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Mayer Brown's Global Energy group serves clients in the oil and gas, power and renewable energy sectors around the globe, including key energy centers in Houston, London, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Mexico City, New York,  Hong Kong and Singapore.

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11th Annual Global Energy Conference - May 17, 2016

An outstanding group of senior energy executives and thought leaders explored and debated top market trends and the challenges facing the industry today.

News Releases
8 December 2016
Mayer Brown announced today that it advised Mitsui & Co., Ltd. (“Mitsui”) in the acquisition of a participating interest in offshore oil and gas fields in the Gulf of Mexico from Shell Offshore Inc.
Legal Update
22 November 2016
Mayer Brown Legal Update
On November 17, 2016, the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) that proposes amendments to its regulations under the Federal Power Act to remove barriers to the participation of electric storage resources and distributed energy resource aggregation in the capacity, energy and ancillary service markets (organized wholesale electric markets) operated by regional transmission organizations (RTO) and independent system operators (ISO).
Media Coverage
10 November 2016
Law360
Tax Transactions & Consulting partner David Burton (New York) is quoted in this article.
Media Coverage
10 November 2016
Wind Power Monthly
Tax Transactions & Consulting partner David Burton (New York) is quoted in this article about renewable energy in a Trump presidency.
Media Coverage
1 November 2016
Rigzone
Corporate & Securities partner Robert Gray (Houston) is quoted in this article discussing anticipated consolidation in oilfield services.
Media Coverage
17 October 2016
Offshore Engineer
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is quoted in this article discussing the change to Brazil's law that limited outside participation in its pre-salt areas.
Legal Update
7 October 2016
Mayer Brown Legal Update
The Preliminary Information Memorandum (“PIM”) regarding the Liquefied Natural Gas (“LNG”) to Power Independent Power Producer (“IPP”) Procurement Programme in the Republic of South Africa, together with the full Information Memorandum was released on 4 October 2016 and can be found on the website of the Department of Energy of the Republic of South Africa. Users have to register an account
Media Coverage
28 September 2016
Renewable Energy Focus
Bylined article by London Banking & Finance partners Tom Eldridge and Kieron Dwyer on the renewable energy landscape and how it is developing worldwide.
Legal Update
22 September 2016
Mayer Brown Legal Update
This article looks at the current regulatory landscape for shale gas extraction, problems struck by applications to date, the latest Government proposal to overcome the local engagement problem, and finally analyses whether this proposal is likely to be successful.
Media Coverage
20 September 2016
INGlobal (subscription required)
London Energy partner Mathew Kidwell is quoted in an article on M&A activity for North Sea mature assets.
Article
September 2016
Mayer Brown Article
Fundamental changes in the international market for liquefied natural gas (LNG) over the past few years have for the first time made gas to power projects practical in those parts of Africa that do not have a domestic supply of natural gas or access to a natural gas pipeline grid to import natural gas from countries that do. These changes to the LNG market, when coupled with the development of floating LNG storage and regasification units (FSRUs) which significantly lowers the cost and time to completion of small scale LNG import terminals, has lead to a surge in proposals for gas to power projects throughout Africa.
Media Coverage
13 September 2016
Africa Outlook

Bylined article by London Corporate & Securities partner Rob Hamill and senior associate Jonathan Musker on the investment opportunities available in Nigeria to stabilise its oil & gas market.

Please see the latest edition of Africa Outlook.

Legal Update
8 September 2016
Mayer Brown Legal Update
On August 30, 2016, the US Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) finalized regulations that clarify the definition of real property for purposes of the real estate investment trust (“REIT”) provisions under Section 856. The final regulations generally are consistent with the proposed regulations that were released in May 2014.
News Releases
1 September 2016
Mayer Brown announced today that Ariel Ramos has joined the firm in Mexico City as a partner in the Banking & Finance practice and global Energy group, where he will advise clients on energy, infrastructure and projects transactions. Mr. Ramos was founding partner at Ramos Marcín Abogados S.C. and previously served as the leader of Haynes and Boone, LLP’s energy, projects and energy finance practice in Mexico for three years and head of the energy, infrastructure and project finance practice at White & Case LLP in Mexico for 15 years. Joining Mr. Ramos in the move to Mayer Brown’s Mexico City office are two associates.
Media Coverage
29 August 2016
Houston Matters
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is featured in this Houston Matters segment.
Media Coverage
25 August 2016
Renewable Energy World
In a bylined article, Tax Transactions & Consulting partner David Burton (New York) examines energy storage tax credits.
Media Coverage
10 August 2016
African Business Review
Bylined article by London Energy partner Mathew Kidwell on liquefied natural gas projects in Africa.
In Brief
26 July 2016
Mayer Brown In Brief
On July 21, 2016, the Obama administration announced, on the heels of the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) first-ever Sustainable Transportation Summit, a set of actions from the federal government, private sector and states, as well as a new framework for collaboration for vehicle manufacturers, electric utilities, electric vehicle charging companies and states, all geared toward accelerating the deployment of electric vehicle charging infrastructure and putting more electric vehicles on the road.
In Brief
25 July 2016
Brochure
21 July 2016
Mayer Brown Brochure
On June 23 2016, the citizens of the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union by a majority of 4% (52% Leave versus 48% Remain). This unprecedented decision will have significant implications for everyone and is likely to raise complicated and unique legal issues.  Our brochure addresses the question: what happens next?
Media Coverage
18 July 2016
Tax Notes
In a bylined article, Tax Transactions & Consulting partner David Burton (New York) examines renewable energy tax credits.
Legal Update
18 July 2016
Mayer Brown Legal Update
On June 28, 2016, the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) published its final rule for the operation and certification of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS), or drones. The final rule concludes a rulemaking that commenced in January 2015 and generated more than 4,800 comments submitted to the FAA.
In Brief
15 July 2016
Mayer Brown In Brief
On July 1, 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued its decision and order in United Airlines Inc. et. al. v. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the United States of America, finding that FERC’s 2005 Policy Statement on Income Tax Allowances had not been adequately supported and was arbitrary or capricious and remanded the case for further proceedings consistent with the order.
Media Coverage
15 July 2016
Bloomberg BNA
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is quoted in this article discussing energy production in Mexico.
Media Coverage
5 July 2016
Compliance Week (subscription required)
Corporate & Securities partner Robert Gray (Houston) is quoted in this article discussing a new SEC extractive payments rule.
Media Coverage
1 July 2016
Mineweb
Bylined article by London Banking & Finance partner Kieron Dwyer on oil and gas companies looking closely at moving through the value chain to downstream activities.
Media Coverage
1 July 2016
Petroleum Review (subscription required)

Bylined article by London Energy partner Mathew Kidwell on the challenges of developing LNG export projects in emerging markets.

First published in Petroleum Review in July 2016 Licensed for print and electronic distribution to Mayer Brown and sites owned by Mayer Brown.

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Media Coverage
30 June 2016
Renewable Energy World
In a bylined article, Tax Transactions & Consulting partner David Burton (New York) discusses the Renewable Energy Finance Forum held in New York on June 21.
Media Coverage
28 June 2016
Corporate Counsel (subscription required)
Corporate & Securities partner Robert Gray (Houston) is quoted in this article discussing the final version of an SEC rule requiring many companies in the resource extraction business to disclose most payments they make to the U.S. federal government or foreign governments related to commercial development of gas, oil and minerals.
Legal Update
24 June 2016
Mayer Brown Legal Update
Over the years, the UK has exercised a significant influence over European Union energy policy and has been at the forefront of liberalisation initiatives. Following a referendum held on the 23 June 2016, it has been announced that the United Kingdom has decided to leave the European Union (“Brexit”).
In Brief
23 June 2016
Mayer Brown JSM In Brief
On 9 June 2016, the President's Office announced the new members of the re-constituted Myanmar Investment Commission (the "MIC").
21 June 2016
Law 360
London Banking & Finance partner Kieron Dwyer and Financial Services Regulatory & Enforcement partner Guy Wilkes are quoted in an article on the threat of disruption to cross-border energy deals by Brexit.
Media Coverage
21 June 2016
Solar Industry
In a bylined article, Tax Transactions & Consulting partner David Burton and counsel Anne Levin-Nussabaum (both New York) discuss the renewable energy industry and how it is affected by a recent IRS update.
Article
20 June 2016
Mayer Brown Article
If a contractual clause is regarded as penal, it will be unenforceable. The paradigm case in which this arises is where the contract provides that if a party breaches its contract, it is to make a payment to the other party that is regarded as excessive in law.
News Releases
16 June 2016
Mayer Brown announced that Tax Transactions & Consulting partner David Burton was named to A Word About Wind’s inaugural Legal Power List 2016, a list of the “100 most influential lawyers on the financial side of the global wind sector.”
Media Coverage
1 June 2016
Texas Lawyer
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is quoted in this article discussing projects and opportunities for energy companies in Mexico.
Media Coverage
27 May 2016
Law360
Energy partner Francisco Mendez (Houston) is quoted in this article discussing five pieces of advice for energy companies looking to do business in Mexico as reforms continue to be implemented.
Media Coverage
18 May 2016
Bloomberg BNA (subscription required)
Litigation & Dispute Resolution partner Charles Kelley (Houston) is quoted in this article discussing Mayer Brown's energy conference.
Media Coverage
17 May 2016
Rigzone
Litigation & Dispute Resolution partner Charles Kelley (Houston) is quoted in this article discussing Mayer Brown's energy conference.
Media Coverage
17 May 2016
E&P
Corporate & Securities partners Toshi Yoshida and Thomas Moore (both Houston) are quoted in this article discussing Mayer Brown's energy conference.
Media Coverage
17 May 2016
ICIS News (subscription required)
Head of Projects for Mayer Brown JSM Xiangyang Ge (Beijing) and Corporate & Securities partner Toshi Yoshida (Houston) are quoted in this article discussing Mayer Brown's energy conference.
Media Coverage
17 May 2016
Oil & Gas Journal
Litigation & Dispute Resolution partner Charles Kelley (Houston) is quoted in this article discussing Mayer Brown's energy conference.
Media Coverage
16 May 2016
Oil & Gas Financial Journal
Corporate & Securities partner Thomas Moore (Houston) is quoted in this article discussing the failed agreement to coordinate oil supply between OPEC and outside nations.
In Brief
16 May 2016
Mayer Brown In Brief
On May 10, 2016, the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued a proposed amendment to its 2013 RTO/ISO Order1 that would effectively restore private rights of action against grid operators to electric market participants.
Media Coverage
10 May 2016
Law360
Tax Transactions & Consulting partner Jeffrey Davis (Washington DC) is quoted in this article discussing the IRS doubling the time clean energy developers have to complete projects in order to qualify for the renewable production tax credit.
Media Coverage
6 May 2016
SNL Financial/ S&P Global Market Intelligence
Tax Transactions & Consulting partner Jeffrey Davis (Washington DC) is quoted in this article discussing the IRS extending the window of time that certain renewable energy facilities have to complete construction in order to qualify for tax credits.
Media Coverage
5 May 2016
Politico Pro (subscription required)
Tax Transactions & Consulting partner Jeffrey Davis (Washington DC) is quoted in this article discussing the wind PTC construction deadline extension.
News Releases
2 May 2016
Mayer Brown has further strengthened its global Energy group with the addition of Olivier Mélédo as a partner in Paris. He was previously at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe.
News Releases
2 May 2016
Mr. Burton to enhance firm’s US renewable energy, equipment leasing and asset-backed finance capabilities

