

    A D.C. district judge on Thursday rejected a request to expedite a case brought by a group of landowners who live along the routes of two eastern pipelines and allege that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s permitting process allows developers to exercise eminent domain in an unconstitutional manner.

  • March 1, 2018

    Hudson Tunnel Funds In Question Under Infrastructure Plan

    U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao indicated Thursday that the federal government won't bow to pressure to cover a larger share of the estimated $13 billion cost to build a new rail tunnel under the Hudson River connecting New York and New Jersey, casting a bleak outlook for the long-planned project.

  • March 1, 2018

    School Board Wants Pistons Arena Funding Fight Put To Rest

    Detroit Public Schools’ community district and its board of education on Wednesday urged a Michigan federal judge to toss the remaining claims from a suit brought by residents looking to block the use of $56.5 million in taxpayer funds for a new arena for the NBA's Detroit Pistons, after previously gutting the suit.

  • March 1, 2018

    Muni Bond Fraud Verdict Calls For Early Win, SEC Says

    A former Ramapo, New Jersey, town supervisor’s guilty verdict in what federal prosecutors have christened the first municipal bond fraud case should warrant a quick win for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in a related civil suit, a New York federal judge heard on Wednesday.

  • February 28, 2018

    Ambac's Puerto Rico Bond Payment Challenge Tossed

    Ambac Assurance Corp. cannot challenge the plans being used as blueprints to restructure Puerto Rico’s public finances, according to a ruling Tuesday in the commonwealth’s bankruptcy-like cases, enshrining the autonomy of the federal board overseeing the territory’s fiscal crisis to certify debt service proposals.

  • February 28, 2018

    Electric Car Co. Founded By Terry McAuliffe Hits Ch. 11

    An electric car company co-founded by Terry McAuliffe, former governor of Virginia, on Wednesday paired a Chapter 11 filing with a request to a Virginia bankruptcy court to allow it to offer two of its executives tens of thousands in financial incentives to see the company through the process.

  • February 28, 2018

    SF, Oakland Climate Suits Stay In Federal Court, Says Judge

    A California federal judge on Tuesday rejected San Francisco and Oakland, California's bid to return their climate change torts against BP, Chevron, Exxon Mobil, ConocoPhillips and Shell to state court, saying climate change is a global issue and the cities' claims should be governed by federal law.

  • February 28, 2018

    Enviros Say Deal Restarting Pipeline Work Saps Protections

    Pennsylvania environmental groups on Wednesday blasted a recent agreement allowing Sunoco Pipeline LP to resume work on its Mariner East 2 pipeline after paying $12.6 million in fines to state regulators, saying the deal weakens previously agreed-upon protocols for preventing and responding to drilling fluid spills. 

  • February 28, 2018

    FCC's Carr Outlines New Infrastructure Rules As 5G Emerges

    The Federal Communications Commission will release a plan to streamline infrastructure approval and exempt small transmitters from rules for giant cell towers in order to facilitate cheaper and faster 5G network deployment, Commissioner Brendan Carr announced Wednesday.

  • February 28, 2018

    Calif. Water Board Had Improper Private Talks, Suit Says

    Numerous California municipalities, water agencies and environmental advocates sued the State Water Resources Control Board in state court Tuesday, accusing the state decision-makers of obstruction and possible collusion through surreptitious communication about a proposed $18 billion water-diversion program called WaterFix.

  • February 28, 2018

    $14B Great Plains-Westar Deal Gets FERC Approval

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Wednesday gave its authorization to a merger between Great Plains Energy Inc. and Westar Energy Inc. in a deal valued at around $14 billion, finding that the transaction is in the public interest and won’t negatively impact markets or rates.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    40 Years Of FCPA: The Rise In International Enforcement


    The 2008 Siemens matter — then the largest sanction ever imposed in a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement action — set the stage for future cross-collaboration in global anti-corruption enforcement, say Cheryl Scarboro, former chief of the FCPA Unit at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and Diana Wielocha of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP.

  • New Burma Act Would Hinder US Investment In Myanmar

    Geoffrey Atkins

    Some experts estimate that the Burmese military controls up to 50 percent of the country’s economy, and that an additional 20 percent is controlled by individuals and entities targeted under separate sanctions programs. As a practical matter, enactment of the Burma Act of 2017 would mean that a significant portion of Myanmar's economy would be off-limits to U.S. investors, say members of Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Series

    40 Years Of FCPA: Highlights From The 1st Corporate Trial

    Robert Feldman

    The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act case of U.S. v. Harris Corp. was tried in March 1991 — so long ago that pretty much only the parties and counsel remember it. With a smile, I’ve just about given up correcting people who say their case is "the only FCPA case ever to be tried,” says Robert Feldman of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP.

  • Series

    40 Years Of FCPA: The Strange Case That Started It All

    Burton Wiand

    At the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in April 1978, we filed a case against Page Airways and envisioned the trial of a precedent-setting enforcement action that would have defined Foreign Corrupt Practices Act standards at an early stage. Instead, the matter was settled under circumstances that I am sure are unique in SEC history, says Burton Wiand of Wiand Guerra King PA.

  • Opinion

    We Need A Green Amendment

    Maya van Rossum

    Instead of pleading with lawmakers to do the right thing, constitutional amendments would elevate environmental rights to the status of our most cherished liberties, says Maya van Rossum, leader of the Delaware Riverkeeper Network and director of the Environmental Law Clinic at Temple’s Beasley School of Law.

  • FERC Passive Interest Order May Streamline Approvals

    Seth Lucia

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission recently clarified that it will not treat certain passive tax equity interests in public utilities as voting securities that require transaction approval pursuant to the Federal Power Act. But firms may continue to file for approval out of an abundance of caution, say attorneys with Bracewell LLP.

  • The Billing Evolution: How Far Along Is Your Firm?

    Sharon Quaintance

    In a recent study, 20 out of 25 law firms surveyed have made billing process improvement a top priority for 2018. Firms can foster consistency and increase efficiency at all stages of their billing cycle by focusing on a few specific procedures, say Sharon Quaintance and Christine Indiano at HBR Consulting.

  • 10 Tips For Effective Practice Before The 5th Circ.

    Justin Woodard

    The Fifth Circuit is among the busiest federal circuit courts in the country. What can you do to increase your chances of reaching oral argument? And if given the opportunity, how can you present a persuasive argument? Former Fifth Circuit clerk Justin Woodard, an associate at Jones Walker LLP, shares some advice.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Saris Reviews 'Locking Up Our Own'

    Judge Patti Saris

    Having just completed a six-year term as chair of the U.S. Sentencing Commission, I read Yale Law School professor James Forman's new book, "Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America," with particular interest, says Judge Patti Saris, chief judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

  • Examining End Of EPA's 'Sue And Settle' Practice

    Maureen Mitchell

    With the stated intention of promoting transparency and public participation in the process of resolving lawsuits brought against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Administrator Scott Pruitt recently issued a directive to end the “sue and settle” practices within the agency. But whether the directive will provide relief for the EPA from the policy is debatable, says Maureen Mitchell of Fox Rothschild LLP.