Energy & natural resources


Financier Worldwide Magazine

November 2013 Issue

November 2013 Issue

The rapid pace of global growth and change has bought major challenges for the energy & natural resources sector, but also opportunities. The industry faces sweeping reforms aimed at tackling tackle issues ranging from anti-corruption to cyber-security, while an increasing global population raises supply concerns. Climate change continues to grab the headlines and the nuclear sector is plagued by waste disposal and safety concerns. And while CO2 regulation continues to squeeze fossil fuel generation, shale gas is touted as a significant game changer – however in some regions, public opinion stands firmly against this controversial technique. Meanwhile, the rise of the emerging markets is beginning to make a huge impact on world energy markets, and China in particular is moving from an exporter of natural resources to the globe’s primary consumer.

FORUM: Managing energy and natural resources industry disputes

FW moderates a discussion on energy and natural resources industry disputes between Kai-Uwe Karl at GE Oil & Gas and Jonathan Leach at Hogan Lovells Lee & Lee.

The chilling effect of uncertainty – foreign direct investment by state owned enterprises in Canada's resources sector

Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP Foreign direct investment in Canada is down significantly in 2013 – both in terms of the number of deals and in the size of deals. While there is no doubt more than one reason for this, a significant portion of the decline can be attributed to Canada’s new foreign...

The electricity distribution sector in Ontario: the slow road to consolidation

Aird & Berlis LLP In 1998, the introduction of Ontario’s Energy Competition Act (ECA) and Electricity Act (EA) signalled the start of the restructuring of Ontario’s electricity sector, bringing to Canada the wave of liberalisation of electricity markets that had...

The pre-salt oil and gas areas in Brazil – first production-sharing regime bidding round

Villemor Amaral Advogados In November 2007, Petrobras made one of the most important announcements in its history: the discovery of a giant oil reservoir, located in the so called Tupi field, a region defined as pre-salt area, which consists of prospective oil reserves located under an extensive layer of...

Electric sector laws in Spain

Bird & Bird LLP On 20 September 2013 the Council of Ministers approved the draft Law of the Electric Sector to replace existing Law 54/1997. The Official Gazette of the Spanish Congress (Boletín Oficial de las Cortes Generales) published on 4 October 2013 the draft law which will be...


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