Mayer Brown announced today that David K. Burton has joined the firm’s Tax Transactions & Consulting practice and Renewable Energy group as a partner in New York. Mr. Burton will serve as the leader of Mayer Brown’s Renewable Energy group for the New York office. Previously, he was a partner with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP in New York.
Legal Update
27 April 2016
Mayer Brown JSM Legal Update
To facilitate Chinese enterprises investing overseas, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) issued a draft rule to relax the approval regime for outbound investments for consultation – the Draft NDRC Decision on Revising the Administrative Measures on Approval and Record-filing of Outbound Investment Projects (the "Consultation Draft"). The consultation period will end on 13 May 2016.
Media Coverage
19 April 2016
Oil & Gas Journal
Corporate & Securities partner Thomas Moore (Houston) is quoted in this article discussing crude oil prices.
Media Coverage
19 April 2016
Natural Gas Intel
Corporate & Securities partner Thomas Moore (Houston) is quoted in this article discussing OPEC's failure to reach an agreement to freeze global oil production.
Media Coverage
18 April 2016
E&E Publishing (subscription required)
Corporate & Securities partner Thomas Moore (Houston) is quoted in this article discussing the global oil bust.
Media Coverage
17 April 2016
Africa Global Funds (subscription required)
In a bylined article, Corporate & Securities partner Robert Hamill and associate Sam Webster (both London) say that this 2016 will be critical for M&A activity in the energy sector following the turbulence of 2015
Media Coverage
14 April 2016
BNAmericas (subscription required)
Corporate & Securities partner Thomas Moore (Houston) is quoted in this article discussing an OPEC freeze.
In Brief
13 April 2016
Mayer Brown In Brief
On April 4, 2016, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), after consultation with the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, jointly issued proposed guidance regarding certain (1) electric power capacity contracts and (2) natural gas peaking contracts.
News Releases
11 April 2016
Mayer Brown announced today that it has expanded its project finance capabilities with the addition of Tom Eldridge as a partner in the Banking & Finance practice in London. Tom joins Mayer Brown from Dentons where he was the London project finance leader and global sector and practice co-leader for mining.
Media Coverage
8 April 2016
E&P
Tauil & Chequer Advogados Energy partner Alexandre Chequer (Rio de Janeiro), Litigation & Dispute Resolution partner Bernardo Weaver (São Paulo) and Mayer Brown Global Anti-Corruption & FCPA partner Laurence Urgenson (Washington DC) are quoted from remarks given at a conference hosted by Mayer Brown.
Media Coverage
6 April 2016
ICIS
Tauil & Chequer Advogados Energy partner Alexandre Chequer (Rio de Janeiro) and Litigation & Dispute Resolution partner Bernardo Weaver (São Paulo) are quoted from remarks given at a conference hosted by Mayer Brown.
Media Coverage
4 April 2016
Texas Lawyer
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is quoted in this article discussing projects and opportunities for energy companies in Mexico.
Legal Update
31 March 2016
Mayer Brown Legal Update
On March 28, 2016, bids were submitted in Mexico’s first auction to award power purchase and sale agreements under the country’s new Electric Industry Law of 2014. This Legal Update reviews the material provisions of the power purchase and sale agreements.
Media Coverage
31 March 2016
Bloomberg BNA (subscription required)
Energy associate Gabriel Salinas (Houston) is quoted in this article discussing the Mexico power auction.
Media Coverage
28 March 2016
Bloomberg BNA (subscription required)
Energy associate Gabriel Salinas (Houston) is quoted in this article discussing the Mexico electricity auction.
Media Coverage
28 March 2016
Bloomberg BNA (subscription required)
Energy associate Gabriel Salinas (Houston) is quoted in this article discussing the Mexico electricity auction.
Media Coverage
26 March 2016
The Wall Street Journal
Energy associate Gabriel Salinas (Houston) is quoted in this article discussing the Mexico electricity auction.
Media Coverage
25 March 2016
Texas Lawyer
Energy associate Gabriel Salinas (Houston) is quoted in this article discussing the Mexican electric power auction.
Media Coverage
23 March 2016
Bloomberg BNA (subscription required)
Energy associate Gabriel Salinas (Houston) is quoted in this article discussing the Mexico electricity auction.
Media Coverage
21 March 2016
Law360
In a bylined article, Energy partner Pablo Ferrante (Houston), Banking & Finance senior counsel Kevin Shaw (Houston), and Litigation & Dispute Resolution partner Mark Ryan (Washington DC) examine recent high-profile cases that raise issues concerning anti-competitive conduct.
Legal Update
16 March 2016
Mayer Brown Legal Update
The Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, today delivered his eighth Budget in the House of Commons. In this alert we set out the key reforms relevant to the environment, planning and energy sectors and our initial thoughts on their impact on business.
Legal Update
8 March 2016
Mayer Brown Legal Update
Every oil and gas exploration and production (E&P) company acquires oil and gas properties either directly from landowners or from other lessees. These transactions come in many forms and sizes but occur daily in good times and bad times.
Legal Update
3 March 2016
Mayer Brown Legal Update
In a recent environmental contamination putative class action, Reece v. AES Corp,1 the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit affirmed an Oklahoma district court’s denial of two motions to remand.
News Releases
3 March 2016
Mayer Brown and Tauil & Chequer Advogados, in association with Mayer Brown, have been named “Recommended Firms” in the 2016 edition of the Latin Lawyer 250.
Media Coverage
1 March 2016
Offshore Engineer
In a bylined article, Energy partner Dallas Parker, associate Gabriel Salinas and foreign lawyer Diego Perez (all Houston) examine the terms of Mexico’s phase four bid round to be held in 2016.
1 March 2016
Sentido Común
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is quoted on budget cuts at Pemex (Spanish language).
Media Coverage
February 2016
The Journal of Petroleum Technology
Energy partner Francisco Mendez (Houston) is quoted in this article discussing Mexico’s onshore auction.
Legal Update
23 February 2016
Mayer Brown JSM Legal Update
Thailand's long awaited and much anticipated Business Collateral Act B.E. 2558 (2015) (Act), was published in the Royal Thai Government Gazette on 5 November 2015 and will come into force on 1 July 2016.
Legal Update
18 February 2016
Mayer Brown Legal Update
In Northern Illinois Gas Company v. City of Evanston, the Northern District of Illinois held that alleged natural gas leaks from distribution pipelines are not “solid or hazardous waste” subject to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (“RCRA”).
News Releases
18 February 2016
Mayer Brown announced today that it has appointed Mathew Kidwell as a partner in London to further boost its global Energy group.
Legal Update
16 February 2016
Mayer Brown JSM Legal Update
Up until very recently, the legislation that governed arbitrations in Myanmar was the antiquated Arbitration Act 1944. The 1944 Act mirrored India's Arbitration Act 1940 and was generally regarded as outdated and defunct. Reform of Myanmar's arbitration regime was urgently required. In the last few years, as the country has become more accessible to foreign investors with the implementation of political and market reforms, Myanmar has seen a number of changes which will dramatically impact the conduct of arbitrations in the country. It will also affect how arbitral awards can be enforced, recently culminating in the enactment and coming into force of Myanmar's Arbitration Law (Union Law 5/2016) on 5 January 2016.
Media Coverage
5 February 2016
Latin America Advisor - Energy Advisor
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is featured in this Q&A discussing Peru’s energy sector.
Newsletter
29 January 2016
Media Coverage
14 January 2016
Houston Business Journal
In a bylined article, Corporate & Securities partner Jeff Dobbs (Houston) discusses strategies for a down market.
Media Coverage
6 January 2016
International Tax Review (subscription required)
Tax Transactions & Consulting partner Jeffrey Davis (Washington DC) is quoted in this article discussing renewable energy tax credits.
Media Coverage
5 January 2016
Law360
Litigation & Dispute Resolution partner Mike Lennon (Houston) is quoted in this article discussing the biggest energy-related court decisions of last year.
In Brief
4 January 2016
Mayer Brown In Brief
On December 22, 2015, the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or Commission) granted a petition for declaratory order by Starwood Energy Global Group and certain of its Project Companies that are jurisdictional public utilities (together, Petitioners) relating to current and future investments in public utilities made through various limited liability private equity investment funds managed or controlled by Starwood Energy Group (collectively, Starwood Funds).
Media Coverage
December 2015
AIPN Advisor
In a bylined article, Energy partners Dallas Parker, Jose Valera, Pablo Ferrante, Francisco Mendez, associate Gabriel Salinas and foreign lawyer Diego Perez (all Houston) examine the bidding and contract terms for 10 deepwater and ultra-deepwater oil and gas areas in Mexico.
Legal Update
28 December 2015
Mayer Brown Legal Update
The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016 (P.L. 114-113) (the “Act”) brings both good and bad news for taxpayers with an interest in energy tax credits. On the one hand, the Act extends the time periods during which certain credits are available.
Media Coverage
24 December 2015
Law360
Litigation & Dispute Resolution partner Mike Lennon (Houston) is quoted in this article discussing cases that energy attorneys are going to be watching closely in 2016.
Media Coverage
23 December 2015
ICIS
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is quoted in this article discussing Mexico energy reform.
Media Coverage
21 December 2015
Rigzone
Corporate & Securities partner Robert Gray and Litigation & Dispute Resolution partner Charles Kelley (both Houston) are quoted extensively in this article discussing the emergence of a new mergers and acquisitions cycle.
Legal Update
18 December 2015
Media Coverage
16 December 2015
OilPrice.com
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is quoted in this article about oil production in Mexico.
Media Coverage
16 December 2015
Law360
Government affairs advisor Mickey Leibner (Washington DC) was quoted in this article discussing the recent US budget deal.
Media Coverage
16 December 2015
Oil & Gas Investor
Energy partner Dallas Parker, Tax Transactions & Consulting partner Edward Osterberg, Corporate & Securities partner Jeff Dobbs and Corporate & Securities associate John Furlow (all Houston) are mentioned as representing EE3 LLC. This representation was also mentioned by World Oil.
News Releases
15 December 2015
Mayer Brown advised EE3, LLC on the sale of Niobrara shale oil assets in the North Park Basin, Jackson County, Colorado to SandRidge Energy, Inc. for approximately $190 million in cash. The transaction provides SandRidge Energy with 136,000 largely contiguous net acres and multiyear Niobrara shale drilling inventory in the North Park Basin, and represents one of the few large oil and gas property sales to close in 2015.
Media Coverage
15 December 2015
Houston Chronicle (subscription required)
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is quoted in this article discussing oil production in Mexico.
Media Coverage
9 December 2015
Law 360
Corporate & Securites partner Thomas Moore (Houston) is quoted in this article discussing energy M&A trends.
Media Coverage
6 November 2015
Texas Lawyer
Energy partner Dallas Parker (Houston) is quoted in this article covering Mayer Brown's Houston office hosting foreign trainees and hiring foreign associates.
Media Coverage
5 November 2015
Reuters
Banking & Financing partner Paul Forrester (Chicago) is quoted in this article discussing oil and gas loans.
Media Coverage
5 November 2015
Further Africa
In a bylined article, Tauil & Chequer Advogados Corporate & Securities special counsel Paulo Rage (Rio de Janeiro) discusses the new framework of the oil and gas sector in Mozambique.
Media Coverage
3 November 2015
Migalhas
In a bylined article, Tauil & Chequer Advogados Corporate & Securities special counsel Paulo Rage (Rio de Janeiro) discusses international treaty signed between Brazil and Mozambique to foster reciprocal investments between both countries.
Brochure
November 2015
Mayer Brown JSM Brochure
Mayer Brown JSM has been advising clients in the energy sector for decades. Our worldwide client base includes companies representing the full spectrum of the energy industry, and those that finance or invest in them.
Legal Update
28 October 2015
Mayer Brown Legal Update
A broad consensus has emerged in the last few years regarding the need to enhance sharing of cybersecurity threat information within the private sector and between the private sector and the government, subject to appropriate privacy safeguards. On Tuesday, October 27, the US Senate passed significant legislation on that topic—the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA, S.754)—by a vote of 74-21.
Media Coverage
22 October 2015
Law360
Banking & Financing partner Paul Forrester (Chicago) is quoted in this article discussing the impact of the impending drop in value of the federal investment tax credit on the residential solar industry.
Media Coverage
13 October 2015
Reuters
Corporate & Securities partner Robert Gray (Houston) is quoted in this article discussing the oil and gas industry.
Media Coverage
20 September 2015
San Antonio Express News
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is quoted in this article discussing oil production in Mexico.
Media Coverage
18 September 2015
Houston Chronicle
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is quoted in this article discussing Mexico's oil auction.
Legal Update
18 September 2015
Media Coverage
16 September 2015
Law360
Energy partner Dallas Parker (Houston) is quoted in this article discussing Mexico’s oil auction changes.
Media Coverage
14 September 2015
The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is quoted in this article discussing Mexico energy reform.
Article
10 September 2015
Mayer Brown Article
Nigeria has vast oil and gas history and potential. It has the largest natural gas and second largest oil reserves in Africa with estimated known reserves of 37 billion barrels of oil and 5 trillion cubic metres of natural gas.
Article
9 September 2015
Mayer Brown Article
In In re: Delta Petroleum Corp. (Bankr. Del. Apr. 2, 2015), the bankruptcy court (the “Court”) considered competing motions for summary judgment as to whether certain overriding royalty interests (“ORRIs”) constituted (1) mere contractual rights to payment that were discharged by the confirmed chapter 11 reorganization plan or (2) real property interests that were not part of the estate in bankruptcy and, thus, survived the trustee’s challenge.
Article
9 September 2015
Mayer Brown Article
Oil prices, which held below $50/bbl in August 2015, are projected to remain below $60/bbl through 2016.
News Releases
27 August 2015
Mayer Brown is proud to announce that Chicago partner Robert A. Helman has been named one of The American Lawyer’s 2015 “Lifetime Achievers.”
Media Coverage
26 August 2015
The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is quoted in this article discussing Mexico's oil auction.
Legal Update
24 August 2015
Mayer Brown Legal Update
Corporate purchases of renewable energy are on the rise in the United States. Corporations are often attracted by wind energy’s unique ability to hedge against rising prices for other fuels—just as utilities buy fixed-price wind energy to protect their consumers against volatility in the price of other fuels.
Media Coverage
24 August 2015
The American Lawyer
Mayer Brown partner Bob Helman is featured as a "Lifetime Achiever" in The American Lawyer.
Media Coverage
18 August 2015
Offshore Engineer
Litigation & Dispute Resolution partner Bill Michael (Chicago) and Tauil & Chequer Advogados partners Salim Jorge Saud Neto and Victor Galante (both Rio de Janeiro) are quoted extensively in this article discussing the Petrobras probe.
News Releases
12 August 2015
Mayer Brown announced today the opening of its office in Mexico City. The firm actively serves clients operating and investing in the oil, gas and power industries in Mexico. With the launch of the Mexico City office, Mayer Brown solidifies its position as a market leader in connection with Mexico’s energy reform.
Media Coverage
4 August 2015
The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is quoted in this article discussing changes in the terms for Mexico's September oil auction.
Media Coverage
24 July 2015
E&P
Energy partners Dallas Parker and Francisco Mendez (both Houston) are quoted in this article discussing Phase 1 of Mexico's ongoing energy reform.
Media Coverage
24 July 2015
E&P
Energy partner Dallas Parker (Houston) is quoted in this article discussing Phase 1 of Mexico's ongoing energy reform.
Media Coverage
20 July 2015
BloombergBusiness
Corporate & Securities partner Robert Gray (Houston) is quoted in this article discussing the oil and gas industry.
Media Coverage
16 July 2015
Law360
Energy partner Dallas Parker (Houston) is quoted in this article discussing Mexico's ongoing energy reform.
Media Coverage
15 July 2015
E&P
Energy partners Dallas Parker and Francisco Mendez (both Houston) are quoted in this article discussing Mexico's ongoing energy reform.
Media Coverage
14 July 2015
Offshore
In a bylined article, Energy partner Dallas Parker, associates Gabriel Salinas, John Furlow and foreign lawyer Diego Perez (all Houston) examine Mexico's final model for shallow-water PSC.
Media Coverage
14 July 2015
Houston Chronicle (subscription required)
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is quoted in this article discussing Mexico energy reform.
Media Coverage
1 July 2015
Rigzone
Corporate & Securities partner Robert Gray (Houston) is quoted in this article discussing the oil and gas industry.
Media Coverage
June 2015
Midstream Business (subscription required)
Litigation & Dispute Resolution partner Charles Kelley (Houston) is extensively quoted in this feature article.
Media Coverage
29 June 2015
Rigzone
Corporate & Securities partner Robert Gray, Litigation & Dispute Resolution partner Charles Kelley (both Houston) and Restructuring, Bankruptcy & Insolvency partner Sean Scott (Chicago) are quoted in this article discussing the threat of restructurings in the upstream energy industry.
Legal Update
9 June 2015
Mayer Brown JSM Legal Update
The Government has gazetted 1 January 2016 as the commencement date of the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Ordinance (the "Ordinance").
Media Coverage
9 June 2015
Daily Business Review
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is quoted in this article regarding Mexico energy reform.
Media Coverage
3 June 2015
Latin Lawyer (subscription required)
Energy partner Alexandre Chequer (Houston, Rio de Janeiro) is quoted in this article discussing Latin Lawyer's 6th Annual Oil and Gas Conference.
Media Coverage
29 May 2015
Infrastructure Investor (subscription required)
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is quoted in this article regarding climate change.
Media Coverage
26 May 2015
Offshore Engineer
Energy partner Alexandre Chequer (Houston, Rio de Janeiro) is quoted in this article discussing Petrobas and corruption in Brazil.
Legal Update
18 May 2015
Mayer Brown Legal Update
The US Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis (the “BEA”) has amended the reporting requirements applicable to US persons (defined below) related to its 2014 BE-10 Benchmark Survey of US Direct Investment Abroad.
Media Coverage
14 May 2015
Bloomberg Business
Corporate & Securities partner Robert Gray (Houston) is quoted in this article discussing the oil servicer market. 
Media Coverage
14 May 2015
E&P
Corporate & Securities partner Toshi Yoshida (Houston) and Energy partner Alexandre Chequer (Houston, Rio de Janeiro) are quoted in this article discussing the energy industry in Asia.
Legal Update
7 May 2015
Mayer Brown Legal Update
The US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has published proposed regulations clarifying which activities generate “qualifying income” for a Master Limited Partnership (MLP). MLPs are partnerships whose ownership interests are traded on a securities exchange or secondary market. MLPs benefit from similar liquidity and access to markets as corporations, without being subject to an entity-level tax.
Legal Update
6 May 2015
Mayer Brown JSM Legal Update
Following the lead set by Shanghai's free trade zone (FTZ), the State Council approved at the end of 2014 the establishment of new FTZs in Tianjin, Fujian and Guangdong, and the expansion of the Shanghai FTZ. After four months' preparation, these new FTZs were finally declared open in April this year. Coinciding with the opening, we have also seen the issuance of an updated negative list for foreign investment, a revised national security review rule and overall plans and administrative regulations for each FTZ. These regulations generally follow the model of the Shanghai FTZ with a couple of modifications to adapt for local characteristics.
Media Coverage
1 May 2015
E&P
Energy associate Gabriel Salinas (Houston) is quoted in this article discussing Mexico's energy industry.
Media Coverage
1 May 2015
Upstream (subscription required)
Energy associate Gabriel Salinas (Houston) is quoted in this article discussing Mexico's energy industry.
Media Coverage
27 April 2015
The National Law Journal
Litigation & Dispute Resolution partner Tim Bishop (Chicago) was profiled in The National Law Journal as a “2015 Energy & Environmental Trailblazer.”
News Releases
21 April 2015
Mr. Young to strengthen Mayer Brown’s US electric power transactional capabilities and continue rapid growth of DC office

Mayer Brown announced today that Andrew Young has joined the firm’s Banking & Finance practice and global Energy group as a partner in Washington DC. Previously, he was a partner with K&L Gates.
News Releases
7 April 2015
Mayer Brown advised on the transaction named “Latin American Transmission Deal of the Year” by IJGlobal at its 2014 Americas Awards, which recognize “excellence, achievement and innovation in energy and infrastructure finance” during the past year and are chosen by the publication’s editorial team.
Media Coverage
2 April 2015
Offshore Engineer
In a bylined article, Energy partner Dallas Parker and associate Gabriel Salinas (both Houston) examine Mexican exploration and production contracts.
Media Coverage
26 March 2015
AIDA
Banking & Finance partner Paul Forrester (Chicago), along with Energy associates John Furlow and Gabriel Salinas (both Houston), Banking & Finance associates Sean Kulkarni (Washington DC) and Stephen Yeh (Houston), Litigation & Dispute Resolution associates Sarah Reynolds and Alexandra Shea (both Chicago) and Erica Speights (Palo Alto) contributed to this best practices guide for coral reef protection.
In Brief
23 March 2015
Mayer Brown In Brief
On March 20, 2015, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), part of the US Department of the Interior, issued a final rule titled “Oil and Gas; Hydraulic Fracturing on Federal and Indian Lands,” scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on Thursday, March 26, 2015.
Media Coverage
23 March 2015
Compliance Week
Mayer Brown Litigation & Dispute Resolution partner Kelly Kramer (Washington DC) and Tauil & Chequer Advogados partners Salim Jorge Saud Neto (Rio de Janeiro) are quoted in this article discussing the Petrobras probe.
Legal Update
March 2015
Mayer Brown Legal Update
In the Budget 2015 delivered on Wednesday 18 March 2015, the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne set out several significant tax breaks for the UK oil and gas sector. Set against the background of a maturing UK basin, albeit one with significant resources as yet unexplored, the Government states that these measures are "expected to lead to over £4 billion of additional investment and at least 120 million barrels of oil equivalent of additional production in the next 5 years."
Legal Update
19 March 2015
Mayer Brown JSM Legal Update
On 13 March 2015, the National Development and Reform Commission (“NDRC”) and Ministry of Commerce (“MOFCOM”) jointly released the 2015 version of the Foreign Investment Industrial Guidance Catalogue (“2015 Catalogue”) to replace the current catalogue adopted in 2011 (“2011 Catalogue”). The 2015 Catalogue will enter into effect as from 10 April 2015.
Media Coverage
17 March 2015
Offshore Engineer
Litigation & Dispute Resolution partner Charles Kelley and Corporate & Securities partner Robert Gray (both Houston) are featured in this Q&A.
Media Coverage
16 March 2015
BNAmericas (subscription required)
Energy associate Gabriel Salinas (Houston) is quoted in this article discussing Mexico's energy industry.
News Releases
9 March 2015
Firm aims to open office in Mexico City to focus on oil, gas and power industries

Mayer Brown announced today that Francisco Mendez has joined the firm as a partner in its Global Energy practice. Previously, he spent nearly 20 years at ExxonMobil Corporation as in-house counsel for Latin America, where he most recently advised the company on the opening of the oil and gas industry in Mexico to the private sector. Mr. Mendez will be based in the Houston office of Mayer Brown.
Media Coverage
2 March 2015
Bloomberg
Energy associate Gabriel Salinas (Houston) is quoted in this article discussing the recent energy reforms in Mexico.
Media Coverage
February 2015
Journal of the Japanese Institute of International Business Law
In a bylined article, Corporate & Securities partner Toshi Yoshida (Houston) discusses issues regarding the purchase of US shale assets by Japanese corporations. This article is published in its original Japanese.
Media Coverage
27 February 2015
Offshore
Energy associate Gabriel Salinas (Houston) is quoted in this article discussing the recent energy reforms in Mexico. This article was also published by Oil & Gas Financial Journal and PennEnergy.com
Media Coverage
27 February 2015
Texas Lawyer
Energy associate Gabriel Salinas (Houston) is quoted in this article discussing energy reforms in Mexico.
Media Coverage
26 February 2015
Bloomberg
Energy associate Gabriel Salinas (Houston) is quoted in this article discussing the recent energy reforms in Mexico.
Media Coverage
4 February 2015
Pratt's Energy Law Report
In a bylined article, Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) discusses Mexico's new electric industry law. 
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30 January 2015
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Media Coverage
15 January 2015
Bloomberg Businessweek
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is quoted in this article discussing energy reform in Mexico.
Media Coverage
15 January 2015
E&P
Energy partners Jose Valera and Pablo Ferrante and associate Gabriel Salinas (all Houston) are quoted regarding Mexico's energy reforms.
Legal Update
14 January 2015
Tauil & Chequer Legal Update
The Notice of Public Hearing and Consultation No. 31/2014 of the National Agency for Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels ("ANP”) was published on December 31, 2014, in order to propose the draft of a new Resolution to regulate the construction, expansion and operation of storage and transportation facilities for oil, natural gas, oil products, biofuels and other products regulated by the ANP (“Products”), revoking Ordinance ANP No. 170/1998 (“Ordinance”).
Media Coverage
14 January 2015
Upstream (subscription required)
Energy associate Gabriel Salinas (Houston) is quoted in this article discussing the recent energy reforms in Mexico.
Legal Update
13 January 2015
Mayer Brown Legal Update
The Mexican National Hydrocarbons Commission (CNH) has published the model production-sharing contract for the first phase of Mexico’s Round One bid process relating to 14 contract areas in shallow waters. We review the main terms of the production-sharing contract model.
Legal Update
7 January 2015
Mayer Brown Legal Update
The US Department of Agriculture has published its final rule (Rule) for the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), which was formerly known as REDA (Renewable Energy Developmental Assistance).
Legal Update
24 December 2014
Mayer Brown Legal Update
President Obama signed into law H.R. 5771, the Tax Increase Prevention Act, which extends until December 31, 2014, more than 50 tax benefits that had expired on December 31, 2013. Signed on December 19, the law had been passed by Congress just days previously, after months of back-and-forth regarding the nature of the “extenders” package.
Media Coverage
23 December 2014
E&E News (registration required)
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is quoted in this article discussing the energy sector in Mexico.
Newsletter
18 December 2014
Mayer Brown Newsletter
We are pleased to provide our clients and friends with this composite of brief, yet insightful, articles on topics that we believe have captivated much of the energy industry’s attention through 2014.
Media Coverage
17 December 2014
Law360
Government affairs advisor Mickey Leibner (Washington DC) was quoted in this article discussing developments in the wind energy sector.
Legal Update
17 December 2014
Mayer Brown Legal Update
Energy issues are expected to be at the top of the legislative agenda as Republicans prepare to assume control of both the US House and Senate in January. Actions to achieve the Republican’s energy priorities could create conflicts with the Obama administration, forcing it to identify the energy issues it is willing to protect through veto.
Legal Update
16 December 2014
Mayer Brown Legal Update

The Mexican National Hydrocarbons Commission published the bidding and contract terms for the first 14 oil and gas areas in shallow waters, kicking off the first phase of Mexico’s Round One, which will continue throughout 2015.

This Legal Update was excerpted by the Oil & Gas Journal on December 22, 2014.

Media Coverage
Fall 2014
State Bar of Texas, Corporate Counsel Section
In a bylined article, John Furlow and Gabriel Salinas discuss Mexico's energy reforms.
Media Coverage
5 December 2014
The Wall Street Journal
Gabriel Salinas is quoted in an article about the Mexican government’s plans to consider scaling back the initial bidding to reopen the country’s oil and gas industry to private companies due to the recent plunge in oil prices.
Media Coverage
4 December 2014
North American Wind Power
Mickey Leibner was quoted in this article discussing recent developments in wind power.
Media Coverage
4 December 2014
ICIS.com (subscription required)
Government affairs advisor Mickey Leibner (Washington DC) was quoted in this article discussing developments in the biodiesel sector.
Article
2 December 2014
Mayer Brown JSM Article
Mayer Brown JSM lawyers have contributed two country chapters to the IFLR Project Finance Annual Guide 2014. One chapter is written by Maythawee Sarathai and Ben Thompson on Thailand, while the other chapter written by Nathan Dodd and David Harrison covers Vietnam.
Media Coverage
2 December 2014
Thomas Moore is quoted in an article about how the increasing clout of national oil companies have changed the global deal-making scene.
Legal Update
2 December 2014
Mayer Brown Legal Update
On November 28, 2014, the Mexican National Hydrocarbons Commission (“CNH”) published in the Mexican Federal Official Gazette a resolution containing the administrative rules for the bidding process and granting of contracts for the exploration and production of hydrocarbons (the “Rules”).
Media Coverage
19 November 2014
Midstream Business (subscription required)
Tom Moore is quoted in an article about LNG as a possible fuel option in Hawaii.
Legal Update
17 November 2014
Mayer Brown JSM Legal Update
On 4 November 2014, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) released the latest revised draft of the Foreign Investment Industrial Guidance Catalogue (外商投资产业指导目录) (Catalogue) soliciting public comments. The deadline to submit comments is 3 December 2014.
Media Coverage
11 November 2014
Oil and Gas Investor Australia
Corporate & Securites partner Thomas Moore (Houston) is quoted in this article discussing energy opportunities in Hawaii.
Media Coverage
10 November 2014
Oil & Gas Journal
Energy partner Dallas Parker and associate Gabriel Salinas (both Houston) are quoted in this article discussing Mexico's recent energy industry reforms.
Media Coverage
7 November 2014
ICIS
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is quoted in this article discussing Mexico's energy reforms.
Legal Update
6 November 2014
Mayer Brown JSM Legal Update
Since its official launch in 2013, the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone ("Shanghai FTZ") has recently celebrated its first anniversary. Over the past year, various policies relating to foreign investment have been promulgated in the 29 square kilometre Shanghai Free Trade Zone in the outskirts of Shanghai, which has generally been viewed as an important testing ground for the country's policymakers. These policies include a "negative list" approach on company establishment, the reform on RMB liberalisation and the opening up of several industrial sectors to foreign investment (such as finance, telecommunication and shipping, etc).
Media Coverage
4 November 2014
ICIS (subscription required)
Energy partner Dallas Parker and associate Gabriel Salinas (both Houston) are quoted in this article discussing Mexico's ongoing energy reform.
Brochure
2014
Mayer Brown Brochure
Media Coverage
17 October 2014
Wall Street Journal (subscription required)
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is quoted in this article discussing Mexico's recent energy overhaul.
Legal Update
9. Oktober 2014
Mayer Brown Legal Update
Die Rechtsprechung des BGH zum Insolvenzanfechtungsrecht zeichnete sich bis zuletzt durch eine insolvenzverwalterfreundliche Auslegung der Anfechtungstatbestände aus. Dies führt zum Leidwesen vieler Unternehmen häufig dazu, dass sie Zahlungen, die sie von einem später insolventen Vertragspartner erhalten haben, an den Insolvenzverwalter verzinst zurückgewähren müssen. Das ist nicht nur sanierungsfeindlich, sondern häufig geraten die betroffenen Unternehmen dadurch auch selbst in finanzielle Schwierigkeiten, zumal sich die Anfechtungsansprüche auf Zahlungen erstrecken können, die bis zu zehn Jahre zurückliegen.
Media Coverage
October 2014
Infrastructure Investor
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is quoted in this article discussing Mexico's energy reforms.
News Releases
25 September 2014
Mayer Brown, a leading global law firm, announced that the 2015 edition of Chambers Latin America ranked the firm in four practice categories and recognized nine Mayer Brown lawyers with nine rankings in six practice categories.
Media Coverage
September 2014
Pratt's Energy Law Report
In this bylined article, global head of Mining Ian Coles discusses mining rare earth elements.
Media Coverage
11 September 2014
Bloomberg
Robert Hamill, global co-head of the Energy group, is quoted in an article on the affect Scottish independence will have on the oil & gas sector.
News Releases
10 September 2014
Mayer Brown, a leading global law firm, announced that the 2014 edition of Legal 500 Latin America ranked the firm in the top tier of the Latin America: International Firms – Projects and Energy category for the third consecutive year and named Mayer Brown partners Christopher Erckert and Barry Machlin as “Leading Lawyers” in that category.
Legal Update
9 September 2014
Mayer Brown Legal Update
We are pleased to make available to our clients and industry contacts side-by-side Spanish and English translations of the newly enacted Mexican Hydrocarbons Law and the Hydrocarbon Revenues Law, as published in the Mexican Daily Federal Gazette (Diario Oficial de la Federación) on August 11, 2014.
Media Coverage
8 September 2014
Think Advisor
Energy partner Dallas Parker (Houston) is quoted on investment opportunities in Mexico as a result of the country's energy reforms.  
Media Coverage
5 September 2014
Houston Chronicle "FuelFix" blog
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is quoted on how Mexico's energy reforms could impact the country's electric power industry.
Media Coverage
3 September 2014
Texas Journal of Oil, Gas, and Energy Law
In a bylined article, Energy associates Gabriel Salinas and John Furlow (both Houston) examine the constitutional framework of Mexico's energy reforms and what the reforms could mean for the country's energy industry.
Media Coverage
28 August 2014
Oil & Gas Investor (subscription required)
Litigation & Dispute Resolution partner Bill Knull, Banking & Finance partner Kevin Shaw and Litigation & Dispute Resolution associate Jessica Crutcher (all Houston) examine overriding royalty interests (ORRIs), net profits interests (NPIs) and production payments (PPs).
Media Coverage
26 August 2014
Energy Risk (subscription required)
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is quoted in an article discussing opportunities for international energy companies in Mexico after the country enacts its energy reforms.
Media Coverage
22 August 2014
Upstream (subscription required)
Energy partner Dallas Parker (Houston) is quoted in an article discussing the interest from companies in other sectors regarding business opportunities that may emerge from Mexico's energy reforms.
Media Coverage
22 August 2014
Upstream (subscription required)
Energy partner Dallas Parker (Houston) is quoted in an article reporting that Pemex is seeking to establish partnerships with companies in the deep-water sector.  
Media Coverage
19 August 2014
ICIS News (subscription required)
In an interview feature, Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) discusses how Mexico's energy reforms should increase natural gas liquids (NGLs) production in the country.
Media Coverage
19 August 2014
The Texas Lawbook (subscription required)
Corporate & Securities partner Thomas Moore, Litigation & Dispute Resolution partner Mike Lennon and Real Estate partner Neil Wasserstrom (all Houston) are quoted in an article reporting on the arrival of Thomas at the firm.
Media Coverage
18 August 2014
Oil & Gas Journal
A Mayer Brown legal update by Energy partners Dallas Parker, Jose Valera, Pablo Ferrante and associates Gabriel Salinas and John Furlow (all Houston) is extensively cited in an article discussing energy reform in Mexico.
Media Coverage
14 August 2014
Law360
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is quoted in an article discussing the legal services that will be most in demand as Mexico enacts its energy reforms.
Media Coverage
13 August 2014
Unconventional Oil & Gas Report
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is extensively quoted in an article discussing energy reform in Mexico.
News Releases
12 August 2014
Mayer Brown, a leading global law firm, announced today that Thomas J. Moore has joined the firm’s Houston office as a partner in the Corporate & Securities and Oil & Gas practices. Previously, he was a partner with Baker Botts in Houston.
Media Coverage
11 August 2014
Recharge
Tax Transactions & Consulting partner Jeff Davis (Washington DC) is quoted on new guidelines released by the US Internal Revenue Service to expand renewable energy production tax credit eligibility.
Legal Update
8 August 2014
Mayer Brown Legal Update
The US Internal Revenue Service (the IRS) has released Notice 2014-46 (the Notice), which provides further clarification about how a taxpayer can satisfy the requirement that construction of a renewable energy project began before January 1, 2014. The Notice, released on August 8, 2014, is welcome news for the renewable energy industry, which has been anxiously awaiting further guidance with respect to two aspects of the so-called “begin construction” requirement. The Notice addresses those two aspects and modifies a third aspect of the requirement.
Media Coverage
7 August 2014
Upstream (subscription required)
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is quoted on the Mexican Senate's approval of secondary energy reform legislation.
Media Coverage
6 August 2014
The Dallas Morning News
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is quoted on the Mexican Senate's approval of secondary energy reform legislation.
Media Coverage
5 August 2014
Latin Lawyer (subscription required)
Energy associate Gabriel Salinas (Houston) is quoted on Mexico's energy reforms as part of a Latin Lawyer-hosted roundtable discussion in Houston.
Legal Update
5 August 2014
Mayer Brown JSM Legal Update
On 15 July 2014, the State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE) issued the Circular of the SAFE on Relevant Issues Concerning the Pilot Reform in Certain Areas of the Administrative Method of the Conversion of Foreign Exchange Funds by Foreign-invested Enterprises (“Circular 36”), which came into effect on 4 August 2014. Circular 36 provides greater flexibility to foreign-invested enterprises (FIEs) in certain locations in China in converting foreign exchange in their capital account into RMB, and in particular it lifts the restriction on an FIE’s onshore equity investments with funds from their capital account.
News Releases
4 August 2014
Mayer Brown, a leading global law firm, represented Bonanza Creek Energy, Inc., an independent energy company engaged in the acquisition, exploration, development and production of onshore oil and associated liquids-rich natural gas in the United States, in the issuance of a $300 million high yield senior unsecured note offering at 5.75%.
News Releases
4 August 2014
Partner Devi Shah also named among the “Top 100 Restructuring & Turnaround Professionals” of 2014 

Mayer Brown, a leading global law firm, advised on the transaction named “Energy & Services Turnaround of the Year” by Global M&A Network at its 2014 Turnaround Atlas Awards, which honor excellence from the restructuring and turnaround communities worldwide. Winning transactions were selected in 50 restructuring/turnaround awards categories, based on criteria such as number of creditors, jurisdiction, pre/post workout, sustainability, operational/client/HR metrics, timeliness, leadership, and resourcefulness.
Legal Update
22 July 2014
Mayer Brown Legal Update
Companies undergoing review by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) have a due process right to notice of unclassified evidence and an opportunity to rebut that evidence, according to the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit.
Media Coverage
18 July 2014
E&P
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is quoted in an article discussing that local content requirements for E&P companies doing business in Mexico could rise from 25% next year to 35% by 2025 if the energy bill approved by Mexico's Senate is approved by the country's lower house and president.
Media Coverage
18 July 2014
Bloomberg Businessweek
Energy partner Dallas Parker and associate Gabriel Salinas (both Houston) are quoted on the Mexican Senate's approval of additional legislation to open the country’s energy industry to private companies.
Legal Update
17 July 2014
Mayer Brown JSM Legal Update
It has been over nine months since the Shanghai Free Trade Zone (FTZ) was launched and a “negative list” approach for foreign investment adopted in the FTZ. On 1 July 2014, the Shanghai Municipal People’s Government issued a revised version of the negative list (the “Revised Negative List”), aiming to offer more leeway for foreign investment in the zone.
Legal Update
11 July 2014
Mayer Brown Legal Update
By agreeing a payment period, contractual parties determine at what time the payment obligation must be fulfilled. Agreements on payment periods are relevant in particular for contracts on the delivery of goods or the rendering of services, where the seller or the service provider makes advance deliveries, for instance by delivering goods on account.
News Releases
8 July 2014
Mayer Brown, a leading global law firm, announced that Michael P. Lennon Jr. has joined the firm in Houston as a partner in the Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice and International Arbitration group. Previously, he was a partner with Baker Botts in Houston.
Media Coverage
18 June 2014
Offshore
Energy partners Dallas Parker, Jose Valera and Pablo Ferrante and associates Gabriel Salinas and John Furlow (all Houston) examine Mexico's proposed Hydrocarbons Law and Hydrocarbon Revenues Law.
Media Coverage
12 June 2014
The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is quoted in an article discussing that Pemex is concerned that one of its regulators, the National Hydrocarbons Commission, will be able to impose on it partners for joint ventures after Mexico's energy reform bill is passed.
Legal Update
12 June 2014
Mayer Brown Legal Update
The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), in conjunction with the US Navy, has issued a solicitation for bulk fuels for DLA Energy’s customers located in the Inland/East/Gulf Coast regions of the United States. The Inland/East/Gulf Coast is the single largest bulk fuels acquisition program, and it is valued in excess of $3.5 billion.
Media Coverage
9 June 2014
Bloomberg BNA Daily Report for Executives (subscription required)
Energy associate Gabriel Salinas (Houston) is quoted in an article reporting that Mexican lawmakers are considering whether to raise national content requirements up to 35% for international energy projects as they work to finalize legislation for the country's energy reforms.
Media Coverage
5 June 2014
Latin Lawyer (subscription required)
Corporate & Securities partner Alexandre Chequer (Rio de Janeiro) is quoted in an article reporting on a panel discussion regarding oil M&A at Latin Lawyer's Oil and Gas Conference.
Media Coverage
2 June 2014
Oil & Gas Journal
Corporate & Securities partner Alexandre Chequer (Rio de Janeiro) is quoted from a discussion at the Mayer Brown Global Energy Conference in Houston regarding operatorship of presalt projects in Brazil.
Legal Update
2 June 2014
Mayer Brown Legal Update
The US Department of Energy (DOE) has proposed to suspend its current practice of issuing conditional decisions on applications to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the lower-48 states to foreign countries without free trade agreements (FTAs) with the United States.
Legal Update
30 May 2014
Mayer Brown Legal Update
President Enrique Peña Nieto introduced to the Mexican Congress nine new bills, as well as amendments to several existing laws, to implement the constitutional energy reform passed on December 21, 2013.
Media Coverage
28 May 2014
BNAmericas Oil & Gas Intelligence Series
Energy partners Jose Valera and Dallas Parker and associate Gabriel Salinas (all Houston) are quoted in a report focusing on Mexico energy reform and the opening of the country’s oil and gas sector.
Legal Update
28 May 2014
Mayer Brown Legal Update
The US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in which it has proposed waiving the Open Access Transmission Tariff (OATT) and associated requirements for public utilities that own, operate or control Interconnection Customer’s Interconnection Facilities (ICIF), or the tie-lines that connect electric generating units to the transmission grid.
Newsletter
27 May 2014
Mayer Brown Newsletter
A primary goal of Mayer Brown’s Global Energy Industry Review has been to publish for our clients and friends, brief (yet insightful) and timely articles about topics affecting the energy industry around the world. This edition of the Review, we believe, achieves that goal and demonstrates our firm’s worldwide reach.
Media Coverage
20 May 2014
E&P
The article reports on a discussion at the Mayer Brown Global Energy Conference in Houston regarding Mexico's energy reform legislation.
News Releases
20 May 2014
Leading global law firm Mayer Brown has advised Standard Bank and Renaissance Capital as managers to the US$98.7 million sale of shares in Umeme Limited, an energy distribution network company in Uganda, by Umeme Holding Limited.
Media Coverage
19 May 2014
Rigzone
Corporate & Securities partner Alexandre Chequer (Rio de Janeiro) is quoted in an article reporting on a discussion at the Mayer Brown Global Energy Conference in Houston regarding operatorship of presalt projects in Brazil.
Media Coverage
16 May 2014
E&P
Corporate & Securities partner Alexandre Chequer (Rio de Janeiro) is quoted in an article reporting on a discussion at the Mayer Brown Global Energy Conference in Houston about Brazil's consideration of proposals to open operatorship of its presalt projects to companies other than Petrobras.
Media Coverage
16 May 2014
Houston Chronicle (subscription required)
The article reports on a discussion at the Mayer Brown Global Energy Conference in Houston about how smaller companies are playing an increasing role in shale gas development.
Media Coverage
16 May 2014
Oil & Gas Journal
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is quoted in an article reporting on comments by the former Secretary of Energy of Mexico at the Mayer Brown Global Energy Conference in Houston.
Media Coverage
15 May 2014
Oil & Gas Journal
Corporate & Securities partner Alexandre Chequer (Rio de Janeiro) is quoted in an article reporting on a discussion at the Mayer Brown Global Energy Conference in Houston about Brazil's consideration of proposals to open operatorship of its presalt projects to companies other than Petrobras.
Media Coverage
15 May 2014
Upstream (subscription required)
The article reports on a discussion at the Mayer Brown Global Energy Conference in Houston regarding the role of Pemex in Mexico's energy reform process.
Media Coverage
15 May 2014
ICIS News (subscription required)
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) in quoted in an article reporting on a discussion at the Mayer Brown Global Energy Conference in Houston regarding Mexico's secondary energy reform legislation.
Media Coverage
15 May 2014
Houston Chronicle Fuel Fix blog
The article reports on a discussion at the Mayer Brown Global Energy Conference in Houston about how energy reform in Mexico could impact US shale gas sellers.
Media Coverage
15 May 2014
Upstream (subscription required)
Corporate & Securities partner Alexandre Chequer (Rio de Janeiro) is quoted in an article reporting on a discussion at the Mayer Brown Global Energy Conference in Houston about Brazil's consideration of proposals to open operatorship of its presalt projects to companies other than Petrobras.
Media Coverage
15 May 2014
Houston Chronicle "FuelFix" blog
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is quoted in an article reporting on comments made by the former Secretary of Energy of Mexico at the Mayer Brown Global Energy Conference.
Legal Update
14 May 2014
Mayer Brown Legal Update
On May 9, 2014, the US Internal Revenue Service (the “Service”) issued proposed regulations (the “Proposed Regulations”) that clarify the definition of real property for purposes of the real estate investment trust (“REIT”) provisions under Section 856.
Media Coverage
13 May 2014
Latin Lawyer (subscription required)
Energy partner Dallas Parker (Houston) is quoted on the secondary energy reform legislation submitted by Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto. 
Media Coverage
9 May 2014
Houston Chronicle (subscription required)
Energy associate Gabriel Salinas (Houston) is quoted in an article discussing a new report from Rice University's Baker Institute that warns that criminal activity in northern Mexico could undermine the country's energy reform efforts.
Media Coverage
8 May 2014
Legal Business (subscription required)
Energy partner Dallas Parker (Houston) is quoted in an article discussing the oil and gas sector in Mexico and the country's proposed energy reforms.
News Releases
6 May 2014
Mayer Brown, a leading global law firm, announced that Corporate & Securities partner Jeff M. Dobbs (Houston), Banking & Finance partner Thomas L. Eldert (Washington DC), Intellectual Property partner Brian A. Rosenthal (Washington DC) and Real Estate partner David B. H. Saye (Charlotte), were named 2014 “Rising Stars” by Law360. This annual recognition honors attorneys under the age of 40 “whose accomplishments in major transactions or litigation belie their age,” the publication said.
Media Coverage
2 May 2014
Law360
Energy partner Jeff Dobbs (Houston) is profiled as one of Law360's 2014 "Rising Stars" under 40 in the energy category.
Media Coverage
1 May 2014
Bloomberg BNA Daily Report for Executives (subscription required)
Energy associate Gabriel Salinas (Houston) is quoted on Mexico's proposed national oil fund.
Media Coverage
1 May 2014
Midstream Business (subscription required)
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is quoted in an article discussing how global involvement and the amount of money at stake in Mexico's energy reforms could curb corruption in the country.
Media Coverage
30 April 2014
Law360
In a bylined article, Banking & Finance partner Paul Forrester (Chicago) examines the US Department of Energy's draft solicitation for new loan guarantees under Section 1703 of Title XVII of the Energy Policy Act.
Media Coverage
30 April 2014
Bloomberg
Energy partner Dallas Parker (Houston) is quoted on secondary energy reform legislation in Mexico.
Legal Update
30 April 2014
Mayer Brown Legal Update
On April 30, 2014, President Enrique Peña Nieto introduced to the Mexican Congress nine new bills, as well as amendments to several existing laws, to implement the constitutional energy reform passed on December 21, 2013.
Media Coverage
30 April 2014
Bloomberg BNA Daily Report for Executives (subscription required)
Energy partner Dallas Parker and associate Gabriel Salinas (both Houston) are quoted on secondary energy reform legislation in Mexico.
Media Coverage
April 2014
AIPN Advisor
In a bylined article, Energy partners Dallas Parker, Jose Valera and Pablo Ferrante and associates Gabriel Salinas and John Furlow (all Houston) examine Mexico's energy reform legislation.
Media Coverage
28 April 2014
OE
Energy partner Dallas Parker (Houston) is quoted on GE Oil & Gas' announcement of a technology collaboration with Mexico Institute of Petroleum (IMP) and Petróleos Mexicanos (PEMEX).
Media Coverage
25 April 2014
Law360
Energy partners Jose Valera and Dallas Parker (both Houston) are quoted on the outlook for the energy industry as secondary energy reform legislation is scheduled to be passed in Mexico.
Media Coverage
17 April 2014
Forbes
A presentation by Energy partner Dallas Parker (Houston) at Mergermarket's 6th Annual Energy Forum is extensively cited in an article discussing the potential opportunities for the oil and gas industry after energy reform legislation is passed in Mexico.
Media Coverage
11 April 2014
Law360
Energy partner Jeff Dobbs (Houston), Intellectual Property partner Brian Rosenthal (New York), Banking & Finance partner Tom Eldert (Washington, DC) and Real Estate partner David Saye (Charlotte) are named as "Rising Stars for 2014" by Law360.
News Releases
3 April 2014
Mayer Brown, a leading global law firm, provided legal counsel on three transactions that Project Finance magazine named 2013 “Deals of the Year” in the North America and Latin America regions. The awards recognize innovation and excellence in energy and infrastructure finance, and are selected by the magazine’s staff of experienced journalists in consultation with influential market participants.
Media Coverage
1 April 2014
OE
The article notes the arrivals of Energy partners Bill Heller and Harry Beaudry (both Houston) at the firm.
Media Coverage
1 April 2014
E&P
The article reports on discussions about energy reform in Mexico at a Mayer Brown-hosted seminar in Houston.
Media Coverage
1 April 2014
E&P
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is quoted on energy reform in Mexico.
Media Coverage
28 March 2014
Latin Lawyer (subscription required)
Energy partner Dallas Parker (Houston) is quoted on the secondary energy reform legislation scheduled to be passed in Mexico.
News Releases
27 March 2014
Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown LLP received the Latin Lawyer “Regulatory Deal of the Year 2013” award as a result of the assistance provided to China National Offshore Oil Corporation - CNOOC in all aspects of its participation in the Brazil’s first bid round for production sharing agreements (Libra Field). The awards ceremony was held on March 27, 2014 at the Hotel Unique in Sao Paulo. Team involved in the deal included partners Alexandre Chequer, Victor Galante and associate Andre Lemos
Legal Update
19 March 2014
Mayer Brown Legal Update
The Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, today delivered his 2014 Budget Speech in the House of Commons announcing a package of measures aimed at cutting green taxes on UK businesses by £7 billion by 2018 - 2019.
Media Coverage
17 March 2014
Houston Chronicle Fuel Fix blog
Energy associate Gabriel Salinas (Houston) is quoted in an article reporting that the Senate leader of the National Action Party (PAN) in Mexico walked out of congressional negotiations on laws necessary to implement energy reform legislation.
News Releases
10 March 2014
Mayer Brown and Tauil & Chequer Advogados, in association with Mayer Brown, have been named “Recommended Firms” in the 2014 edition of the Latin Lawyer 250, the definitive guide to the leading business law firms of Latin America. The guide is based on results from Latin Lawyer’s poll of legal practitioners operating in Latin America; on-the-ground editorial research involving visits to law firms and face-to-face interviews with clients in all 18 Latin American countries covered, as well as in the United States, Canada and Europe; and thousands of questionnaires completed by corporate counsel.
Media Coverage
7 March 2014
Upstream (subscription required)
Energy partners Dallas Parker and Jose Valera (both Houston) are quoted in an Upstream feature examining energy reforms in Mexico.
Media Coverage
2 March 2014
The Houston Chronicle "FuelFix" blog
Energy associate Gabriel Salinas (Houston) is quoted in an article discussing that Mexico's energy reforms could raise interest in renewable energy production in the country.
Media Coverage
27 February 2014
North American Windpower
Tax Transactions & Consulting partner Jeff Davis (Washington, DC) is quoted on a tax reform proposal released by the US House of Representatives that seeks to dramatically reduce the amount of the wind energy production tax credit (PTC).
Legal Update
27 February 2014
Mayer Brown Legal Update
On February 26, 2014, US House Committee on Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp released draft tax reform legislation entitled the Tax Reform Act of 2014 (the “Draft”). According to Chairman Camp, the overarching goal of the Draft is to “fix America’s broken tax code by lowering tax rates while making the code simpler and fairer for families and job creators.”
Media Coverage
27 February 2014
Law360
Tax Transactions & Consulting partner Jeff Davis (Washington, DC) is quoted on a tax reform proposal released by the US House of Representatives that seeks to dramatically reduce the amount of the wind energy production tax credit (PTC).
Media Coverage
18 February 2014
Natural Gas Europe
In a Q&A feature, Government & Global Trade special counsel Mark Gitenstein (Washington, DC) discusses the state of the shale gas market in Romania.
Media Coverage
17 February 2014
Texas Lawyer (subscription required)
Energy partner Dallas Parker (Houston) is quoted in an article discussing that energy lawyers in Texas are vying to inform clients and potential clients about the progress of energy reforms in Mexico.
Media Coverage
16 February 2014
The New York Times
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is quoted in an article discussing the state of the economy in Bolivia.
Legal Update
11 February 2014
Mayer Brown JSM Legal Update
In this article we outline some of the reasons why Myanmar's power sector has attracted the interest of the international project finance community and provide an overview of the key challenges that the power sector is facing.
Media Coverage
1 February 2014
Unconventional Oil & Gas Report
In a bylined article, Banking & Finance partner Kevin Shaw and Energy associate John Furlow (both Houston) examine the draft regulations and interim emergency regulations recently published by California's Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources to implement California Senate Bill 4.
Media Coverage
29 January 2014
Rigzone
The article notes that a Mayer Brown-hosted seminar in Houston included a discussion on the secondary legislation that Mexico will need in order to move forward with its energy reforms.
Media Coverage
29 January 2014
EnergyWire (subscription required)
The article notes that a Mayer Brown-hosted seminar in Houston included a discussion on energy reforms in Mexico.
Media Coverage
28 January 2014
Rigzone
The article notes that a Mayer Brown-hosted seminar in Houston included a discussion on energy reforms in Mexico.
News Releases
28 January 2014
Mayer Brown Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) has been named to Latinvex’s annual list of Latin America’s “Top 100 Lawyers,” which recognizes the “leading attorneys from international law firms that are involved in the growing legal business in Latin America.” Latinvex is an online journal providing daily news and weekly analysis of Latin America’s business, legal and technology sectors.
Media Coverage
24 January 2014
The Dallas Morning News
Energy partner Dallas Parker (Houston) is quoted in an article discussing that Mexican congressman Javier Treviño Cantu has been touring Texas to tout his country's energy reforms to US oil companies.
Media Coverage
23 January 2014
Offshore
The article notes that a Mayer Brown-hosted seminar in Houston included a discussion on energy reforms in Mexico.
Media Coverage
22 January 2014
Oil & Gas Journal
The article notes that a Mayer Brown-hosted seminar in Houston included a discussion on energy reforms in Mexico.
Media Coverage
22 January 2014
E&P
The article notes that a Mayer Brown-hosted seminar in Houston included a discussion on energy reforms in Mexico.
Media Coverage
22 January 2014
Energy Intelligence’s Oil Daily (subscription required)
The article notes that a Mayer Brown-hosted seminar in Houston included a discussion on energy reforms in Mexico.
Media Coverage
21 January 2014
Houston Chronicle Fuel Fix blog
The article notes that a Mayer Brown-hosted seminar in Houston included a discussion on the energy, telecommunication and political reforms that are taking place in Mexico.
Media Coverage
21 January 2014
The Deal
The article notes that a Mayer Brown-hosted seminar in Houston included a discussion on energy reforms in Mexico.
News Releases
15 January 2014
Leading global law firm Mayer Brown has advised on the restructuring and sale of ATP Oil & Gas (UK) Limited to Alpha Petroleum (UK) Holdings Limited, an investment vehicle of Petroleum Equity, a newly-established private equity firm focused on the upstream oil and gas market outside North America.
Media Coverage
7 January 2014
Drilling Contractor
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is quoted on Mexico's energy reform bill.
Media Coverage
6 January 2014
Law360
In a bylined article, Energy partners Dallas Parker, Jose Valera, Pablo Ferrante and associates Gabriel Salinas and John Furlow (all Houston) examine Mexico's energy reform bill.
News Releases
3 January 2014
Mayer Brown, a leading global law firm, represented Halcón Resources Corporation, an independent energy company focused on the acquisition, production, exploration and development of onshore liquids-rich oil and natural gas assets in the United States, in connection with the offering and issuance of $400 million in aggregate principal amount of its 9.75% senior unsecured notes due 2020.
Legal Update
16 December 2013
Mayer Brown Legal Update
The State of California’s Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (the “DOGGR”) has issued draft regulations and interim emergency regulations to implement California Senate Bill 4—legislation designed to bring additional regulation and oversight to oil and gas operations involving “well stimulation treatments,” such as hydraulic fracturing.
Legal Update
16 December 2013
Mayer Brown Legal Update
The Mexican Congress has now overwhelming passed a bill with broad constitutional reforms that will open Mexico’s energy sector to investment and competition. The bill calls for amending articles 25, 27 and 28 of the Mexican Constitution, and for adding 21 “transitional articles” detailing the regulations to be implemented. To become law, the bill now needs to be approved by a majority of Mexico’s state legislatures, which is expected soon.
Media Coverage
13 December 2013
The Houston Chronicle "FuelFix" blog
Energy associate Gabriel Salinas (Houston) is quoted on Mexico's draft energy reform bill.
Media Coverage
13 December 2013
Law360
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is quoted on Mexico's proposed energy reforms.
Legal Update
12 December 2013
Mayer Brown Legal Update
The Mexican Congress has approved a constitutional reform that will open Mexico’s energy sector to investment and competition. To become law, the bill now needs to be approved by a majority of Mexico’s state legislatures, which is expected soon.
Media Coverage
12 December 2013
BNamericas (subscription required)
Energy partner Dallas Parker (Houston) is quoted in an article discussing how changes to the law requiring miners to allow hydrocarbon production within mining concessions in Mexico are likely to lead to legal disputes.
Media Coverage
12 December 2013
Wall Street Journal
Energy partners Dallas Parker and Jose Valera (both Houston) are quoted on the Mexican Senate committees' approval of a draft energy reform bill.
Legal Update
11 December 2013
Mayer Brown Legal Update
On December 11, 2013, the Mexican Senate passed a sweeping energy reform bill that, if enacted into law, will revolutionize the country’s energy sector and bring about the most significant overhaul of the sector since 1938.
Media Coverage
11 December 2013
BNamericas (subscription required)
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is quoted in an article discussing how Mexico's energy reform overhaul puts to rest the debate over hydrocarbon reserve booking for private firms.
Media Coverage
11 December 2013
Los Angeles Times
Energy partner Dallas Parker (Houston) is quoted on the Mexican Senate committees' approval of a draft energy reform bill.
Media Coverage
11 December 2013
E&P
Energy partner Dallas Parker (Houston) is quoted on the Mexican Senate committees' approval of a draft energy reform bill.
News Releases
10 December 2013
Mayer Brown is representing Kentz Corporation Limited, the Irish holding company of Kentz engineering and construction group, in connection with the proposed acquisition of Valerus Field Solutions for $435 million. Valerus Field Solutions is a US-based integrated oil and gas surface facility solutions provider.
Media Coverage
10 December 2013
Houston Chronicle Fuel Fix blog
Energy associate Gabriel Salinas (Houston) is quoted on the Mexican Senate committees' approval of a draft energy reform bill.
Media Coverage
9 December 2013
Reuters
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is quoted on the Mexican Senate committees' approval of a draft energy bill allowing private investment in the country.
Legal Update
5 December 2013
Mayer Brown Legal Update
The Mexican Senate overwhelmingly approved a historic electoral reform bill on December 3, 2013. The bill is expected to be approved by the lower house of the Mexican Congress in the next few days.
Media Coverage
5 December 2013
Wall Street Journal
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is quoted in an article reporting that Mexico's government and the main opposition party have agreed on the crucial details of a legislative bill that will give private-sector oil firms a larger role in the Mexican oil industry.
Media Coverage
November/December 2013
Drilling Contractor
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is extensively quoted in an article discussing energy reform in Mexico.
News Releases
27 November 2013
Mayer Brown, a leading global law firm, represented Bonanza Creek Energy, Inc., an independent energy company engaged in the acquisition, exploration, development and production of onshore oil and associated liquids-rich natural gas in the United States, in connection with its SEC-registered offering of $200 million of 6.75% senior notes due 2021.
News Releases
21 November 2013
Mayer Brown, a leading global law firm, announced that Houston Energy partner Jose Valera has been recognized as a rainmaker by Diversity & The Bar magazine, a publication of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association. This annual issue looks to “highlight the professional successes of minority attorneys who continue to lead the industry,” the publication said.
Media Coverage
19 November 2013
Upstream (subscription required)
Corporate & Securities partner Bob Gray (Houston) is quoted on the current state of North American oil and gas market.  
Media Coverage
November/December 2013
Diversity & The Bar
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is quoted in an article profiling him as a "rainmaker" in law.
Legal Update
18 November 2013
Mayer Brown Legal Update
On November 8, 2013, the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a Presidential Permit and Granting Authorization* (under Section 3 of the Natural Gas Act) allowing NET Mexico Pipeline Partners, LLC (NET Mexico), a subsidiary of Houston-based NET Midstream, to build a natural gas export facility with 2.1 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) capacity at the US-Mexico border.
Legal Update
18 November 2013
Mayer Brown Legal Update
On October 8, 2013, US Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), chair of the US House Energy and Commerce Committee, and US Rep. Gene Green (D-TX) introduced to the US House of Representatives the North American Energy Infrastructure Act, a bipartisan bill seeking to establish a more efficient approval process for cross-border energy infrastructure and, specifically, oil and gas pipelines and electric transmission lines.
Media Coverage
11 November 2013
Oil & Gas Financial Journal
In a bylined article, Litigation & Dispute Resolution partner Scott Perlman (Washington, DC) provides an overview of how provisions in the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act apply to energy-related transactions.
Media Coverage
11 November 2013
Latin America Advisor (subscription required)
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is interviewed in a Q&A feature discussing the natural gas industry in Bolivia.
Media Coverage
6 November 2013
Financial Times (subscription required)
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is quoted on the Mexican government negotiating a more ambitious energy reform plan than previously expected.
Legal Update
4 November 2013
Mayer Brown Legal Update
With the rapid expansion of US shale oil and gas production in recent years, it has become increasingly important for operators and oilfield services companies to stay informed about new regulatory developments.
Media Coverage
November 2013
Institutional Investing in Infrastructure (subscription required)
Energy partner Dallas Parker and associate John Furlow (both Houston) are quoted on the shale gas boom in North America.
Media Coverage
November 2013
Pipeline & Gas Journal
In a bylined article, Energy partner Dallas Parker and associate John Furlow (both Houston) discuss shale gas development outside of the US.
Media Coverage
October 2013
Pipeline & Gas Journal
Energy partners Dallas Parker and Jose Valera (both Houston) are quoted on proposed energy reforms in Mexico.
Media Coverage
30 October 2013
Forbes
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is quoted on Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto's proposed energy reforms.
Article
21 October 2013
Mayer Brown Article
Editor’s Note: After this bylined article appeared (in June 2013), the SEC’s resource extraction payments disclosure rule was vacated on July 2, 2013 by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The findings indicated the Court’s disagreement with the SEC’s construction of a provision in the statute upon which the new rule was based, and that the SEC’s arguments for not providing an exemption for certain disclosures meant that some complying companies would be competitively disadvantaged. On September 2, 2013, a spokesperson for the SEC indicated that it would not appeal the decision, but that it would re-propose the rule informed by the court’s decision.
Article
21 October 2013
Mayer Brown Article
On August 12, 2013, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto of the current ruling party, the Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI), delivered a highly anticipated constitutional energy reform proposal to the Mexican Senate, which, if passed, will constitute the most significant overhaul of the Mexican energy sector since 1938. The proposal is expected to be considered by the Mexican Congress in September.
Article
21 October 2013
Mayer Brown Article
At a time when there is significant M&A activity in the energy industry, it is critical for energy companies to understand how the premerger notification filing requirements of the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (“HSR Act” or “the Act”),and the regulations promulgated under the Act (“HSR Rules” or “Rule(s)”),may apply to their transactions. In fact, there are both energy-specific exemptions to the Act and other exemptions of more general application that can be used to exempt broad categories of energy mergers and acquisitions from HSR Act filing requirements. These exemptions are highly technical, however, and include a number of exceptions. As a result, transactions that exceed the Act’s basic jurisdictional thresholds often must be reviewed carefully to determine whether any of these exemptions can be applied to the particular transaction at issue.
Media Coverage
21 October 2013
Latin Lawyer (subscription required)
Energy partner Dallas Parker (Houston) is quoted on proposed energy reforms in Mexico.
Article
21 October 2013
Mayer Brown Article
A Master Limited Partnership or MLP (sometimes called a publicly traded partnership or PTP), is an attractive business entity because it is treated as a partnership for federal income tax purposes even though the ownership interests in the MLP are publicly traded. Thus, the income of the MLP is subject to a single level of tax at the partner level; moreover, ordinary business deductions flow through the MLP and reduce the partners’ taxable income from the MLP. By contrast, income of a corporation (other than an S corporation) is subject to tax at the corporate level, and the net after-tax income of the corporation is subject to a second level of tax when distributed as dividends to its shareholders.
Article
21 October 2013
Mayer Brown JSM Article
Myanmar’s emergence in the last 12 months as one of the world’s most promising markets needs little introduction. With a population of around 60 million and a strategically advantageous geographical location, it presents significant opportunities across a broad range of sectors. However, with only 26% of Myanmar’s population having access to electricity and demonstrations last year against rolling power cuts, the power sector is a top priority for the Government of Myanmar (GOM). The latest announced goal of the GOM is to increase capacity by 16,000MW by 2030, with a master plan and regulations for the power industry currently under development and due for release in 2014.
Media Coverage
20 October 2013
Houston Chronicle Fuel Fix blog
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is quoted on Brazil's Libra oil field auction.
News Releases
17 October 2013
Mayer Brown, a leading global law firm, announced today that Corporate & Securities partner David Carpenter (New York) has been named a finalist in the “Legal Advisor of the Year” category of the 2013 M&A Advisor Awards.
Media Coverage
17 October 2013
Law360
In a bylined article, Litigation & Dispute Resolution partner John Sullivan and Banking & Finance partner Thomas Eldert (both Washington, DC) examine Iraq’s new National Investment Plan.
Newsletter
17 October 2013
Mayer Brown Newsletter
In this issue of Mayer Brown’s Global Energy Industry Review, we analyze two regional developments—in Mexico, President Enrique Peña Nieto’s proposal to overhaul the country’s energy industry by promoting broad constitutional changes that would open the Mexican petroleum industry to private participation, and, in Myanmar, the emergence of myriad opportunities in the energy sector as that country experiences a period of political transition and reform.
Media Coverage
14 October 2013
Oil & Gas Journal
The article includes quotes from a Mayer Brown legal update discussing Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto’s recently proposed Hydrocarbon Revenues Law.
Legal Update
11 October 2013
Mayer Brown Legal Update
On September 19, 2013, at a meeting of the US-Iraq Business Dialogue (the USIBD), the Iraqi Ambassador to the United States, Lukman Faily, discussed Iraq’s new National Investment Plan (2013-2017) (the Plan).
Media Coverage
11 October 2013
Rigzone
Energy partner Dallas Parker and associate Gabriel Salinas (both Houston) are quoted on Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto’s proposed Hydrocarbon Revenues Law.
Legal Update
11 October 2013
Mayer Brown Legal Update
On September 30, 2013, the Division of Market Oversight of the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) released responses to Frequently Asked Questions regarding Commodity Options (FAQ).
Media Coverage
9 October 2013
BNamericas (subscription required)
The article includes quotes from a Mayer Brown legal update discussing Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto’s recently proposed Hydrocarbon Revenues Law.
Media Coverage
October 2013
The Energy Law Advisor
In a bylined article, Energy partners Dallas Parker, Jose Valera and associate Gabriel Salinas (all Houston) discuss energy reform in Mexico.
Legal Update
7 October 2013
Mayer Brown Legal Update
President Peña Nieto has delivered his 2014 tax reform package to Congress. His proposal seeks to reduce the tax burden on state-owned oil company Petroleos Mexicanos (PEMEX) and increase government revenue through other tax measures.
Media Coverage
October 2013
Pipeline & Gas Journal
In a bylined article, Energy partner Dallas Parker and associate John Furlow (both Houston) examine the factors that led to the success of the shale gas market in the US.
Media Coverage
1 October 2013
Forbes
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is quoted on Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto's proposed energy reforms. 
Legal Update
30 September 2013
Mayer Brown JSM Legal Update
The China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone (FTZ) was declared open yesterday amid much anticipation from Chinese and foreign businesses.
Media Coverage
30 September 2013
The Deal
Energy partner Dallas Parker (Houston) is quoted on Mexico's proposed energy reforms.
Media Coverage
29 September 2013
Financial Times (subscription required)
Comments from Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) are included in an article discussing the state of the Mexican economy.  
Media Coverage
27 September 2013
Houston Business Journal (subscription required)
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is quoted in an article discussing the lack of foreign interest in Brazil’s first major oil auction in five years and what that could mean for Mexico as the country seeks to reform its energy industry.
Legal Update
23 September 2013
Mayer Brown Legal Update
On September 20, 2013, the US Internal Revenue Service (the IRS) released Notice 2013-60 (the Notice) to clarify certain aspects of Notice 2013-29 (the Original Notice), which provided guidance on the “beginning of construction” requirement to qualify for the Section 45 production tax credit (the PTC) and the election to claim the Section 48 investment tax credit (the ITC).
Media Coverage
23 September 2013
Oil & Gas Journal
The article notes that a Mayer Brown-hosted conference in Houston included a discussion on whether a continuation of price administration would continue if proposed energy reforms are enacted in Mexico.
Media Coverage
23 September 2013
Rigzone
Energy partner Dallas Parker and associate Gabriel Salinas (both Houston) are quoted in an article reporting on discussions about Mexico's proposed energy reforms at a Mayer Brown-hosted conference in Houston.
Media Coverage
16 September 2013
E&P
Energy partners Dallas Parker and Jose Valera (both Houston) are quoted in an article reporting on discussions about Mexico's proposed energy reforms at a Mayer Brown-hosted conference in Houston.
Media Coverage
16 September 2013
OE
Energy partners Jose Valera and Dallas Parker and associate Gabriel Salinas (all Houston) are quoted on Mexico's energy reform proposals.
Media Coverage
16 September 2013
Offshore Engineer
Energy partners Dallas Parker, Jose Valera and associate Gabriel Salinas (all Houston) are quoted in an article reporting on discussions about Mexico's proposed energy reforms at a Mayer Brown-hosted conference in Houston.
Media Coverage
15 September 2013
Houston Chronicle
Energy associate Gabriel Salinas (Houston) is quoted in an article discussing how changes that Mexico’s president is proposing for the nation’s oil monopoly aim both at reviving slumping production and at reducing multibillion-dollar losses in the Mexican refining sector.
Media Coverage
13 September 2013
Houston Chronicle Fuel Fix blog
The article notes that a Mayer Brown-hosted conference in Houston included a discussion on how proposed energy reform in Mexico may include increased requirements for international companies to use locally produced products and services.
Media Coverage
13 September 2013
Upstream
Energy partner Dallas Parker (Houston) is quoted on the possibility of private companies signing new oil and gas contracts in Mexico as soon as late 2014 if the country moves swiftly on constitutional energy reforms.
Media Coverage
13 September 2013
ICIS News
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is quoted on the possibility of private companies signing new oil and gas contracts in Mexico as soon as late 2014 if the country moves swiftly on constitutional energy reforms.
Media Coverage
13 September 2013
Texas Lawyer Tex Parte blog
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is quoted in an article reporting on discussions about Mexico's proposed energy reforms at a Mayer Brown-hosted conference in Houston.
Media Coverage
13 September 2013
Oil & Gas Journal
Energy partners Jose Valera and Dallas Parker (both Houston) are quoted on Mexico's proposed energy reforms.
Legal Update
6 September 2013
Tauil & Chequer Legal Update
With the expectation that the areas offered in the Brazil Round 12 may result in the discovery of reservoirs of unconventional resources, the National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels (“ANP”) has introduced relevant innovations to the Concession Contract.
Legal Update
29 August 2013
Tauil & Chequer Legal Update
The Brazilian National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels (“ANP”) published, on August 22, the Preliminary Tender Protocol of the Brazil Round 12. As announced, the round will be held on November 28 and 29 this year, when a total of 240 blocks will be offered, covering an area of approximately 168 thousand km².
Media Coverage
23 August 2013
Houston Business Journal
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is quoted in an article discussing how proposed energy reform in Mexico could provide significant business for Houston-based oil and gas companies.
Media Coverage
22 August 2013
Bloomberg Businessweek
Energy partner Dallas Parker (Houston) is quoted on Mexico’s energy reform proposals and the likelihood of amendments to the country’s constitution that would allow foreign company participation in the energy sector.
Media Coverage
21 August 2013
Tax Notes Today
In a bylined article, Tax partners Jeff Davis (Washington, DC), Shawn O'Brien and Ed Osterberg (both Houston) discuss several taxpayer-favorable private letter rulings that say that income related to hydraulic fracturing services qualifies for the natural resource exception to the master limited partnership qualifying income rule.
Media Coverage
21 August 2013
Houston Business Journal BizBlog
In a bylined article, Energy partner Dallas Parker and associate John Furlow (both Houston) examine four obstacles currently hindering the pace and expansion of shale development outside the United States.
Media Coverage
21 August 2013
ICIS Energy (subscription required)
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is quoted on Mexico’s energy reform proposals.
Media Coverage
20 August 2013
Breaking Energy
Energy partner Dallas Parker and associate Gabriel Salinas (both Houston) are quoted on Mexico’s energy reform proposals and the likelihood of amendments to the country’s constitution that would allow foreign company participation in the energy sector.
Media Coverage
19 August 2013
ICIS News
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is quoted on Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto's energy reform proposal.
Media Coverage
19 August 2013
Houston Business Journal
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is quoted on the possible impact of Mexico's proposed energy reforms on oil and gas companies in Houston.
Media Coverage
18 August 2013
Bloomberg
Corporate & Securities partner Toshi Yoshida (Houston) is quoted on the decline in North American oil and gas deals.
Media Coverage
16 August 2013
BNamericas (subscription required)
In a Q&A feature, Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) discusses Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto's energy reform proposal.
Media Coverage
15 August 2013
Oil & Gas Journal
The article quotes and references information presented in a Mayer Brown legal update that discusses the energy reform proposal delivered by Mexico’s PRI political party.
Media Coverage
15 August 2013
Latin Lawyer (subscription required)
Energy partner Dallas Parker and associate Gabriel Salinas (both Houston) are quoted on the energy reform proposal released by Mexico's Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI).
Media Coverage
August 2013
Forbes Mexico (subscription required)
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is quoted in an article discussing Mexico's proposed energy reforms.
Media Coverage
14 August 2013
BNamericas (subscription required)
Energy partner Jose Valera is quoted on the energy reform proposal released by Mexico's Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI).
Media Coverage
14 August 2013
BNamericas (subscription required)
Energy partner Jose Valera and associate Gabriel Salinas (both Houston) are quoted on energy reform in Mexico.
Media Coverage
14 August 2013
La Reforma (subscription only)
Energy partner Dallas Parker (Houston) is quoted on energy reform in Mexico.
Legal Update
14 August 2013
Mayer Brown Legal Update
On August 12, 2013, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto delivered a highly anticipated constitutional energy reform proposal to the Mexican Senate, which, if passed, will constitute the most significant overhaul of the Mexican energy sector since 1938. Peña Nieto is proposing broad constitutional changes that would open the Mexican petroleum industry to private participation and investment, including by international oil companies, to explore for, and produce, oil and gas.
Media Coverage
14 August 2013
EnergyWire (subscription required)
Energy partner Dallas Parker (Houston) is quoted on the energy reform proposal released by Mexico's Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI).
Media Coverage
13 August 2013
E&P
Energy associate Gabriel Salinas (Houston) is quoted on the energy proposal released by Mexico's Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI).
Media Coverage
12 August 2013
The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is quoted on Mexico's plan to overhaul its restrictive energy laws.
Media Coverage
12 August 2013
CNBC's The Kudlow Report
In a TV interview on CNBC’s The Kudlow Report, Mayer Brown Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) discusses Mexico’s energy reform proposals and the likelihood of the measures passing in Congress.
Media Coverage
11 August 2013
Houston Chronicle
Energy associate Gabriel Salinas (Houston) is quoted on energy reforms in Mexico.
Media Coverage
9 August 2013
Upstream (subscription required)
Energy partner Dallas Parker and associate Gabriel Salinas (both Houston) are quoted on the energy reform proposal released by Mexico’s National Action Party (PAN).
Media Coverage
9 August 2013
E&P
Energy partner Dallas Parker and associate Gabriel Salinas (both Houston) are quoted on the Partido Acción Nacional (PAN) energy reform proposal to the Mexican Senate.
Media Coverage
6 August 2013
Bloomberg Businessweek
Corporate & Securities partner Dallas Parker (Houston) is quoted in an article reporting that Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto will seek to amend three articles of the constitution to break Petroleos Mexicanos’ monopoly in the state-run oil industry.
Media Coverage
5 August 2013
Oil & Gas Journal
The article cites a Mayer Brown legal update discussing energy reform proposals in Mexico.
Legal Update
2 August 2013
Mayer Brown Legal Update
On July 31, 2013, Partido Acción Nacional (PAN), Mexico’s main opposition political party, delivered a highly anticipated energy reform proposal to the Mexican Senate, which, if passed, has the potential to revolutionize the Mexican energy sector.
Media Coverage
2 August 2013
El Financero
Energy partner Dallas Parker (Houston) is quoted in an article reporting that Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto will likely seek to amend key articles of the constitution to break the nation’s state monopoly on oil exploration and production.
Media Coverage
2 August 2013
Bloomberg
Corporate & Securities partner Dallas Parker (Houston) is quoted on Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto's energy reform initiative.
Media Coverage
1 August 2013
Offshore Engineer
In a bylined article, Energy partner Jose Valera and associate Gabriel Salinas (both Houston) discuss energy reform in Mexico.
Media Coverage
1 August 2013
Reuters
Energy associate Gabriel Salinas (Houston) is quoted on Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto's energy reform initiative. 
Legal Update
1 August 2013
Tauil & Chequer Legal Update
The Brazilian Electric Energy Agency (“ANEEL”) instituted Public Hearing No. 085, from July 29 to August 30, 2013 (“AP 085/2013”), to obtain contributions to the proposals for improvement of regulations regarding electricity trade by customers in the Free Market (“ACL”).
News Releases
31 July 2013
Mayer Brown, a leading global law firm, represented Hanergy Holding Group Limited, China’s largest private renewable energy company, on its US acquisition of Global Solar Energy, Inc., a leading manufacturer of copper indium gallium diselenide (CIGS) solar technology based in Tucson, Arizona.
Media Coverage
30 July 2013
IHS Unconventional Energy Blog
Corporate & Securities partner Dallas Parker and associate John Furlow (both Houston) discuss the unique regulatory, economic and market forces that enabled shale production to take off so quickly in the US and the corresponding factors that are slowing development elsewhere.
News Releases
29 July 2013
Mayer Brown, a leading global law firm, announced that Corporate & Securities partner Pablo Ferrante (Houston) has been selected as a winner in The M&A Advisor’s 2013 “40 Under 40 Recognition Awards” in the Legal Advisor category.
Media Coverage
20 July 2013
About.com
Corporate & Securities partner Dallas Parker (Houston) is quoted on Mexico’s infrastructure spending plan and how it could positively affect the tourism industry.
Media Coverage
19 July 2013
Latinos Post
Comments from Energy partner José Valera (Houston) are included in an article reporting that Mexico's opposition conservative party will present a bill to open up the state-run oil sector to private investment.
Legal Update
18 July 2013
Mayer Brown Legal Update
Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto announced on July 15, 2013, that Mexico will invest US$315 billion during the period 2013-2018 to upgrade Mexico’s infrastructure by modernizing roads and highways, building rail lines, building and expanding the country’s seaports and airports, providing universal access to telecommunications and boosting the energy sector.
Legal Update
11 July 2013
Tauil & Chequer Legal Update
The Brazilian National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels (“ANP”) published, on July 09, the Preliminary Tender Protocol for the first bidding round for the pre-salt area.
Media Coverage
10 July 2013
Drilling Contractor
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is quoted on energy policy reform in Mexico.
Legal Update
10 July 2013
Tauil & Chequer Legal Update
On July 4, 2013, the Brazilian Senate approved the Bill of Law 6.826/2010, which imposes civil and administrative liability on legal entities for corrupt practices.
Media Coverage
9 July 2013
Breaking Energy
Energy partner Jose Valera and associate Gabriel Salinas (both Houston) are quoted on energy reform in Mexico.
Media Coverage
5 July 2013
E&E EnergyWire

Corporate & Securities associate Gabriel Salinas (Houston) is quoted in an article discussing energy reform in Mexico.

Republished with permission. Copyright 2013 Environment & Energy Publishing, LLC

Media Coverage
3 July 2013
Law360
Corporate & Securities partner Bob Gray (Houston) is quoted on the invalidation of a US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rule requiring oil, gas and mining companies to disclose payments to foreign governments.
Media Coverage
3 July 2013
ICIS Energy (subscription required)
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is quoted on the state of the petrochemical industry in Argentina.
Media Coverage
24 June 2013
Midstream Business (subscription required)
The article cites a Mayer Brown legal update by Energy partners Jose Valera and Pablo Ferrante and associate Gabriel Salinas (all Houston) discussing Mexico’s constitutional reform of its telecommunications and broadcasting industries.
Legal Update
20 June 2013
Mayer Brown Legal Update
President Enrique Peña Nieto recently announced he will send a “transformational” energy reform bill to Mexico’s Congress in the coming months in an effort to attract the private capital and expertise required to develop Mexico’s deep-water and shale deposits and reverse the country’s declining energy production.
Media Coverage
18 June 2013
Bloomberg
Banking & Finance partner Kevin Shaw (Houston) is quoted on how fracking protests in western Texas could indicate similar complications for shale gas drillers in Europe and Asia.
Media Coverage
18 June 2013
Reuters
Corporate & Securities partner Pablo Ferrante (Houston) is quoted on Altos Hornos de Mexico's interest in shale gas reserves in Mexico.
Legal Update
14 June 2013
Mayer Brown Legal Update
Mexico recently enacted a constitutional reform of its telecommunications and broadcasting industries aimed at increasing competition and investment. The reform is a result of the Pact for Mexico (Pacto por Mexico), by which the current administration and the major political parties pledged to pass structural reforms in such sectors as telecommunications, financial, energy, education and tax.
Media Coverage
4 June 2013
Midstream Business (subscription required)
Corporate & Securities partner Dallas Parker (Houston) is quoted on the state of the natural gas industry.
Legal Update
3 June 2013
Mayer Brown JSM Legal Update

In Vietnam, oil and gas exploration and production operations are carried out on the basis of a production sharing contract (PSC) to be entered into with Vietnam National Oil and Gas Group (PVN). The model PSC was first introduced by the government in its Decree 139 dated 11 November 2005 ("Old Model PSC"). Almost eight years later, the government issued a revised model PSC in Decree 33 dated 22 April 2013 ("New Model PSC").

The New Model PSC becomes effective on 8 June 2013 and applies to all PSCs signed after that date, except for blocks for which the Prime Minister has approved basic technical and commercial terms. Below is a summary of the most notable changes contained in the New Model PSC.

Legal Update
28 May 2013
Tauil & Chequer Legal Update
On May, 16th, State of Rio de Janeiro published resolution SEFAZ No. 631/13, which converted into an ICMS calculation basis reduction, the ICMS tax exemption previously granted by article No. 2, Decree No. 41.142/2008 on importation of goods and products listed in its Annex under the Temporary Admission Special Regime, designated to oil and gas exploration sites, as set forth by the REPETRO Regime federal legislation.
Media Coverage
27 May 2013
Rigzone
The article reports that Mayer Brown’s 2013 Global Energy Conference included a discussion about Mexico's oil and gas industry.
Media Coverage
27 May 2013
Rigzone
The article reports that Mayer Brown’s 2013 Global Energy Conference included a discussion about energy reform in Mexico.
Legal Update
24 May 2013
Tauil & Chequer Legal Update
The National Energy Policy Council (CNPE) has authorized, by means of the Resolution No. 4, from May 22, 2013, the Brazilian Petroleum Agency (ANP) to promote the first bidding round for the pre-salt area.
Legal Update
23 May 2013
Mayer Brown Legal Update
On May 16, 2013, the US Bureau of Land Management (“BLM” or the “Bureau”), part of the Department of the Interior, released a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking for hydraulic fracturing on public and Indian lands (the “Revised Proposal”).
Media Coverage
20 May 2013
Energy Intelligence’s Natural Gas Week (subscription required)
The article reports that Mayer Brown’s Global Energy Conference included a panel discussion about the natural gas market in the US.
Media Coverage
20 May 2013
Energy Intelligence’s Natural Gas Week (subscription required)
The article reports that Mayer Brown’s Global Energy Conference included a panel discussion about the oil and gas market in the US.
Media Coverage
20 May 2013
Energy Intelligence’s Oil Daily (subscription required)
The article reports that Mayer Brown’s Global Energy Conference included a panel discussion about the oil and gas market in the US.
Media Coverage
17 May 2013
The Deal
The article includes a mention of Mayer Brown’s Global Energy Conference.
Media Coverage
17 May 2013
E&P
The article reports that Mayer Brown’s Global Energy Conference featured a discussion of the market for floating liquefaction plants.
Media Coverage
16 May 2013
E&E EnergyWire (subscription required)
The article reports that Mayer Brown’s Global Energy Conference included a panel discussion about the natural gas industry in the US.
Media Coverage
16 May 2013
E&E EnergyWire (subscription required)
The article reports that Mayer Brown’s 2013 Global Energy Conference featured a discussion of Mexico's energy sector.
Media Coverage
16 May 2013
E&P
The article reports that Mayer Brown’s 2013 Global Energy Conference included a discussion about energy reform in Mexico.
Media Coverage
15 May 2013
The Houston Chronicle "FuelFix" blog
The article reports that Mayer Brown’s Global Energy Conference included a panel discussion about the natural gas market in the US.
Media Coverage
15 May 2013
Argus media
The article reports that Mayer Brown’s Global Energy Conference included a panel discussion about the natural gas market in the US.
Media Coverage
15 May 2013
The Houston Chronicle "FuelFix" blog
The article reports that Mayer Brown’s Global Energy Conference included a panel discussion about the global natural gas market.
Newsletter
13 May 2013
Mayer Brown Newsletter
In this edition of Mayer Brown’s Global Energy Industry Review, we look at the Brazilian use of the phrase “local content,” which has begun to appear more frequently in the laws, internal policies and tender protocols of governments and companies around the world, particularly with regards to the oil & gas industry. We also explore how the local content requirement is affecting research and development in Brazil’s oil & gas industry.
Article
9 May 2013
Mayer Brown Article
On January 2, 2013, President Obama signed into law the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (the “Act”), which was passed by both the Senate and House of Representatives on January 1, 2013.
Article
9 May 2013
Mayer Brown Article
We have now had sight of an unofficial translation of the long-awaited new Foreign Investment Law, signed into law by President Thein Sein on 2 November 2012.
Article
9 May 2013
Mayer Brown Article
On 8 October 2012, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, announced that the British Government will soon be consulting on “a generous new tax regime for shale so that Britain is not left behind as gas prices tumble on the other side of the Atlantic.”
Article
8 May 2013
Tauil & Chequer Article
The phrase “local content” has begun to appear more frequently in the laws, internal policies and tender protocols of governments and companies around the world, particularly with regard to the oil & gas industry. The main argument to justify the local content rules is the enhancement of the local industry. But is it working?
Article
8 May 2013
Tauil & Chequer Article
As exploration and production (E&P) activities advance in the oil & gas industry, the host countries are challenged to create new, beneficial and efficient regulations that will ensure the development of a strong local industry.
News Releases
6 May 2013
Mayer Brown, a leading global law firm, announced that prominent tax attorney Edward C. Osterberg, Jr. has joined the firm in Houston as a partner in the Tax Transactions & Consulting practice. Previously, he was a partner at Vinson & Elkins in Houston.
Legal Update
2 May 2013
Tauil & Chequer Legal Update
On April 18, 2013, the Brazilian National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels (“ANP”) published its regulatory agenda for 2013 and 2014.
Legal Update
22 April 2013
Tauil & Chequer Legal Update
The Administrative Council for Economic Defense (CADE) and the National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels (ANP) have recently executed a cooperation agreement1 (“Cooperation Agreement”), with the purpose of coordinating the activities of both agencies.
Legal Update
4 April 2013
Mayer Brown Legal Update
On March 28, 2013, the United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued two final orders. The first, the RTO/ISO Order, exempts four types of specified transactions in certain organized markets of five petitioning regional transmission organizations (RTOs), independent system operators (ISOs) and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT).
Legal Update
20 March 2013
Mayer Brown Legal Update
Breaking news from the UK Parliament: The Chancellor, George Osborne, delivered his fourth Budget speech in the House of Commons this afternoon indicating an intention to introduce a package of support measures designed to encourage production of low carbon fuels for a low carbon economy.
News Releases
20 March 2013
London Corporate & Securities partner Rob Hamill comments on George Osborne’s plans to increase investment in UK Shale Gas industry as announced in the Budget today.
News Releases
14 March 2013
Mayer Brown, a leading global law firm, announced that it provided legal counsel on two transactions that were named 2012 “Deals of the Year” by Project Finance magazine. The awards recognize innovation and excellence in energy and infrastructure finance, and are selected by the magazine’s staff of experienced journalists in consultation with influential market participants.
Media Coverage
14 March 2013
Upstream magazine (subscription required)
Banking & Finance partner Kevin Shaw (Houston) is quoted in an article discussing how industry players expect Chinese investment in US tight oil and gas plays to increase.
Media Coverage
8 March 2013
The New York Times
Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) is quoted in an article discussing the state of the oil industry in Venezuela.
Legal Update
26 February 2013
Tauil & Chequer Legal Update
As a result of the Public Hearing No. 102/2012, the Brazilian Electric Energy Agency (“ANEEL”) published Normative Resolution No. 531, dated December 21st, 2012 (“Resolution 531/2012”), in order to change the calculation methodology for financial guarantees associated with the spot market of the Electric Energy Commercialization Chamber (“CCEE”).
News Releases
22 February 2013
Mayer Brown, a leading global law firm, announced that it represented Chesapeake Energy Corporation in the negotiation of a 10-year agreement with Methanex, the world’s largest supplier of methanol, to supply 350 billion cubic feet of natural gas required for Methanex’s methanol plant in Louisiana.
Media Coverage
January 2013 issue
Oil & Gas Financial Journal
In part two of a bylined article, Energy associates Robin Clarkson and Jeff Dobbs (both Houston) examine comments by the Securities and Exchange Commission in regard to companies' compliance with amended oil and gas disclosure rules.
News Releases
19 February 2013
Mayer Brown, a leading global law firm, announced today that it has been recognized in the inaugural LMG Clean Technology & Renewable Energy guide, published by Euromoney’s Legal Media Group. The guide is a definitive resource for practical, in-depth analysis of the clean technology and renewable energy legal market in the United States.
News Releases
31 January 2013
Mayer Brown, a leading global law firm, announced today that it is representing Sinochem Petroleum USA LLC, a US subsidiary of the Beijing-based Sinochem Group, on a $1.7 billion transaction to purchase a 40% undivided interest in approximately 207,000 net oil and natural gas leasehold acres held by Pioneer Natural Resources Company in the highly prospective horizontal Wolfcamp shale play within the Spraberry Trend of the Midland Basin in west Texas. Under the agreement, Sinochem will acquire approximately 82,800 net acres of leasehold with development rights for all the horizontal Wolfcamp shale play and deeper horizons.
Media Coverage
31 January 2013
Texas Lawyer blog
A Texas Lawyer blog post details the arrival of Bill Heller and Harry Beaudry at Mayer Brown.
Legal Update
25 January 2013
Tauil & Chequer Legal Update
The Brazilian National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels (“ANP”) published, on January 24, the Preliminary Tender Protocol of the Brazilian Bidding Round 11. As expected, the round will be held on May 14 and 15 of this year, when a total of 172 blocks will be offered, half of which are onshore and half offshore.
Media Coverage
25 January 2013
Law360
A Law360 feature article details the arrival of Corporate & Securities partners Bill Heller and Harry Beaudry (Houston) at Mayer Brown.
News Releases
24 January 2013
Mayer Brown, a leading global law firm, announced that William T. Heller IV and Harry R. Beaudry have joined the firm as partners in its Corporate & Securities practice in Houston. Previously, Mr. Heller and Mr. Beaudry were partners at Thompson & Knight.
Legal Update
23 January 2013
Mayer Brown Legal Update
The US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has issued a final Policy Statement (Statement) to refine and clarify its policy guidance regarding capacity allocation for new merchant transmission projects and non-incumbent cost-based, participant-funded transmission projects.
Media Coverage
14 January 2013
Inter-American Dialogue’s weekly Latin America Energy Advisor newsletter
In a featured Q&A, Energy partner José Valera (Houston) discusses the outlook for Bolivia's oil, gas and electricity sectors in 2013.
News Releases
14 January 2013
Mayer Brown JSM has advised the largest privately-owned clean-energy developer in China, Hanergy Holding Group Limited (Hanergy), on its acquisition of Silicon Valley-based MiaSolé. MiaSolé is a high-tech company that designs and manufactures solar photovoltaic cells and modules, to convert sunlight into electricity.
Legal Update
10 January 2013
Tauil & Chequer Legal Update
The Minister of Mines and Energy, Edison Lobão, announced today that the president Dilma Rousseff authorized the long-expected Brazil Round 11 to be held in May 2013. Although the details about the offered areas were not disclosed, the minister anticipated that the round will have the same blocks previously announced, except for 2 which were removed due to environmental permitting issues.
Legal Update
3 January 2013
Mayer Brown Legal Update
On January 2, 2013, President Obama signed into law the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (the “Act”), which was passed by both the Senate and House of Representatives on January 1, 2013.
Media Coverage
2 January 2013
Law360
In a feature article, Law360 details the arrival of Houston Banking & Finance partner Bill Hart Jr.'s arrival to the firm.
News Releases
2 January 2013
Mayer Brown, a leading global law firm, announced that Bill Hart Jr. has joined the firm in Houston as a partner in the Banking & Finance practice. Previously, he was a partner with Baker Botts in Houston.
Legal Update
2 January 2013
Mayer Brown Legal Update
On November 15, 2012, the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a Policy Statement to provide additional and revised guidance regarding its evaluation of applications for electric transmission incentives under section 219 of the Federal Power Act.
Media Coverage
December 2012 issue
Oil & Gas Financial Journal
In a bylined article, Energy associates Robin Clarkson and Jeff Dobbs (both Houston) address publicly-held exploration and production companies' compliance with the oil and natural gas disclosure rules adopted by the Securities and Exchange Commission in 2008.
News Releases
20 December 2012
Mayer Brown, a leading global law firm, announced that partners Marcia Madsen and Christopher Erckert have been named “MVPs” by Law360, a recognition honoring attorneys “whose achievements in major litigation or transactions have set a new standard for accomplishment in corporate law.”
Media Coverage
December 2012
Asset Securitization Report (subscription required)
Banking & Finance partner Paul Forrester (Chicago) is quoted extensively in an article focusing on financing the retirement and remediation of coal-fired power plants.
Media Coverage
14 December 2012
Law360
Banking & Finance partner Christopher Erckert (Washington, DC) is profiled as a Law360 "MVP" in the publication's Project Finance category.
Media Coverage
December 2012
Latin America Energy Advisor (page one)
In a Q&A feature, Energy partner Jose Valera (Houston) discusses the outlook for investment in Argentina's energy sector in 2013.
Legal Update
5 December 2012
Mayer Brown Legal Update
Contrary to expectation within the business community, the Chancellor has announced in his Autumn Statement that the CRC has been granted a reprieve. At the time of the Budget in the spring, he said that the CRC would be abolished unless ways could be found to simplify the scheme which resulted in significant savings for business.
Book
November 2012
Mayer Brown Book
This guide offers a comprehensive overview of the complex relations of planning, financing and realizing of wind turbines. The guide does not only include legal issues and basic principles but also technical aspects, such as questions of locational choices, operating and maintenance of wind turbines as well as quality management.
Media Coverage
November 2012
Pipeline & Gas Journal
In a bylined article, Energy partner Jose Valera and associate Robin Clarkson (both Houston) discuss several project issues impacting LNG agreements.
Legal Update
19 November 2012
Mayer Brown JSM Legal Update
Further to our Legal Update dated 9 November 2012 ("Myanmar's Foreign Investment Law: Summary of Amendments"), we have now had sight of an unofficial translation of the long-awaited new Foreign Investment Law, signed into law by President Thein Sein on 2 November 2012.
Media Coverage
19 November 2012
Building Magazine
Bylined article by London Construction & Engineering partner Kwadwo Sarkodie discussing the key considerations for working in Tanzania.

This article was first published in Building Magazine, 19 November 2012.
Media Coverage
15 November 2012
Energy Risk (subscription required)
Banking & Finance partner Paul Forrester (Chicago) is quoted in an article discussing how the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission is answering concerns over treatment of physical gas storage and transportation agreements under the Dodd-Frank Act.
Legal Update
9 November 2012
Mayer Brown JSM Legal Update
On 2nd November 2012, President Thein Sein signed into law the long-awaited new Foreign Investment Law.
Legal Update
19 October 2012
Mayer Brown Legal Update
On 8 October 2012, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, announced that the British Government will soon be consulting on “a generous new tax regime for shale so that Britain is not left behind as gas prices tumble on the other side of the Atlantic”.
Legal Update
17 October 2012
Mayer Brown Legal Update

The energy industry was able to heave a collective sigh of relief based on the treatment of energy transactions under the so-called Swap Product Rule1 jointly adopted on August 13, 2012, by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and, in particular, the forward contract exclusion2 contained in the rule.

Media Coverage
12 October 2012
Law360
Banking & Finance partner Ian Coles (London) is quoted in an article discussing that African sovereigns are negotiating for more control and better benefits in deals with developers seeking to tap the continent's vast energy and mineral resources.
Legal Update
8 October 2012
Mayer Brown JSM Legal Update
The Buildings Energy Efficiency Ordinance (Cap. 610) (BEEO) came into effect on 21 September 2012. The objective of the BEEO is to promote the enhancement of energy efficiency in Hong Kong's buildings.
Media Coverage
6 October 2012
Edmonton Journal
Energy partners Toshi Yoshida (Houston) and Stuart McAlpine (London) are quoted in an article discussing the global liquefied natural gas (LNG) market.
Legal Update
5 October 2012
Mayer Brown Legal Update
On September 12, 2012, a foreign investor took the unprecedented step of challenging in federal court the authority of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) to block, as a threat to national security, the investor’s acquisition of a US business. The parties to the transaction had notified CFIUS of the transaction only after its closing.
Media Coverage
3 October 2012
Interfax Natural Gas Daily
Energy partners David Bloom (Washington, DC) and George Miller (New York) and associate Robin Clarkson (Houston) are quoted extensively in an article discussing the regulatory risks facing many proposed LNG export projects in the United States.
Media Coverage
3 October 2012
SNL Daily Gas Report
Energy partners Toshi Yoshida (Houston), Stuart McAlpine (London) and Jose Valera (Houston) are quoted on global LNG demand.
Legal Update
1 October 2012
Tauil & Chequer Legal Update
As a response to the current situation of Centrais Elétricas do Pará S.A. – CELPA, an electricity distribution concessionaire within Rede Group that filed for court-assisted reorganization last February 28, the Brazilian Government passed Provisional Measure No. 577, published on August 30, 2012 (“MP 577”), which establishes specific rules for intervention by the concession granting authority, acting through the Brazilian Electric Energy Agency (“ANEEL”), in the management of concessionaires of electricity as a public service, with the purpose of ensuring a proper provision of services and full compliance with the applicable contractual, regulatory and legal provisions.
Media Coverage
1 October 2012
Energy Risk
Banking & Finance partner Paul Forrester is quoted on publicly owned US utilities’ claims that energy companies are refusing to enter into hedges with them due to a quirk in the way regulators have interpreted the definition of a swap dealer in the Dodd-Frank Act.
Media Coverage
28 September 2012
Gas Business Briefing (subscription required)
Energy partner Toshi Yoshida (Houston) is quoted on Japan’s potential desire for LNG fuel in the wake of the Fukushima disaster.
Media Coverage
26 September 2012
Interfax Global Natural Gas Daily (subscription required)
The article features quotes from Energy partners Stuart McAlpine (London), Toshi Yoshida and Jose Valera (both Houston) speaking at a Mayer Brown webinar discussing how shale gas is affecting global demand for LNG.
Media Coverage
26 September 2012
Platts LNG Daily
The article features quotes from Energy partners Toshi Yoshida (Houston) and Stuart McAlpine (London), which focus on the LNG market.
Legal Update
20 September 2012
Tauil & Chequer Legal Update
The State of São Paulo has passed Decree No. 58,388/2012. The Decree was published in the State Official Gazette on September 15, 2012, and revokes State Decree No. 53,574/2008 effective as of October 1, 2012.
Article
19 September 2012
Mayer Brown Article
The ideal mix of energy sources for generating power in the United States has long been debated.
Media Coverage
19 September 2012
The Houston Chronicle
Global Energy partners David Bloom (Washington, DC) and Jose Valera (Houston) are quoted in an article discussing the Department of Energy's decision to delay its report on gas exports.
Article
19 September 2012
Mayer Brown Article
This year there have been a number of acquisitions and proposed acquisitions of onshore oil and gas assets in Nigeria. In August 2012, Eland Oil & Gas completed the indirect acquisition of a 45 percent interest in OML 40, an onshore oil and gas license area in the Niger Delta, from sellers including a subsidiary of Shell.
Article
19 September 2012
Mayer Brown Article
Angola is a land of extremes. While many Angolans live in deepest poverty, the Angolan economy is the third largest in Sub-Saharan Africa, with annual GDP growth regularly topping 10 percent over recent years.
Article
19 September 2012
Tauil & Chequer Article
Suppliers to the oil and gas industry in Brazil are expected to see substantially increased sales as a result of pre-salt discoveries that can potentially generate significant volumes of oil.
Article
19 September 2012